As always, I try to keep it as simple as possible though, to some of you, I'm sure this seems like a mountain of product. However, my nana and my mam always told me to mind my skin and that it will stand to me in later life so, minding it I am!
I admit to being a bit lax in the mornings when it comes to my face. Usually it takes me so long to roll out of bed that there's only time for a helping of moisturiser and then all my slap piled on top. Of course, I know, this is naughty. You're supposed to wash all the grime of sleep away, as well as any residue of your night time routine so that your day products can penetrate the skin and work as they should. Woops.
On a good morning, I wake myself up by cleansing with La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel. This is a gel-based cleanser that I am really loving. It's super gentle, smells really fresh and I actually feel like my face is actually cleansed afterwards rather than just clean.
My current daytime moisturiser is also from La Roche-Posay and it is the Hydraphase UV Intense Legere. I've mentioned this a few times before and have been consistently loving it. A very light and gentle cream, I use one pump all over my entire face and neck and allow this to soak in while I brush my teeth etc.
Prior to applying my primer, I spritz my face all over with, again, La Roche-Posay Eau Thermal. This is basically a thermal spring water that helps hydrate the skin and I have found it great for keeping dry patches at bay throughout the day. It dries in about 10 seconds and then I get on with my make-up routine.
This routine is a bit more convoluted than my morning one, purely because I am a stickler for removing every solitary scrap of make-up and dirt from my skin.
First of all, I remove any waterproof or heavy eye make-up with Boots Botanicals Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover. This is an amazing oil-based cleanser that takes even the most stubborn mascara and eyeliner away in one clean swipe. If you find that it leaves an oily residue even after cleansing your face, just take a square of toilet paper or a cotton pad and gently wipe it away.
I use the same La Roche-Posay cleanser above to remove my make-up and then repeat the process to ensure my skin underneath has been cleaned too. Once every 2-3 nights, I will exfoliate. At the moment I am using the St Ives Apricot Scrub because that is what's in my bathroom and also because I've been getting random dry patches lately that require heavy duty stuff to take care of them!
I pat my face dry after cleansing and/or exfoliating and then I apply a thin layer of La Roche-Posay Effaclar K. I was asked to do a full review of this as a normal skinned, non-acne prone person so, that will be coming up soon. I basically use this to keep my skin clear.
While I allow the Effaclar K to soak in and work its magic; and it really is magic, I potter around my room getting my clothes ready for the following day. Once it's fully dry to the touch I go in with my new favourite moisturiser, Weleda Skin Food. I did an in-depth review of this here if you're interested. It's extremely thick and takes an age to soak in so, you wouldn't be using this under make-up!
90% of the time, the above will be my everyday skincare routine but, during the rare periods that my skin spirals out of control i.e. being very dry or with a localised breakout, I will bring out the big guns! If I have a breakout, I replace my cleanser, morning and night, with the NeoStrata Facial Cleanser which contains all kinds of spot-fighting acids and ingredients. If my face is verging out of normal territory and into the more dry side of things, I'll add one drop of Skin Essentials Nourishing Oil to my La Roche-Posay moisturiser just to keep things ticking over throughout the day! Despite being an oil, this seems to sit well under my make-up and doesn't cause it to slip and slide during the day.
My nightly moisturisation routine really gets kicked up a notch. In the event of a spotty calamity, I will douse a cotton pad with the super fancy pants Biologique Recherche P50V before I apply my Effaclar K. This balancing exfoliator aims to gently improve the texture of the skin and a few nights of use usually rids me of white heads and unsightly bumps and dries up any breakouts after a few nights of use. Finally, if my skin is in a dry phase, I will shun the Weleda Skin Food and use the Skin Essentials oil neat, massaging it into the skin and leaving it to soak in while I sleep.
As I said, this seems like a lot of products. However, it is a routine that has really been working for me and, despite an initial freakout when I didn't know how to deal with my changing skin, having the emergency products to hand totally sets my mind at ease.
Once my La Roche-Posay cleanser is finised, I want to try either Boots Botanicals Cleansing Balm or Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Let me know if you recommend either of these!