The Basics: Skincare

Skincare is a vital part of anyones daily routine. You can build up your skincare routine to include a fair few steps, but start of by nailing the 3 essentials - cleanse, tone & moisturise. You can venture in to the world of serums,  oils treatments and masks if you want but they are more of a luxury than a requirement. 

Step 1: Cleanse.
It's pretty self explanatory really - you need to cleanse your skin to remove any makeup but cleansing also helps to remove any impurities from the skin. Impurities can find there way into your pores from pollution or even air conditioning! They can clog your pores and cause breakouts which is never nice! Starting with an eye-makeup remover, like the Garner Express 2in1, first to stop that from being spread around my face before I use a cleanser. I have a few cleansers but my two favourites are the Clarins Water Comfort One Step Cleanser and the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. My top tip for cleansing is always double cleanse. Cleansing the first time removes any makeup you're wearing and the second cleanse will cleanse the skin and pores.

Step 2: Tone.
Toner has a two functions, depending on when you use it. In the 3-step skincare routine you would use it once you have cleansed to remove any excess cleanser that you haven't wiped off and to close the pores in your skin. However, you can use toner to refresh the skin too - this normally works best with a toner in a spray bottle. Other than that, there's not much else too it.. It's just a quick and easy step that helps to completely rid of anything left on your skin, rebalance the pH in the skin and close the pores.

Step 3: Moisturise.
Cleansing and toning will remove some of the moisture in skin but that can't be avoided so we restore that with a moisturiser. Moisturisers are one of the most difficult products to chose because it's really important you find one that will work for your skin. Your skin will fall into one of the following categories: oily, combination, normal or dry - it's important to find a moisturiser that is targeted at that skin type.

If you're skin is dry, you're going to need a more nourishing and maybe even thicker cream; if it's oily you will need something that will help balance that oil and a thiner consistency; normal you will need something that is going to focus on replenishing the moisture and for combination skin, you're going to need a cream that will moisturise the dry skin but without being too much for the skin that isn't dry. Once you've established a good basic moisturiser, you can start to combat other issues like hyper-pigmentation (darkening of an area of skin caused by the overproduction of pigment or melanin). 

Claris HydraQuench & Blue Orchid Oil

Dehydration is a problem majority of us face, whether it's because we just don't drink enough water or we're avid fans of snuggling up and turning up the heating. Typically dehydrated skin appears lackluster and dull, sallow or "tired," it also doesn't "bounce back" easily and is more prone to congestion (bumps, blackheads) and acne. The easiest way to tell though, is how your skin feels once you've washed it. If it feels tight and uncomfortable, then you're dehydrated!

The HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase is the thinest serum texture I've ever had my hands on. Although it'a bi-phase serum, it doesn't feel particularly oily and feels more like water that instantly soaks into the skin. According to Clarins, it's an intensive, moisture-replenishing bi-phase facial serum that revives ultra-thirsty skin. Acting at all levels of the skin it helps to restore the skin's natural hydration mechanisms and maintain moisture levels for newly replenished skin. The active ingredients in the serum are: Katafray, Sorbier bud and Chondrus crispus extracts, which work to reinforce the surface skin’s barrier effect and boost skin hydration and radiance. 

The HydraQuench Cream is a lightweight and silky, smooth to apply and feather-light on the skin. It absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves you feeling refreshed and hydrated. As part of the same range as the serum, the key ingredient in the cream is Katafray, which is a bark from a tree in Madagascar.

The Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil is a targeted treatment for dehydrated skin that tones, revitalises and restores radiance to moisture-depleted skin. 100% natural plant extract the oil uses the principles of aromatherapy and phytotherapy to help balance the skin. Made from 100% pure plant extracts, this face oil contains extracts of Rosewood, Patchouli and Blue Orchid. Added Hazelnut Oil helps prevent moisture loss and the formation of fine lines. I use this in the evening, once I've cleansed and toned my skin, in place of a night cream.

As a trio, these products help to keep my skin looking healthy and feeling refreshed. I can definitely notice when I haven't applied the serum and moisturiser. My skin feels smoother without makeup and my makeup does apply more evenly and looks fresher for longer when on top of the HydraQuench products.