Let’s be honest here, I’m no beauty blogger or expert! I’ll leave that task to those who can be bothered plucking their eyebrows more than once a fortnight and have a 10 stage makeup removal routine. Neither did I expect to be slathering myself in oats nor sharing my skincare secrets, but there you go. 😛 As part of the #AveenoSkincareSecrets blogger tag challenge I’ve been doing exactly that – applying Aveeno‘s Daily Moisturising Lotion (the oaty bit) and paying a little more attention to what I actually do put on/do to my skin (the secrets bit). Which aren’t very secret, but hey ho.
My skincare routine ties in with my fitness routine too, so there’s method in the trainers, gym shorts and moisturiser madness, just FYI. Post workout is generally when I feel the need for body moisturiser most. Not immediately post workout when I’m all sweaty and icky, but after a shower and cooldown, especially when my shins are feeling rather dry from wind and grit and grass whipping them whilst running. Twice daily showers and all that water and soap does wonders for leaving legs nice and scaly. Needless to say I’ll welcome ALL the moisturiser! All of it!
Less-than-glamourous details aside, let’s have our daily dose of geekery before we get the secrets underway shall we? And by that I mean ‘reasons oats are good outside a breakfast bowl’. We can all learn something new every day.
Oats help return skin to normal pH levels, which if you’re anything like me and are super sensitive to anything acidic anywhere (if you are like me, you’ll know what I mean; if you’re not, then that’s a topic for another time), is a good thing to hear.
Oats are apparently known to be soothing and that meant I could chuck this moisturiser on straight out the shower without giving myself painfully itchy legs for the rest of the day. Hate that.
Oat particles somehow adhere to dirt and dead skin cells so that they can be washed away, so basically some chemical stuff goes on that leaves your legs silky smooth. Ain’t nobody gonna complain about that. All in all, very impressed with this product. It left my hyper-sensitive skin much calmer.
Onto my (not so secret) secrets:
Must. Be. Tanned. Much as I’d like to be all ‘Yayy! Embrace the paleness! Don’t give in to society! Bare those pasty legs with pride!’ and all that, I’m not. Everything looks 10x better with a tan, on me anyway. Fake tan itself can super drying so even more need for moisturiser. I can only wish for enough days in the sun to catch a real one, so a quick trip to *ahem* St. Moriz does the trick instead. Nothing new there. BUT, (yes, there is a but!) my trick would be: don’t believe when they say tan is ‘buildable’. Or ‘layered for a deeper colour’, or any of that business. Whenever I try layering tan, I turn into a patchy tabby cat. Yummy. (I’ve learnt from experience, and you end up dressing like a nun to cover up the dodgy bits, rather than showing your nice tanned arms to the world). So yeah, strip ALL the tan off once it’s past its best, and start afresh. Which brings me onto my next point…
Body scrubs don’t cut it for me. This is turning into ‘Skincare Myths’ rather than ‘Skincare Secrets’, oops. Anyway, my point is: nothing (literally nothing) exfoliates quite like a good long soak in a hot bath, followed by a scrub with a rough flannel. No body brushing, gritty scrubs that smell nice, nothing. Your bath water will resemble dishwater afterwards. Grim, but true, sorry. It does the trick. There’s no fresh feeling quite like having shed a layer of skin.
Never skip toner. I can really tell when I’ve been away for a few days without my trusty vitamin E toner to hand.
Moisturise at least twice daily. Now I know I said I’m no beauty blogger, but this is one I do stick to. Out of necessity. I have such dry skin that my neck is genuinely flaky without a hefty dose of cream, and my face feels like my skin’s been pulled taught in a facelift after every time I wash it. Yep, that dry. This has its perks in that I very rarely get shiny. But yeah, my skins so dry that I actually added moisturiser to my dad’s list of ’emergency items to buy’ whilst we were away. (That was before my Aveeno bottle arrived and I began using it religiously like a good little reviewer, obviously).
Soak elbows in lemon halves. Yes really. This is what dry skin drives me to! It’s a bit of an oldie that lemon softens and whitens the skin, but it does actually work. Helps with aforementioned fake tan mishaps.
I think that’s about all I have to offer – I did say I’m quite low maintenance! All about renewal and getting rid of the old stuff, basically. I’m going to tag another blogger to share their skincare secrets too, so Tasmin, consider yourself tagged!
[This is a sponsored post, but of course, all opinions are my own]
lily kate x
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Bekah30th August 2015 at 7:08 pm
I’ve heard lots of good things about these products!! Maybe I shall have to try some…
Odd question – what face wash do you use? Your skin always seems flawless 🙂
(I know that’s probably a weird question to ask, but always looking for skincare advice!!)
lily kate30th August 2015 at 8:34 pm
The moisturiser is genuinely lovely!
I use the Body Shops vitamin E facial care range – it’s so good and doesn’t tend to bring me out in spots! I do have breakouts sometimes though, I promise!
Holly30th August 2015 at 8:46 pm
I’m obsessed with skin care for my face but I often neglect the rest of my skin. I’m definitely not moisturising my body enough!
lily kate4th September 2015 at 8:52 am
It’s so easy to forget isn’t it! My legs just feel so much nicer after using moisturiser 😀
Max31st August 2015 at 3:35 am
Oh this is interesting. I have been using that Aveeno daily lotion for a number of years. I even use it on my face twice a day. It started when I just used it at a general all over lotion except I used fancier stuff for the face. Then one day I ran out of the high end stuff, used Aveeno on my super dry face for a few days, maybe a week, went to the make up counter to get the other stuff and the sales lady in the shop was gushing about how great my skin looked. I took a look and realized that I did look extra good. I don’t wear makeup so it couldn’t have been anything else. Needless to say, that was the last bottle of expensive face cream I bought.
Aveeno has face specific lotions and creams too, but I haven’t bothered. It may be more or less the same thing, but weaker or stronger. I like reading about your adventures with tan stuff. It sounds kind of labour intensive and requiring some practice. I am a tan colour anyways, so I never thought you had to apply tan. How naive!
lily kate4th September 2015 at 8:55 am
Max we are on the same page! I’m definitely gonna be using this for years too. There’s really no need for expensive face cream!
Tanning certainly is kinda labour intensive! How I wish I had your skin tone haha. I just genuinely look much healthier with a bit of colour to my face, rather than looking like a ghost!
Bash31st August 2015 at 1:52 pm
Even though I consider myself a beauty blogger of sorts, I’ve never plucked my eyebrows nor do I have a 10 step makeup remover routine! Hahaha!
Anywho, HOW ARE YOU SO PRETTY AND FIT AND FLEXIBLE? I don’t workout right now, but I always moisturise my skin after every time I took a shower. It’s a great feeling to have your skin moisturised after a hot shower!
Also, can I just say I’ve never tanned either? I’ve just never been into tanning! I never thought you did, it looks so natural on you!
xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin’
lily kate4th September 2015 at 8:59 am
Well you have perfect eyebrows anyway so no need to!
How are YOU so pretty? I’m only flexible in specific ways haha, this being one of them 😉
You have such a lovely skin tone with no need to tan! Glad mine isn’t too obvious 😉 I practically glow in the dark if I don’t add some colour to my skin one way or other, and I just haven’t had the sun exposure this year to make it a real one!
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