If you are reading this blog, you probably read other beauty blogs and magazines, and like me, you probably get excited when you read reviews of new products or intrigued by this or that new thing that promised to keep you looking glowing and wonderful forever after. As nice as it is to have a drawer or a cupboard full to the brim with gorgeous products, all too often we have way more than we need.
I always advocate for keeping things simple, and this is no exception. Through using beauty products for years, reading and being a skincare and make up buyer for a short stint I've picked up some tips as to what is necessary and what isn't. This is not to say that you shouldn't use these, but if your budget doesn't allow it or if you like to keep things simple, these are the things you can do without.
Your skin regenerates itself while you sleep and it gets rid of toxins, and if you want to allow it do its thing, going night cream free is the best thing you can do. If your skin is on the dry side, you can use a serum or, better still, an oil. Rosehip oil is fantastic and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is also brilliant for night time.
I'm all for exfoliating, but scrubs are actually not nice at all for your skin, and this is one of the only occasions when you'd hear me say that the natural versions are actually worse. They are so harsh on your skin and they scratch and damage it, so use a chemical exfoliant once a week (Dermalogica and REN do excellent versions) and ditch the scrubs!
Using a primer every day
Unless you have very oily skin, you don't really need a primer every day. Nowadays there are so many types of them: radiance boosting, mattifying, colour correcting.... Sure, they are great for special occasions when you want your make up to stay put, but for every day use, a dusting of powder will keep your foundation in place or a dab of a highlighter will give you the glow you need without having to put another layer onto your skin.
Expensive eye make up removers
The best and most effective eye make up remover I have ever used is coconut oil, and you can get a jar for around £6.50. I use the one by Lucy Bee, which is organic and Fair trade.
I have asked myself for years if toners do anything and have finally reached the conclusion that they are a pretty pointless step in your skincare routine. They may feel refreshing but they actually don't add anything beneficial. In fact, many toners have alcohol (I'm looking at you, Caudalie's Beauty Elixir), which will dry your skin out. If you still like to spritz your face when it's hot, rosewater or a can of thermal water (Avene, Vichy, La Roche Posay and Evian all do similar products) is more than enough.
A drawer full of foundations
Gone are the days when you had one foundation. Now we all seem to have at least 5 different ones. The truth is you only "need" one which is medium coverage and a tinted moisturiser and that should see you through the year.
Moisturiser in the summer
Choose a good SPF to use over an oil or serum and you are good to go. I like La Roche Posay's best but Murad, Eucerin and Neutrogena do great options too. Check out my post about sunscreens for more information and product recommendations.
I'd love to hear what products you could easily live without.