December 11, 2010

Sinead's Skincare Routine: Normal Skin

Skincare is, arguably, one of the most important parts of any beauty regime. You can have the best make-up and the most expensive brushes, but nothing replaces having a good base on which to apply it.

I'm lucky enough to have relatively good skin. It is normal in type and doesn't tend to breakout. Winter is the only time it really acts up, getting the odd dry patch from going from freezing cold outside to the centrally heated indoors. With that said, my skincare routine is pretty simple and relatively cheap.

(Sidenote: I do suffer with eczema on my body, especially in winter, and have a skin care routine and some tips and tricks for dealing with it! But, that's for another post.)


I cleanse my skin with Silcock's Base. It's basically an all-purpose thick cream that can be found at any chemist. A huge, 500g tub costs you about €7 and will last for months. All I do is wet my face, take a small bit of the cream in my hands, rub them together and then wash my face. If I have been wearing make-up, I do this twice.

It's a really good cleanser for all skin types as there is very few ingredients and it is especially good for sensitive and dry skin as it is very moisturising.

I have used Cetaphil cleanser in the past but only when I get it in from America because it's ridiculously expensive here!


To tone, I also use a drugstore product and that is Witch Hazel. I just soak a piece of cotton wool and rub it all over my face, concentrating on the T-Zone.

This stuff is really cheap as well, though I am not sure of the price, but, BE WARNED, it absolutely reeks! Just hold your breath while you do it :) You can feel your skin tightening almost immediately after use and it makes it really smooth.

LUSH's Tea Tree Oil is also a good toner but, slightly more expensive and probably not as easily accessible.


The only aspect of my skincare routine I really splash out on is my moisturiser. I use Seavite's Organic Seaweed Face Creme . It's quite pricey, ranging between €21 and €25 depending where you buy but, I can honestly say, it is the best, most moisturising moisturiser I have ever used. It's my Holy Grail!


I only exfoliate once or twice a week or when I can feel that my skin is dirty. At the moment I am using an exfoliator that I picked up on holiday's in Lanzarote this year. It's Inecto Pure Coconut Milk Exfoliating Facial Scrub.

This is a really coarse product that thoroughly cleans your skin and smells delicious! I don't know what the availability of it is like elsewhere in the world but, if you can get your hands on it, seriously give it a try!

UPDATE: Dee just kindly informed me that some Magner's pharmacies carry the Inecto range! Yay! 

So, that's it. Pretty simple, cheap and quick!

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