Current Skin Care Routine

I think I’ve mentioned it a few times already, but I’m really amazed at how my skin has changed over the last year or so. I’m putting it down to the turning of time (and me turning 30), but as my skin is changing so are my skin care needs. I find that I’m starting to focus more on hydration rather than trying to keep oil at bay. And of course fine lines are becoming more of an issue now than they’ve ever been. I’m still sticking to the ‘less is more’ approach to skin care, and am sticking with a few hard working basics. Here are the products currently making the rounds in my skin care routine –

Nivea Fragrance Free Facial Cleansing Wipes – These are a staple in my beauty cupboard, and I’m sure they pop up at least once a week here on the blog. I use these every night to remove my makeup before cleansing my face (or on nights where I’m just too lazy to bother with a proper cleansing routine).

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Cleanser – This has been my go-to cleanser for a couple of years now. I love how gentle it is, which works really well with my sensitive skin. I use this every night (or morning, depending on how lazy I was the night before) to properly cleanse my face after makeup removal.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – I decided to give my Clarisonic a break for a bit, and instead am using this microfoliant twice a week to keep my skin looking fresh. I find that twice a week is what my skin likes best at the moment, I used to use this every single day. It’s a wonderful product, and I highly recommend you add it to your skin care routine.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Toner – I’ve been using this toner in conjunction with the Hydralight cleanser for a couple of years, and I feel like they work so well together. I’ve found a lot of toners in the past have left my skin feeling quite ‘tight’ after I use them, but this feels very soothing on the skin. I use this daily after cleansing.

Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Mattifying Fluid – For the longest time I went without SPF in my daily routine (except for what was included in my foundation), but NO MORE. This is my daily moisturiser of choice at the moment, and the ‘youth-extending’ promise gives me hope for the future.

Ainhoa Aquasense Hydra-Vital Cream – This is such a divine moisturiser. It’s a gel cream formula, glides onto the skin, smells fresh (like a combination between roses and cucumber), and leaves my skin feeling heavenly. I’ve been slathering this onto my face every night before bed. It’s like a little nighttime treat every day.

I’d love to know what your favourite skin care product is at the moment? Let me know in the comments below!

Current Skin Care Routine

My face has finally settled down after it’s typical ‘oh god a new season, time to freak out!’ episode, and I’m really happy with my skin care routine at the moment so I thought it would be a good time to share it with you all.

Cetaphil Gentle Cream Cleanser – I slather this over my face and wipe it off it with cotton pads to remove my makeup before hopping in the shower at night and properly cleansing with the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – I’ve mentioned this quite a few times before, and it’s really the only cleanser that I use. I now buy the giant pump top bottles because they last a longer than the smaller bottles (obviously) and the packaging makes it so much easier to use when I’m in the shower. I only ever cleanse my face at night, so I use this in my shower in the evening.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – I’ve really cut back on the amount that I exfoliate my face and my skin seems to be thanking me for it. This is my holy grail facial exfoliant and I use it once or twice a week in the morning or evening – depending on when I feel that I need it most.

Echolife Lavender Face Mist – This is such a gentle and soothing face spray, I think I’m going to cry real tears when I run out of it. I use this every time I get out of the shower before putting on my serum/moisturiser.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser SPF 15 – This is my favourite warm weather daily face moisturiser and I wear it every day.

Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil – I use this at night after I’ve spritzed my face with the Echolife Lavender Mist. I pat a couple of drops of the oil into my skin and let it sit for a couple of minutes before applying my moisturiser.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Creme – I use this as a day time moisturiser in the cooler months of the year, but when it gets too hot to have anything heavy on my face I stick to using it as a night cream only. I layer this over the Weleda Almond Oil in the evening and I swear to god it is the most soothing and nourishing combination that I’ve ever come across.

Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream – I really like this eye cream and I use it every morning and night, but I think that when I run out of this little deluxe sample jar I’m going to switch to the Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado eye cream instead.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Stick – Why do all spot treatments have to smell so flipping bad? I like this product, it does the job pretty well. I don’t break out that often so to be honest I’m not really that phased on what spot treatment I use.