I can’t remember when I last did a skincare routine post. There are probably some things that stayed the same as I’ve got some old favourites that I’ve been using for years, but I have recently found some new products my skin loves. It’s taken me ages to get a regular routine, I’m nearly thirty and it’s only been the past couple of years I’ve had a proper daily routine.
My skin can definitely be difficult at times. It’s acne prone, combination and sensitive but definitely goes on the dry side over oily when it comes to the combination part. I do like trying new products but I tend to find that it takes a while for my skin to get used to them so I’m trying to stick to a few favourites, though one of the moisturisers in the Holland and Barrett advent calendar has made such a difference it’s in my go to list now.
I don’t tend to do a morning and night time routine, mainly because it’s not all that different, though I do have the added step of makeup removers in the evening before I cleanse. I also tend to choose which of the products I use depending on how my skin is acting at the time and if I plan on wearing makeup, one of my favourite foundations doesn’t play well with some skin care.
Recently I’ve not really been using cleansers much. I have mainly been using the Beauty Kitchen Antioxidant Green Tea Facial Konjac Sponge I got in the Holland and Barrett advent calendar. I’m not sure how much difference the green tea makes but I can tell that this is less drying on my skin than the charcoal one I used to use so I think I’m converted!
I tend to only really use the Dr Organic Skin Clear Organic Tea Tree Deep Pore Cleansing Face Wash when my skin is playing up. It does leave it feeling squeaky clean but I don’t find it overly drying. I have to admit this one was bought by mistake, I meant to buy the charcoal mask that I use as a face wash too, but I do quite like this one. It has amore of a soapy smell that I’m not sure I’m a fan of so maybe I’ll go back to the other when this is finished.
I know the Pixi Glow Tonic is one of those love it or hate it type products and my skin seems to love it. I’ve been using it for years and it does make a difference when I do. I don’t always use it twice a day but it really helps remove any dead skin so I don’t get dry flaky patches.
I like how easy the Pixi Glow Mist is to use, it’s sort of a multipurpose spray that works well as a moisturiser, refreshing spray throughout the day or a setting spray for makeup. I’m not sure how good it is as a setting spray but I love using it to refresh my skin or as a very light moisturiser when my skin is playing up a bit.
The Dr Organic Pro Collagen Plus Anti-Aging Moisturiser with Dragon’s Blood I’ve been using the past month is one of the newer products to me on this list. It’s definitely helped to keep my skin feeling moisturised and plumper and I love the smell of it. I’m going to do a proper review of this soon but so far I’m loving it and I’ll be repurchasing it.
The Boots Witch Hazel Gel is one that’s been on my skincare go to list for years, I was using it when I was in school. This is great at drying out spots and it isn’t too strong for those little under the skin bumps. It doesn’t dry my skin too much and reduces redness and itching if I have a break out and it’s so affordable and lasts for ages too. I’ve tried other spot treatment gels but none work as well as this without drying my skin out too.
I think the Nubo Cell Dynamic Stimulating Moisturiser SPF 20 is the most expensive skincare product I have ever used, even at a reduced price. I found it in TK Maxx a while ago and always pick some up when I see it on their site as they never have it in store. This mini one is still £20 but it’s so nice to use. It’s light and helps my skin to feel moisturised without being greasy. It’s also an amazing base for makeup, I just wish the full sized ones weren’t £120!
I do like a micellar water and the Soap and Glory Total Drama Clean 5-in-1 Magnetizing Micellar is definitely my favourite. It’s got a nice scent, works really well at removing makeup and is just so easy to use. This is pretty much my go to makeup remover and it’s great for days when I’m not feeling up to doing much of an evening routine.
I’ve recently started using the Essential Waitrose 4 in 1 Facial Cleansing Wipes as mum gave me them when she bought extra over Christmas. These smell nice and fresh and work really well for removing my makeup. I normally use Simple ones but I think I may be going for these in the future as they feel more moisturising to me. I don’t use them that often but they’re great for travel and removing makeup swatches!
My skin has definitely changed over time and with new medication so it’s been interesting looking back at the old skincare routine post I did back in 2015. I don’t think there’s anything in that original post that I still use, though I did get a bottle of Peaches and Clean from Soap and Glory in a gift set at Christmas so that may end up back in here. There are a few other things I am trying out at the moment too so maybe they’ll be in my everyday skincare routine if I do an update in the future.
Have you guys tried any of these? Are there any holy grails you have that you can’t live without when it comes to skincare? I’m always tempted to try new things but it rarely works out, I’m happy that some of these have and I’ll be on the lookout for a good, high SPF moisturiser for in the summer. ority
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