Thursday, 10 September 2020

My Skincare Regime | Beauty

I know I finished my last blog post telling you I was writing some lockdown blogs but do you know what, I've decided to park lockdown.....I want to forget it for now. I'm praying there won't be another and focusing on something that's been on my to-do list for ages and has nothing to do with covid....my skincare regime.

I used to have a mix of all sorts of everything - cheap gimmicky stuff that I saw on social media, more expensive products that promised the sun, moon and stars & never delivered, and in-between priced stuff that was just ok. A mix of brands and price points and basically a WHOLE lot of bottles in the bathroom cabinet.

Then about 5 years ago, I got some samples of Epionce in a beauty salon and it started a journey. I started to buy from the range, loved it and blogged about it. Shortly after, the local stockist of Epionce, Woodford Clinic, got in touch and invited me in for some treatments and now and after several years working together, I was asked to be brand ambassador last year.

Now I don't exclusively use Epionce because even thought I'm a brand ambassador, they don't force me to use only their products and that's another reason why I work with them because every skincare regime has a little bit of a mix. For me, I've a four other brands in the mix, the first of which is my eye make up remover....Nivea Double Effect.

Nivea Double Effect
Nivea Double Effect (currently half price in Boots - affiliate link)

This is definitely an area to cut skincare costs because Nivea Double Effect is a rocket of a beauty product, doing a better job than eye make up removers 4 or 5 (or at the moment 10) times the price. I also use it to remove any trace of lip liner or stain.

Elemis Cleansing Balm
Then I cleanse with Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm (affiliate link). This is just incredible and well worth the investment. I tend to ask for it as a birthday or Christmas gift as a little goes a long way with a tub lasting about 6 months. I massage it all over my face and then use a warm flannel to remove my makeup. I'm currently using the Rose version but I must admit that even though I love rose as a fragrance usually, I much prefer the original version of this balm, on the link above.

Epionce Cleanser and Toner
If I've worn foundation that day, I do a second cleanse with the Epionce Milky Lotion Cleanser. If you're not a fan of balm, this would work for both cleanses. I follow with a spritz of Purifying Toner on a cotton pad. This toner leaves my skin tingling and refreshed - it's my favourite part of the routine and really gets the skin properly ready for Lytic.

You'll have heard of granular scrubbing exfoliators and retinols but Epionce don't advocate the use of these products at home and instead they have developed their creamy resurfacing product, Lytic to gently do what an exfoliator would do, without any abrasion or damage to the skin. There are different formats of Lytic according to your skin - I use Lytic TX

Epionce Lytic

I think it fair to say that this is the hero product of the range. You can read more about it on this link. There's heaps of independent research behind it and I can't argue as my skin is the happiest it's ever been. In the morning, after waiting 5-7 minutes for the Lytic to take effect, I apply my Epionce Renewal Facial Cream, which is a gorgeous product that you can really feel rehydrating the skin. It comes in a lotion format for normal/oily skin. 

Epionce Renewal Facial Cream

But at night I follow my Lytic with this beaut of a face oil - Garden of Wisdom Prickly Pear Face Oil.

Garden of Wisdom Prickly Pear Oil
I always use a face oil before bed but I'm only a recent convert to this  particular one after reading how Prickly Pear Oil is Nigella Lawson's skin saviour on the Victoria Health blog. It only arrived a week or so ago and it has not disappointed...my skin feels amazing the next day!

A couple of nights a week, I don't use the oil and instead after my Lytic, I use 2-3 drops of Tan Luxe (med/dark - affiliate link) in my Renewal Facial Cream to give me a bit of a colour the next morning.

Tan Luxe Self Tanning Drops
It's the only facial tan product that doesn't bring me out in spots - you can buy a travel size on this link before committing to a full bottle, which is what I did to make sure it didn't react with my skin. It was an instant hit.....I know lots of you use it too.

In the morning, I just cleanse once using the Epionce Milky Lotion Cleanser & a cool facecloth, followed by toner, lytic, moisturiser & SPF - either the tinted one worn alone (in the grey bottle) or the untinted one if I'm wearing foundation (in the white tube)

Finally, once a week, I make time to put this delicious product on my face...

Epionce Enriched Facial Mask
It's just heaven in a tube. Not just a nice smelling creamy mask, it's designed to rapidly repair, strengthen and fortify the skin barrier, increasing elasticity and firmness. If you've ever had a peel at the Woodford Clinic, you'll know that your therapist massages this mask on your face in with cooling balls during your treatment and it's the best feeling ever! You can buy the balls online and keep them in the freezer to recreate the experience. It's not as good but close enough. 

It can seem like an expensive regime and I know it isn't going to be for everyone for that reason but even if I wasn't an ambassador for Epionce, I would still buy the products. I don't think you can get away with cheaper skincare once you're in your 40's and 50's, so it's an investment that if you can make it, will pay dividends in terms of healthier, younger looking skin. From being tortured with hormonal chin acne, I can now count on one hand the spots I've had in the past 18 months. From being the norm, they're now very much the exception. 

Obviously, you wouldn't be expected to buy it all at once so where should you start with a more high end brand like Epionce? What's the best first produce to buy? I say the SPF first from the point of view of anti ageing. I'm evangelistic about SPF because if worn every day, it will stop you skin from ageing - in fact studies have found that consistent usage of SPF can actually reverse some of the signs of ageing

When I ask Mervyn Patterson the doctor who brought Epionce to Northern Ireland, he'll say the Lytic product and when I ask my friend who has built up her regime slowly over the past couple of years, she says the Enriched Facial Mask. All good options to consider if you're fed up of buying products that don't do what they say on the tin. The beauty industry is full of claims and promises that have no independent research to back them up. Epionce is coming down with independent research and regularly put their products forward for it because they know they have one of the best dermatologist led brands in the world and I'm proud to work with them. If you're interested in the research and origins of the brand, you can read more on this link.


As always, leave a comment if you've any questions. Please note, I am a brand ambassador for Epionce but was not asked or paid to write this blog post.


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