Current Skin Care Routine

It’s been a little while since I last shared my skin care routine, and only a few products have changed. It’s so nice to have a holy grail collection of skin care products that I know my skin loves, and I can add different things to my routine to mix it up from time to time. I’ve discovered over the years that regular exfoliation is the best way to help keep my skin clear, but now that I’m in my 30s I’m also focusing on hydration and trying to keep everything looking and feeling nice and ‘supple’. Here are the products I’ve been using on a regular rotation recently –

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – No surprises here. This has been my favourite cleanser for many years now. It’s gentle on my sensitive skin, and helps to keep breakouts at bay. I like using this with the Eve Lom muslin cloth in the mornings, it’s a small step that makes a big difference.
Paula’s Choice Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – Again, not a big surprise as I’ve mentioned this as my favourite toner quite a few times now. It’s light, gentle, and gets the job done.
Dermalogica Active Moist – I have two favourite daytime moisturisers, and this is one of them. I tend to alternate between this and the Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture Lotion, but as the weather has been a bit colder lately I’ve been using Active Moist as I feel like it’s the heavier and more moisturising of the two.
Paula’s Choice Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex – Always wear sunscreen! I thrive on people telling me I look younger than my years, and I probably owe most of it to never going out in the sun. When I do go out in the sun, however, I always make sure I’m wearing sunscreen and this is my all time favourite facial sunscreen. I have oily(ish) skin, and this somehow makes everything look nice and matte. It also wears nicely under makeup, and doesn’t leave a white cast to the skin (although that can be hard to determine with a ghostface like mine).
Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Oxidant Concertrate Serum – I was always scared of using serums during the day because I thought they might enhance the oilyness of my skin, but this one is divine, and does no such thing. I honestly feel like this makes a noticeable difference in the state of my skin, so it’s now a regular in my daily skin care routine.
Skinceuticals C + AHA – GIMME ALL THE SKIN ACID! I’ve been using this every other day for a couple of weeks now, and the biggest difference I can see in my skin is that it has really evened out my skintone and reduced a lot of my natural redness.
Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque – I am confident in saying this is the best clay mask I’ve ever used. No word of a lie. I bought this on a bit of a whim because I wanted to try some things from the Skinceuticals range, and I ended up loving this. It’s a little bit on the expensive side, but I think it will last long enough for me to get my money’s worth. It’s a very light mask, unlike any of the clay masks I’ve tried before. It’s easy to wash off, and my skin is left feeling soft and smooth and not irritated in any way.
Skinstitut Hydrating Mask – Another really wonderful mask, this gives an instant hydration boost to my skin. I know I’ll be using this a lot as the colder weather really starts to set in.
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Wipes – I had a bit of a skincare splurge around Christmas last year, and this was one of the products I picked up. I’d used this a few years ago (and loved them), but the price tag does make them hard to just throw into a basket. They’re really worth the cost though, as great chemical exfoliation that plays nicely with sensitive skin can be hard to come by.

Top 4 Paula’s Choice Products

I am a self-confessed Paula’s Choice fangirl, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I noticed that they’re having a 25% off sale (use code SPOOKYSCARYAU), so what better time to share with you some of my favourite products? Be sure to let me know if you pick any of these up, I’d love to know what you think of them if you do.

Hydralight Shine Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 15 – This is officially the best facial sunscreen I’ve ever used, and it has firmly cemented it’s place in my daily skincare routine. One of my favourite things about this sunscreen is that it doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. A huge win for a facial sunscreen. I wrote a full review of this product a little while ago, which you can read here.

Resist Ultra Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum – I’ve always been a bit wary of using serums during the day, mostly because I feel like they would enhance the natural shine factor of my skin. I decided to try this out a few weeks ago, and I have not looked back. My skin drinks this in, and if I leave it on my skin for a couple of minutes before applying my daily moisturiser, there are no shine issues. This has worked some kind of magic on my skin, which looks a lot clearer than it did before I started using this daily. I love it, and I’m going to continue to use it every single day.

Hydralight One Step Cleanser – My holy grail skin cleanser. This is such a gentle product, and I feel like it would work well on anyone’s skin. My face goes through phases (oily/dry/breakout-prone), and this has faithfully seen me through it all.

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant – This is one of those magical products that you can actually see results from the next day. None of this ‘it won’t happen overnight’ business. It will happen overnight. This leaves my skin glowing, and somehow manages to diminish my crater sized pores, even just a little bit. Liquid gold.

