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.

Project 50 Pan (part 3)

11 – Original & Mineral Fine Intellect Shampoo
12 – The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner
13 – Wella Enrich Moisturising Treatment
14 – Bloom Vanilla Bean Scented Soap
15 – Haus of Gloi Litchi Milk Tea Pumpkin Butter

I’m plodding along gradually with the products that I’m using up, and I slipped and ‘accidentally’ purchased a few things, so I’m not doing that well with sticking to the plan. Having said that, my spending has slowed down a LOT in regards to beauty products since starting this challenge. So far, so good!

Product Review: The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream

Ahh, coconut. I love coconut. The scent, the juice, the oil… Everything. One time I even drank out of an actual raw coconut in Singapore. Good times. When it comes to coconut scents, in my opinion it can go either way. You can either end up with a product that has a lovely delicious natural coconut scent, or it can be an kind of synthetic faux-coconut scent. Unfortunately for The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream, I think in this case it leans towards the more chemical of fragrances. Having said that, as a shower gel it does the job. It contains community trade organic, pure cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, lathers well and leaves my skin feeling moisturised after use. If you’re not too fussy about your coconut scents and you’re in the market for a relatively cheap but good quality shower cream this could be the one for you. The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream retails for $12.95 and can be purchased from The Body Shop online store.

Product Review: The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner

For quite a while now, I’ve been stuck in my ways of using rosewater mist as the balancing agent between cleansing and moisturising. Recently though I decided to try out the Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner, because it seemed like it would be quite gentle and soothing on my recently troubled skin. Thankfully, it worked out to be just as gentle and calming as it sounds. I use this product by soaking a cotton bud in it and applying it to my skin straight after cleansing and it instantly settles down my skin and calms all redness. The toner has no scent to it, is alcohol free and is ideal for those of you like me with sensitive skin. It also doesn’t seem to break me out at all, which is a huge bonus. The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner retails for $17.95 AUD and can be purchased online from The Body Shop Australia’s online store.