When it comes to skincare I have a bad habit of chopping and changing between products, never giving my skin enough time to fully reap the benefits. Product by product I went through my collection of skincare goodies and narrowed down my favourites in an attempt to create a routine, not only tailored to my needs but one that it will benefit from in the long term. It’s worth noting that I have a very oily t-zone, dry patches on my cheeks and occasionally on my forehead too, plus fine lines on my forehead and under my eyes.
Let’s start with cleansers. In the morning I use the Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser (100ml/£11.50). I feel like I rave about this cleanser constantly but I can’t emphasise enough how much my skin loves this product. It’s both effective but gentle at removing my makeup and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. At night, I opt for The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (90ml/£10). There’s nothing better than smearing this around your face and watching all the mascara melt off. I like to see how big I can make my panda eyes before simply washing off with warm water.
After I cleanse, I use the Pixi Glow Tonic (250ml/£18). Not because I think it’s a particularly good product, but because I spent a lot of money on it and I’m determined to finish the bottle in the hope of finally understanding the hype surrounding it. At this moment I just don’t get it, but I’ve decided to persevere. As for a moisturiser, I’ve been loving the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (40ml/£23)*. This is a very light moisturiser with a gel-like formula. Since adding this to my routine my skin feels calmer and less prone to redness and dry patches. I also use the Estelle & Thild Super Bioactive Age Control Serum (30ml/£59)* and the Estelle & Thild Super Bioactive Lifting Eye Serum (15ml/£39)* to help prevent signs of ageing.
Now for a few extras. For breakouts, I dab a little of the Balance Me Congested Skin Serum (15ml/£12.80) onto the spot which calms the area and immediately gets to work zapping that zit. If my skin is particularly oily I now stick to either the Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask (75g/£6.95) or Origin Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (11g/£24). I try to use an exfoliator 2-3 times a week. and the best exfoliator I’ve ever used is the Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator (75ml/£17.99). It’s packed full of micro-particles that really get to work refining the surface of the skin.
As for my nighttime routine, it’s basically the same but with a light facial oil added into the mix. I use either the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse (100ml/£29)*, in fact, I use this on my entire body after a bath, or the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (30ml/£37). Using the latter, makes my skin look and feel younger and brighter by morning. I’m not sure what’s in that expensive, tiny, blue glass jar but it’s a miracle worker.
What skincare products are you currently trying out?
Have you tried any recently that you were disappointed with?
*This post includes PR samples or/and gifted items. All opinions are 100% honest and 100% my own.2