A Summer Skincare Regime

One of the many perks to my profession is being able to trial skincare, haircare and makeup products and let you know all about it. I know that doesn't necessarily make it any easier to purchase but at least you have it on good authority that the products actually work.

My current morning and evening skincare regime consists of five products; Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil, Medik8 Clay Mask, Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cream, Creme de la Mer Eye Balm and St Tropez Gradual Tan for the body. I also use a sunscreen and prefer an alcohol based waterproof spf50 as I live next to the sea and often find myself in the water.

Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil - The Shu Uemura cleansing oils are often found in a makeup artists kit. There are six in the range, from anti-shine through to brightening. If I had my way, I would like to have all six colourful oils lined up on the bathroom shelf, possibly backlit for extra effect. Along with Dermalogica Precleanse, it is a fantastic one stop cleanser to a clean, makeup free complexion. The anti/oxi claims to rid your skin of pollutants and leave your skin glowing and it really does deliver. I am not one for cotton wool application and warm towel removal...so 2 pumps, a vigorous face rub and I know that all traces of the day will be removed. I might also add that it lasts FOREVER! If your skin is swaying towards the oily, then I can recommend Shu Uemura Porefinist Gentle Foaming Cleansing Water. 

Medik8 Clay Mask - If you haven't come across the Medik8 range then you are truly in for a treat! The professional strength, solution specific products tackle even the smallest skin problem and it isn't just your standard 'buy over the counter', the products are only sold by skincare experts who can advise you. I was first introduced to this range by Fiona Dilazzaro at Skin Associates (www.skinassociates.co.uk). Having turned 30 I wanted to up my game in the skincare ball-park and Fiona helped by introducing concentrated forms of Vitamin A and C into my regime. It made a massive difference. My skin felt plump and youthful, without the grey palour that had crept in through too much filming and not enough play time. It is a range that I now turn to whenever I'm working as I know my skin could do with a little extra help. Oops back to the Clay Mask! I wanted a mask that would help minimise pores and remove the layer of London that seemed to be permanently on my face. And so far so good! I've been using it twice a week for the last six weeks and it is safe to say that outbreaks have decreased and I have had lots of comments about a 'glowing complexion'. It also doesn't dry my skin out as some masks tend to do.

Chantecaille Rose de Mai Moisturising Cream - At £175 a pot, this cream does not come cheap....but is it worth it? I don't really know is the answer! Agh how infuriating! It ticks a whole heap of boxes..smells great, glorious texture, leaves my skin perfectly hydrated, no residue and as I've mentioned before, people have commented on a certain glow (and no, I'm not pregnant). What I think I need to do is alter the way I'm looking at my moisturiser. In a funny way I'm hoping to find the anti-ageing miracle, where once applied, my face will become ten years younger overnight. Newsflash Flora! That product doesn't exist! So having re-alligned my moisturiser thoughts, the Rose de Mai is quite simply wonderful. If you can afford it, buy it. You need less due to its richness so therefore it lasts longer. Yes it might be a placebo but my face likes the feel of £175 so whilst I have it, I shall do nothing but rave about it.

Creme de la Mer Eye Balm - When you first use the Eye Balm it can be a little disapointing. Firstly it is the colour of pale sludge and secondly my 'eyeskin' stayed the same. I guess I was expecting the skin to visibly constrict like an oyster to lemon, becoming newborn baby-like in an instant. But having persevered for six weeks and I really, truly think that there is something 'legit' to this Creme de la Mer hype. The fine lines that had started to appear have softened and dare I say it started to disappear. I still have the pot to finish but watch this space and if I repurchase then I shall be shouting from the rooftops! p.s. The Creme de la Mer Lipbalm is a personal favourite of mine. It is subtly minty, lightweight, semi-matte (great for men) and oh so moisturising. I always have a couple in my kit as I have yet to meet an actor who doesn't love it and wants to take it home.

St Tropez Gradual Tan - I have issues with dodgy fake tan. There is just no need to be streaky! Or orange! Wash, exfoliate, dry, apply St Tropez all over your body in circular motions until dry and voila! If you are a bit hesitant then mix it with a little moisturiser so that the tan is diluted and less likely to grab in certain areas. They have something for everyone and the fact that you can gradually build up a colour that suits your own skintone is fantastic. In the past they have helped fake tan hundreds of Welshmen to look like battle hardened warriors in 'Wrath of the Titans' and the population of Planet Barsoom in 'John Carter'. Never before have the makeup department looked so healthy! 'One for you....two for me'.

And there you have it. My current skincare regime, tried and tested for you!

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