I don’t know about you, but now the colder evenings are drawing in, I’m ready to skip my newly reinstated social life, for a night on the sofa, in my jammies, with some properly delicious skincare. Much better than freezing our derriere’s off on a chilly train platform, right?
But, because we’ve been through the wringer this year, I reckon we deserve some thoroughly indulgent face potions to marinate in while we watch Strictly. As we know, it’s even more important to treat our skin to some TLC (that’s Thick Lotions and Creams) as the season shifts into autumn, which is why carving out a skincare sesh is well worth the effort.
“Dropping temperatures and lower humidity levels can leave our complexion thirsty and dry,” explains celeb facialist and founder of 001 Skincare, Ada Ooi. It’s at this time that we may want to think about switching up the products and textures we’re using for something a little richer and more comforting on skin.
Starting with your cleanser, plush balms, luxurious oils and gentle milks are a great way to kick off your skincare routine. We love Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (£44) for it’s sumptuous balm-to-oil consistency which melts down makeup and lifts it away effortlessly. Likewise, e.l.f’s Holy Hydration Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm (£10) gently eases makeup away when paired with a soft face cloth and warm water. Plus, it contains replenishing ceramides and peptides which help to restore any moisture lost through cleansing. Fix your hair back off your face with a hair wrap, lay the face cloth across your face and gently press it into your skin with your fingers for 20-30 seconds, before massaging the lot away. If you fancy a double cleanse, Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser (£15) is lightweight and gentle and works well across multiple different skin types.
Alongside some strictly essential skincare must-haves, though, it’s good to inject some fun, glamour and opulence into proceedings. Clean, dry skin is the perfect base if you want to apply any masks. There’s loads to choose from, but if you want to go extra boujie, two brands in particular are worth a spot on your radar. 111Skin is the celebs go-to for sheet masks before a red carpet. Fans include Margot Robbie, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kim Kardashian. The Y-Theorem Bio Cellulose Facial Mask (£20) works wonders for dry, sensitive and …….