Over the past few weeks I’ve given you an insight into some of my favourite skincare ingredients and products for particular skin issues. So, I thought it might be useful to give you an overview of my current daily skincare routine.
As I’ve mentioned previously on here and over on my Instagram my main skincare related issues are dry skin, large pores and therefore blackheads. When I say these are my main concerns, I’m almost (!) in my mid-thirties and obviously, I try as much as I can to fight off wrinkles and keep my skin hydrated. Makes mental note and physical note and iPhone note to drink more water! Anyway, my dry skin and pore size have been a constant in my life, so I am always trying out new ways to tackle them. I’ve been following a simple skincare routine for the past month following my over exfoliation fiasco, but I felt ready to try something new to tackle my clogged pores.
I booked in for my first Dermalogica deep-clean facial. I’ve had a few relaxing spa-based facials in the past, which always left me feeling pretty “zen” and hydrated, but my face didn’t particularly feel any cleaners. And really, how different could a deep-clean facial be? Putting it lightly; I was not prepared. It started out as I expected; a double cleanse, gentle exfoliation and massage followed by a steam. It also ended in the most relaxing way with a two-layer face mask, face, neck and head massage and hydrating serums and oils. However, slap bang in the middle there was a 15 to 20 minute period of pure pain. Extractions! My eyes normally water at the slightest thing, but this was Alice in Wonderland, swimming in her own tears territory! I knew I had blackheads, but the amount of time spent digging them out was hard going. The extractions around my nose were particularly brutal. She was thorough too say the least, but I left feeling a little violated resembling a dropped tomato and I’m really not sure it was worth it. I’d love to hear if you’ve had any good extraction facial experiences?
My Daily Routine
So, my skin is currently a little sensitive, drier than usual and the simplicity of this routine has been helping to neutralise my skin. When I’m not so sensitive I add a stronger acid step in the morning to exfoliate and a retinol and/or vitamin c step at night. I do realise that my idea of simple may not resonate with the wash and moisturise only crew but indulge me, please!
Rise and Shine
My morning routine generally takes less than five minutes focusing on keeping my pores clean and my skin hydrated.
In the morning I go for a wet cleanse, meaning it usually takes place in the shower or with a very wet face over the sink. I think my main reason for this is to wake me up, but also, I don’t feel the need to put my cleanser on to dry skin in the morning as I’m not removing much or trying to penetrate too deeply. I’m currently using the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, as I heard this was great for sensitive skin. So far so good. It’s a gentle basic cleanser that I feel could be switched out for a number of others.
Targeting texture and blackheads
I won’t dwell too much on this step as I went into why I love these products in my last post on problem skin. I swipe the La Roche-Posay Serozinc over my face using a cotton round then apply about a half a pipet of the Beauty Pie Plantastic Micropeeling Super Drops. This a great duo for their antibacterial (zinc sulfate) and deep cleaning (BHA) properties.
Depending on how I feel I either layer these products one after another or mix them together as a sort of a cocktail for my face. My current routine involves the Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil which I find hydrating and nourishing whilst still being light, but there are some great cheaper alternatives out there. I sometimes swap this out for Herbivore Orchid Youth Preserving Facial Oil or Votary Rose Maroc and Sandalwood. I add a few drops of my nearest hyaluronic acid, currently the Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum and finish with Glossier Priming Moisturiser Rich.
I’m someone who very rarely switches to a light moisturiser, even in the summer months. But if you have normal to oily skin, I’d suggest something like Herbivore Pink Cloud or La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Fluide.
I will admit that until recently I was not a daily SPF wearer. Living in a country where seeing the sun is as rare as a weekend where I don’t drink gin, I mistakenly believed that sun protection was not a necessity. As my skin is so dry, I also find that another layer of product just sits on my skin causing any makeup I put on top to pill and roll off. My favourite face SPF for when I’m travelling or not wearing makeup is definitely the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50+ Anti-Shine, as it doesn’t seem to clog my pores and really works! For makeup days I currently use The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF50. It’s a much lighter formula than the Anthelios and gives a little glow too. The Pixi Sun Mist SPF 30 is also good for on the go top ups.
As with my morning routine, this takes me about five minutes and includes some extra nourishment and hydrating steps. I also use some of the same products from my AM routine as this has been working for my skin.
To keep it simple I’ve been double cleansing with the same CeraVe cleanser for both first and second cleanse. On days when I feel like I need a little more hydration or a more indulgent experience, I’ll use the Votary Rose Geranium and Apricot oil cleanser as my second cleanse.
Targeting texture and blackheads
I use Serozinc as my toner and then use an acid product to exfoliate. I’m using Herbivore Prism right now as it has a gentle and hydrating formula with 5% fruit acid. I usually use an AHA toner such as Pixi Glow Tonic or Ren Ready Steady Glow, but I find the serum/oil base of Prism is much more nourishing.
Some people are comforted by fragrance-free skincare. I am not one of those people. I’m not a fan of strong artificial scents that can be overwhelming, but I love incorporating relaxing essential oils into my evening skincare routine. I have been using the heavenly Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial for about 5 years and I’m obsessed with both the experience of using it and how my skin feels the next day. It’s indulgent, effective and if I skip using it, I always regret it in the morning!
When needed I also apply a moisturiser. I’m currently using Egyptian Magic, which has a very thick, almost Vaseline-like, texture, however it is free of comedogenic ingredients such as petroleum, shea butter or coconut oil. I definitely recommend giving this a try if you have dry skin. it utilises non-hardening olive oil as well as honey and bee pollen derivatives.
Eyes and Lips
When it comes to lip balms, I am extremely unfussy. I probably own about 20 and will use the closest one just before going to sleep. Current favourites include C. O. Bigelow Rose Salve and Dr. Paw Paw Original Multipurpose Balm.
Finally, when I remember, I use an eye cream. More specifically an eye mask at the moment. I purchased the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisturising Reviving Eye Mask last year to use on a long-haul flight and it quickly became my most used eye cream. This is a heavy cream so you only need a tiny amount, so the large tube will last you a good while!
So that’s it! I hope this little journey through my daily skincare routine was helpful. I’d love to hear about your routines and product recommendations over on Instagram!