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Skincare Extras

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So a little while ago I did my Morning and Evening skincare routine, and I planned to put up the skincare extras post the next week, but I realised that I don't have many extras to show you. However I have been trying out some face masks and treatments to see which ones my skin reacts best to so here I will talk to you about what they all do and when I like to use them. Separate reviews will be up over the next few weeks.

First up is the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moisture Mask, I hadn't heard much on this and considering the cleansing balm is a beauty favourite which I absolutely love. However this, like the Origins Drink Up mask, is to hydrate and condition the skin, leaving your skin soft, plump and healthy. This mask isn't as expensive as the cleansing balm and doesn't get half as much publicity and rave reviews, however I really do love to use this when my skin looks dull and grey, and when it just looks like it needs a moisture boost. This I leave on for 10-15 minutes then use a muslin cloth or flannel to remove it using a buffing motion.I already mentioned the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask, I have the Overnight version as I love to layer products on overnight so that my skin has the time it needs to heal and turnover cells. This is a more intensive moisture mask as it is an overnight one but when morning comes and its time to get up, my face has a healthy glow and my makeup just glides over my face and doesn't sink in to any lines or creases.
On to cleansing masks next, and my favourite is the Soap & Glory Fab Pore Mask & Peel. This really goes into the pore to get out all the nastiness and congestion that may be there and it feels cool whilst on the face and when you remove it, your face feels refreshed and clean. I leave this on normally for about 10 minutes, sometimes less depending on how my skin is, but I tend to use this when my skin is looking or feeling congested and not clean.
Radiance next, and I think everyone has heard of both of these at one point or another. The REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask and the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. Both really help to make skin look radiant, healthy and youthful. The Elemis one is a good one to start out on as it's not a strong peel. It smells very fruity and doesn't irritate the skin and I really love to use this if my skin is in a reasonably good condition and doesn't need a moisture boost or a strong chemical peel or exfoliation. This is just a nice middle ground to keep the skin looking healthy and radiant.

As I mentioned in my Evening Skincare Routine, I also use Chemical Exfoliators. These are things like the Alpha H Liquid Gold  and the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner. The Liquid Gold is an overnight treatment that is to be applied after toning, and that's it. No moisturiser, which is very difficult to get used to but once you have the hang of not putting a moisturiser with it, its completely fine, I use this every 2-3 nights, the Clarins one is more of a toner that I tend to use in rotation with the Liquid Gold around once a week. I also use it as a bit like a spot treatment. Last weekend, I woke up with tiny red, spots around my nose and up towards my cheek and they were tiny but so red and sore, so I put some of the Clarins toner on and then applied the rest of my skincare and makeup and by the time I took my makeup off that evening the spots were pretty much gone. That is why i love using a chemical exfoliator. Quick, visible results.

Finally, another skincare extra which again I mentioned in my Evening Skincare Routine is 100% Organic Argan Oil. I'm not going to go on and on about how amazing Argan Oil is - Just look it up and you will see. But this is a brilliant product for adding moisture to the skin without a thick layer of moisturiser or if an overnight mask is too much for your skin then Argan Oil would be a great alternative.

What are your weekly Treatments/Skincare Extras?



Sophie

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