Insta Glow

I got a message from one of my friends on Instagram after I posted this on my story:

(I’m on your right and that’s my insanely hot friend on the left)

She asked me to do a Glowy Skin post (and to make it an in-depth one too)! And if you know me, you know how excited I get when I receive these kinds of messages. I promised I would as soon as I slept off the Jet Lag and was able to write coherently (just about) again.

Before I do share my behind the scenes tips I think it’s important to state one thing. The mirage that is Social Media.

I want to emphasise that posts on Instagram, Facebook or any other platform tend to portray the best version of ourselves; where the lighting is good, our skin happens to be cooperating and the makeup is extra fleeky. Remember, it’s rare for someone to put their worst angle online (I mean the number of compromising/blackmail worthy photos my sisters and friends have of me, which you will never see, is a little worrying). I can go from people saying “079 me” to “Hide yo kids” at a blink of an eye.

But before I digress any further, I’ll go back to the point of this post. My dewy skin!

This photo was taken a couple of days after a hella long journey (two taxis, two planes and a couple more taxis) and I’ll talk about the in-flight skin prep as well as my standard skincare routine in this post.

So, let me break it down for you.

Skincare Routine

I moisturise my face twice a day (when I wake up and before I go to sleep).

In the AM

  • Chanel Hydra Beauty Serum
  • Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Crème

I find this to be a light yet effective combination (that also works well under makeup).

In the PM

  • Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme or Aveeno’s Daily Moisturising Cream
  • Odacite Pomengranate & Rose Geranium Concentrate (I rub a couple drops between my fingers and pat it onto my skin)

I love using oils at night – I feel like it has the time to penetrate the skin as we sleep.

Once a week in the PM

  • Neal’s Yard Exfoliator (Rehydrating Rose Facial Polish)

I think you can tell I love the smell of roses!

Skincare on the flight

I was bare faced (I rarely wear makeup on planes unless I’m travelling for work or I’ve just left an event) because I want to give my skin a chance to breathe.

If you’ve travelled with me before you know that 40% of my checked baggage allowance comprises of my skincare products; from creams and oils, cleansers and balms to emergency face masks and exfoliators. Do I need it all? No. Does it make sense to have so much? No. Is it heavy to carry? Yes. But none of that is going to stop me…

But in my carry-on, I only had the following:

  • Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment: Lanolin mimics our own skin’s oil and does wonders for hydrating and moisturising the skin. Lanolips have a wide variety of products but I really like using the Lemonaid treatment (the way it melts into my skin is just so dreamy). Although it states it’s only for the lips, I massaged a thin layer on my face (because I’m a rebel like that) and fell asleep. The Lemonaid Treatment gets absorbed into the skin so quickly, it feels so soft afterwards and not at all oily or greasy!
  • Chanel Hydra Serum and Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Crème: I decanted  a small amount of each into the same pot, and after a few hours I used the Foreo Luna Play (in Mint) to massage the concoction into my skin.

Then, and you guessed it, I fell asleep again.

I woke up 30 minutes before we were due to land and proceeded to my final step.

  • Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels: I am in awe of this product and can honestly see a difference when I use it. I put them on for only 10 minutes (any more and a faint red line starts to appear from some sort of magical suction/toning mechanism I imagine).

 

 

Makeup on the night (i.e. the photo)

A good cat eye and rosy cheeks are my go to but for that dewy skin I used:

  • Lancôme La Base Primer (I use this in every climate and makeup sits on it so well)
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation stick (a stamp on each side of the face is enough, it was extremely humid and I didn’t want to cake or bake in any shape or form) and blend with a beauty blender
  • A sweep of Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish powder (this is seriously amazing!) under the eyes and down the bridge of my nose  to blur imperfections whilst letting the skin breathe
  • A spritz of MAC’s Prep & Prime Spray
  • I didn’t use a highlighter but if you wanted to take the glow to the next level I would recommend Becca’s Highlighter in Champagne Pop

Makeup Remover

Removing your makeup is just as important as the creams you use (don’t skip it! the white heads and red spots just aren’t worth it)

I use all Lancôme products for this.

  • Bi-Facil (to remove the eyeliner and mascara)
  • Lait Galatée Confort with Honey and Sweet Almond Milk (to remove the foundation)

  • Tonique Confort with Acacia Honey (once you’ve removed your makeup, add a splash of this to a cotton pad and dab on)

 

So there you have it, an in depth guide to how I treat my skin…and although I am guilty of forgetting to follow some steps (ahem *falling asleep with my makeup on* ahem) I really see a difference when I take care of it.

 

The beauty tab on this blog has some natural face masks you can add to your Skincare routine (“The One” is my absolute favourite!)

 

I hope it’s been helpful and if you have any questions – drop me a message 😊

 

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