Introducing a Spring suitable skincare routine, aimed at dehydrated combination skin and for the people who are looking for radiant skin.
Going back a few months, my skin has a major freak out and I didn't know how to deal with it. I've been blessed with good skin, I've never suffered from acne or anything similar to that so when I do break out, I know something is going on in my body. Since changing my contraceptive pill (which took it's toll on my skin), it's forced me to find a strict skincare routine which works well for my skin. I've gone back to basics, no more using fancy products because the simplest products work the best for my skin. Or as I like to phrase it, the less I do to it, the better it is!
STEP ONE : CLEANSE
Ladies, it is important to take your makeup off, even if you are only just rolling in at 4am. That's when I tend to reach for the Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar Water or when I have heavy eye makeup. It's quick, easy and does its job. When I'm just wearing my basic day to day makeup, Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser is my go to cleanser. Back when I asked you all what your favourite cleanser is, a lovely reader suggested this cleanser and it has 100% fit the bill. A super light non-foaming cleanser which has a slight cream/gel texture to it. It melts away the makeup, it leaves your skin feeling clean but also hydrated. I use this most morning, as well as my first cleanse in the evening to remove makeup. The other cleanser which is also there for me is Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, an old classic. Not for everyone, but for me it keeps my skin calm and clean, so what more do I want? Oh, and it's the cheapest cleanser I've ever used before! I used to use this when I was younger and it worked perfectly then too, so if you have fairly normal skin which has a tendency to go dry/combination, it could be worth picking this up too.
SPECIAL MENTIONS: Caudalie Cleansing Oil & Elizabeth Arden Cleansing Oil - The only two cleansing oils which I do reach for when I'm in need of something hardcore to remove makeup. MV Organic Gentle Cream Cleanser and Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser - A brilliant travel-friendly cleansers which are perfect for the days when my skin is super dry. La Roche Posay Make-Up Remover Micellar Water Gel and Bio-Essence Bio Water Jelly Make-Up Remover - The micellar water face wash which is quick & easy, something I'll always have in the stocks.
STEP TWO : MOISTURISE
For someone who dry/dehydrated skin, this is a crucial step and cannot be skipped, which also means I always have multiple options on hand to use. I've only recently introduced serums back into my routine, which definitely helps with my skin. On the days when I feel as though my skin needs a little help on the blemish side, Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Blemish + Line Correcting Serum is my go-to serum. Does it work? I honestly don't know but as I use it in conjunction with the Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Gel, I feel as though it must do something. In the morning, I'll swap between the REN Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum and La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum. The REN Anti-Redness serum works, I always see a noticeable difference when I am using this serum. I've used this in the past and it worked exactly the same there, so if you have a problem with redness, check this out. The La Roche Posay serum is a new addition, but it's a super light water based (I think) which will add the hydration you need. I will note that it does contain alcohol so it's something to bare in mind.
I'm onto a second tube of the Skyn Iceland Arctic Hydrating Balm, it's a fantastic moisturiser for the colder months. Don't be put off the by the 'Arctic Hydrating Balm', as it's not as thick as it seems but keeps the skin super hydrated and makes a perfect base for makeup. For the evening, I either use Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Cream or Aesop Fabulous Face Oil. I've been using the Origins moisturiser for a long time now, it serves it purpose and it's such a lovely night time moisturiser. The Aesop Fabulous Face Oil is something everyone needs in their routine, a face oil made for combination congested skin which boosts the hydration levels.
SPECIAL MENTIONS: Kiehl's Skin Rescuer - Come Summer, this will be my everyday moisturiser as its my favourite moisturiser to use. Tata Harper Repairative Moisturiser - Expensive for a moisturiser, but a great pick if you're into natural vegan skincare and have dry skin. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream - Two moisturisers which are very similar, but good basics to have in a routine. MV Organic Rose Soothing Protective & Moisturiser - Pair it with the Cream Cleanser from the same line and it helps with redness, although I always find I need to layer it with another moisturiser.
STEP THREE : TREATMENT
Apart from cleansing and moisturiser, I always make sure that I use various treatments to help with issues. I've been faithful to the Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste for about three years now (I don't want to think about how many tubes I've been through). It does what it says on the tube - gets rid of dead skin cells, refreshes the skin and cleanses the skin even further. I've toyed with chemical exfoliants in the past, but I always come back to this cleanser as I find that I need an actual scrub to get rid of any flaky skin. For a deep cleansing mask, my go-to has been Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask as it's suitable for those who have sensitive and dry skin. Sometimes a clay mask will aggravate my skin further, but this deep cleanses my skin without all of that. If you're ever after instantly radiant skin, you need Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask in your life. I've never used a mask before where I'm able to see instant results, so this mask surprised me. I've only used it a handful of times so far, but it's a new staple in my routine. Slightly expensive, but I'll report back to see how long it lasts and whether I will repurchase it. Avene Antirougeurs Calm Mask was picked up when I was last in Paris, which is a redness relief soothing repairing mask. I will usually use this after using a clay mask if my skin is a little agitated, as it instantly feels cooling on my skin and takes down any redness.
I always forget about eye cream, I'm lazy when it comes to using it so I'm surprised that the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream has made it into my routine so far. It's a ball applicator where the cream comes out, which helps to smooth the cream onto the eye area. Perfect to use in the morning as it contains coffee which helps to brighten and awaken the eye area. Everyone needs a spot clearing gel, Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Gel is my go to one. It may sting when applied to an open skin blemish, but it helps to dry it out and bring any hidden blemishes to the surface of the skin.
SPECIAL MENTIONS: Radical Express Delivery Enzyme Peel - A new line from Radical which is aimed at younger skin, it's a fun mask to use which literally peels off the skin revealing a brighter skin tone. Elemis Pro-Collogen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks - These are made for anyone who has had a late night and needs to look awake. Try keeping them in the fridge for even better results. Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Hydrating Mask - An old classic from when I started to blog, but still a firm favourite for the days when I need a quick instant boost, although most of the time I sleep in the mask. Masque Bar Green Tea Sheet Mask - Out of all the sheet masks I've tried, this is by far my favourite as it actually fits the size of my face. Super moisturising and helps with pigmentation. Masque Bar Luminizing Charcoal Peel Off Mask - This brings back memories of when my mum used to use peel off masks, as it peels off in one thick layer. Detoxifies, purifies and deep cleanses the skin.