Seven steps to cleansing heaven

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It’s an important step in your skincare regime, says The Mumster, so take as much care removing your make-up as you do putting it on

I love wearing make-up, but there’s something almost meditative about the routine of taking it off at night. Which is just as well as my three-step routine has now expanded to six.

But it’s not about spending a fortune (although that is incredibly easy to do), rather more about finding a routine that works for you and your budget and lifestyle.

Step one: cleanse

I do like a balm to take my make-up because they are highly effective to matter how heavy duty the slap you’re wearing but they don’t leave your skin feeling stripped of its natural oils.

I was given some Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balmas a present and it is wonderful – thick and scented with lavender. However, it’s just so expensive. I’ve also tried Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm, which is nice but more grainy, even after warming in your hands (do this for all balms).

At the moment, I’m using Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Micro Cleansing Balm, which feels lovely and light and doesn’t really have any scent. Waiting in the wings is Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanseras my skin has become more sensitive and a bit flaky. (I’ll let you know if it and the Lotus and Orange Blossom Bioaffinity Tonic toner that came as part of a deal make any difference.)

For my eyes, I prefer a dedicated remover and my favourite for years has been Klorane Sensitive Eye Makeup Remover Lotion. It even removes waterproof and long wear make-up with ease without pulling the delicate skin around the eye.

Step two: tone

Some people don’t bother with this step, but I always have. It’s good for removing any cleansing product that might be left on the skin and I find it refreshing. Right now I am using Vichy Pureté Thermal Perfecting Toner, but really anything not too drying will do.

Step three: essence

Yeah, I know – essence. I mean, WTAF?! It’s supposed to activate my skin ready for the serum but I’m half a bottle through and noticed no difference. I shan’t be buying Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotionagain.

Step four: serum

I’m in love with Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. I’m on my second bottle and I have a third waiting (I got it with Boots points while there was a deal on). My skin feels smooth and soft since I’ve been using it. It’s light enough to use during the day, too, and I shall definitely be carrying on.

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Step five: moisturiser

I’ve tried loads. LOADS. I love the scent of Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Creamand my skin did look better after using it but again, it’s flipping expensive (although you can hunt out deals on eBay and QVC). At the moment I’m using Caudalie Resveratrol Night Infusion Creamand I am happy with it. It has a pleasing subtle scent and while it looks thick in the jar, it actually melts easily into the skin.

For eyes, I was using Philosophy Time In A Bottle Eye Serum, although I found too drying on its own so I layered on Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream. They’ve both now run out so I have some Avene Soothing Eye Contour Creamon the go and it’s pleasant to use. Certainly cheaper!

Step six: oil

Rosehip Oil is my last step and I love the slightly vegetabley scent of the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. Two to three drops are enough to massage into the face, neck and decolleté and it really feels like I’m locking in the moisture in my skin.

Since I’ve got older, my skin has become a little drier (although it’s still combination) and this oil has definitely helped.

There are plenty of others on the market to chose from – Clarins have been doing them for years and they have a variety tailored to your skin’s needs. It may seem counterintuitive to put more oil on an oily face but it really works: stripping the natural oils is just likely to make your skin go into overdrive and produce too much oil.

Step seven: lashes and brows

It seems to be a common problem that as we get older, we lose hair from where we’d like it and gain it where we don’t. A few years ago, I noticed that my lashes and brows were more sparse than before. After reading lots of reviews, I purchased RapidLash Eye Lash Enhancing Serum and I am impressed.

I could see the difference within a month and was so impressed I bought RapidBrow Eye Brow Enhancing Serumand my brows started to fill in, too.

Now that my lashes and brows have gone back to how they were, I switched to slightly cheaper alternatives: Oceanic Long4Lashes FX5 Power Formula Eyelash Serumand Hollyberry Premium Eyebrow Growth Enhancing Serum. Both are available from Amazon.

So is it a quick wet wipe around the face for you? A lick and a promise or, do you luxuriant in an indulgent routine? We’d love to know.

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