I must admit, until recently I’ve committed the ultimate sin in skin care… used baby wipes to remove my daily make-up and never gave a second thought to what lotions or potions could help keep my pores looking pristine. At the age of 32 I’m not getting any younger, having said that *thankfully*my face isn’t quite looking like a road map of China just yet, but I have started to get conscious that skin care should really become more of priority than it’s been in the past. Now that autumn is upon us and the colder weather is firmly setting in, I thought it was high time I took hold of my senses and treated my face to a few new products that will hopefully help keep my complexion looking fresh and fabulous, particularly for the harsh winter months ahead.
And so my story begins… Three weeks ago (whilst browsing the shelves of Superdrug) I noticed a special offer on the range of Olay Skin Care products. Being a total virgin to this cleanse/tone/moisturise malarkey I thought it would be a pretty safe place to start. Not really expecting any major skin developments I began my new nightly routine and discovered to my utter amazement how beneficial it was in as little as 48 hours. Not only does my skin feel incredible, it looks so much smoother, younger and my make-up is remaining much fresher throughout the day. My lumpy bumpy pores are now a thing of the past and in their place is a dewy (rather youthful!) complexion.
My only complaint: why haven’t I done this sooner?!
So here’s what I’m using…
Step One: Cleanse using Olay Gentle Foaming Refreshing Face Wash
The smell of this product won me over instantaneously – it was indeed love at first sniff. Having used it now for just under a month, I must admit it leaves my face feeling incredibly clean, soft and not a hint of tightness or irritation. All I do is simply squirt a small amount into my wet hands, massage onto face, rinse off with warm water and pat my skin dry. Easy peasy!
Step Two: Refresh using Olay Gentle Refreshing Toner
The toner I was quite sceptical off, what could this little bottle do that the face wash doesn’t? Erm, a heck of a lot actually! To use I pour a few drops onto a cotton pad, wipe over my face and gasp in horror at the hidden dirt and grime it manages to draw from my pores. It’s incredible. Just like the face soap it smells beautiful, feels invigorating and leaves my skin silky smooth. I’m a Toner convert.
Step Three: Rehydrate & Moisturise using DermaPure Youth Effects Night Creme
Basic moisturising lotions aren’t something I’ve used regularly in the past, let alone specific hydrating treatments such as night crèmes. However after seeing this little tub of DermaPure Youth Effects Night Creme I decided to give it whizz. Straight after I use my toner I’ll rub this gently onto my skin and leave to work its magic while I sleep – the results being a hydrated face in the morning that feels so soft and healthy. It may be a little over oily for some, but my skin is really enjoying the much needed nourishment. I’ve already used an entire tub and will undoubtedly be replenishing my stocks. Thumbs up for DermaPure!
Considering I’ve went from baby wipes to what feels like a full blown night-time regime, I honestly thought I would tire and slip back to my old habits. However the results have been so obvious that I actually look forward to my three step nocturnal process. Am I being a complete weirdo or is there something oddly satisfying about seeing a grimy cotton pad at the end of it all? Bizarre, I know!
If you haven’t yet got yourself into a regular night time skin care routine I’d highly recommend you do – honestly, you’ll not look back. As handy as wipes may be, they simply don’t do the job properly and end up causing more harm than good. However if like myself, you’re a bit unsure of where to start I’d encourage you to try the Olay range, its simple, smells amazing and the results for me were almost instantaneous… and to top it off at well under £10 for both items it’s an absolute bargain for beautiful skin.
If you have any recommendations or tips for a night-time skin routine please leave them in the comments below, I’d love to read them!