The Skin care routine you need

   Something I have been doing for a while that I wish I started doing earlier is double cleansing. It is now an essential part of my evening skin care and make up removal routine. When I am consistent with these steps, my skin clears up fast and always leaves me feeling refreshed.

 

I will now go through my usual routine starting with make up removal:

Step 1: Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

   I start by gently wiping my face over with Simple's make up wipes to remove the main chunk of cosmetics from my face. The wipes are very soft and hydrating - ideal if you have sensitive skin like me. Be careful under the eyes though because it can sting if you go over that area too many times. Remarkably, many people stop there. Surely you've wiped off all of your make-up now, right? Wrong.

Step 2: Witch Hazel and Cotton Wool

   Grabbing one piece of cotton wool, I pour a little Witch Hazel onto it before wiping my whole face again. You will surprise yourself with the amount of excess make up that comes off onto the cotton wool. Witch Hazel helps to mend broken skin, fight bacteria and soothe any minor irritations. After application, my skin feels super clean.

   A cheap bottle of Witch Hazel is available from Wilko for a measly £1.95, a bargain considering it is multi-purpose!


Step 3: No.7 Gentle Cleanser and Cotton Wool

   You may want to tie your hair back for this one! I, thirdly, take another piece of cotton wool and apply a few squirts of No.7's Soft and Soothed Gentle Cleanser before wiping around my face again. Once I have covered all areas on my face, I splash warm water over my face and then cold. I do this because the warm water opens all of your pores, allowing the cleanser to wash your skin. The cold water, essentially, does the opposite and closes your pores afterwards! This is to prevent dirt getting back into your skin and causing blackheads. 

No.7 Soft and Soothed Gentle Cleanser can be found at Boots costing £8. I would say that it is worth the money as it is a both a huge bottle and a pump, which lasts you a very long time. 

Step 4 (Optional): Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Peel Off Face Mask

   I put this step in as optional because I do this on a weekly basis as opposed to daily. After noticing Boots Tea Tree range, I just had to try this face mask out! It contains both Witch Hazel and Tea Tree oil, which work together to effectively remove blackheads and tighten your pores to prevent further breakouts. You only need to layer 1mm of the substance on your face and wait 10-15 mins for the mask to harden. 

 I usually take time here to read a book or catch up on my favourite blogs to help myself relax but, of course, everyone has their own way of winding down!


You will know when the mask is working on your skin because your face will feel tight; your skin will feel cooler and slightly tingly. Next is the fun part: check that your face mask is dried everywhere and then peel it off! Your skin will feel extra soft when you're done.

You can purchase Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Peel Off Face Mask for £2.99, which is great value because you can get a lot of uses out of it!


Step 5: Simple Light Moisturiser

   You can probably tell that I am a huge fan of Simple products! I have been using Simple's Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser for many years now and I still swear by it. I squirt some onto my finger and dab on my nose, both cheekbones, chin and forehead and rub the rest into my hands. This way, I ensure I don't apply too much, which can make your skin feel very greasy. 

The Simple Kind To Skin Light Moisturiser is currently on offer at Boots for £2.14 (half price) so grab one whilst you can!



Step 6: Body Lotion

   This is an additional step I decided to add for after you have showered. I recommend applying the Vaseline Essential Moisture Clean Feeling Lotion if you have more sensitive skin and you want it to be fragrance free. 

Alternatively, I would highly recommend Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Pump Body Lotion as it smells good enough to eat! There is, however, a fragrance free version available (which I accidentally picked up much to my disappointment because I live for the smell). This lotion is definitely thicker in substance so, if you prefer to feel light and cool, opt for Vaseline. 

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Pump Body Lotion sells for £4.50 at Boots, whilst Vaseline Essential Moisture Clean Feeling Lotion is the cheaper alternative at £3.65.


Do you include any of these products in your skin care routine or are there any not listed here you would recommend? Let me know in the comments!

41 comments

  1. I love Simple skincare. Such a good price and always makes my skin feel lovely! Thanks for sharing your routine :)

    Tiffany x www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed reading! Simple is one of my trusted favourites.

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  2. This is really helpful. I'm so bad at taking care of my skin. I had scarlet fever when I was 19 and my skin was never the same. x

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    1. Oh, bless you! That must have been awful; I'm really glad you find my post useful.

