My grown-up skin care routine

I’ll hop the pond for American deodorant or shampoo but some of my other favorite products are from UK drugstores. I think the UK does skin care better. The quality of the products that I can find in Boots or Superdrug far surpasses what I can find in CVS.

Two weekends ago during a whirlwind 24 hour San Francisco trip, I woke up after a night of partying and looked old. I hadn’t taken off my makeup, my skin was red and blotchy from the alcohol and I finally realized that at 26 years old I needed to start taking better care of my skin. I drink a lot water and have been wearing a daily moisturizer with SPF since junior high but I commit the cardinal skin of sleeping with my makeup on. I didn’t find any good products at CVS and wasn’t ready to spend $100 at Sephora, so I waited until I got back to the UK.

This morning I went into town and after wandering around Boots I settled on the below.


Super Facialist by Una Brennan – Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream SPF15
Botanics – Cleansing Foam Wash All Bright
Botanics – Hydrating Night Cream All Bright

I’m starting simple. The foam wash and night cream were both on sale and under ยฃ5 each. I made a deal with myself – if I wash my face and take off my makeup every night until the duo runs out, I can upgrade with pricier products. I’m basically bribing myself into being a grown-up!

The day cream has the mandatory SPF and a lovely rose smell. I looked up Una Brennan’s skin care line and might try the accompanying two-step oil and cleanser if I can stick with this nightly facial routine. If things go really well, I might venture into the world of serums and eye creams. I’m pretty sure the wrinkles show up soon after the first time you wake up looking old from too much partying. Late twenties, I’m almost there.