I took Belle with me on tour last week for our show in Solihull. We were getting into bed in the hotel and I was just getting comfy when she looked across as me accusingly.
‘Are you not even going to take your make-up off?’ she asked horrified.
‘No,’ I said, ‘should I?’
She gave me a wipe. Apparently the answer was yes.
I hardly ever wear make-up, so it’s not something I really think about. I rarely think about my skin full stop to be honest – I wash my face in the shower and slap on a bit of Olay daily fluid afterwards and that’s it. In the past I’ve got away with it and always looked relatively young, but lately I’ve been catching glimpses of myself and ‘weathered’ has been the word that has sprung to mind.
Where once I had smooth, evenly toned skin, I now have sun spots and broken veins and rough, red patches, along with a shiny red nose and forehead.
I KNOW. SEXY.
I thought perhaps it was time to become a woman of the world and get a skincare routine. Okay, so routine might be pushing it a bit, but I thought perhaps I could add in a product or two and see if I couldn’t brighten things up a bit.
I started off by adding in this face scrub peel thing from Dr Levy Switzerland. You can use it on wet or dry skin, or as a quick mask. I was sceptical about exactly how good it could be but man, my skin is SMOOTH after using this, like baby cheek smooth. Even my forehead, which is usually quite bumpy and uneven, felt like a tiny talced bottom.
It’s from Skinstation, a premium bespoke skincare service that asks you questions about your skin and any issues and recommends products that can help. They sell all kinds of high end brands including things like SkinCeuticals. It’s not cheap, but I can see how I could get hooked on having skin so smooth I want to casually run my fingers over my own face when I’m out and about.
Then I added in a better sunscreen. My usual has SPF 15, which is something, but clearly not cutting it. I found one instead with SPF50, which also claimed to be matifying. I always worry that sunscreens end up sticky and greasy, but this one really doesn’t, it absorbs after a few minutes and leaves my skin feeling completely dry.
And that’s it!
Okay, so like I said, not exactly a routine, but baby steps right? It felt nice at least to be doing something that felt like it was just for me.