When you look at celebrities with their flawless complexions, it's hard not to believe that they don't have incredibly complicated (and spenny) skincare routines. Not to mention, facialists and dermatologists on speed dial.
So, you can imagine my surprise when, in a previous interview with Women's Health, Michelle Keegan revealed just how simple her current skincare routine is, given she has an otherworldly glow that us mere mortals can only dream of. The other shocker about her routine is that all the products she relies on are mega affordable, and it just so happened I already had few of them stashed in my bathroom cabinet.
As Beauty Editor here at WH, I decided it was my duty to road test tweaking my skincare routine to match MK's. My goal? To see if in doing so I could help to dial up complexion's luminosity and give it more bounce. Here's what happened when I decided to switch out my products for hers.
'I've got two cleansers and I always flit between the two. One is The Body Shop vitamin E cleanser. I always feel like I’m giving something nice to my skin when I use it – and, I can tell the difference once I take it off, my skin is really rejuvenated and dewy. The other is the Elemis Gentle Foaming Facial Wash. It goes on your skin really nicely,' Michelle previously told WH.
I rate both of these cleansers so much. I was dubious about the Body Shop vitamin E cleanser because it was quite creamy and I usually opt for Bioderma Micellar Water. However, it did a stellar job a removing heavy duty foundation.
As for Elemis cleanser? Well, firstly it smells divine, as if you've been transported to a heavenly spa. Yet it's also super gentle, my skin didn't feel tight or look squeaky clean, a sign my skin barrier is still in good tact.
'I sometimes use an Elemis toning spray after I’ve cleansed. Especially in the morning, to give my skin a bit of oomph,' continues Michelle.
Now, I've never been in to toners – I've always found them a little drying or a bit... pointless. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Because I'm wearing less make-up in the second round of lockdown, I like how this gave my skin an added hit of moisture so that it looked that little bit more glow-y.
'And then I moisturise. I’ve got the Laura Mercier rose one, which smells really floral and is quite light. And I love Weleda Skin Food. It's heavier and I wear it at night, about three times a week,' says Michelle.
Weleda Skin Food is my skin's saving grace come winter. It's honestly the perfect antidote to parched dry skin. It's rich yes, but come morning, my skin looks dewy and fine lines are lessened. Oh, and if you find it too rich, they've recently launched a lighter version.
4/ Sheet masks
'I use sheet masks. My favourite is a Charlotte Tilbury one, which is like a dry cloth but when it soaks into your skin it almost turns to an oil. Then Simple ones as well, they do a great hydrating sheet,' reveals Michelle.
I gave both of these a go, but I'll confess I'm no sheet mask fan. I think they work well as make-up prep before a big event or night out, but i don't have the time to use them in my normal every day routine. My skin also tends to break out if I overload it with too many products.
5/ Face oils
Finally, for the last step in her routine Michelle says that 'I like to use a recovery oil by Kiehl's – that’s really soothing.'
This product has cult status for a reason – it's amazing at hydrating skin and also helps to really nourish it thanks to its blend of lavender and squalane oils, so I'm not surprised MK swears by it. I'm so glad I added this back into my routine. I'd forgotten what a hero it was. Just a quick word of warning though, it's not for everyone: essential oils can irritate sensitive skin and oils aren't always a great shout if you're have oily or acne prone. If you have dry, dull or normal skin, then crack on.
Michelle Keegan's Skincare Routine: My verdict
Whoever is dishing out Michelle's skincare advice is bang on the money. Her routine contains all the right products to form a solid and beneficial skincare routine. I loved the cleansers and it was it good to re try the facial oil, given the weather is turning and my skin needs that extra nourishment.
The only thing I would say is there is no serum (and this could be because she uses the oil) but for me, a serum is the one product I can't live without. I swear by Shiseido's Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate and I really missed not using it.
Overall though, my skin is looking good. If anything, giving Michelle's routine a go has been a brilliant reminder that it can be hugely beneficial to listen and try other people's recommendations.
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