Friday, 28 March 2014

My Current Skin Care Routine


I am a skin care addict. There, I admitted it. I spend a ridiculous amount of time reading about and researching skin care products. Yes, I love makeup, but if what's underneath is looking good in the first place then the makeup will only make it look better. Skin care is my passion and I truly believe in the philosophy that we only have one face so it's worth investing in it. There are so many products on the market, it's very easy to become overwhelmed and confused about what the best products are for your skin. I always have a skin care wish list as long as my arm (probably longer actually) of new products to try that I've read about.

First of all you need to work out what skin type you are. This sounds a lot easier to do than it actually is. Don't fall into the same trap that I did in confusing oily areas with completely oily skin, or using acne products for spots. Trust me, harsh products will only make your skin worse and you'll find yourself in a viscous circle of cause and effect- believe me I've been there. Speak to a skin care consultant or simply do research on the internet, paying attention to exactly what your skin is like. For example, does it feel really tight once you've cleansed? What happens to it as the day goes on? Analyse what is happening to specific areas: cheeks, forehead, nose and chin- chances are some bits will be oilier or drier than others and so you may be a combination of types. Once you've got this sorted then you can start looking for the right products.

A few months ago I cut out all the harsh products that I was using to try and get rid of my spots- my breakouts and skin were worse than they'd ever been, including in my teenage years. I was getting harsh spot gels that dried my skin out and made the spots angrier and redder. Instead, I swapped all the harsh products for gentler ones, i.e. ones that weren't solely about getting rid of spots but were more overall skin care products. The difference that this made is huge. Although my skin isn't perfect, and I certainly still get spots on my chin and cheeks- especially around that time of the month- it's much better than it was.

So I thought I'd share my current skin care routine with you, and hope that it helps. If anything that I've said sounds familiar, please don't hesitate to ask any questions and I'll answer as best as I can. Some of the best skin care tips that I have got are from other blogs, mainly: Caroline Hirons, Gh0stparties, Jennypurr and I Covet Thee. I would definitely recommend all of these blogs if you're into skin care!

I would describe my skin as normal-combination. It does get oily throughout the day and my foundation wouldn't last two minutes without a primer underneath. I also get dry patches, mainly on my forehead and chin. I get spots on my chin and jaw line the most but I also get the odd cystic spot on my cheeks, which is always very red, sore and takes forever to go! I am 25 years old so wrinkles aren't really a problem for me yet- touch wood- so the products that I'm using aren't aimed at preventing wrinkles, but more for clearing the skin and hydrating it. The products I use need to be fairly light otherwise I break out, and not too harsh as my skin is a little sensitive. It goes without saying that these products are the ones that are working for my skin type, but that's not to say that some of them won't work for other skin types. Also everyone's skin is different so I'm not saying everything will work on your skin, but these are the products that are doing well on mine at the moment.

Finally, before I get started, I think the best advice I could give about skin care would be to listen to your skin. See and feel what it needs on a daily basis- because this will keep changing depending on the weather, products used and hormones. For this reason I would definitely recommend having a number of different products on the go at one time (e.g. two or three cleansers, two moisturisers etc), as your skin (just like your hair) loves it when you mix up your routine daily. This is what I've tried to convey in this post, so here is my typical 5 day skin care diary...

Morning
I have the same routine every morning so this section is a short one, it's my night time routine that I like to switch up depending on how my skin is feeling. So for my morning routine it is simply:

1. Cleanse with the Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Cleanser or the Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleanser. I shower every morning so wash my face in there. It's the last thing I use before getting out so no other products (i.e. shampoo or conditioner) can get into my pores. The cleansers are very different; the Clarins one is much more gentle so if my skin is feeling a bit sensitive or dry then I use that one.

2. Tone with the Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner. To be honest, this is the first time I've tried this toner and I'm not overly impressed with it. I've found it a little too drying. I'm waiting to finish it and then I'm going to get an exfoliating toner, such as the Clarins Exfoliating Brightening Toner, and a hydrating toner to apply after it, such as the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, a Jurlique mist or Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I learnt how important it is to have an exfoliating toner, to clear your skin and unclog your pores, followed by a hydrating toner, to add the moisture back into your skin, from the wonderful Caroline Hirons.

3. Moisturise with the Estee Lauder Day Wear Moisturiser. It's the oil free version which is great for my skin. I love the cucumber scent and I like that it's got an SPF25 in it.

Night 1
Cleanse
I always double cleanse to make sure that all my makeup is removed in the first step and then all my pores unclogged with the second step. On night 1 I used The Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (I use the pink one for oily skin but they have quite a few different ones to suit each skin type) which removes all my makeup including my eye makeup. It's super gentle, doesn't sting my eyes at all, and is really quick and easy. This is a Holy Grail product for me and one that I will continue to buy for a very long time. Then I used the Elemis FreshSkin Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash, which I usually use about once a week/two weeks to give my face a really deep clean as it's a little congested at the moment- mainly down to the monthly hormonal breakout.

Tone
I used the Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner.

Eye cream
Clinique All About Eyes (I learnt from Caroline Hirons to put eye cream on at this stage so that your eye area absorbs the eye cream that you want it to instead of anything else like moisturiser). I like the All About Eyes one because it's quite light for an eye cream and doesn't bring me out in milia like heavier ones do.

Moisturise/ Treatments
As I mentioned earlier, my skin has got a few spots at the moment so I used the REN ClearCalm3 Replenishing Night Serum. This calms and soothes blemish-prone skin so is great to have on hand when spots appear. I also put Eve Lom Dynaspot on the bigger spots themselves. My skin looked much, much clearer in the morning. Finally, I used my Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream, which smells absolutely divine, and Dr Paw Paw Original Balm on my lips.

