Autumn Skincare Routine

 

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – This was my holy-grail facial cleanser before I discovered the magic of Paula’s Choice. I ran out of my Hydralight cleanser a few months ago, and the timing happened to coincide with Adore Beauty having a sale on Dermalogica products. So I decided to buy this and mix up my skin care routine a little bit. I like to change up my cleanser from time to time, to keep my skin on its toes.
 
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is another product that I have been using on and off for many years now. It’s actually Sebastian’s favourite facial cleanser so it’s something I always have on hand for us to use. I use this two or three times a week to help keep my skin smooth and to help reduce pigmentation.
 
Kora Balancing Rose Mist – I have been mixing it up lately with what kind of product I use as a ‘toner’ in my routine. I settled on using this because I find it to be soothing on my dry skin. I think this is the second time I’ve had this product in my routine but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing it again because I prefer the–more affordable–facial mists from Mario Badescu.
 
Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum – My biggest complaint during the cooler months of the year is hydration. I find the skin on my forehead is prone to dryness (the total opposite of the warmer months when it becomes an oil slick). I’ve received a few samples of Darphin skincare lately, and although they are often quite heavily fragranced I find the quality of the product is so good that I can forgive this.
 
Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisturiser – I have reverted to another old faithful for my daily moisturiser. This is my favourite facial moisturiser, and although it smells horrible (imo) it does a really good job as a lightweight but hydrating moisturiser that doesn’t feel too greasy on my skin.

Mecca Cosmetica Haul

I am allowing myself a little treat every pay day while in isolation, you know, just to keep morale up. Recently the lovely Anissa tweeted to say that the Mecca Beauty Loop boxes were available. I feel like I always miss out on the Beauty Loop boxes, so quickly I hopped onto the Mecca site to immediately place an order. Here’s what I purchased:

 


 

 

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – I have lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased this mascara, it’s the only one I wear. I’ve heard mixed reviews from other people about how well this works for them, but it’s perfect for me and I’m not even tempted to try something new. Stick to what works!
 
Mecca Max Bring On Bright Illuminating Primer – This is another product I have repurchased a few times. I’ve even managed to turn both my best friend and mum on to using it, so it must be doing something right. As a primer it doesn’t seem to do much in the way of keeping my makeup on my face for extended periods of time, but it does give a lovely “glow” as a base.
 
Living Proof Restore Repair Leave In Conditioner – I have been loving my Aveda shampoo and conditioner products, but I’m finding the conditioner is not quite as heavy duty as my hair needs at the moment. I’m nearly finished with my current “leave in” product (Kevin Murphy ‘Staying Alive’), and I wanted to try something new. I’m curious to see how this works for me during winter because my hair has a tendency to get quite dry at the ends during the colder months.
 
Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum – True to tradition, my skin has been playing up a bit as we transition into a different season. My biggest concern at the moment is dryness, so I’m hoping this hydrating serum will help give my skin a bit of a boost. I’m a big fan of the Darphin skin care range (not so much the price tag) so I have high hopes that this will work well.

June Skin Care

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – It seems repetitive to keep mentioning this cleanser in every skincare post, but honestly I will shout about this product (or the entire range) from the hilltops until I’m blue in the face. This is genuinely the best cleanser I have ever used, and if you’re looking for something new or different to try I highly recommend picking this up.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – Again, this is one of my favourite products and my skin has been absolutely loving this lately. This is really good for keeping dry skin at bay and seems to do a great job of keeping my skin clear and helping to prevent any breakouts. One thing I really love about this is that as a manual exfoliant it is still very gentle on my sensitive skin, and doesn’t cause any negative reactions (not even any sort of redness, which is rare for me).

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – I never really have much to say about toners, as I can never really tell if they’re doing much. The only thing I can really notice is whether they leave my skin feeling tight after application. And I’m happy to say that this one does not.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – This is a really lovely, lightweight moisturiser that works well with my sensitive skin. I can use this year-round, and I feel like it provides the perfect amount of hydration for me.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil – This is one of my favourite products to whip out when the weather gets cold and my skin starts getting dry. I love this because it seems to work almost instantly. My favourite way to use this oil is to slather my face in it and take a nap, and then when I wake up my face feels nice and soft and my skin feels plumper and more hydrated almost immediately.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel – This product is on the pricier end of the scale, but I really feel like it’s worth the money. I try to use these once or twice a week to help my skin looking clear and bright.

