With Valentine's Day fast approaching, reservations are being made in romantic restaurants, cinema tickets are being booked and outfits are being planned. Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to get dressed up and make thoughtful plans to show your loved one just how much you love them. Whether you are opting for a quiet night in with a movie or you are prepping for a lavish night out on the town, getting date night ready is half the fun.
Going on a date with your loved one also gives you the perfect opportunity to indulge in a little self care and spend an extra few minutes pampering yourself; painting your nails, giving yourself a luxury blow out and treating your skin to a hydrating skincare routine. After this date night skincare routine you will be glowing from the inside out! So without further ado…
Step 1: Cleanser
Cleanser should always be the first step in your skincare routine, it gets rid of the makeup you were wearing during the day and clears any dirt and grime that has built up in your pores. What cleanser you use is personal to what works for you and depends on the skin type. For example, if you have dry skin or you’re looking to give your skin that extra glow, try an oil cleanser. Oil cleanser is also a champion at removing your makeup for your first cleanse! This will give your skin the perfect clean base to absorb the rest of your glowing skincare routine. Top tip: If you want to give your skin the celebrity treatment, double cleanse with different cleansers especially if you were wearing makeup!
Step 2: Toner
Toners are no longer the skin-irritating alcohol-based liquids they used to be. If you suffer from acne, opt for an chemical exfoliating toner, or alternatively if you experience dry skin, choose a gently hydrating toner that will replenish dry skin. Gently applying a toner after your cleanse will put back any water lost through the washing or drying process. Just what you need for that date night glow .
Step 3: Eye Cream
They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, and on a romantic date you might be making some flirty eye contact! That is why looking after this delicate area is super important when carrying out your glowing skincare routine. The skin around our eyes is the most delicate skin on our face, making it more susceptible to damage and drying, and therefore the first place to show signs of age. Applying an eye cream after your cleanser and toner will act as an added barrier against makeup and irritation from harsh chemicals. Eye cream will also address dark circles and wrinkles, brightening your complexion and giving an added natural glow.
Step 4: Serums
Serums are one of the real superstars in your skincare routine. A serum is essentially a concentrated dose of antioxidants, hydrators and nutrients. They are one of the key players in giving our skin that youthful glow we are all after. Opt for one packed full of vitamin C to brighten your skin and lighten dark spots or a serum filled with hyaluronic acid to keep your skin plum and draw in moisture. Whichever one is your favourite go-to, make sure you don’t neglect this vital step!
Step 5: Moisturiser
Moisturising is one of the last steps in your skincare routine and will help give you that glow you’re looking for. Moisturiser will lock in all the goodness from your skincare routine, replenish lost moisture and act as a barrier against your makeup and pollution. At Skinstation we recommend the much-loved Obagi Hydrate Luxe. Obagi Hydrate Luxe is an extra-strength moisturiser that is luxurious to the touch and will leave your skin feeling ultra-hydrated, supple and firm. Obagi Hydrate Luxe is also packed with natural skin-loving goodness such as avocado, mango butter and shea butter as well as biomimetic peptides and hydromanil. Your skin will be getting the full celebrity treatment. Did we also mention that Obagi Hydrate Luxe reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? With this final step in your hydrating skincare routine you will be brimming with confidence and glowing from the inside out on your big date.
Step 6: Enjoy
Once you have completed your skincare routine, let your skin soak in all the goodness! As your skincare products work their magic you can finish getting ready for your big date. Paint those nails, give yourself that luxury blow out and slip into your favourite outfit that will have you brimming with confidence. All that will be left to do is to step out and glow.