To cleanse, I have three products on-the-go. Morning and night I start with some of the Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton pad and just remove any make-up/residue from my night routine. I then use one of two deep cleansers.
When I shower, I use the Clarisonic Mia and am currently trialling the La Roche-Posay Physiological Foaming Cleanser*. You know I love the gel version but, I had this in my stash and wanted to see what it was like. I'm wary of foaming anything as it can be quite drying but, so far so good with this. Every other night, I use a warm face cloth with the 2B Organic Cleansing Balm I reviewed here. Over time, I have actually noticed a marked improvement in how soft and even my skin feels post-cleansing which I attribute fully to this little pot.
In the AM, post-micellar water, I use the Pixi Glow Tonic as a gentle, chemical exfoliant. This is my second bottle of this stuff and my only qualm is that it isn't easier to get here. As the Glow Tonic is acid-based, you absolutely have to, 100%, no excuses, use an SPF as it will lower your skin's barrier to UV rays. I forgot to picture it but, I have been finishing up a second tube of the Vichy Capital Soleil SPF50 which doubles as both my SPF and moisturiser.
In the evening time, I swap out the Pixi Glow Tonic for the more astringent Alpha H Liquid Gold. Again, this is a chemical exfoliator which completely rejuvenates the skin's surface. Initially I alternated the two exfoliators but, have since found that my skin can handle it morning and night. Serum-wise, I am trialling an upcoming Shiseido launch, Ultimune*, which promises to rebuild the skin's natural barrier to external aggressors. I haven't used it enough yet to fully form an opinion but, it smells nice, sits well under make-up and makes my skin soft.
To moisturise, I'm working my way through a pot of the Chantecaille Flower Harmonising Cream*. This was part of the goody bag from the SpaceNK Dublin launch and, while it's nice and light, I'm sure it's hugely expensive and doesn't have enough of a wow factor for me to recommend checking out.
I'm still surprised I have kept up this routine for the last few months as it has more steps than I generally like but, since I changed my whole lifestyle and cut out sugar, I have been very dedicated to enhancing the benefits of that; one of which is better skin. Let's see how long it lasts!