Since I’ve been back at home I haven’t really done anything special or even left the house that often. And on those kind of days I try not to wear any makeup and go completely bare faced to let my skin breathe a little. And not only does it save me about 20 minutes in the morning but I have also noticed my skin improving a bit too.
I used to think that the more products that I put on my face, each claiming to benefit me in some way the better my skin would get. But now I really believe in going back to the basics, especially if you have fairly sensitive or spot prone skin like myself. In the past few months I looked at everything that I was putting on my face and decided if each product was actually improving my skin, and if I wasn’t sure I cut it out my routine. So today I am going to share with you my current skincare routine so I hope that you find it interesting.
I think the two basics for skincare are some kind of cleanser to get rid of any dirt or build-up throughout the day and a moisturiser to rehydrate the skin. I’ve tried so many different cleansers and moisturisers that would work for a bit and then just stop working. But after finally visiting a dermatologist I am now using a brand called Solvere for both my cleanser and moisturiser. These products are especially for acne prone skin so obviously they are not for everyone. If you do suffer from acne in any way then I would first recommend going to a dermatologist as they really do know what they are talking about. If this isn’t possible then look for something with Salicylic Acid in aim at acne prone skin. The Salicylic Acid dries out the spots in order to get rid of them, which might make your skin appear worse for the first couple of weeks but stick with it and you should see great improvements in the long run.
After I have cleansed my face my next step is my La Roche Posay Serozinc. I stopped using this for a few month last year and my skin was not happy about it! Never again! For me this just helps to smooth out my skin and get rid of all of those little bumps that I used to get, especially on my forehead. I used this straight after cleanser and then let it skin in for a few minutes.
Next I use another product that I totally swear by, Clinique Anti-Blemish Solution Clearing Gel. Honestly this stuff amazing! I apply a really thin layer pretty much all over my face and then a little bit extra on any specific spots. I also carry this around in my bag and as soon as I feel a spot coming through during the day I will put a little bit of this on every few hours or so and 90% of the time it will disappear!
After the spot gel has sunk into my skin I moisturise using my Solvere moisturiser. One think that I learnt from my dermatologist is not to go over board with moisturiser. There used to be a time where I would use as much moisturiser as possible thinking that one day I would wake up with skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom! Now I use the tiniest bit all over my face and down my neck, so I still get all of the moisturising benefits but without clogging up my pores. Especially if you are trying to fight acne allowing your skin to dry out a little bit to get rid of spots is really important.
I also think that in around your teenage years you should start using an eye creams. The skin under your eyes is really delicate so it’s important to take really good care of it. However unlike I used to think using an anti-wrinkle eye cream when you are 14 doesn’t mean you won’t get wrinkles in the future! It’s important to get skincare that is suited to your skin right now. If products are advertised as being anti-wrinkle for 40+ they aren’t really going to work for young skin. My favourite eye cream is Boots Simply Sensitive Moisturising Eye Cream. It’s so light and easy to blend so you never feel like you are tugging on the skin and a little goes a really long way.
Finally I will curl my eyelashes to make my eyes appear a bit more awake. And then apply some Vaseline to my lips and possibly a bit of my Clinique Chubby Stick in Two Ton Tomato. I love using this over Vaseline as it makes it really sheer but just adds a little bit of natural colour to the lips.
If you actually managed to get to the end of this long and rambling post then I’m very impressed! I hope that it was in some way useful to someone out there or you just enjoyed finding out a bit more about my skincare routine. Speak soon xx