SkinCare – May 2018

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – To the surprise of absolutely no-one, this cleanser gets yet another mention on my blog. Yes it’s still my number one, yes I continue to repurchase it time and time again, and yes it’s still the best facial cleanser I’ve ever used. It does a great job of keeping my skin clear (even from pesky hormonal spots) and works really well with my combination/normal skin. Highly recommend.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is a long-time favourite that has recently made a come back in my routine. I can easily notice the difference in my skin when I use this regularly, and my skin loves to complain if I skip using this for a few days in a row. I think this is a great cold-weather staple because it provides gentle exfoliation that helps to keep skin smooth and glowing.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – I didn’t intentionally pair my toner and moisturiser with my current cleanser, I tend to rotate through both depending on what I’ve got in my cupboard and what I feel like my skin needs at the time. This is a basic toner that I use when my skin is in decent condition and doesn’t need any additional care or hydration.

Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum – This is another old favourite that has made a reappearance in my daily routine. This is a product that I can see almost instant results from, and I’m not sure why I stopped using it for so long. This is a lightweight serum that sinks into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave any sort of oily residue.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – Because I’m working from home at the moment my skin isn’t copping the full brunt of winter and is not too dry or dehydrated. This is a lovely light moisturiser that I use in both Winter and Summer, depending on how my skin is behaving.

Darphin Beauty Revealing Cream – My skin went through a phase of extreme dehydration earlier in the year, and this was my savior during that time. Now that it has settled down and is back to normal this cream is a little bit too heavy to use on the daily, so I’ve switched it up and am using it as a neck cream.

Summer Skincare Routine

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – This will continue to feature as my go-to cleanser in every seasonal skin care routine, until I run out of my slowly dwindling stash. Paula’s Choice have discontinued the Hydralight range, and as you can imagine I am not very happy about it. This is one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used – it keeps my skin clear without feeling like it’s stripping anything away, and works really well with my sensitive skin.

Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Toner – I decided to switch up my toner to something a little bit more moisturising for summer, and it’s been working wonders. I know the rule of thumb is generally to bump up your moisture in the colder months, but I feel like my skin needs it more in summer. I love this toner, and I can feel how moisturising this is compared to the others I’ve used from the Paula’s Choice range, and it leaves an almost creamy sort of feel to the skin after using it.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusion Lotion – Another of my go-to products that I’ll be using until I run out of what I have stashed away, because of course it’s been DISCONTINUED. It’ll be a sad day when I run out of this, because it’s one of my all-time favourite skin care products. It’s the perfect summer moisturiser – lightweight, soothing on the skin, and sinks into the skin well without leaving any sort of residue.

Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque – This is probably the best clay mask I’ve ever used. I know, those are some strong words; but it’s true. It’s so soothing on the skin, and even when it hardens up it really doesn’t feel uncomfortable at all. My face is prone to a bit of redness, especially when I remove a face mask, but for some reason that never happens when I rinse this off. If you’re in the mood to splurge a bit on a lovely face mask, I’d highly recommend this one.

Eve Lom Muslin Cloth – I use this every morning in the shower to remove my cleanser, and find that it’s a really gentle way to exfoliate my skin on a daily basis. To be honest I don’t know if it’s worth buying a brand name muslin cloth, I’m pretty sure you can buy lengths of the material from Spotlight for a whole lot less.

Ren Flash Hydro-Boost – This is something relatively new in my routine, and my skin is really loving it. I try to use this a few times a week when I want to give my skin a bit of an extra hydration boost, and I think it really shows. I’m glad a little bit of this product goes a long way, because it’s not exactly inexpensive. I’m in two minds about whether I will repurchase it, but for now I will just enjoy it.