Todays post is going to be a reveal of my new updated skincare routine. When I say updated that’s a tad of a lie. Before the new year my skincare routine consisted of a makeup wipe and occasionally a dab of moisturiser. However as part of my new year, new me situation I have put a lot more effort into my regime and my skin is certainly showing a difference. For one the horrid spots that cluster on my chin are clearing up and I am only left with 2 stubborn ones who I will eventually part ways with. I also used to have major trouble with dry skin on my nose and forehead which I have now eliminated and my makeup applies so much better and smoother. Just to prove how much of a difference I believe this routine has made here is an extremely rare no make up selfie:
Now on to my actually skincare routine, many of you may think there is a lot of steps to this, however you can mix and match which steps you do each night to make it shorter. And some of the products are actually only to be used once or twice a week, so you would not have to use every single night. I will go into more detail on these steps.
Step 1: Micellar Water
As you are probably well aware there is a million and one different micellar waters on the market. Personally my current favourite is the ‘Soap & Glory 5 in 1 Magnetizing Micellar Makeup Remover’. It is available in a 200ml and 350ml bottle: ( http://shopstyle.it/l/wCNm ) . The main reason I like this micellar water in comparison to others is that it is very powerful and any one who knows me knows everyday is a full coverage day for me so I need a strong makeup remover and this certainly does this trick. I also really enjoy the scent of this product which is an added benefit. The majority of the time Boots also have some kind of deal or offer, for example at the minute Soap & Glory is on a 3 for 2. All I do is pour a few drops onto a cotton pad and swipe across my face, I usually would use 2 or 3 cotton pads for this.
Ps. How cute is my cotton pad holder from Primark!
Step 2: Cleanser
Similar to the micellar water there is a lot of cleansing products that all target different skin types. Personally one of my problematic areas is blemishes and spots. One that has worked wonders for me is the Body Shop Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser (https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/range/view-all/tea-tree-skin-clearing-foaming-cleanser/p/p000811). This product for me, is so gentle on the skin compared to other acne focused cleansers, it does not sting at all and actually leaves the skin feeling so smooth afterword’s. It is also extremely quick to use and surprisingly does pick up a lot of left over makeup that clings to the skin which has prevented unnecessary spots forming.
Step 3: Final Cleanse & Exfoliate
For my last step of cleansing, which I know your probably thinking 3 cleansers a lot, so obviously you can cut some of these out. I use the Nip + Fab Teen Skin Breakout Pads ( http://shopstyle.it/l/wCRh) , these are just a quick extra step that ive added in, I do find these quite harsh or strong on the skin so I will only use if I have a breakout starting or forming, also this means that my skin doesn’t get use to the products and become resistant to it. For exfoliating I am currently using the Nip + Fab Teen Skin Fix Pore Blaster (http://shopstyle.it/l/wCO1 ), this isn’t as harsh but does a brilliant job getting rid of any dead skin or patches of dry skin especially around my nose. Another positive note is that they are currently on 2 or £12 at superdrug, the link will take you there!
Step 4: Peeling Solution
For an extra and more intense exfoliation I use ‘The Ordinary Peeling Solution’ (I usually buy this from ASOS, currently out of stock on there). This is a dark red liquid that come in a dropper application, I apply two or three drops to my face and gently spread all over my face. You leave the product on the skin for about 10 minutes and then rinse off. At first it has a very slight tingling sensation which does go after about a minute. I find this product makes my skin extra soft and smooth and also helps make my skin look and feel healthy and brighter as it removes any remaining dead skin cells.
Step Five: Serums
I have gained a recent love for serums, as I do not suffer from oily skin I find that they add the extra hydration and shine that my skin lacks. The two I use are ‘The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid’ (£6) which I use both morning and night which evens out the skins surface ready for a seamless makeup application and hydrates the skin of a night time. The other is ‘Its Skin Power 10 VB Sebum Control Serum’ (http://shopstyle.it/l/wCMr) I buy both of these off of ASOS. This serum helps add essential oils to my skin without causing any extra breakouts and the formula targets spots to reduce the redness overnight.
Step Six: Coconut Oil
I think its pretty much common knowledge nowadays that coconut oil is the cure for life. Ive known this for months and it has proved to work miracles and my hair but it wasn’t until recently that I tried it on my face. Every night I apply a little with my fingertips to my eyebrows and eyelashes which keeps them healthy. Occasionally if my skin is extra dry I will apply a scoop straight to my face as an overnight mask and my skin will feel rejuvenated in the morning and a lot healthier. Personally I do not have a set brand for a favourite coconut oil, at the minute I am using Superdrugs own brand as that was on offer at the time, I feel they all work the same. (http://shopstyle.it/l/wCRM )
Step Seven: Eye Cream
Now I am only 19, so eye cream isn’t the end of the world for me but I can get dry under eyes, and my job is very tiring and requires a lot of early mornings, so recently eye cream has become a holy grail product for me. Now as I say I don’t use eye cream for its anti- wrinkle properties so personally I bought a cheap drugstore one whereas if this is an essential product I would recommend going for a slightly higher end brand as I find this cream is far from the best that is out there but for me does the small job I need it to of hydrating my undereyes and for under £3 I cant complain. ( http://shopstyle.it/l/wCR8 )
Step Eight: Drying Lotion
I think anyone who knows there skincare will have heard of the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and the miracle powers that is has. And I can only agree with all the hype, I find that for under the skin spots it has been my life saver and we all know that they are one of lifes biggest pains. I just apply this with a cotton bud before I go to bed and BAM no spot has formed. Although it is one of the more expensive products in my routine (£16 from Beauty Bay http://shopstyle.it/l/wCQO ) I certainly feel if you suffer badly from acne or blemishes it is more than worth its value. Now that is the last last step in my very long night time skin care routine.
During a breakout I will start my morning routine with the Nip + Fab Cleansing pads to ensure any oils my face has produced overnight are removed from my skin. Then I will spray my Mario Badescu Aloe Herbs and Rosewater Facial Spray to add some hydration back into the skin. I let this sit in my skin for a few minutes normally while I go and make my much needed morning coffee with about 10 sugars. Once the spray has absorbed I will then apply two drop of the Its Skin serum followed by The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid to add a base for make up.
During the day when I have my makeup on there isn’t much in the way of skincare that I can do. But recently I have been loving the Nivea Pearl Shine lip balm as this provides extremely nourishing lip care but also the pearly pink sheen gives it a almost a glossy lipstick look. Aswell as this I have been taking my Mario Badescu Aloe Herbs and Rosewater Facial Spray in my handbag to work, I spritz this over my face on my breaks or whenever I feel my skin drying out and in need of hydration. It also acts well as a setting spray throughout the da as I find my makeup lasts longer when I apply this throughout the day.
I hope you enjoyed this routine and find yourself some new products to try out. You can shop them all with direct links to the products at their cheapest price on this link: