It’s been quite a long time since I last spoke about my skincare routine, isn’t it? It’s changed so much in that time too, so here’s what I’m currently smearing on my face on a daily basis.
I start off by cleansing (like you do) with either the Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser (review here) or the Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser. It really depends on how my skin’s feeling and looking that day. The Lacura one is a perfect dupe for Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, but it’s far, far cheaper. It’s a great all-rounder that leaves my skin looking brighter and feeling soft.
If I’m particularly spotty, I’ll use the Nip & Fab one instead. It’s fantastic for brightening up my skin on the days where it’s looking really dull.
For me, it’s all about Avene Thermal Spring Water. I’ve used it for years, and miss it when I don’t have any in. (I know how pretentious it sounds that I spray posh French water that’s out of a spring onto my face morning and night, but it is really good stuff.)
I just spritz it on to my face, usually before drying my hair, and leave it to dry naturally before I apply my serum and moisturiser. It calms my skin down, particularly if my face is red and I’m resembling a sun dried tomato.
If I am without my beloved Avene Thermal Spring Water, Boots no-frills Cucumber Toner (review here) does the trick too.
For a bit of moisture, I’ll start off with the Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum (again, a review is here!) all over my face – including my eye contour – which I’ve used for a few years now, and love. It’s super-cheap, gives a nice moisture boost, and is a great base for my moisturiser.
After that, I’ll use some eye cream. At the moment, I’m switching between the basic Simple Kind To Eyes Eye balm and the Avene Soothing Eye Contour eye cream.
If you didn’t already know, I have eczema around my eyes – nice, I know – so I need to pay quite a lot of attention to that area. When the eye cream’s dry, I’ll pop a smidge of E45 around my eye area too, just to ensure it’s properly hydrated.
After that, I’ll put my main moisturiser on. If I’m wearing makeup that day, I’ll slather my old favourite La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (+) on. (Guess what? There’s a review of that too.)
If I’m going bare-faced, it’s good old Olay Beauty Fluid (with a teeny blob of NYX highlighter mixed in) for me.
I am terrible, terrible, terrible for not using enough SPF. I know how important it is to use it, but I’m yet to find one that agrees with my skin and doesn’t make it so greasy that I look like I’ve been coated in varnish. Not to mention one that doesn’t aggravate my cystic acne and make my skin angrier than the Hulk. At the moment, I’m toying with Superdrug’s Solait Anti-Ageing 50+ Face Fluid. It’s cheap, but it is quite greasy up to now, plus it’s a nightmare to wash off at the end of the day. An absolute nightmare.
Besides that, if you read my recent post about going a bit mad in Boots, you’ll have seen that I picked up some of the La Roche Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine 50+ SPF that I’ve been searching for for ages. I’m starting to introduce that to my skincare routine too. (It’s also turning out to be very tough to wash off though.)
Double Cleanse & Tone
If I’ve been wearing makeup, I’ll remove it with my favourite oil cleanser: Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil by Superfacialist. It just melts my makeup, including stubborn mascara, and leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh. After that, I’ll follow up with the Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser to remove any bits left behind.
And as far as toning’s concerned, it’s the Avene Thermal Spring Water again. Or failing that good ol’ Boots Cucumber Toner.
I’ve been dabbling with retinol for just over a year now. The only one I’ve tried so far is The Ordinary Retinol in Squalane. I’m currently using 0.5% roughly three nights a week. It’s made a huge difference to the fine lines that were starting to form on my fivehead, so I’m massively impressed so far. (I got mistaken for an under 16 last year, when I was the grand old age of 26, which I think is a pretty good advert for this stuff!)
I know some people have problems with their skin tolerating retinol, or find that it’s too strong, but even with my problem skin there’ve been no issues with this one from The Ordinary. I’ll often bulk buy it from ASOS when it’s in stock. It’s really cheap, easy to use – once you get your head around it (I’d recommend reading Caroline Hirons’s posts if you’re new to retinol) and it’s had a big, positive impact on my skin up to now.
If I’ve used retinol, I’ll use Aldi’s Lacura Q10 Night Cream. (Caroline Hirons says you need to really hydrate your skin after applying a retinoid, and if she says it’s right, I believe her) but I leave at least 20 minutes before I apply it to ensure that the retinol has had time to get to work. It’s the perfect excuse to pick up a book while you wait…
On the nights I don’t use retinol, I’ll use the Superdrug Serum once more, coupled with La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (+) again. And if my skin’s particularly dry, I’ll layer a couple of drops of Superdrug Vitamin E oil on top too! (It’s really cheap and very effective.)
After a few layers of E45 around my eye contour, my skincare routine is done!
Other things I do to try and keep my skin in shape include: drinking 2-3 litres of water every day, plus several cups of green tea, and by steaming my face a couple of times a week. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but steaming is honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done for my skin.
My face steamer is from Argos and it cost £17.99. It’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent. If you want clearer skin, I’d highly recommend giving this a whirl! It not only reduces my eczema to the point that it’s nearly disappeared completely for the first time in nearly a decade, but it also helps to keep my skin free of spots… most of the time.
So, there you have it: my current skincare routine! What products do you love using?