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.

Product Review – Ren Flash Hydro-Boost

I received a Mecca Voucher from my girlfriends for my birthday last year, and decided to pick up a couple of new things to try. One of which was the Ren Flash Hydro-Boost. I had no idea what to expect with this product, as I did absolutely no research before purchasing it. All I knew was that Ren was a highly recommended brand by many of my favourite beauty lovers, and that I wanted something that could add a little bit of extra hydration to my skin. This product is different from anything I’ve used in the past, in that once you apply it you actually have to dab water onto your face to activate it. It sounds a bit weird, but it really does seem to work. I use this a couple of times a week when I feel like my skin needs a bit of an extra moisture boost, and I honestly think that results are obvious on the day that I use it. My skin somehow looks plumper and my makeup seems to sit a lot nicer on my skin. If you feel like your skin needs a bit of extra hydration this summer, I’d highly recommend picking this up. The Ren Flash Hydro-Boost retails for $64 AUD and is available for purchase from Mecca.

Spring Skin Care Routine

My skin is currently throwing it’s standard change of season hissy fit, and I am struggling. On top of this living nightmare, I’ve also come down with a random bout of dermatitis. Nice. I’ve gone back to basics in a lot of areas of my skin care, and stopped using my standard routine until I can figure out the culprit (so far I’ve narrowed it down to two possible products that could be causing the issue). Here are the products I’m currently using in an attempt to keep my skin in check –

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – Because I wasn’t sure which of my skincare products was causing the dermatitis, I stripped everything back to basics. I’ve used Cetaphil for many years as an all over cleanser, and it’s what I return to anytime I need to use something that I know won’t have any negative effects on my skin. I’ve been loving using this lately, it’s gentle on my skin and is a nice break from my standard cleansing routine.

Kora Balancing Rose Mist – In my old faithful Paula’s Choice Hydralight toner’s place I decided to use this rose mist that I had forgotten I owned. I really love this, the only down side for me is the spray is hard and doesn’t feel pleasant on the face. Having said that, I don’t remember that happening with previous bottles of this I’ve owned, so I think I might have just got a dud one this time around.

Dermalogica Active Moist – This is one of my holy grail moisturisers, and the one I turn to whenever I’m not using the Paula’s Choice Hydralight moisturiser. This is the perfect balance of moisturising and lightweight, and is something I love using around this time of year.

Egyptian Magic – I wasn’t sure what to think of this when I purchased it, and to be honest I only bought it because Jessie Baylin noted it as one of her holy grail beauty products. As it turns out, this really is a magic product. I’ve been using this on the areas of my face suffering from Dermatitis, and some how it’s miraculously cleared up dry skin that literally nothing else I have tried has managed to do.

MD Skin Care Alpha/Beta Peel Original Formula – I’m noting this as part of my Spring routine, but really these are part of my ALL THE TIME routine, because I love them so much. I use these wipes once a week as a chemical exfoliant. They’re surpisingly gentle, and work really well with my sensitive skin. If you’re afraid to give alpha/beta hydroxy products a go due to sensitive skin, I’d recommend trying these.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil – I bought this in the hopes it would save my dehydrated skin while we were away in Adelaide earlier in the year, and it did. If I ever have the luxury of a nap, I like to slather my face with this before hand, I always seem to wake up looking hydrated and fresh afterwards.

Product Review: Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil

I made an emergency purchase mid-holiday due to suffering from a severe head cold (how I survived the FREEZING COLD winds of Melbourne I do not know), but the spur-of-the-moment purchase was definitely worthwhile and now I feel like I can’t live without this product. I’d used the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil previously and had experienced really good results, so I headed straight to the Clarins counter when I knew I needed a hydrating oil ASAP. I have sensitive skin so knowing Clarins already had a product I knew I could trust not to cause a reaction meant that they were my first stop. After purchasing I went back to the hotel, cleansed my skin, smothered it in the oil, and promptly took a nap. My skin showed a difference as soon as I woke up. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. It absorbs quickly (but be sure to let it fully absorb before you apply your moisturiser), it has a pleasant lemon-herbal scent, and gives a healthy sheen but not a shine so my fellow oily-skinned girls need not fear. My skin seems to have found it’s balance again, so I’m not using this on a daily basis but I’ve incorporated it into my weekly skin care routine and it’s become a firm favourite. The Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil retails for $55 AUD and is available for purchase from Adore Beauty.

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.