A Skincare Shake-Up
I've stuck with the same skincare routine for nearly a year, but recently I've had a real shake up with the products I'm using. I'd grown a little tired of the products I was using and I think that my skin felt the same. So I slowly introduced new products and it looks like my entire routine has changed so here is a little update on what I've been using and my thoughts.
Morning Cleanse: One of the best AM cleansers I've ever used is The Body Shop Aloe Calming Cleanser*. It's super gentle to the skin whilst still having enough power to remove any remaining mascara that might be hanging around. This is great for when I have breakouts too because it helps to minimise redness which is ideal for an AM cleanser before makeup application.
Makeup Removal: This hasn't changed, I'm still very faithful to the Garnier Micellar Water. It's a fantastic budget option that works just as well as Bioderma in my opinion. It makes light work of removing makeup without leaving my skin sore or irritated.
Evening Cleanse: When I've been wearing makeup my favourite way to give my skin a thorough cleanse is with a balm, especially in the colder months. The balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm* has been my go to lately, it's a thick almost cake mixture consistency as it's got exfoliating grains in. Once massaged into the skin it warms up into an oil which cleanses whilst giving light exfoliation too. I don't like to use this more than once a day as over exfoliating my skin can lead to breakouts so it's just an evening cleanse for me.
Exfoliating: Since introducing a chemical exfoliant into my routine it's completely changed the condition of my skin. The biggest difference I've noticed is how much better my skin copes with spots and the scars that they leave behind. I'm currently using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Toner*, you guys already know how much I swear by the LRP Effaclar Duo so I was excited to give more of the range a try. This is such a gentle toner yet it's made a big difference in my complexion. My pores look much clearer and less congested, it's a real shame that it's not available to buy on its own.
Hydrating: Even though the LRP isn't at all stripping I still like to make sure I'm using something nourishing to follow up. The balance Me Skin Bright Face Mist* is a product that totally took me by surprise, in a good way. It contains hyaluronic acid which an ingredient that my skin adores. In combination with the LRP, I don't think my skin has ever felt so smooth which makes the other items in my routine work even better.
Serums & Treatments:
Treatment: Certainly not a new product into my routine, the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] has been the crux to a clear complexion. This is an unclogging and corrective treatment and since they reformulated last year it clears up scars too. I can't even begin to explain how much I adore this product, I could be here for hours, it has completely changed the texture and condition of my skin.
Serum: The Vichy Aqulia Thermal Serum* is a relatively new addition to my routine, but it's very similar to the Dr Jart Water Fuse Gel* which I was using before. Both of them are an intense boost of hyaluronic acid which as I've mentioned my skin absolutely loves this ingredient. This is light in consistency which means it sinks into the skin quickly and doesn't leave a tacky or sticky feeling.
AM & PM: For years, I used a different moisturiser for the morning and evening but last year I decided to stay consistant with just one. At the moment, I'm using the Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment. Origins are my go to when I need a new moisturiser, I've used and loved so many that I've lost count. This is a gel consistency which is something I really like as it feels light on the skin, but it doesn't scrimp on moisture or hydration. I'm aware that this does contain mineral oil which some people do have an issue with, but my skin has never had any hiccups.
What does your current skincare routine consist of?