I was late in starting a proper skin cleansing routine - not to say I always had a dirty face just in case that's what you're thinking. I'm talking about that long and tedious 3-step programme you're supposed to do every night so that you can go to bed with clean glowing skin.
Maybe it had something to do with not finding a product I was happy with. Or perhaps all the products people recommended were just way out of my price range. I don't think I have bad looking skin - especially at my age. I don't smoke, have the odd glass of wine, and try and keep my face out of the sun. I got my face really badly burned when I was about 13 or 14 while on holiday one year at the beach, but despite this I was never really a tanner. Natural or false.
Oh no, I lie. I had a spray tan for my wedding coz I had just come out of a UK winter and was as white as the snow.
While on holiday in South Africa a couple of years ago, my mom booked a facial peel for me at her local beauty spa. It was heaven. It wasn't one of those harsh chemical peels and fortunately didn't look like I was losing the skin off my face! Just a really deep cleansing facial that lasted ages but seemed to be over in 5 mins.
The product the lady used was called Nimue. I loved it. And so in a mad dash before we had to return to the UK, I bought the whole shebang. Cleanser, conditioner (toner), day and night creams, sun block, active lotion and active gel. I even made sure that it was available in the UK so I could buy refills. There was one agent in Leicester. Not easy to come by.
So when we knew we were moving to Australia, I contacted the offices in South Africa to find out where in Melbourne it was available. Then lost the reply email.
Remember when I told you about collecting all the beauty salons brochures? Well, while I was going through them something magical happened. I discovered to my absolute delight that the one around the corner from home is an agent! Since I had run out of everything from what I had in the UK I was there like a shot to refill.
I came out with my eyebrows waxed, empty containers filled and have booked myself in for a full skin analysis in one of those machines that look at the underlying skin to see if it's damaged PLUS a full hour facial. I'll be sure to come back and let you know how it all went. Booked for a week on Friday.
All using Nimue. It's a great product and suits me perfectly. It's not cheap, but for me is well worth it. And I do it religiously every night.
What do you guys use?
p.s. This is not a paid advertisment even though I wish it were. I just love the stuff and I'm telling you.