It’s been a while now since I’ve last gone through my skincare routine from start to end. Like, a year. And although I’ve mentioned some new loves since then, my skin has changed a lot, becoming a little more combination and my concerns have changed (more spots, less dark circles). So, in turn, my routine has changed quite a lot too. Let’s take a look at the whole shebang – what takes my skin from looking lacklustre and spotty to looking like I got 8 hours sleep and drink nothing but green smoothies.
I love cleansing my skin. It’s the perfect way to begin and end the day so it only makes sense that I’ve currently got five cleansers on rotation in my bathroom. Five. Who even knows how many unopened ones I have hanging out in my drawers… The L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil* is nearly due for a repurchase, yep, I love it that much. It’s the perfect rich and hydrating oil that gets rid of every little bit of makeup. Another one that’s on it’s last legs is the Jurlique Antioxidant Cleansing Mousse* – it’s been hanging around for months now and is still going strong. I like this one for no makeup days or when I want to give my skin a second cleanse, as I mentioned here. I also mentioned the Human & Kind Wash Off Facial Cleanser* a while back and it’s been serving me well on mornings when my skin is feeling a little dry. It’s so creamy and feels really lovely on the skin. The Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleanser* is a new one, it lathers really nicely on the skin and leaves it feeling clean and fresh but the packaging is seriously annoying – it’s quite runny so whenever I open the lid it gets everywhere, this would’ve done better in a pump bottle I think. Nevertheless, it’s another really awesome cleanser for drier skin types, if you can get past the packaging. The Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm has been a firm favourite for a while but serves a very similar purpose to the L’Occitane Cleansing Oil. It’s a really rich and emollient balm which I massage into the skin for a few minutes before washing it off, taking all my makeup with it.
The last bit hanging out in my bathroom is the REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial. I use this once or twice a week when my skin’s in need of a bit of an overhaul. Whenever I use it my skin feels softer and smoother and looks much brighter.
Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater is the latest hydrating spray toner that I’ve tried and I’ve been loving how no fuss it is. A few spritzes of this after cleansing and my skin seems to breath a sigh of relief. It’s SO cheap too! The Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner has been a mainstay for a while now – I love my acid toners. This brightens everything up and works wonders on those under the skin pimples that like to appear around my chin. Surprise, surprise, the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ is here. This is probably my 6th or 7th tube of the stuff and I bought three in the skincare sale. It does everything, gets rid of spots, improves my complexion and calms my skin. I can honestly recommend it to anyone! When it comes to oils, it’s a nightly toss up between the Botani Acai Berry Active Antioxidant Serum* and the Trilogy Rose Hip Oil Antioxidant+. If my skin is behaving then I give it a bit of extra calming and soothing with the Botani and if it’s playing up then I massage the Trilogy onto the problem areas. L’Occitane’s soon to be released Peony Perfecting Cream* is still rocking my world, I’ve even converted my mum to this one, she’ll be picking one up when it launches! It’s so lightweight and sinks into the skin so well and it’s just the perfect final step to my skincare. The final steps are the Simple Rapid Action Spot Zapper if any spots are appearing and the Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Eye Serum* for some more hydrating oomph under the eyes.
In the morning my routine’s a different story – I normally spray on some of the Mario Badescu spray and go in with some LRP Effaclar Duo and People For Plants Sensitive Moisture Moisturiser – a perfect, light moisturiser that doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin.
Yes, it may seem like a lot of steps but I’ve gotten used to doing it in a few minutes with a cat wandering around on my desk demanding pats each night. I’m finally at that stage where I’ve found a routine that’s achieving results so I think I might just be sticking to a few bits from this round-up!
What’s your favourite step in your skincare routine?
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