Product Review: Skinstitut Hydrating Mask

One thing that I never had to deal with prior to turning 30 was any sort of dryness on my face. Now it seems to happen quite a lot. I’m glad I have this mask in my weekly regime, because it really helps combat any sort of dry patches that my face decides to embrace. I’ve been using this about once a week in my morning skin care routine (an added luxury of being on holiday), or whenever I notice my skin feeling particularly arid. This isn’t an exciting mask, it doesn’t leave a fun skin layer to peel off or show up in gross patches where your face is oiliest. It does, however, work. And the results are apparent almost immediately. My skin feels softer, plumper, and more hydrated. This works really well with my sensitive skin, there is no irritation at all during or after use. This must be a pretty popular product, because it had sold out when I made my purchase (but thankfully came back in stock that same week). The Skinstitut Hydrating Mask retails for $31 AUD and is available for purchase from FacialCo.

Product Review: Paula’s Choice Daily Mineral Complex

Paula’s Choice saves the day, yet again. Summer is right around the corner, and although we should be using facial sunscreen all year round I know many of us only reach for it when the sun is out in full force. If you’re on the hunt for something new in the sunscreen department, this one is definitely is worth checking out. I have oily skin (even more so in the summer), and somehow this manages to mattify my skin. Which is the exact opposite of nearly all the sunscreens I’ve used in the past. It sits under my makeup well, and acts a lot like a primer for me which is really pretty great. It also works well with my sensitive skin, and can be applied around the eye area with no irritation. It soaks into the skin quite quickly, I tend to apply it before putting on body moisturiser and by the time I’m finished with that it’s completely worked it’s way into my face. I’ve tried quite a few facial sunscreens over the years, but this is by far my favourite. The Paula’s Choice Daily Mineral Complex retails for $31 AUD (for 60ml) and is available for purchase online.

Current Skin Care Routine

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but at the turn of every season my skin goes haywire. I don’t really know why it happens, but it does it every single year without fail and it’s incredibly frustrating. When my skin starts to get “fussy”, I turn to my tried and true favourites to help tide me over until everything starts to settle down. This has helped a lot with managing my skin issues, and I’m very grateful that I’ve found products that work. Here is a little rundown of my current skin care routine.

Nivea Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes – Yes, these little bad boys again. I use these every night to remove my makeup before cleansing my skin. I’m also naughty and sometimes use these in place of all other skin care on nights that I really can’t be bothered.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – My ultimate face cleanser. This feels extremely gentle on my skin (great for my sensitivity issues), helps keep any sneaky breakouts at bay, is not at all drying, and is fragrance free (my preferred style of cleanser). You’re probably sick of hearing me rave about this, so I’ll leave it at that.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – My skin really struggles when I don’t exfoliate it regularly. It’s a real refresher for me, and this is my all-time favourite exfoliant. I keep it in the shower, and use it in the mornings every couple of days. My skin is instantly brighter.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – I think toner is the hardest thing to measure as far as performance goes, but this is my ‘holy grail’ for the following reasons. It feels light and refreshing on my skin, my skin tingles after use but never goes red or looks irritated, and it’s Paula’s Choice so immediately it’s in my list of favourites. Sounds fair, right?

Dermalogica Active Moist – This is a recent re-discovery for me. I used this as a daily moisturiser for maybe two years in a row prior to my Paula’s Choice obsession, and my love for it is clearly back in full-force. This feels like the perfect blend of hydrating and lightweight for me, which is great for my combination/oily skin. It also has a very faint lemony kind of scent that reminds me of summertime.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex – This is a new product for me, so I don’t feel like I know it well enough to give it a recommendation. However, I do know that wearing facial sunscreen daily is a huge step in my routine that I’ve been skipping way too much over the past few years. I’m excited to try this one out, as it’s from my favourite skin care brand, and the Paula’s Choice range that I like best.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid – Guys, if you’re not using BHAs in your skincare routine, the time is now. This is probably my number one product for (nearly) instant results. I use this once or twice a week in the evening, and it really shows on my skin the following day. I imagine that using it regularly over time will only do wonderful things for my skin.

Kosmea Rosehip Oil – I’ve tried a lot of rosehip oils over the years, and I always come back to this one. Like with the 2% BHA Liquid, this is a product that gives results the very next day. My skin looks plumper and feels softer. Rosehip oil is a bit of an acquired taste, but if you can move past the smell, it’s definitely something worth introducing into your routine. I use 2-3 drops of this as a serum and in place of my moisturiser every few nights. Some people can use this during the daytime, but my skin is far too oily for that.

Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Mask – I was so pleasantly surprised with this product, it became an immediate favourite for me. Clay masks have always seemed a bit harsh to me, but this is so incredibly gentle on the skin. If you’re looking for a face mask that will help to clear your skin, but not leave it feeling stripped and ‘tight’, definitely check this one out. It’s on the pricey side, but I think it’s worth it.

Skinstitut Hydrating Mask – This is another new product in my routine, but one that I already really love using. I only really use a face mask maybe once a week (if that), and if my skin is in need of a moisture boost this is the one I reach for. Great for sensitive skin.

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