In post 1 we covered Cleansing & Toning - now it's time for...
After I've cleansed and toned the first thing I follow up with is the Kiehls Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence. This stuff is Holy Grail. Like I actually don't quite know what was happening in my life prior to this being in it, and I don't want to live without it ever again. This stuff makes my skin feel super hydrated but it also brightens it. I find sometimes a lot of the really heavy, rich hydration deliverers out there, as much as I am thankful for them, can be a bit much for my skin and leave it hydrated but dull. This guy leaves it hydrated but bright and clear. My spots clear up faster. Scars fade quicker. Everything about this baby is wonderful. You need to go in and try this in store now - it's truly brilliant, and it has the strangest texture. It's oil free but it definitely feels like there's an oil element to it - it's the strangest thing. Whatever it is though, I don't question this. I just put it on my face morning and night after cleansing and let it do it's thing, because that thing it's doing is pretty damn good.
After that bad boy it's a serum - in the morning I'm reaching for the Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. This is a wonder cream. I have allergies and a permanent cold in winter, so I'm always blowing my nose and there's usually a fairly permanent bit of dry skin because of that. Once I introduced this, in combination with the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream*, into my routine that dry skin went away. This serum is super light and again delivers maximum hydration whilst keeping my skin bright and not looking weighed down with product. I find it's gentle enough I can take it all the way up to under my eyes with no problems, which is a massive bonus for me as my eyes are always watering and the skin underneath them is permanently in a state of rawness and dehydration - the combination of which means most products that deliver the hydration make the raw skin burn like hell - generally not fun! As for the moisturiser? It's rich and creamy and helps to protect my face from the elements. I like the texture, it sinks in quickly despite how incredibly hydrating it is and all round it's a 10/10!
Since I mentioned eyes we'll go there - when my eczema is out in full force I use the La Roche Posay Cicaplast B5 on my lids and it's still the only thing that's not my prescribed eczema cream that I find I can put on my eyelids without causing burning and irritation. I pop this over the lid at night and in the morning it's always less inflamed and less flakey - I really can't recommend this product enough to those of you with sensitive skin or similar conditions to eczema!
For my eye cream I'm currently switching between the Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate and the La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Contour Yeux* (not pictured). Sometimes I even go a bit crazy and layer them both - the Kiehl's one is more of a serum texture and firms the skin, smoothing out the fine lines prior to make up application. The La Roche Posay one does nothing but hydrate, which is completely fine - it's not anti-aging, other than that hydration is the number one way to make skin look youthful, it's not firming, it's not brightening - it just hydrates. And I thoroughly enjoy it, it's much lighter than the Kiehl's one and the lighter texture is quite soothing and cooling if my skin is irritated.
From eyes to lips it's an old favourite - the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm is a thick balm which I use at night and let it sink in while I sleep. I permanently have a blocked nose in winter and during my sleep I definitely breath through my mouth because of it, so my lips can become super dry even more thickly than normal. This is really effective and if it's really bad then I can use it during the day as it doesn't look too awful on it's own, though it's a bit thick for using lip colours over (despite me seeing many bloggers claim to use this under a matte lipstick, so don't take my word for it!)
Last thing here is my night time serum - the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. An oldie but a darn goodie. I always have this in stock and can't imagine being without it! No matter what my skin needs - to be plumped, hydrated, brightened or soothed - this one does it. This serum hovers at a reasonable price point, it's not cheap but definitely doesn't go to the crazy prices that some other serums do these days. This is one of the few things that if I put it on my skin I can 100% see a difference the next day, and in the long run it fades scarring from past breakouts - in addition to making the healing process of current blemishes speed up.
As far as night creams go I'm switching between a few, so I'm not going to pick out one in particular - I'm enjoying Lancome Hydra Zen and the Origins Mega Mushroom cream, both of which are soothing and calming and generally deliver good hydration. I'd be quite happy if I ended up with another one of either of these, but I wouldn't say I absolutely have to rush out and buy them again once they're done!
You might notice there's no mention of face masques thus far - I've currently got a few new ones to play with and once I'm done making my mind up there that's gonna be a whole other blog post! Keep your eyes peeled ;)