If you have hung around this blog for more than about five minutes you will know plenty about my obsession with Clarins. I came across this skincare tag on a few different blogs and thought it would be a good way to share a little more about my skin type and other products I use.
What's your skin type?
I have dry dehydrated skin. I very rarely experience oily patches and any spots tend to be lifestyle related. At times, it can genuinely look like half my face is falling off due to the amount of dry patches I have! My skin can often feel tight and I get patches of redness associated with mild rosacea.
What's your favourite skincare product?
Clarins Hydraquench Cream. Its not cheap as far as moisturisers go, for such a small jar, but as a little goes a really long way, it does last for ages. I also never feel as though I need to top up my moisture during the day.
Top Blemish Zapper?
I don't really suffer spots that often so this isn't really a product I tend to buy. If I do have a small breakout, I tend to try and keep really on top of my skincare routine and limit the amount of make up I wear until it starts to clear up.
Face Wipes yay or nay?
I'm a terrible blogger because I use make up wipes all the time! My argument is that it's got to be better for my skin to take my make up off in one way or another, rather than going to bed with it on right?! I also don't really like taking my make up off with my cleanser as I just don't feel like I've removed it all properly or feel properly 'clean'. When I'm being good, I'll take the majority off with a wipe, and then follow up with cleanser etc.
Toner yay or nay?
Big fat nay!! I would love to have that refreshed clean feeling that people talk about, but unfortunately for me all it does is make my skin feel very dry, very tight and very sore! I thought that was what toner did as all toners seemed to do that to me. I don't really feel my skincare routine is missing anything by skipping this step, as I take off my cleanser with a hot damp cloth and follow up with a serum instead.
High end skincare or high end makeup?
Skincare always. I would call Clarins a high end skincare brand and it took me months to find a skincare routine that worked for me, so I'm not about to deviate away from it with a cheaper brand. I am mindful of what foundation I buy, but in terms of blusher, eye make up etc it doesn't really matter to me how much I pay for that.
What's the most unusual skincare product you've tried?
After my post about my rosacea I was sent a sample of Dermalex Repair Cream to try. It wasn't 'unusual' as such, but it smelt a bit funny and didn't really do anything for me at all.
You're in a French pharmacy and can only pick one item - what is it?
No surprises here but I'm going to pick a Clarins product! Despite what I said about using make up wipes, one of my favourite products is Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover. The oily combination makes it really gentle and removes every trace of eye make up - including Benefit They're Real Mascara (which takes some shifting!) without feeling like I've really dragged at my eyes.
Tell us your top skincare tip?
Drink plenty of water, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and get enough sleep. As well as being good choices in terms of your overall health and well being, it will also show on your skin. Good skincare starts from the inside.