I have always been a little OCD when it comes to my skin, to the point that I think there’s only been one time out of my whole 23 years of existence where I’ve forgotten to take my make up off before going to bed. I think I had had a few G&Ts that night, but you can forgive me right? By no means is my skin perfect but I’m thankful to myself for adopting a ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’ approach from a young age, unlike my mother who continues to use baby wipes despite me telling her off! I know some of you may be reading this and thinking, “hey, I’ve used baby wipes for years and my skin looks and feels great”, so please don’t think I’m saying that you should stop doing what you enjoy/works for you, as there are a lot of people out there like my mum who’ve always used baby wipes and are happy with this quick and easy process. But the minute I started taking the time to invest more time into my skin care routine, I’ve never looked back.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on high-end skin care products to get amazing results and I’ve noted my three go-to products that are both affordable and accessible. I’ve tried a number of different brands such as Simple and Garnier to Nip & Fab to L’Oreal but my go-to brand is in fact Nivea.
STEP 1 | CLEANSE
My skin is typically normal with some dry patches on my nose but of late, I’ve noticed that my skin is becoming more and more sensitive which causes me some hassle when buying any new products from brands in which I’ve never tried before. So, when I first discovered the Cleansing Water. I was truly amazed at how gentle it was on my skin, with no tightness, redness or breakouts.
I was first introduced to this product when I was subscribed to Glossybox and I can honestly say that it’s one of the best products I’ve tried for make up removal and cleansing. The product is formulated with Grape Seed Oil, which I’ve spotted in a few of my most-loved products, so I know this is a key ingredient that I like to keep in mind for future purchases. If there was one product I couldn’t give up right now, it would be this for sure!
STEP 2 | EXFOLIATE
You may have noticed that whilst I mentioned that I like to tone my skin following make-up removal and cleansing, I’m not currently using a toner, so I’ve been opting for some light exfoliation to gently scrub away any leftover dirt.
The Gentle Exfoliating Scrub from Nivea is actually the newest product to my skincare routine and, unlike most other face scrubs I’ve tried, this one is extremely light and the formulation is very light with the activating beads to remove any dead skin. Other scrubs I’ve found to have a paste-like consistency and, to be honest, I’m just not into that!
I tend to exfoliate my face twice a week but sometimes I take this product into the shower as it is great for exfoliating the limbs too! Whilst the product is fragranced, it’s by no means overwhelming. In fact, it’s lovely and refreshing and at just £4.07, it definitely won’t break the bank.
STEP 3 | MOISTURISE
I finish up using a moisturiser, as without one I feel like my skin can tighten up. I’m currently using Nivea’s Day Cream from the Pure and Natural range during the day but also at night, but to be honest it’s not the best that I’ve tried.
This cream is great during winter months as it deeply nourishes your skin and provides an intense, soothing moisture but in all honesty, I doubt that I’ll be using this product during spring and summer months but you never know, summers in the UK can be very temperamental! Although I am enjoying using Nivea’s range of beauty products, I feel that this cream is quite rich and heavy causing it to feel slightly greasy if I apply too much – so the moral of that story is, don’t apply too much! So, that’s my budget evening skin care routine! Once the summer months come around and as my skin changes, there’ll be some new products featuring on the blog but until then, let me know if you have ever used any products from the Nivea ranges. Do you have any evening skin care products that you can’t live without? Drop me a comment…