Skincare routine: the basics

As I mentioned in my acne story post, this month I’m going to dive deep into skincare and tell you all about the products that really make a difference in my skin. Today’s post is going to be about the basics of my routine, from how I remove my makeup to moisturiser and eye cream. Although I have an obsession with skincare and I would buy and test everything, I’ve learned that what works really well for my skin is a simple and consistent regime. So here we have my everyday (and night) skincare routine!

Makeup removal

Even though I skip this step in the mornings, I still wanted to mention it first in the post because makeup removal is probably the most important part in my skincare routine, especially since I’m wearing high-coverage foundations all the time. I always dread taking off my makeup but after I get myself to do it, I feel great having a blank canvas again. 
I always start with the eyes and for that I use my Nouveau Lashes Eye Make-up Remover which I reviewed in a previous post. Before I started using this I wasn’t very keen on eye makeup removers because most of them are a bit harsh and my eye area gets irritated very easily. However, this micellar gel is very gentle and soothing. At the same time, it manages to thoroughly remove any trace of makeup, including stubborn waterproof mascara. 
For my face, I either use micellar water or wipes. I know, I know…wipes are not the best but I really love how the Yes to cucumbers facial wipes work. When I run out of them and don’t feel like going out to repurchase, I bring out my Garner Micellar Cleansing Water for sensitive skin. I use it on two or three cotton pads all over my face and my neck to remove most of my makeup. 

Cleansing

I used to switch between a lot of cleansers but ever since the dermatologist recommended me the La Roche-Posay Effaclar cleanser I couldn’t step away from it and try something else. It’s really gentle, it doesn’t dry out my face and I think it’s great for anyone with oily or sensitive skin. This product has been repurchased so many times because it works amazing on my skin. In the morning I rub a pea sized amount all over my face, leave it on for about four minutes (doctor’s orders) and then wash it off. In the evenings, after I go through the makeup removal process, I put a little bit of cleanser on my Magnitone cleansing brush and let that work its magic for one minute and then of course I rinse my face. I like to use the cleansing brush at night because if I don’t remove my makeup properly, it makes sure that there’s no dirt and oils left on my skin. 

Toning 

Toners were not playing a big role in my skincare routine until recently. But they do make a great difference and if you’re not using one I highly recommend jumping on the bandwagon. My favourite toner is the well-known Pixi Glow Tonic. I can really see why everyone seems to love this. It gently exfoliates the skin, leaving it smooth and hydrated and over time it will get brighter as well. I use this product both in the morning and evening on a cotton pad which I just sweep across my face and my neck. Always use it on your neck as well!

Moisturising 

To moisturise, I use two different products, depending on the time of the day. In the AMs I go for the Neutrogena Hydro Boost gel moisturiser because it’s very light but hydrating enough. It feels very refreshing on the skin and I like that it gets absorbed really quickly because I hate feeling like I have product just sitting on my face. In the PMs I use a moisturiser that was recommended by the dermatologist as well and it’s the Avène TriAcnéal Expert, which is considered a kinder version of Retin-A. Besides having glycolic acid in its composition, it also contains some ingredients that are anti-aging and anti-acne. Although these sounds like some ‘scary’ ingredients to be in a moisturiser, they have never dried out my skin.

Spot treatment

I have a love-hate relationship with spot treatments and I’m very skeptical when it comes to them. A lot of them claim to help with your spots in just a few hours but that never worked for me. However, the La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I does wonders. Not in three or four hours but you definitely see the spots healing in just a day or two. When I had really bad acne I was advised to apply this every morning after cleansing on the affected areas. Even though I don’t get tons of spots anymore I still apply this every day on places where I have scars or texturised skin…just in case.

Eyes

And lastly, we have the eyes. I used to neglect this area but then I realised that I’m making a mistake. I’m not picky with my eye cream though. As long as it doesn’t irritate me and it makes my eye area not look like I haven’t slept in days then it’s good to go. I’m currently using the Simple kind to eyes roll-on both in the morning and at night. I like it because it feels cooling and refreshing and it gets rid of the puffiness around my eyes. I apply the product with the roll-on and then if there’s any excess I pat it into my skin with my ring finger. 
Let me know in the comments what is your current skincare routine! Do you have any favourite skincare products?
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5 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    very nice. good for you

  2. April 12, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    I used to use that exact eye roller, but I had to stop using it as it was really affecting my eye area with a stinging feeling and made the area under my eyes really sore, so that product doesn't work for me personally. I'd love to try the nouveau make up remover though! I've heard the new garnier micellar gel make up remover is good too!

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  3. April 13, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Oh I'd love to try the new garner micellar gel too and see if it's any good! Everyone seems to love it x

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