If I’m completely honest, I’ve never been much of a ‘beauty junkie’. I have been lucky enough to have had pretty good skin thus far, and I tend to have a bit of a less-is-more approach to any kind of beauty regime or routine. If it ‘aint broke and all that… But as I get older, I can’t ignore the fact that, although not bad as such, my skin has been looking a little well, dull and lack lustre… Hmmm, not ideal. Not when I know that a few little switch-ups might make all the difference. And ones that are based around the concept of ‘every minute counts’ (‘aint that the truth – when are there ever enough hours in the day? If there were, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be folding up laundry at midnight on a Tuesday night!).
Now, the Peptide 24/7 range from Elemis immediately interested me because I interpreted the ‘effective, easy, multi-tasking skin solution’ to equal ‘good results with minimal effort for people on the lazier end of the the beauty spectrum’. Perfect for time-poor, tired working mums who never get a minute to look in a mirror, let alone actually apply a face mask (I have no idea why, but the thought of applying a face mask during the day/evening just doesn’t appeal to me at all. I can’t even justify this in any way!!). So the beauty of this mask is that it can be applied on top of your moisturiser (I have also been trialing this) before bed. Then it works it’s magic while you sleep! Genius. It feels SO lovely to apply – it’s a ‘cooling gel’ mask. And don’t worry, by the time you hit the hay, it’s sunk in enough not to leave a mess on your pillow (I was a little tense about this…). It contains something called ‘Indian Night Jasmine’, which I’m guessing might be the source of the intoxicating fragrance?) The idea behind it is that the mask creates a biomimetic (no, I have no idea what that means either…) veil that prevents overnight water loss, meaning when you wake your skin feels generally more plumped and younger looking. Now I’m not sure I’m waking up looking any younger (I guess you’d have to ask Tom?), but I am certainly feeling the difference in my skin. It feels and looks more hydrated (and my skin is generally quite dry) and definitely brighter. I have been using it 2-3 times a week. And I have to say, it really does feel like a little treat, rather than a chore. I think it’s because I am cleansing my face anyway. It’s just another tiny step at the end of my nightly routine (and a lovely one too). And so worth it.
As well as the mask, I have been using the ‘Night Recovery Cream-Oil‘, which feels lovely and light to apply, but, I guess, is a moisturiser-oil hybrid. Now I love a face oil at night, but not all the time – I like to mix things up. I have to say, I loved this.
And last but not least, the third product I have been trailing is the ‘Adaptive Day Cream‘, and indeed, have been using it every day. It’s the one I am applying in the picture above (I was not faking it, I was just applying it over and over again until we got the shot – I was more than happy to do it for real – the smell, the feathery, velvet-y, mouse texture – just heavenly. My skin was lapping it up!!).
So I would say, to sum up (and clearly I am no beauty journalist, but as with wine, I do know what I like…), you actually can make ‘every minute count’ if you choose certain products that work that bit harder. And that doesn’t mean you have to splash out and buy the whole range for them to work either. I would perhaps advise testing one product out (what are you about to run out of? is always a good place to start), and seeing how you get on? I would probsbly recommend you start with the night mask? But that’s just my personal opinion (as is this whole post of course). I just think the idea of applying a mask as part of your nighttime routine, frankly seems too easy not to try…
ps: I was actually sent some Elemis products before working with them on this collaboration. I was immediately obsessed with this amazing pro-collagen cleansing balm (I have wanted to try a cleansing balm for some time now, as many of my make-up artist friends have been really raving about them). It feels so lovely to apply that (for once) I linger a little longer and actually take the time to really massage my skin as I cleanse. And I love that it lathers up with a little water, so you end up really giving your skin a great cleanse. My skin has definitely looked brighter as a result. And the smell?? It’s just heavenly. So I have been using it ever since I first tried it, and with the Peptide 24/7 range.
pps: just remembered that this body oil that was given to me by a friend a couple of years ago was Elemis. Oh my God, it’s amazing. Frangipani Monoi Body Oil. It even sounds delicious!! Seriously, the smell…
*This is a paid-for post, created in collaboration with Elemis*