Charlotte: Whilst chatting to our new lovely set of RMW Real Brides it seemed one of their main concerns was clear skin for W-day – they are on the look out for a beauty regime that will make their epidermis all glowy and blemish free. Now then, not everything will work for everyone – we are all different after all. However, I thought it might be worth Team RMW sharing our routines (as in our complete routines – “wonder” products and weekly/monthly treats included) and open up for discussion with you lovelies.
Sound like a plan?
Awesome. Any excuse to talk about sexy bathroom cabinet items…..
In truth I don’t have one dedicated regime as such. My skin is hyper sensitive and so I change my products in accordance to how it is behaving on any particular day, from dry and blotchy to a bit of an oily chip pan…although I’m pleased to report that these days, the latter condition appears less and less (there is one benefit to ageing thank the lord.)
To remove make-up I use Boots own brand “Simply Sensitive” Cleaning Lotion – it is only about two quid so you can be pretty generous with it. If I’m dehydrated I’ll just use that and remove residue with Avene Spring Water Spray (instead of Toner) or if I have been wearing some kind of base (i.e. lots of powder/tinted moisturiser) I’ll use Rodial Glamtox Cleanser. A few times a week I like to use the Clarisonic Brush thingy – it seems to remove dead skin cells and keeps my pores relatively clear.
I use a seperate eye make-up remover – the colourless and fragrance-free gel by Avene, it’s the only stuff I’ve found that doesn’t sting yet shifts my (um…four coats) of mascara and blacker than black liquid liner.
To moisturise I swear by Sarah Chapman Intense Hydrating Booster (a serum with heaps of hyaluronic acid in it) followed by Elemis Oxygenating Night Cream (yes even for day) however I am recently having a flirtation with Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Intense Moisture and Renewal Activation Cream as it contains SPF 30 and my little sister swears by it – she has given me a few samples that she managed to blag recently.
For seriously grey and flaky catastrophes I use Aveeno Cream everywhere – even on my lips, it has collodial oatmeal in it that is supposed to soothe irritation and whatnot, seems to do the job rather well and again is reasonably priced – about £6 from most chemists. Eye cream wise I’m yet to find anything that a) I am not allergic to and b) actually moisturises!….Believe it or not I currently dab on a bit of Vaseline and it seems to do the trick – I was recommended to try this by a very fancy Dermatologist lady who said it was as good as anything else…any line erasing/dark shadow removing recommendations would be greatly appreciated though.
For blemishes I use Zindaclin 1% gel as prescribed by my GP, again it seems to stop lumps and bumps in their tracks and doesn’t make my face flare up unlike many other off-the-shelf or indeed over-the-counter products have in the past.
And if you are suffering from weird break outs of any kind I’d say treat yourself to a course of dermabrasion, it is the only facial that makes a real difference on my moony mug.
Jenny: Ok so I have a qualification in skincare… and not much of a regime to speak of!
For years I used baby lotion to moisturise my face with. It was light enough to keep me feeling hydrated and it worked well for my hormonal breakouts. (And by hormonal break outs I mean spots, not some sort of Kevin the teenager strop fest)
I used the Clinique 3 Step, which didn’t agree with my skin at all. Then after I trained using Dermalogica skincare I found something that really suited me. And I liked the way the bottles looked in my bathroom. Because that’s really the only reason I indulged in all the skin prep scrubs, and cleansers, and moisturisers, because I loved the way the bottles looked!
Since my pregnancy with William my skin changed and became super sensitive, so I had to start using products that were completely natural. Everything else just made me spotty. So when I discovered Waitrose Bottom Butter, which I obviously bought for Williams bottom, and used it on my face, the results were like magic! It’s made with olive oil, chamomile, and vanilla, and that’s it. I use it at night as it can be a little heavy for the daytime but it works like a charm!
The more I mess with my skin, the more it complains. Less is definitely more! I love the look of all the luxe serums and pots of creams, and very nearly spent a bucket load of money on that fancy Creme de la Mer cream once, until I had a word with myself and realised it wasn’t a luxury I could justify!
In the run up to my own wedding, the fact I was in my first trimester and feeling a little stressed out had me looking quite spotty indeed. So lots of Sudocrem on the troublesome areas, and consuming water by the gallon was my only resolve!
My biggest skincare secret is something we all have in the kitchen cupboard.
Oats. Rolled Oats, Scotch Oats, Organic Oats, good old Oats.
