My Current Skincare Routine

My Current Skincare Routine

Finding a solid skincare routine that I’m happy with has been a long time coming. There are plenty of products I want to try and incorporate into my routine when I can afford to (I’m looking at you Kiehl’s) but I have finally found what works for my skin and I couldn’t be happier.

My skin had a recent freakout and everything was a bit crappy for a while. Not only did I have big angry spots that either wouldn’t budge or wanted to leave their permanent marks on my face, my skin had also become quite dry and dehydrated which was new to me. I have never disliked having oily skin because I personally think my complexion always look generally brighter, I’ll age better and it makes makeup application easier. So to suddenly feel as if my skin had dried out was quite alarming.

I decided to switch up my routine a little. It’s all under control now and looking better than ever again, so today I’m sharing exactly what I’ve been doing – daily and weekly – to keep my skin looking it’s best. Plus, it’s all pretty affordable!

 

AM

Step 1: Cleansing
It’s no secret that Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is one of my favourite cleaners of all time so I take either this or the Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser all over my face and wipe off with a hot muslin or flannel. Both are super gentle and really strip the built up crap from your face without being too harsh. Next, I usually dab a little Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton wool pad just to clean my eyes and lashes properly. It’s cooling and never irritates my eyes.

Step 2: Exfoliant
More often than not, I use a liquid exfoliant in the mornings. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is my go-to, an AHA which gently exfoliates your skin. It leaves me with glowy, clearer skin.

Step 3: Treatments & Serums
I like to use The Ordinary Salicylic Acid where it’s needed to kill my active spots and take The Ordinary Niacinimide + Zinc generally all over my face. Both work really well for my acne and I wouldn’t be without them. Then after letting them settle in, I add a serum all over the skin – either the Superdrug Vitamin E Serum or the it’s Skin Power 10 VE Effector.

Step 4: Moisturiser
I recently found the Superdrug Vitamin C Gel Moisturiser and it’s the perfect moisturiser for the day. It isn’t too heavy, it keeps my skin feeling fresh and glowy. It smells really good too and really helps me with the scarring I’ve accumulated over the years.

Step 5: SPF!!!
Without fail, I use the Benefit Dream Screen which has an oil-free formula and an SPF of 45. Even though it contains no oil, it’s quite an oily feeling SPF which I like as it blends in really easily and dries down to a ‘silky-matte’ texture.

Step 6: Lip Balm
It’s always either classic Carmex or Glossier Balm Dot Com – the coconut one.

 

PM

Step 1: Cleansing
I like to double cleanse in the evenings. First, I take either hot cloth cleanser everywhere and wipe off with a hot muslin or flannel again. Then I’ll use the Superdrug Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil on a cotton wool pad to take anything left on the skin off – especially on the eyes. The oil formula helps break down makeup so it’s really fab. If I feel like I need it – I’ve often soaked two cotton wool pads of Garnier Micellar Water and left them to rest on my eyes for a while. It’s very soothing and cooling without actually being dangerous to use near your eyes.

Step 2: Exfoliant
I tend not to use the same acid at night as I find it quite detrimental to use it too much. I’m still a fan of an old-fashioned scrub so if my skin looks like it needs it I’ll use the Superdrug Vitamin E Scrub, the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Scrub or the Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 Mask & Scrub and just use them gently to take more dirt away from my face. I definitely don’t use them every day though, over-exfoliation isn’t healthy.

Step 3: Treatments & Serums
In the evenings I take my number one huns, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid and The Ordinary Niacinimide + Zinc solutions again. Then once both of those have dried down I use The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone. It’s a weird product, a difficult texture and can be a little tingly at first but definitely improves my skin’s brightness and the appearance of my scarring. I couldn’t go without it now. I also like to use The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid to give my skin some added moisture and elasticity.

Step 4: Facial Oil & Moisturiser
I will shout from the rooftops just how much I love facial oils. I’ve used a ton over the years but my current favourites are the Neal’s Yard Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil or Tamanu Oil from Amazon. Both are absolutely great at balancing and rehydrating my skin whilst gently improving my overall complexion. In the evenings I mix a few drops of oil with my Superdrug Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream and wake up visibly improved, glowy skin.

Step 5: Eye Cream & Lip Balm
If I want to use eye cream it’s usually the Superdrug Vitamin E Eye Cream. And for my lips, it’s either a ton of Carmex or Glossier Balm Dot Com again.

 

Incidentals


Once a week I will use the Boots Tea Tree, Witch Hazel & Active Charcoal Deep Cleansing Facial Mask. It really detoxifies and rebalances the skin, getting all the unwanted gunk from my pores. I also love using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution which is an inredible product. It’s kinda scary to use but in only ten minutes it changes the texture of my skin and has helped massively with the overall look of my complexion. If I use this I definitely stay clear of all my other acids that night. I also love the Garnier SkinActive Tissue Masks for a quick and easy facial. It definitely soothes and brightens my complexion. I’ve also been loving the Glossier Moisturising Moon Mask which does such a fab job on dehydrated, tired skin. I often leave this on overnight and wake up with glowing skin.

So that’s it – everything I’m currently using to make my skin look good. Now I’m off to daydream about owning some new Kiehl’s products, bye.

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