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  3. It's so good when you find a skin care routine that works for your skin! I love using my clearasil pads, they really help keep my skin clear.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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    1. I absolutely love it and I am glad that I am getting into the habit of doing it every day! I've heard that those are good!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  4. Yes! I just recently ordered my witch hazel and haven't used it enough yet so will definitely get back to using it. Will definitely look into checking the no 7 product as I'm certain I've tried all the others and love them already!
    With Love Yossy x

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    1. It's so useful because it has many purposes! I've head that you can even use it around the house but I'll have to look into that one! I do love No.7 ;)

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  5. I wish I could use Simple skincare but it doesn't agree with my skin, I tend to use my soap and glory foam cleanser then use micellar wipes just to remove any makeup I've missed.
    Alicia x
    Aesthetic Obsessed

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    1. Haven't used soap and glory but I do love micellar wipes! It's great to find a skin care routine that works for you.

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  6. I always lovelovelove skincare posts! It's so interesting to see other peoples' routines and the products that they like. I have a sample pack of the Simple Micellar Wipes, but I can't convince myself to use them since I'm a die hard Neutrogena fan. Maybe I should give them a try. Great post <3

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    1. I would definitely recommend them! I haven't tried Neutrogena though so I'll look into that!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  7. Sounds like a great routine! I love the products I have but I have such a bad habit of not staying on top of it haha!

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    1. Thank you! Oh, me too ahaha it's quite easy to forget sometimes but after maintaining it for a certain period, it just becomes habit :D

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  8. This is such an affordable skin care! I feel like my micellar water needs another cleanser after it so might give double cleansing a go :)

    Lily | www.covetluxe.co.uk

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    1. I definitely noticed a difference when I started double cleansing; my skin felt so much clearer and fresher so I would certainly give it a go!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  9. You've got such a good routine going on! I normally go for a single cleanse with a hot cloth cleanser, but will think of doing a double cleanse on some days. I used to use Simple products but now that my skin is more dry, I go in with the Superdrug serums and pair them with whichever moisturiser I'm using at the moment :) x

    Velvet Blush

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    1. I find that my skin does go dry some days so I will have to try out your method! I'm trying out this new moisturiser at the moment that I have received in a PR package, which is supposed to be good for dry skin, so I'll be reviewing that in a couple of weeks time!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  10. I use the same Simple Moisturiser as you, and I love it :) I couldn't imagine using any other sort!

    Louise x

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    1. It's just so good for sensitive skin!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  11. Witch hazel is the best! So many affordable products

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    1. I love how it is multi-purpose, which makes it such good value for money! I think it's important to talk about high street products because - a lot of the time - they are equally, if not more, effective as high end brands!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  12. hahhaha just bought myself some simple wipes a few min ago. :D
    x finja | www.effcaa.com

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    1. Hahahaha, that's brilliant, I love the simple wipes!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  13. not tried any of these products before but they sound amazing, I want to try the witch hazel it sounds like a bargain

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    1. I would certainly give the Witch Hazel a go because you can use it for so many purposes and it is very affordable!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  14. I really needed to read this because I have been slacking on my skin care and really needed to find a new routine. Thank you for sharing!

    XOXO
    Jordan
    brunetteadventures.com

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    1. It's okay; I am really glad you enjoyed my blog post! I've also included double cleansing in the 'habit tracker' page of my bullet journal, which helps me to remember!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  15. Simple products are always so good!! I love that peel off mask it's so satisfying 😂

    Ellie
    www.headintheclouds.me.uk

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    1. I love a good peel off mask! It's just so fun and therapeutic hahaha!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  16. Simple and palmers is my life! x
    Lola Mia // www.lolitabonita.co.uk

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    1. The smell of Palmers is just so lush!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  17. I love palmers. I use the gradual tan and it's amazing

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes | www.thenorthernwrites.co.uk

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    1. I've been meaning to use that for a while now because I am literally the whitest of the white people ahahaha!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  18. I love the boots tea tree and witch hazel range! I have been using their products for years and swear by them! But I don't have much of a night time routine, I keep trying but not managed to keep it up!

    Lauren :) x

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    1. That's amazing! It does take a while to get used to but, after a while of forcing yourself to do it, it just becomes habit!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  19. I really enjoy the formula of the Palmers Cocoa Butter, but have stopped buying it because of the packaging. I found that the pump wasn't able to get the last 1/6th or so of the product out of the bottle so I ended up having to cut through the packaging. I tried switching to the squeeze bottle, but found that too difficult to squeeze. Such a shame, because I really enjoy the product. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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    1. I absolutely love Palmers and I have to agree with you on the packaging unfortunately but I still just can't get enough of it!

      Much love,

      Meg x

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  20. Sounds like a great skincare routine! I use a face buffer every day, it's helped a lot:) thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! Oooh, I should try that too.

      Much love,

      Meg x

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