Despite being in my forties, I still have the combination skin I had as a teenager; an oily T-zone and occasional breakouts on my chin. But now I also have the added joy of lines around my eyes, and cheeks prone to feeling tight to contend with. Sound familiar anyone?
If you don’t feel you’ve quite nailed your morning routine, or you just fancy a change, here’s some info that might help with the never-ending quest for those perfect products.
I’ve been using this combo of Elemis products every day for about five months now, and not only do they smell gorgeous – making mornings a lot less grim – they also do enough to keep my skin well moisturised all day without being greasy, and they provide a good base for make up.
Step one, the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash (£29.50/200ml) ‘encourages the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle, actively smoothing and refining whilst gently exfoliating away any dead skin cells that dull the complexion’. This may sound as though it’s quite a harsh cleanser but it’s a creamy foaming texture and your skin’s left feeling clean, without being tight. Read more about using this with a cleansing brush in one of my previous posts here.
Follow this with a good spritz of the Balancing Lavender Toner (£22.50/200ml). It’s specifically for combination, congested skin and doesn’t contain alcohol, so it’s not drying. But the best thing about this is the amazingly uplifting lavender smell. It is gorgeous.
Then moisturise around your eyes with a cream specifically for the eye area. I’m currently using the Elemis Pro-collagen Eye Renewal cream which is quite pricey, at £63 for 15ml. This was recommended by an Elemis specialist after I had a facial, but if I’m really honest, I don’t think it’s worth the money. I’ve been using it for five months (so it does last a long time) but I’ve not seen an improvement in the fine lines around my eyes. Instead, I do recommend the recently released Pro-radiance Illuminating Eye Balm (£34/10ml) which has a slight shimmer effect and helps to lighten any dark circles.
Lock in moisture with a facial moisturiser. The Pro-collagen Marine Cream is Elemis’ signature cream and they’ve recently been doing big 100ml pots of this on special offer at £99 rather than £135 to celebrate their 25th anniversary. It’s got a lightweight feel but keeps my skin surprisingly well moisturised all day. Again, I’ve had a 100ml pot of this for six months and there’s still around a third of it left. So it is expensive, but it does last a long time (there can be some good offers on http://www.elemis.com but also try sites like http://www.allbeauty.com as these have great discounts on some Elemis products).
None of these products will make you look ten years younger overnight, but I have noticed my cheeks don’t get the feeling of tightness any more, nor do I get the occasional redness I used to. I’ve also had noticeably fewer spotty breakouts and my skin does look generally healthy. They’re small improvements, but improvements I’ve not had from using other products. And there are different products within the Elemis range if you have slightly different issues and concerns with your skin (I’m not suggesting Elemis products are the answer for everyone, but I have found they suit my skin so am happy to recommend them).
Whatever you use, be prepared to stick with the routine for at least three months to give it chance to deliver results.
And if you have found a wonder product, please do share it and let us in on your discovery!