Monday, 18 July 2016

HOW I TRANSFORMED MY SKIN WITH KIEHL'S || MY NEW SKINCARE ROUTINE

Discovering beneficial skincare products that work perfectly for you and your skin, and getting your self into a consistent skincare routine that you can use daily, are two main factors that are imperative, if you want to keep your skin looking as healthy as it can be.
Up until recently, I have always been lucky enough to have pretty good skin (I had my mums genes!), and I would very rarely suffer from blemishes or any other imperfections. While having clear skin naturally like this is absolutely amazing, I have learnt from experience, that it can get you into some bad habits where skincare is concerned. As much as I hate to admit it, I turned incredibly lazy with my skincare regime, because in the back of my mind, I knew that I had no major 'problems' that I needed to fix..I would take all of my make-up off just using face wipes and not take a second thought of the bad ingredients they had in them, I would exfoliate my face about once a fortnight, I would sleep in my make-up if I was too tired (or just could not be bothered) to take it all off, and I just really did not take care of my skin the way I should of done. It all sounds a little bit gross, doesn't it? But that was the reality of my negative behaviour pattern throughout high school, because I didn't have a good attitude towards skincare, and I didn't understand the importance of it (Even after my mum lecturing me on it every day!). By some kind of miracle, I managed to go years with these bad habits without it showing any effect, my skin still stayed clear, and I couldn't understand why everyone told me I was ruining my skin..That was until these bad habits finally caught up with me, and my skin started reacting in a negative way. 

When I got to college, my skin started to change slightly..I noticed it getting very dry and dull looking, I would suffer from the odd break out and it just did not look as youthful as it should of done at the age of 17. I remember one of my beauty lecturers explaining to me what I needed to change, so straight away I went to boots and picked up some 'better' skincare products. However, because at that time I wasn't earning a great amount of money, I couldn't spend too much, and I ended up investing in some of the cheapest, boots own brand, cleansers, toners and moisturisers that were available..Albeit they were only a couple of pound each, they seemed to do the trick and I did see a slight different in my skin from using these 3 products together, morning and night, every single day. To tell you the truth, I then stuck with this simple, yet semi-effective routine from the age of 17 right up until I was 21..It was easy, it was affordable, and most importantly, it worked okay for me..What more did I need?

It was only at the beginning of this year, that I decided it was time I started taking my skin, and the importance of good skincare a little more seriously than I had ever done before. My skin took an extreme turn for the worse back around March time, and I kid you not, I could of done dot-to-dot on my face with the amount of blemishes I began suffering from. At first I was confused at why it was happening, as I had not changed anything in my skincare routine, and then I realised that may just be the problem..All of those years of neglecting my skin had finally started to show, and I was distraught. I cannot even begin to explain the feeling to you, going from perfectly clear skin, to dramatic problematic skin, was a huge shock to the system, and it made me feel incredibly down, self conscious and I just wanted to hide my face away from the world. Normally in this situation, I would just cover my face in foundation, and wear more concealer than usual, in attempt to try and cover up the problem, but this time, I knew I had to change something, and rather than covering the problem up, I wanted to combat it and get rid of the problem altogether.

The only way I was going to solve the issue facing me, was to get myself into a good daily skincare routine, using more advanced skincare products that would really benefit me and my skin. With all of the amazing beauty and skincare brands around at the moment, it can be difficult to decide on which is best of you, but one brand that always stood out to me personally, was Kiehl's. Kiehl's is a high quality, all-natural skincare brand that pride themselves in premium products that promote and create healthy skin. There is no doubt in my mind that they are one of the most coveted brands of the moment, especially in the blogosphere, and every where I look, I seem to see people talking about their products, and praising them on how remarkable they really are. With this in mind, I decided to take a trip to the Kiehl's store on Kings Cross in London, where I had a brief consultation with the lovely store manager there. We sat down together and I explained to him about the recent troubles I had been having with my skin and I told him that I was in desperate need of some great products to help restore my skin. We then talked about my lazy skincare routine, as he examined and looked at my skin to determine exactly what it was that I needed. I wasn't made to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about my skin, instead I was simply reassured me that if I listed to his advice and used the products exactly how he told me to, my skin would clear up in no time, and it would be a better, happier version of what it once was. He went into great depth and explanation about my skin, telling me about my skin type, what my skin was lacking and what my skin was craving..It was such an insightful experience, and in that moment I realised just how important it is to really take care of your skin. I was recommended three different products from the range, a cleanser, a toner and a serum, all of which are bestselling products from Kiehl's. I had complete trust in what I was being told, so I went ahead and purchased all three of the items that were suggested to me, and I anticipated amazing things from them.

 Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash || This first product is the one that I use first in my new and improved skincare routine, and it is the much loved, Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, which is a highly effective cleanser for smoother, softer skin. I use this every night to take my make-up off, and also every morning to wash my face completely before putting make-up on. It helps to lift away any impurities, and it also cleans the skin thoroughly to ensure that the skin is fresh, revitalised, and free from any products or dirt that should not be there. It is such a gentle product to use, and it does not strip the skin of any natural oils, or leave it feeling dry or sensitive in any way. For the best results, I simply apply two pumps of product into my hands, dampen them with water and then gently massage the cleanser into my skin, using upwards, circular motions. The cleanser will start to foam up nicely when it comes into contact with water, which I personally really love..It feels somewhat satisfying! Once I have thoroughly massaged the product all over my face, I then take a clean sponge or muslim cloth, rinse it under cold water, and I completely remove the cleanser from the my face. After I have done this step, my skin is left feeling really clean, extremely soothed and beautifully radiant as well.     
 Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner || To use along side the cleanser, I was recommended to apply the cult favourite, Calendula Herbal Extract Toner, which is an effective, alcohol-free facial toner. In all honesty, I have not used a toner on my face in years, and I was told that this could be the reason why my skin has started to play up recently. If you are like me and have always been slightly ignorant towards toners, thinking they are a gimmicky product, then let me prove you wrong (exactly like I was proved wrong!), by telling you what I have learnt about them recently..A toner is a mild astringent which should always be used in the skin cleansing process, in order to eliminate excess oil and also to tighten pores. The purpose of a toner is to return the pH of your skin back to normal, and to maintain that pH balance in order to allow the skin to be resistant against harmful, external elements..This is basically what will keep your skin healthy and clear! After my face is fully cleansed and left free from dirt and product, I simply moisten a cotton round with a small amount of this facial toner, and I apply it all over my skin. Doing this step removes excess oil and toxins from the skin, and helps to shrink and close pores too, meaning any unwanted dirt cannot seep its way into the skin. Not only does it do that, but it also helps to refine the surface texture of the skin and it prepares the skin to receive the maximum benefits that your skincare routine offers. After having all of this explained to me, I now understand the real importance of a toner, and I realise that toning should be a vital part in any persons skincare routine. It leaves your skin feeling revived and refreshed, and I truly believe that this is the product which has helped me to improve the problematic areas on my skin.

 Midnight Recovery Concentrate || Last but certainly not least is one of the most known, and most loved Kiehl's products of all time, and it is the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which is a replenishing nighttime facial oil, that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning..Basically, this is magic in a bottle! I had never used a serum on my skin before, but after I was told that it could seriously benefit my skin, I was sold! I use the Midnight Recovery concentrate every night in this skincare routine..I apply 2-3 drops of the treatment onto my cleansed skin, before I go in with my moisturiser, and the elixir works its magic whilst I sleep. 99.8% of the ingredients used to create this serum are all natural, so it is perfect for even the most troubled skin, and I am so happy I stumbled upon this product, because now I do not think I could bare to be without it. At first, when I was told that I would see results over night I was a bit sceptical, but honestly, as hard as it may be to believe, I saw an instant difference after the first night of using this concentrate. Even now after a few months of using it, I am still noticing results, and I can truly say that I have never been so impressed with a product before! It feels so lightweight and gentle on skin, and in the short space of the night, it regenerates, restores, and replenishes skin for a smoother, healthier appearance. This magic elixir of essential oils has completely transformed my skin and taken it from dull and lifeless to radiant and healthy in just two months! It’s also diminished the look of my acne scars and also seems to have toned down any active breakouts, which for me, is the biggest bonus of all. I honestly can’t believe the effect this incredible product has given me in such a short amount of time and my skin is looking brighter and more radiant than it ever has been before.

It has been about two months now since I starting using these new products in my everyday skincare routine, and in just that short period of time, I have already began to notice such a dramatic difference in my skin. I use each of the products to wash my face with twice a day, morning and night (except the serum, which I only use at night time), and it has completed changed everything, from the way my skin looks, to the way it feels, and I could not be more happy with the great results I have started to see. My skin no longer looks lifeless and dull, instead it looks radiant, youthful and glowing, just the way I like it, and I am going to make a vow to myself that it stays this way from now on..No more lazy skincare or getting myself into bad habits again! Not only has this skincare routine transformed my skin, but it has transformed my confidence as well! I no longer feel like I want to hide my face away, or cover it up under layers of make-up because I am now increasingly comfortable in my natural skin..I have no shame showing my bare face to the world, and it is such a relief to finally feel that way again! Do not get me wrong, I have got a long way to go yet until my skin will look completely flawless, if it ever will, but so far, I am more than happy with the skin I am in. I officially realise how important skincare really is, and how much of a difference the right products really can make to the appearance and the condition of your skin. From now on, I will continue to repurchase all three of these products, and with the wide range of products that Kiehl's offer, I may even try out some others as well..If you have any recommendations, please let me know! 

It may have taken me about 6 years to discover my very own, beneficial skincare routine, but in the end, I have learned a very valuable lesson..Even if you do not suffer from problematic skin, good skincare should always be a top priority! Do not turn lazy like I did, and also forget about investing in high-coverage make-up products to cover the imperfections up, tackle them at the source, and banish them altogether..Trust me, it will make your skin so much healthier, and it will make you a whole lot happier as well!
Do you have a daily skincare routine? What products do you use? Anything from Kiehl's?

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Lots of Love,
ALICIA
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