Something you may not know about me is that I am a skincare addict. I am obsessed with collecting little vials and bottles full of liquids and creams designed to give me healthy, radiant skin.
I’ve trialled a lot of different brands and products over the years, ranging from supermarket and drugstore brands to higher end companies, and I have found a select few that really work for my sensitive, combination skin.
I love reading about which skincare products work and which don’t, so I thought I’d share what I’m using right now as part of my routine. Keep in mind that this routine is always changing, as I find new and better products for my skin, but I have been using these products regularly and have found my skin to be benefiting from it.
It’s also important to note that I have crazy, hormonal skin at all times due to my PCOS, so what works for me might not work for you. We’re all different, after all.
My skincare routine is as follows:
To remove my makeup, I love Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water. I just put a little bit of the product on a cotton pad – I’m a fan of these – and wipe it all over my face to remove my lipstick, mascara, foundation, etc. It works unbelievably well, and is super gentle on my skin.
For cleanser, I’ve been using Angels on Bare Skin by LUSH. It’s soft and nourishing but still has a little bit of exfoliating power in it. I love that it contains lavender – an essential for breakouts – and it always makes me feel that little bit calmer at the end of the day.
Up next, to exfoliate, I use the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel Pads. These are a little pricy, but so worth it. I used to use a popular scrub made from almond kernels – I’m sure you know the one – but my friend told me that it actually creates micro-tears in your skin, leading to MORE breakouts and premature aging (aka the worst combo)! Apparently it’s better to use a chemical peel (sounds terrifying, I know – MAJOR Samantha SATC vibes) to exfoliate your skin. It’s supposed to be the most gentle way! I’ve been using these peel pads for months now and the texture of my skin is remarkably better. It also contains retinol which is amazing for keeping the skin looking youthful. I find that if I keep using these regularly, I have less breakouts and my skin looks a lot more… alive? I’m not sure if that’s the word but let’s go with it.
To tone my skin I’ve been using the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. It took a little while for my skin to get used to this product, but since then it has been making my skin look so calm and even. I also love spraying this all over my face and neck when I’m having a bit of a hormonal freak-out (aka hot flashes) and it feels so soothing.
For hydration, I use three products. The first is The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. I apply a couple of drops of this product all over my face and neck before I apply any further products, and it’s intended to make your skin retain its moisture throughout the day. It works, too. Next, I mix one or two drops of A’kin’s Rosehip Oil with Celestial by LUSH and pat it into my skin. I find this combination works really well both morning and night, however sometimes I add a little bit more rosehip oil in the morning if I intend to wear makeup. My skin has never felt as plump and bouncy.
Finally, for spot treatment, I use two products. If it’s the morning, I like to apply a little Organic Tea Tree Oil by Auriginals after I finish moisturising. It dries my spots out and is clear, so you can wear it underneath your makeup and no-one will know! If it’s the evening, I love using the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I just grab a Q-tip, dip it into the jar – focusing on getting enough of the pink calamine lotion on the cotton bud, and then dab it lightly on any areas of concern. If you have an open wound, just be aware that it stings so bad. Like, SO BAD, but it’s totally worth it. It clears up major spots within days – aka it’s worth its weight in gold.
And that’s my skincare routine (so far)! I’m yet to find an eye cream that I love, so please leave your recommendations for me in the comments below. I’m trying to steer clear of supermarket brands though, so preferably something a little more high-end and natural. Kiehls? Clarins? Dermalogica? Sunday Riley? Lemme know!
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