Night 2
Cleanse
I didn't wear makeup this day so I didn't double cleanse, I simply washed my face with the Estee Lauder Cleanser and took it off with a flannel. Incidentally, I doubt anyone does this but just in case, only use the flannel once and then put it in the wash, as that will definitely cause breakouts if not.

Tone
Again, I used the Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner as this is the only one I have at the moment.

Eye cream
Clinique All About Eyes.

MoisturiseTreatments
As I said, my skin is combination so as well as spots and oily patches (my nose, forehead and cheeks) I also get dry patches (usually on my chin and forehead). When the dry patches appear I dab the Clarins Lotus Oil* on them. I've never used a facial oil before and I love that this one is targeted towards oily and combination skin so it's not too heavy. It seems to be working well so far at making my skin feel soft and calm. I'm only using it about once a week at the moment as my skin has been breaking out quite a lot recently, but when it calms down I could see myself using this more often as my skin does feel lovely in the morning. I then used my Estee Lauder Moisturiser and Eve Lom Dynaspot on individual blemishes. Finally I used the Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream and Dr Paw Paw Original Balm on my lips.

Night 3
Cleanse
I double cleansed with the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and then the Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleanser, again using a flannel to wipe it off. As it was Liquid Gold night (see below) I usually use the Clarins cleanser beforehand as it is so gentle.

Eye cream 
Clinique All About Eyes

MoisturiseTreatments
I skipped the toning step and went straight on to Alpha-H Liquid Gold. Liquid Gold is quite a cult product in the beauty blogging world. It is an acid night lotion that brightens up the skin fighting hyper-pigmentation amongst many other things. I've been using it for about a month now and I like it but I'm not wowed by it yet- I think it's a little bit too early for me to review it properly at this stage. I then used the Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream and Dr Paw Paw Original Balm on my lips.

Night 4
Cleanse
I double cleansed with the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and the Estee Lauder Cleanser.

Tone
Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner.

Eye cream
Clinique All About Eyes

MoisturiseTreatments
My forehead was a little dry so I applied Hydraluron to that and then my normal Estee Lauder Moisturiser on top of it and to the rest of my face. Hydraluron is a hyaluronic acid treatment that acts as a sort of magnet for moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally by the body but as we get older our body produces less and less, which is why we get drier skin and wrinkles. So Hydraluron is applied underneath your moisturiser to make sure that is fully absorbed, and deeper absorbed into the skin. I then applied Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream and Dr Paw Paw Original Balm on my lips.

Night 5
Cleanse
I double cleansed with the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and the Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleanser. I then applied a face mask. I alternate between two face masks at the moment, both of which are great. If my skin is looking a bit dull and lifeless, I apply the Clarins Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream. This really makes my face look refreshed, bright and clear. It only needs to be left on the skin for a minute or two to work so it's great when I haven't got lots of time- which is usually the case for me! If I do have a bit more time though, or my skin is looking and feeling a bit dehydrated, I use the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, which I smooth over my skin and leave on for about half an hour whilst watching tele or reading a book. It soothes my skin but also has antibacterial properties so clears it out as well.

Tone
Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner.

Eye cream
Clinique All About Eyes

MoisturiseTreatments
I applied my Estee Lauder Day Wear Moisturiser as normal and my Clarins Lotus Oil on a few dry patches. I then applied the Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream and Dr Paw Paw Original Balm.


And that's about it, I usually rotate this sequence of products every week as my skin loves having different products every night. My current skin care selection is far from complete, so here are some products that are on my wish list::
Emma Hardie Amazing Moringa Cleansing Balm
Clarins Exfoliating Brightening Toner, 
Liz Earle Instant Toner,
Caudalie Beauty Elixir,
Elemental Herbology Perfect Balance Moisturiser,
S5 Purity Serum,
Estee Lauder Night Serum,
Elemental Herbology Blemish Minimiser.

What do you think about my skin care routine and the products I use? As I said I'm always looking for new products to introduce to my routine, so what skin care products would you recommend? Feel free to ask me any questions about my skin care routine too :)

Rosy x

6 comments:

  1. Wow this was soo helpful! I have quite oily skin and so had always bought products to combat that but after reading this is think I may actually have oily/combination skin. I may have to rethink my skincare! Brilliant post :)

    beautyfullsparx.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw I'm glad that you found it helpful!! Thank you very much for reading it, I'm so pleased it's helped you with your routine- I think a lot of it is trial and error with products to be honest, I was convinced I was oily for ages but my skin just became dry and stripped from the products xxx

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  2. I love Caroline Hirons and on reading her advice have started double cleansing too! I love the Una Brennan Skin Renew Cleansing Oil which smells amazing, but I've picked up so many skincare tips from posts like this so thanks :)

    Rosie x

    itsalljustrosie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know Caroline Hirons's blog is brilliant, I've learnt so much from her! Thank you for recommending the Una Brennan Cleansing Oil, I'll check that out now :) xxx

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  3. I'm so glad it isn't just me that has skincare in excess, haha! I also had no idea there was different kinds of the Clarins oil, I have Blue Orchid, I truly love it. It's incredible stuff.

    Molly x
    Lyon Notes

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    1. Haha, us skin care addicts have got to stick together!! I'm literally obsessed haha! Ooh I've not heard of the Blue Orchid one, thanks very much for letting me know!! :) xxx

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