A while ago I spoke about my current skincare picks which have done me well throughout December. However, everything started to run out recently (seriously why does everything have to run out at the same time?) and instead of repurchasing everything I decided I would switch things up a bit. My skin has been relatively OK recently, but with all the extra alcohol and sugar over the festive period, it was looking a little dull. I also felt like making a bit of a change, as I think your skin can get used to the same routine after a while. Since turning 30 I’ve been trying to put more effort into caring for my skin, luckily I don’t have many fine lines (yet) but have noticed my skin getting a little more dehydrated. I’m also more willing to spend the money on decent skincare, rather than picking up what’s on offer in Boots. So after way too much time researching and way too much money spent in Space NK I have created a new skincare routine.
Washing my face is the first thing I do in the morning (along with brushing my teeth). I can’t stand the thought of starting the day with a dirty face and don’t understand why some people don’t wash their face every morning. I picked up OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel as my new morning cleanser, I’ve read some really good reviews on this cleanser and so far I agree with them. It’s a really nice texture and melts into the skin, perfect for the morning. I remove using a flannel and warm water. I have decided to include a toning step in my new routine, so I picked up the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion. I then spritz my face with the Liz Earle Skin Tonic (this was part of my existing routine) as I love this product and find the spray helps to refresh my skin.
As part of my eternal quest to find the perfect eye cream (I know its out there somewhere) I picked up Kiehls Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment to try. So far I really like this eye cream, it’s really thick and feels very moisturising, my eyes don’t feel dry again all day. After eye cream I apply my serum (I know some people use serum first), having used Hydraluron consistently for years it was time for a change so I picked up AESOP Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum, which as well as being moisturising it is an anti-oxidant, which means it protects your skin from the environment (pollution etc). You get a lot of serum for your money, so I think this will last a good while. The texture is a little different than I thought it would be, was expecting it to be more oily, whereas its a thicker more gel like consistency which soaks into the skin really quickly and doesn’t leave any tacky residue. The only thing is I’m not too keen on the smell.
Then lastly I apply moisturiser, I decided to try Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream which I’ve read a lot of great reviews on and thought it would be a good alternative to the Clarins cream I currently use. This is a really lightweight cream, but at the same time is really moisturising, as with the eye cream my skin doesn’t feel dry again all day. It soaks in really quickly and is a good base for your makeup.
I like to do my evening skincare routine as soon as I’m in for the day rather than before bed. I tend to change into lounge wear (or PJ’s) when I’m home in the evenings so I remove my makeup and apply treatments when I get changed. As with my morning routine, the first thing I do is cleanse my face. If I’ve been wearing makeup, I remove it using some Micellar water (currently using Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, not pictured) on a cotton pad. Once I have removed most of the make up I then cleanse using Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, I’ve used this before and really liked it, but for some reason didn’t re-purchase (probably the price) so when I saw it in Space NK I decided to pick it up. This makes a nice change from the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which I was using before. This starts out as a really thick balm but as you massage it onto your face becomes a rich oil, which feels lovely on your skin (perfect for the evening). As with my morning cleanser, I remove this using a flannel.
I switch out the next part of the routine, on different days. Most evenings I will use a First Aid Beauty Radiance Pad as an acid toner. These are so easy to use (no faffing about with cotton pads) and don’t sting my face (although my skin is used to acid toners). I then apply the same Kiehls Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment as I use in the morning.
After eye cream if my skin is feeling particularly dehydrated I will use Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, which I’ve spoken about a lot, it basically does what it says on the tin and provides intense hydration. A couple of nights a week I use Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, sometimes I use this alone and on other nights I apply moisturiser on top, it depends on how my skin feels that day.
Once a week I use Alpha H Liquid Gold, which I apply straight after cleansing and leave on overnight. I love this product and really notice a difference on the days I use it, my skin is always brighter the next day.
So there you have it, my current skincare routine. Although it sounds like a lot of effort when you write it all down, it honestly doesn’t take long at all. I spend around 5 minutes every morning and around 10 minutes in the evening. I like to take my time to ensure all my make up is removed in the evening, without makeup it would only be 5 minutes. I’m pretty happy with this routine right now and think my skin has been looking more radiant since I started with it.