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August 23, 2012

My Skincare Routine

Ahh, skincare. Sinéad and I have both become obsessed with skin products over the last few months - it's something that we discuss a lot and I love trying out new stuff and finding out what's the best for my skin type. On that note and for reference purposes, I'm 23 and my skin is oily to normal. My forehead and cheeks are always clear but I have a lot of blackheads and open pores, an uneven skin texture, redness and acne scarring, and I suffer with hormonal acne on my jaw from time to time. Like most girls, I have good and bad skin days, and it really upsets me that no matter how well I take care of my skin, I still get spots on my jaw on a monthly basis. I hate how red and blotchy my skin looks even when I don't have spots, and my pores are the side of potholes.

So, these are my issues. On a more positive note, I never get dry patches and my forehead is always clear! As you'll see from the pictures, my routine does involve a lot of products, but I obviously don't use them all every day! It depends on how much make-up I'm wearing, whether I'm bothered to wash my face (in fairness I usually do) and what kind of condition/mood my skin is in. The products I use do change quite frequently as I'm always trying new stuff, but what never changes is the fact that I have a routine and stick to it. I feel that this is what has helped my skin most - I keep my face clean and give it what it needs, and it (usually) thanks me for it.

Cleansing

A fairly obvious one - especially if you are oily and spot prone, you need to make sure that your skin is as clean as possible, as often as possible. In the mornings, Avène Cleanance Gel* is my best friend. You only need a small amount, it lathers up really well, and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean without drying it. Fantastic!

I usually try to remove my makeup as soon as I get home, rather than letting it sit on my skin for the evening. My all-time favourite eye make-up remover is the Johnson's Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover. It's very gently and the bi-phase formula gets rid of everything. To wash off the rest of my make-up I use NUXE Aroma-Perfection Purifying Cleansing Gel, it melts off my make-up and leaves my skin feeling clean and well looked-after. Sometimes, if I don't feel like washing my face, I'll just use a cleansing lotion or milk. At the moment the one I have is Eucerin Gentle Cleansing Milk. I really like it; at €5.90, it wasn't expensive, it removes my makeup really well and doesn't leave my face greasy. Finally, I've been using The Body Shop Cucumber Freshening Water as a toner, and also to freshen up my face in the morning if I don't have the time to wash it. I love this, it's so refreshing and feels amazing on the skin. I got it the other week for €6 in The Body Shop sale and the bottle is big, so it was a great buy.


Creams/Serums

I can't just wash my face and leave it - I have to slap something on right after. For an everyday moisturiser, Avène Hydrance Optimale UV Legère has been ticking all of my boxes. It's lightweight without compensating on moisture, sinks in really fast and dries to a matte finish which suits my oily skin. It has an SPF of 20 which is great for everyday wear - I cannot fault this and it's definitely one of the best moisturisers I've used this year. Sometimes on top of this or alone, I use La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat as a primer. It mattifies my face without drying it out, and creates the most perfect, smooth base for foundation.

At night-time, I like to treat my spotty mug without dehydrating it. I had a skincare consultation at a Vichy event a few months back where I found out that my skin is actually dehydrated, so I've been mindful of that ever since. I'm still loving my Clarins Hydraquench Serum (full review here), and I use it every other night or so to keep my skin plump and hydrated. The rest of the time, to tackle my clogged pores and oily skin, I love La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. I'm a massive fan of the whole Effaclar range (read about it here and here), and I think that the Duo cream definitely helps to keep my skin as clear as possible.



Masks, Spot Creams & Eye Cream


love face masks, and as pathetic as this may sound, they're practically a hobby for me at this stage. If you're really busy they may seem like a bit of a task, especially at night-time, but once you work them into your routine, you really will not look back.

My very favourite face mask is a seriously heavy-duty product for oily or acne-prone skin. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is only available in the US, but I have a decent stockpile of them thanks to an aunt over there! If you really want this, it's on eBay too. It's well worth hunting down as it's an inexpensive but really hardworking mask. It smells strongly of mint and every time I use this, I'm amazed at how well it draws out impurities, gets rid of oil and shrinks my pores. I adore this and swear by it!
Next up is Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel, I use to brighten up my face and get rid of any dullness. It's a micro-exfoliating enzyme peel which you leave on for ten minutes and the results are amazing - read my review here. To round off my trio of masks, I also use Avène Soothing Moisture Mask*, which does exactly what it claims. It's great for redness and to inject a boost of moisture into the skin, which will be even more important coming into winter. My skin always looks and feels really plump, hydrated and, well, happy after using this!
For when spots crop up, I usually go straight in with La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI* treatment. This is one of the best zit creams I've ever used, it's not irritating or sore when applied to the offending area, and doesn't dry out my skin either. Also, it works! As well as this, sometimes, I just can't resist smothering my spots in a good coating of an Irish staple, Sudocrem. The fact that I have it in a cute little tube just makes me love it more!
Now, eye cream isn't really at the top of my list at the moment. I'm only 23 and have no visible lines yet (*knocks on wood*), but as a firm student of the ''prevention is better than cure'' school, I do use it on a regular basis. Right now, I'm using Lancôme Rénergie Yeux Multi-Lift - it's a little thick for my eye area, but I only need a tiny bit and it hasn't given me the dreaded eye milia - good stuff!

So, congratulations if you have actually read this far! I know that this was super-long, I hope that it helps you though! If you have any other questions about skincare, feel free to leave a comment!






6 comments:

  1. OMG u read my mind..I was thinking yesterday I'd love u to do a skin care post as im the same skin type as u & here it is!! My routine is pretty good but I use the Vichy Normaderm Night cream & i just don't think its hitting the spot,literally!! So Effaclar here I come..Thanks Dee :)

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    1. Aw I'm glad I did it then ha! I'm not mad on that night cream either, hope the Effaclar works better for you xx

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  2. Wow I didn't know the Body Shop was having a sale! I am going to head in there over the weekend. I really want to try a new toner

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    1. Hope you get something nice! x

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  3. Bloody hell yeez are bad for my Budget Dee! I promptly went out and purchased the 3 Le Roche Posey Products mentioned above after reading (drooling over) this post. Was considering buying them for a whileen already but you pushed me over the edge. Have to say I'm super impressed so a thanks is in order!! I am a little bit addicted to yeer blog at the moment. Great stuff:) xx

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    1. Haha apologies for the enabling Siobhán and thanks :) x

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