I exfoliate with Oats, and I bathe with oats. Oats have wonderful anti-inflammatory properites, which I discovered when William had eczema around his eye. I used to put about half a cup of oats into a square muslin cloth and seal it with a hairband, then soak the cloth for about ten minutes and apply the muslin to his face and eyes, and it reduced the redness and soreness, because it looked so sore strangers would come up to me and ask what was wrong with his eye! It was a safer option than the hydracortisone cream the Doctor wanted me to use.
To bathe you use the same technique, poor half a cup of oats into a muslin square and tie all the ends together, then pop in your bath water and soak for as long as you wish, the water will turn milky and your skin will thank you. You can include a stick of cinnamon or vanilla if you fancy something scented!
To exfoliate with Oats its easy peasy:
1 Cup of Oats
1 Table spoon of honey OR a good splash of extra virgin olive oil
Mix with a spoon, and apply head to toe the way you would any other exfoliating lotion in circular motions. You can use it as a face mask too, just apply and leave it to settle for ten or so minutes, then shower off.
Hey my surname is Oatham too. (pronounced Oat-ham). I’m all about the Oats!
Naomi: Alright, I’ll come out and say it… I am not one to spend a clean fortune on my beauty regime. There.
I know, I know… I should be looking after my skin and my looks, making every attempt possible to make sure my face doesn’t end up looking like a wrinkly old (as my Scottish husband would say) bawbag. But I haven’t quite got round to that yet. I’m 25, give me a break.
A cheeky little part of me also doesn’t believe anything that glossy mags or sexy adverts tell me and therefore completely doubts the results of the ten million pounds sterling I’m about to part with for ‘visibly firmer skin’. So I go by two things… my own tried and tested; and recommendations from other (real) women.
And the beauty regime I’ve come up with is this… In the morning, I wash my face with Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. Major high five to all the Liz Lovers out there. I think she either rocks your world, or she doesn’t. Kind of like marmite… and harem pants. After that I use her Skin Tonic Toner and inject some moisture with Kit Cosmetics SPF30 Sunscreen which is a moisturiser, sunscreen and make up primer. Boom.
I live in Australia so it’s vital I wear sunscreen everyday all the time, but I think it’s something us UK women tend to forget about. Consider this your reminder.
Once the day is done and your mascara has done the rounds (does anyone else’s melt sometimes when you open the oven door, or is that just me?) I relish seeing the day’s dirt come off my face. Kind of gross what we slather on really. I am not a wipes kind of girl. I need to see the dirty water go down the plug hole to be sure it’s all off. The product that I highly recommend, and I wear a LOT of eyeliner, is Lush Ultrabland. This just melts my make up off like no other. I also don’t feel like my skin’s very thirsty after using it, so tend to skip the moisturiser.
If I’m in mega crisis and my skin needs some super love, I will not look past the Lush range of Fresh Face Masks. Catastrophe is my favourite. There’s something about blueberries on my face that makes me feel totally pampered.
For all you planning brides out there, if you’re anything like me and you find your back or your arms a bit spotty sometimes, I swear by Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty. It’s a mask you can put on your back and arms that hardens like clay. Once it’s set, I would get Gavin to scrub-a-dub-dub it all off with some exfoliation gloves. Don’t tell anyone… But I used to put it on my bum too, just to give the man a bit of an incentive.
I am now really looking forward to reading everyone else’s tips and tricks. Although beauty regimes are definitely a case of different strokes for different folks, there really is nothing better than being recommended a product that works by someone who actually uses it.
P.S. I swear I don’t work for Lush.
Vix: I have a VERY strict beauty regime that I have stuck to for many years now, if I stray from it then I face the consequences and my face goes pimpletastic! My main three rules are:
1. Never EVER go to sleep with make-up on, I can count on one hand the times I have woken up with a face full of make up on in my life and they have only ever been when I have passed out drunk which is extremely rare (Promise!)
2. Always, always moisturise after a shower/bath.
3. Do not squeeze pimples when they do not need to be squeezed ( I’m sorry I know it’s gross but it does just make them far worse)
4. Do not eat too much rubbish, I always break out if I eat sugary processed food.
I have used the same products for so long now I am not sure what I would do if they were ever discontinued!
1. Simple Face wipes to take my eye make-up off.
2. Clean and Clear Cleanser for the rest of my face.
3. Simple Anti-wrinkle Over Night Cream ( I have used this for many years even though I’m 28…)
All three of these are what I rely on for clear skin. Oh and my miracle product is Sudocrem for any kind of blemish/spot, it’s healing magic draws out the redness overnight and works a treat! Malc and I often go to bed with it dotted on our faces….sexy!
Big Beautiful Love
Charlotte, Jenny, Naomi and Vix xxx