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