My skincare routine has undergone something of an overhaul in recent months. I mentioned in my winter skincare update that I completely wanted to reassess what I was using and introduce some new products into the mix. Skin, like hair, can become immune to the benefits of products if they are used for a prolonged period of time so, in order to get the best results, I find a new moisturiser here, a different toner there can make a huge difference. I took this manner of thinking to the extreme and basically phased in all new skincare products bar one so, I figured an update was in order now that I have fine-tuned my routine!
I have two cleansers on-the-go at the minute. Actually, I lie, there are three cleansers as I am still using the La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel with my Clarisonic when I shower. However, in terms of new stuff, I have been relying on the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution (review) to quickly clean my skin in the morning (and remove any heavy make-up in the evening) and then using the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm to remove make-up and cleanse on days where I don't shower and use my Clarisonic - usually every second day.
I bought the L'Oreal Micellar Solution after running out of Bioderma. Contrary to popular belief, Bioderma ain't all that and I see no need in ordering it for twenty bucks a pop when I can pop into Boots and pick up the L'Oreal version for a fiver. Don't believe the hype people! As for the Clinique, well, do believe that hype! This stuff is beautiful. Absolutely luxurious, a star at removing all manner of make-up and leaves skin feeling and looking buttery smooth. I apply a layer of this before brushing my teeth, let it sit and then gently remove with a hot flannel.
Toner is a newly reintroduced step into my routine and one I am really enjoying. As I mentioned in a post last month, I finally got my hands on La Roche-Posay Serozinc (review) and have been loving it as a post-cleanse soothing treatment. I find that it does a really great job of cooling my skin and also preventing breakouts. Pixi Glow Tonic is the poor man's answer to the famed Biologique Recherche P50 exfoliating toner but, having tried both, it is just as good. I got it in December with a 20% off code courtesy of Caroline Hirons (CAROLINE20 - not sure if it's still active) and have been loving it for basically resurfacing my skin.
I only use these toners at night as I find that they tend to make my face a bit red in patches where they are working hard and I don't have time to deal with that or wait for it to subside in the mornings. However, I have recently bought another exfoliating toner type thing which didn't arrive in time for these pictures but, which is so far working well. It is the Alpha H Liquid Gold and I now use that every second night instead of the Serozinc/Glow Tonic. I'll update further on that after I've used it more.
The weather has been bloody frightful of late and keeping moisture in my skin has been a top priority. I have two different moisturisers, one for day and one for night and can't recommend both of them enough. The La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Legere* is the perfect under make-up moisturiser. It has SPF 20 which is vastly important when using exfoliating toners like Pixi and Alpha H and it is light enough that it dries quickly and doesn't ball up under make-up.
In the evenings, I have been preferring a more intensive treatment in the form of the Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil*. I recently wrote a full post on this so, I won't bore you with the details again except to say that this is one of the best products I have found for giving your skin a quick injection of hydration.
Surplus to requirements are an eye cream and a spot treatment. The eye cream I am using is still the Philosophy Eye Hope* and I am still massively enjoying it. Again, I only bother with this step at night time and have found the best way to apply it for a thin veil of coverage is, surprisingly, with a small flat concealer brush. Not pictured is the Kiehls Blue Herbal Spot Treatment. Basically, it is a dehydrating gel that sucks the life out of blemishes and clears them up entirely within a few days. It contains Salicylic Acid which, when you see that high up an ingredients list, you know it's going to be good stuff!
If you made it to the end of this post, well done! Skincare is something I've really been enjoying lately so, I hope this was interesting.