Work, family, finances, constantly feeling the pressure of being top of your game, and now add into the mix home-schooling and working from home – it can be relentless. Where on earth do you fit in time for yourself. What’s that saying - you can’t pour from a glass half full? And my glass is well and truly empty most days!
41 and with two small kiddos, one being in the terrible two’s and who reminds me daily who really is the boss, I find my skincare routine has been at the bottom of the priority pile. Slapping on a moisturiser while dashing out the door was a regular occurrence. I struggled to keep up with all ‘on trend’ beauty buzz words and would often make a one off purchases (with rather expensive price tags I might add) recommended by my insta feed.
Entering my forties, I have realised that it’s my last-ditch attempt to really get my skin in shape and show it some TLC. Discovering SKINICIAN I realised it’s not too late! To take back control, create a regime around my skin type and concerns - still acne outbreaks at 41! Dryness and onset of dull, tired skin and crows-feet.
On discovering SKINICIAN what appealed to me was that I didn’t need 20 products to make a difference and get results. I was able to navigate the systems easily with my skin type and concerns. So for me, it was all about reducing redness, preventing acne, and keeping my skin hydrated and reducing signs of ageing that have crept in.
Fitting into my routine I started with the 3 step - cleanse, tone, and moisturise.
Cleansing with the Purifying Cleansing Gel, it lathers up into a lovely foam it helps to reduce oil production and reduce redness with green tea and witch hazel (I do this while in the shower to save time!). I then tone with the Revitalising Toner – literally a quick spritz on and I’m done! Currently, I don’t wear a lot of eye make-up but I still use the Soothing Eye Makeup Remover – it’s is oil-free and contains soothing cucumber - perfect for my sensitive, tired eyes, and leaves them feeling cool and calm. Then onto the all-important moisturiser – I use the SKINCIAN Advanced Time Delay Cream. With Vitamin E and the holy grail of hydration - Hyaluronic Acid it keeps my skin hydrated all day long. It also has SPF 30 which keeps my skin protected from the elements – living in Ireland you never know what the weather will throw at you!
And to top off I pop on a pea-sized amount of SKINICIAN Advanced eye repair. I love this product and instantly see and feel a difference. It gives the sensitive skin around my eye and an instant boost of hydration and really works on reducing the dark circles and puffiness from sleepless nights – thanks, kids! And this is it… my routine in 5 mins! I replicate it again at bedtime with the addition of the Advanced Restoring Night Cream in place of the day cream.
I have also used two other products once a week as I need. When my skin starts to feel rough and look dull I will reach for my Pro-Radiance Enzyme Peel. Containing natural fruit acids it gently removes the dead skin from the surface. At the moment life is so full on that I never get 10 mins to myself, I do this when I am going to wash the dishes or vacuum…10 mins and boom my skin is left feeling super soft!
Being in the house so much at the minute and with the central heating on my skin dries out very quickly, so I turn to the Revitalising Repair Mask about once a week, I find it soothes and takes the edge of my red cheeks and leaves my skin hydrated and soothed. I am proof that you don’t need tons of time to mask, I put in on while kids are having their bath or doing reading time, it’s all about making your routine work for you!