If you haven't already read the first part of this post, then please step back, hold up and read all the background details which I included in What I am using now: Caroline Hirons Double Cleansing Part 2. Morning and you will be fully up to speed to understand what the hell I am talking about in Part 2. If you have already read Part 1, thank you, please proceed and I hope you enjoy this blog post!
I have been following the Caroline Hirons Double Cleansing skincare routine for the last few months and I have found that the evening routine has had the most impact for me. The beauty routine has made a difference to the appearance of my skin, how clean it feels and also I have significantly fewer breakouts. I still get spots especially around my T-zone but they don't tend to last for long and overall, I feel like my skin has more of a glow. When I wake up in the morning, my skin feels extra soft and the fine lines I do have around my eyes do feel more moisturised and therefore they are less visible. My evening skincare was so ineffective before that I wasn't exactly encouraged to take my make-up off and more often than not my lazy self committed the cardinal sin (my religion is cheap) of going to bed with make-up on. At least now most nights I take off my make-up and of those that I don't, they are limited to those evenings filled with a few wines...
The practical aspect of this routine and the impact it has had on my skin is not the only reason I am such a convert and an advocate; I love that it does not use any single use disposable beauty products (for example cotton cleaning pads and wet wipes). All you need is a least a weeks worth of face cloths (one flannel for each day). It is an effective skincare routine, which also involves reducing waste and avoids using plastic! All the products I use are cruelty-free, vegan, natural and made by companies who are committed to doing their upmost to ensure that their products are kind to our planet and to our skin.
Step 1. Cleanse
This is the first cleanse of the double cleanse and Caroline advises that if you are wearing make-up and/or SPF, then you should double cleanse. SPF can be hard remove and if it isn't taken off properly it will cause breakouts. Caroline recommends using an oil or balm cleanser. Oil Cleansing is based on the principle that 'like dissolves like' and by going in with oil, you will melt away the oil, dirt and make-up from the day.
Using the flannel from the morning, I cleanse using Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm (£12.95). Made on a small farm on the Mendip Hills in Somerset by Ben and Vicky Lyons, Lyonsleaf uses home-grown ingredients where possible and creates 100% natural and 100% water-free (eliminating water means that they do not need to use harsh preservatives and emulsifiers) vegan skincare products. Ben and Vicky started to create skincare products when they both suffered from sensitive skin and Vicky started to react to products that she had previously tolerated. They both started to seriously research and created a skincare range that aimed to provide real results while being kind to the skin. This multi-purpose Beauty Balm can be used sparingly to hydrate and rebalance dry or oily skin, it can be used to cleanse and exfoliate and it can be applied to cracked areas such as heels or elbows. It smells absolutely gorgeous and is filled with natural oils including macadamia nut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, Vitamin E oil, sage essential oil and rosemary essential oil. When I use it to cleanse, I only need to use a pea-sized amount (I reckon this 55ml jar will last me about a year which is as long as its shelf life) and massage it all over my face. It melts away all my make-up, even waterproof mascara, and leaves my face feeling nourished and moisturised. I find that because the bamboo flannels are so soft, they are very gentle around my eyes making it quick and easy to remove eye make-up. I use the squeezed flannel with hand hot water to wipe away all the dirt and residue which means that my skin is left feeling nourished but not oily.
Step 2. Second Cleanse
For the second cleanse, all you need is something lighter which will wash off the last of the dirt and make-up from the day. I alternate between using the Purity Organic Skincare Conditioning Cleansing Lotion (£5.29) I mentioned in my morning routine and the Green People Gentle Cleanse & Make-Up Remover (£18.00). The texture of the Green People Cleanser is thicker and richer and feels more nourishing whereas the Purity Lotion is easier to massage into the skin and feels more like it is working to clean the skin. The Green People Cleanser is vegan, suitable for all skin types, doesn't contain parabens or alcohol and the organic ingredients include Aloe Vera, Calendula, Shea Butter, Squalane from Olive, Jojoba Esters and Rose Geranium. Personally, I would use the Purity Lotion as a second cleanse when I have worn more make-up or when I am feeling more oily and I use the Green People Cleanser when I am looking for something a little bit more rich and nourishing.
Do I really need to do the second cleanse, I hear you ask? Well apart from being lynched by Caroline Hirons (I joke, I joke), for me, I really do feel like it has made a difference. Using the balm cleanser allows me to gently remove my make-up without the need for harsh, alcohol-filled eye make-up remover and the flannel helps remove the heaviest of make-up looks. For anyone who knows me, I love a bit of glitter and using the double cleanse routine means that I no longer wake up with a lovely and attractive glitter beard which has formed from said glitter moving south while I sleep. Using an oil cleanser following by a lotion cleanser also means that my skin doesn't feel like it has been stripped and it simply feels clean.
Step 3. Eye Cream
As in the morning, I am not sure that any eye cream is going to do anything for my dark circles as I think they are genetic. However, I do still use eye cream and I focus on using something that is gentle enough for around my eye whilst being extremely moisturising to help reduce and prevent fine lines. I love the multi-purpose aspect of the Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm and I use its nourishing features as an eye cream at night time. It is extremely rich so is not suitable for use during the day and the oils and aromas are gentle enough that they do not irritate my eyes. However, everyone is different so please try it out using caution, be aware of your skin and if you suffer from puffy eyes then serum or gel is probably more suitable for you.
Step 4. Facial Oil/Night Cream
This is the treatment part of your skincare and where Caroline encourages you to really think about what your skin needs. I am always looking to add moisture to my skin; I want it to be soft and glowing. Therefore, an intense oil treatment or rich moisturiser is what I am looking for. Someone else might be focused on anti-ageing so have a think about what you want your facial oil or moisturiser or retinol to do. At the moment, I am either using a moisturiser or a facial oil. When I am looking for something a little bit lighter, for example when I have been wearing make-up and therefore double cleansed using the Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm, I will use the Organic Surge Blissful Daily Moisturiser (£10.95). I love this vegan moisturiser as it is rich enough to use in the evening when I am focusing on moisturising my skin but also light enough to wear underneath make-up during the day. The smell of lime, bergamot, orange, rosemary, sunflower, grape and peppermint essential oils leaves my skin feeling extra clean and zingy fresh. It leaves a lovely glow to my skin.
When I am looking to treat my skin and to lock in more moisture, currently, I am using the Wild Source Apothecary Miracle Skin Oil: Rosehip & Thistle*. I mentioned this brand in my morning routine and it is due to launch in October but you can complete a survey on the website to receive a small sample pack which will include the Wild Flower Facial Tonic as well as this Facial Oil (amongst a few other goodies). All products are created using flowers, stems, roots, and leaves, minerals, salts and oils creating an authentic, luxurious experience. This beautiful facial oil contains thistle oil, rosehip oil, Vitamin E, Grapeseed oil, Ylang Ylang essential oil and Rose Geranium essential oil. This is the final product I use in my routine and I massage it all over my face, allowing it to absorb and making sure I have my hair pinned back to avoid any unwanted greasiness. The next morning, my skin is always left beautifully soft.
And last but not least, don't forget to put your flannel in the wash!
Have you followed my interpretation of the Caroline Hirons Double Cleansing routine? Do you have any other tips for a more ethical skincare routine? Let me know in the comments!
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