Age has a horrific way of creeping up on you, slowly, across your face!
Fine lines, deeper wrinkles, pigmentation marks, dull looking skin… they all start appearing, slowly at first (thank goodness) but then with ever increasing pace! Just as you’ve recovered from the acne riddled teenage years you barely blink and you’re suddenly dealing with the skin of a thirty-something. It’s a bit of a shock!
I had no idea that my once combination skin (oily T-zone, normal cheeks) of my twenties would suddenly become dry, red (hello Rosacea) and dehydrated.
Over the past year I’ve realised I’ve really need to step up my game when it comes to looking after my skin and sticking to a regular skincare routine. Better late than never, right? (PS If you’re twenty-something please start NOW)
As a blogger I am fortunate enough to receive an abundance of beauty products, but the truth is that sometimes it all becomes so overwhelming that I don’t know where to start… and then don’t really use anything with any regularity at all. I tend to hop from one product to the other in an attempt to try them all and feedback the results to you but my skin doesn’t love me for it.
Last month I started, and stuck to, a new skincare regime.
It’s been revolutionary using one range of products for an entire month.
Initially I was sceptical that I would be able to keep it up (skincare is a commitment!) but I actually have really enjoyed taking a little bit of time out of my morning and evening to look after my face.
The range I started using was from Clarins, a brand I had not used before, and I have been really pleased with the results and enjoyed using each of the products from their range.
My new skincare routine means I’ve added in a Serum step, something I’ve been meaning to do for ages now that I’m a middle aged!! The Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate from Clarins is an age control concentrate that contains 20 plant extracts to stimulate the skin. It combines the most powerful water and oil-soluble anti-ageing actives in a clever bottle that keeps the two separate until you pump the desired amount out to use. The two-phase formula helps to stimulate the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, restore radiance and minimise visible pores. I’ve been using one pump in the morning and evening and applying it by warming it in my fingers and then pressing it into the skin (instead of wiping it on like a moisturiser).
My morning moisturiser has been the Multi-Active Jour antioxidant day cream for all skin types. This is an ideal day cream for those noticing the first signs of ageing as it mainly targets fine lines. This light cream is quickly absorbed and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains teasel extract with antioxidant and revitalising properties to protect your skin from the harmful effects of stress (something us thirty-somethings seem to thrive on even thought our skin tells us otherwise!!) as well as an anti-pollution complex – great for those who live and work in cities. Unfortunately it doesn’t contain an SPF so I’ve been adding this on after my day cream.
At night I’ve been replacing the day cream with the Multi-Active Nuit night cream. Besides stress, lack of sleep is a killer for our skins. While you sleep your skin repairs itself so it’s essential to use a night cream that is helping your skin along in the process. This night cream contains organic Californian poppy extract that helps to counteract the visible effects of late nights and uninterrupted sleep! Fine lines are smoothed and skin is left looking moisturised and left feeling nourished.
The whole routine actually starts with their Doux Nettoyant Moussant Gentle Foaming Cleanser with cotton seed (for normal and combination skin). I was a bit worried that as this was a foaming cleanser it would dry my skin out further but I found that the texture of this product is actually really lovely and creamy and it is more of a mousse than a foam. This gentle cleanser helps to remove impurities and excess oil while still maintaining the skin’s pH balance. My skin feels really comfortable after using this cleanser and not tight or dry at all. I have kept this in my shower so it means it’s one less step when I’m rushing to get ready in the morning and it’s caught the eye of my husband who has also started sneaking some!
The second step has been to use the Toning Lotion with camomile. This is an alcohol-free toner and is great for normal to dry skin. To be honest this is the one step I’ve been a bit slack with. Something to do with trying to locate the cotton wool each time I need to use it (we’ve just moved back home and my house is chaos… ) When I have used it I’ve found it to be really refreshing and not drying at all. If anything it’s left my skin feeling a bit more moisturised and softer than before. Toning is actually a very NB step in a skincare regime and one I’m going to try to be better at! The benefits of toning are to help to remove any remaining cleanser from the skin and to rebalance the pH levels of the skin after cleansing.
Just finished my new nighttime skincare routine…. For the past month I've been disciplining myself to take better care of my skin by using an anti-ageing range from @clarinssouthafrica I've been loving the results! Radiant, smooth skin! Yes please!! I'm giving away a Clarins Daily Duo hamper. Hop over to my blog (link in bio) to WIN #clarinssouthafrica #clarins #dailyduo #doubleserum #skincare #skin #beauty #selfie #nomakeup#nofilter #sponsored
The good news is that I’m not the only one who is going to be benefitting from this beautiful new skincare regime from Clarins. One lucky Becoming you reader is going to be too!!
I’m giving away a 1x Clarins Daily Duo pack (consisting of 1x Double Serum 30ml and 1x anti-ageing 50ml cream suited to your age and skin type – Multi-Active, Extra-Firming or Super Restorative)
HOW TO WIN
To enter complete the form below with your personal details and answer the question… How many plant extracts are there in the Double Serum from Clarins?
The competition ends on 30 October 2016. Winners will be announced on 1 November 2016.
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Images: Kathryn Rossiter