July 20, 2012

Updated Skincare Routine (Again!)

I have never been that into my skincare but, in recent times, I have developed and all-out obsession with maintaining and improving the quality and appearance of my skin. It was only in April that I posted an updated skincare routine and, yet, here we are again with a whole host of new products and an entirely different regime!

Just as a bit of background so that these products are in context for you; I'm 22 years old with normal skin for the most part. In winter, it can dry out a bit but, only in certain patches. The texture is quite even and generally blemish-free. I have never suffered with acne but, am prone to eczema and, so, have to be careful what I apply around my eyes as this is where it flares up intermittently.


Morning Routine

I try to keep things as quick as possible in the mornings, mainly because I value my sleep more than I value my appearance. Now, I'm not saying that I leave the house looking like a ruffian but, I just prefer to have my extra 10 minutes in bed than faffing around with all kinds of primers and serums and toners at 7am!

I try my best to wash my face every morning but, as I said in my last post, this step falls by the wayside if I am tight on time. However, when I'm being diligent and organised, my current cleanser of choice is Vichy's Purete Thermale Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution*. I've only been using this for a few weeks now but, it is a really gentle micellar formula that clears away any trace of leftover make-up I may have missed the night before while also leaving my skin feeling hydrated and not at all tight. I apply this to my face with a cotton pad and leave to soak in.

I fall into the school of people who neglect SPF on a daily basis, reserving it only for trips abroad and the rare day that temperatures reach 18C or above in Ireland. However, I do know how badly the sun can damage your skin, even through the clouds and, so, I have made a concerted effort to use a sun protection factor underneath my make-up. This Vichy Aqualia Thermal UV SPF 15* Moisturiser is the perfect product for me. As a moisturiser it sits beautifully under make-up while also incorporating a good level of sun protection.

Night Routine

At night, I quite enjoy taking 10 or 15 minutes out to remove my make-up and pamper my skin a little. This routine varies two nights of the week, as you will see a little later in this post but, for the most part, it is all about deep cleaning my skin and getting rid of the day's impurities.

I favour waterproof mascara as I need it to last all day and not smudge beneath my eyes, especially when in the gym after work. The downside of this is that it requires a heavy-duty remover to get rid of every last trace and, even still, I often wake up with panda eyes the next morning. I'm still using and loving the Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover. This is one of the best bi-phase or oil-based removers I have used and it only cost around a fiver!

I have taken to double-cleansing my skin at night, especially if I have worn make-up that day (Yep, somedays I just can't be bothered!). To remove the top, heavy layer of make-up I have been using the Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm. I apply this in a thin layer all over my face, though not near the eyes, and remove it with a muslin cloth soaked in warm water. It gets all of my slap off while also cleaning my skin. However, just to be extra sure that the skin beneath the make-up has been properly cleansed, I rinse the muslin cloth and re-cleanse with the same Vichy micellar solution I use in the mornings. 
Another Vichy product rounds out my standard night time routine. Vichy Normaderm Moisturiser* is an intensely hydrating moisturiser that is intended to combat blemishes and to target blackheads, open pores and unevenness. It smells a bit funky but, as a night moisturiser, it does exactly what I want it to do.


As I mentioned above, two nights a week I will add some extra steps to my routine. On both a Sunday and a Wednesday I use Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask and Origins Drink-Up Intensive Moisturising Mask for a bit of added TLC. I have a full review of the Active Charcoal mask here but, in short, it works to draw out impurities in the skin and to unclog and improve the appearance of pores. I haven't yet fully reviewed the Drink-Up mask but, it is effectively an intensely hydrating overnight mask that your skin literally drinks up and leaves you with plump, soft and radiant skin come morning time! 


When I do notice a blemish coming up, I like to act quickly and nip it in the bud before it turns into a fully-fledged spot. My current weapon of choice is the Origins Blemish Gel. This teeny tiny bottle contains a product which, when applied to an imperfection will visibly reduce it in size and redness and dry it out before it comes to fruition. I use a cotton bud to dot a small amount of this on the affected areas and, within a few hours, my blemishes have drastically improved. This can be quite drying however so, make sure to prepare skin with a good moisturiser prior to applying it.

Muslin Cloths

You may have noticed above that my current skincare routine incorporates muslin cloths. I'm a bit late on the uptake of this cleaning aid but, suffice to say I really love them. Not only do they gently exfoliate and deep clean the skin but, I get a great satisfaction of seeing my make-up come off on the cloth leaving no question of whether I have removed it all or not. I picked up a three pack by the brand Balm Balm from FeelUnique and change them every two days or so and throw the dirty ones in the wash!


  1. Great post, I'm rubbish with cleansing in the morning but better with wearing an SPF every day! I want all those Origins goodies to try, sound amazing!

    1. Thanks! I love Origins, all of the products I've tried just work so well!

  2. I loved this post, really informative. :-)

  3. Had a facial this eve and spent 100quid on two products! But I am definitely starting to accept the importance of skincare so this was very interesting! Merci buckets!

    1. Wow! Have never spent that much on skincare myself but, wouldn't be opposed to it! What did you buy? xx

  4. I have really gotten into cleansing balms at the moment, and after drooling after Clinique's, I managed to snap the huge tub up for £8 on eBay - it's usually £20.50!! I have also been drooling all over the Botanics balm,but seeing as I have several cleansers in my bathroom at the moment, I'm going to leave it a little while until I buy it, even if it does kill me a little. Thanks for such a fab review xxx


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