Skincare. The aisles and aisles of lotions, potions and serums that all claim to fix your problems. Skin type, problematic areas, sensitivity. The quest for good skin is a hard one to crack. After mixing up my skincare a few months ago and investing in some higher quality products my skin is looking better than ever. I wanted to wait a while before sharing it here with you but now I can honestly say I think I’ve found my PERFECT skincare routine.
Step 1: Makeup Removal
Over the years I’ve come to realise that part of my problem is that I used to try to make my skincare too complicated and time-consuming and therefore I could never stick to it. I don’t like using my more expensive cleansers to remove my makeup because for some reason it feels like a waste! Instead, I use one of two drugstore makeup removal options.
Both of these methods are gentle ways of removing the bulk of my makeup and they are quick because no-rinsing is required. If I am coming in from a night out this is normally where my skincare stops but at least I am panda eye free in the morning. I’ve used various micellar waters and makeup wipes but these are the best compromise between performance and price in my opinion.
Step 2: Cleanse
My holy-grail cleanser for leaving my skin feeling squeaky-clean is Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. My only problem is I don’t really like the scent of the original version! Therefore I stock up on the limited edition scents when they release one that I like. So if you see a weirdo in a department stores sniffing Cleanse and Polish bottles it’s probably me…..
After washing my hands I spread one pump across my face and neck. I then use my Magnitone Cleansing Brush with a dampened Silk Bliss brush head to gently remove it. I find the combination of Cleanse and Polish with my Magnitone a match made in heaven! Then I splash cold water over my face and pat dry with a clean towel.
Step 3: Acid
Acid is definitely the step that makes the biggest difference to my skin. I have very dry skin with flaky patches and Pixi Glow Tonic was always the only product able to exfoliate my skin without using harsh physical exfoliators.
Recently I’ve been using Glossier Solution for this step of my routine and I have been so impressed with it. My skin looks visibly clearer and blemishes fade much faster than before. It’s the newest addition to this routine but after using it for the past month I can’t see myself ever giving it up!
I saturate a cotton pad with solution and sweep it across my freshly cleansed skin. I then leave Solution to work for a few minutes before continuing (I normally brush my teeth in this gap so I wait long enough). I know some people have found Solution has aggravated their skin so I’d definitely give it a miss if you have sensitive skin!
Step 4: Serum
After letting Solution do its thing I use a Serum, I use Super Bounce which is a Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Hyaluronic acid has been proven to help your skin retain moisture and therefore I find using this right before I moisturise is the best way to help my skin retain moisture. I use the pipette to apply drops of the serum to my forehead, cheeks and chin before smoothing it over my face.
Step 5: Moisturiser
Without skincare, my face quickly resembles the Sahara Desert because I have VERY dry skin! In the evenings I use my trusty Clinique Moisture Surge Intense which is an incredibly thick moisturiser perfect for dehydrated skin. It’s perfect to use in the evening as it does take a while to fully absorb. I also use By Terry Baume de Rose as an overnight lip mask in order to combat those dry flakes! In the morning I use the rich version of the Glossier Priming Moisturiser. I don’t like the scent of this at all but it does a great job of absorbing quickly and making my makeup apply seamlessly so I tolerate the smell!
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So that’s it for my five-step nightly skincare routine, if you were wondering in the morning I just use Cleanse and Polish (this time with a hot muslin cloth) and the Glossier moisturiser.
What are your skincare essentials and have you used any of the products I’ve mentioned here?