Friday, January 3

Bedtime Skincare Routine | The Italian Chick

Hello and Happy New Year to you all!
Today's post is made for all of those who spent the last couple of weeks eating, partying and going to sleep at 4 a.m. without even removing -full on glitter smokey eyes- makeup before bed. Yes, you're right. This is especially made for you reading. After all these festivities, i bet you're feeling tired, unhealthy and also a bit guilty. There's no need to be. partying is nice and so much fun.
 The most important thing is to learn how to handle the hangover.
So today i'm gonna tell you how i take care of my poor, tired skin after all the previous jazz, with special reference to that time of the day where we all slow down, relax after a stressful day and take a moment to treat ourself: Bedtime.

From Left to right:
  • First Step, is removing makeup. Having a clean skin is essential to avoid bad brakeouts and impurities. To provide clean skin, i picked up three products. Don't worry, they're all pretty easy to find, and drugstore-proof. First is the Dermolab cleansing moisturising oil. As you can see, this is a very well loved (and used) product of mine. This purple number is very easy to use, and provides a deep, yet delicate performance: you need to dot a few dots on your fingertips, and massage it on dry skin,  where you have make up. Then, with wet hands, start creating a very delicate foam, and rinse with warm water. This is great if your skin is dry to very dry. Next, is the classic eye-makeup remover: It's the Garnier Sensitive Essential Delicate Cleansing Milk. This milk is perfect for sensitive skin, as it's alchool, colour and scent free. Just Apply it on a cotton pad, and gently remove any make up residues. Lastly, another cleanser. I am a firm believer in Double Cleansing. First step, is to remove make up. Then we need another to remove pollution and impurities. This is also the moment where you can add a daily exfoliator, for extra cleansing. Instead, i picked a more gentle mousse-soap: the Garnier Fresh Essential: this is very delicate yet provides a deep clean, and leaves your skin feeling clean and extreamely fresh. I use this both when i wake up and when i go to sleep.
  • Next, -what a surprise!- we have a face mask. I've already expressed my deep love for face masks, especially H&M ones (like the one in the picture, in particular this is the Cocont Water Moisture Mask) on this blog. You can find more info Here: 

  • After removing the mask, it is time to moisturise the skin. My current favourite night moisturiser is from Lush. It's called Charity Pot,and its made with Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, moisturizing almond oil and  ylang ylang. It's just so rich and makes your skin look nourished and extreamely soft.
  • Let's take care of our lips now. During the colder months, it is very good to exfoliate them with a gentle Lip Scrub, in order to remove any dry patches, and leave them soft and hydrated. The one i'm currently loving is from Lush's festive collection, so limited edition. It's called Santa's Lip Scrub. They also have permanent ones. Honestly, they're the best, but if you wanna save yourself a little money, just made your own with honey and caster sugar. After that, you're gonna wanna apply a very nice moisturising lip balm. Just pick your favourite, mine is from Sephora.
  • And finally. Let's not forget to treat our hands. After being mistreated all day out in the cold, it's only fair that we take a moment to apply a nice Hand Cream. Again, there's plenty of choice, form high end to drugstore to organic ones. Mine is from the pharmacy, and it's the Vichy Essentielles hand Cream. I love this so much, i guess i'm already on my third tube, and it's quickly running out. It's very very delicate, yet it works. And smells like roses. wow.
And that's it for today! I really hope you guys found it useful! As always thank you so much for all your support, and let me know if you've done this routine yourself. Again, have an happy and safe 2014!
Lots of love, Meg x