July 22, 2014

Current Skincare

It's been the longest time since I did a skincare update and, as I'm going through a spell of being really into it at the moment, I thought I would give you a rundown of what I'm currently using.

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! 


  1. I've been hankering to try Pixi Glow Tonic. Everyone who uses it seems to love it.

    Emma Be Beauty</A

  2. Good post issue!
    It's true that sometimes, just sometimes they are a necessity!
    I've managed to replace the gym scenario but sometimes if heading straight to a fitness class from the car, or running/walking from work in the heat, they are much easier to carry and use than a bottle of something (although probably could leave something in my desk drawer)
    But I agree that sometimes they are just better than leaving the stuff on & sweating on top of it!
    must try the water wipes, haven't as yet.
    I find the Neutragena ones quite good

  3. My goodness you’re so good. I’m so lazy!
    I usually just exfoliate and moisturise in the morning and
    then a “one stop shop” make up remover/cleanser in the evening (with
    moisturiser some of the time!)
    Currently I’m still actually using up stuff from random gift
    sets from Xmas. The Sanctuary exfoliator & cleansing wash. And Soap and
    Glory peaches & clean in my gym bag.
    Can’t wait to replace the exfoliater with the Dermalogica microfoliant
    again. The Garnier/L’oreal Micellar water I was then going to try
    next for make up removal....

  4. I'm loving my Skincare at the moment too, but my poor Rosacea is flaring up in the heat :-( I really want to try the liquid gold I have the glow tonic and love it!

  5. I don't really buy wipes anymore, but I have tried Waterwipes and I like how gentle they are. I don't see a problem using them as long as they aren't the only thing you are using. If I do use them it's like you said, to remove the bulk of my make up and then use a cleanser swell to make sure everything is removed. I hate seeing girls use only make up wipes as their skincare routine, it freaks me out! Ha!

    Emma x

  6. YES it genuinely upsets me - it's not okay for everyday!!

  7. Sometimes they're all that can be used and they're better than leaving slap on, I totally agree! They also saved me a lot of room in my liquids bag in my carry on last time I was away x


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