Before I start this post, I just want to say a HUGE thank you for all the love and support that I received on my post about Excoriation Disorder. I feel so connected to everyone who commented and sent me messages. I just can’t thank you all enough. Anyway, today’s post is all about my current skin care routine. I’m going to share both my morning and nighttime routines and I’ll briefly talk about what I use for each steps and why. I hope that you enjoy!
My skin concern (aside from those mentioned in the Excoriation Disorder post) is oily/dehydrated skin. I rarely get pimples now but I do get dry skin around old pimples/scarring so I am cautious of that. This skin care routine could really be applied to anyone because you can adapt any of these steps to fit with your needs. I use a lot of products from Swisse because I like to use products from the same line but you don’t need to purchase the same products, all skins are different.
- Firstly, you’ll want to remove any dirt or left over skin care from the night before. I like to use a micellar water on a cotton round and just run it across my face and neck. I use the Swisse Micellar Water and it works pretty well although I haven’t noticed a difference between that and the Garnier one other than price. Micellar water is good at picking up any dirt on the face and makes your skin feel nice and hydrated.
- Secondly, you’ll want to cleanse the face. Removing the dirt and left over skin care won’t clean anything that has sunken into your skin that you don’t want so you’ll want to give it a proper clean. Alternatively, you could just use a cleanser and skip the first step but I like removing dirt first so that it’s just my bare skin and my cleanser working together to create nice, clear skin. For this step, I use the Swisse Olive Leaf Gel Cleanser because it is gentle on the skin and it doesn’t lather too much so the skin doesn’t feel stripped or too clean.
- You’ll want a light moisturiser to help hydrate the face but not feel too heavy on the skin throughout the day. I use the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin Daily Moisturiser for this but there are tonnes of other day moisturisers available. Burt’s Bees Sensitive line didn’t really do anything for my skin so I don’t know that I’d recommend it. Other lines might be better but I’ve not tried them. This one does sink into the skin quite quickly so I don’t have to wait too long before applying makeup. This moisturiser doesn’t have SPF, which a lot of people don’t like but SPF can actually cause reactions for those with sensitive skin. So just be aware of that.
- Lastly, you’ll want to use SPF to protect it from sun exposure that you may encounter throughout the day. Unless you’re a hermit like me, who just writes essays and reads papers. I don’t have a product recommendation for this step because I (secretly) don’t use SPF outside of my foundation. You could have an SPF in your daily moisturiser which would cancel the need for this step but it is a really important step.
I keep my morning routine pretty simple. I don’t have a lot of time to look after my skin in the morning but I’m really trying and having only 4 (3) steps makes it seem manageable.
- At night, the first thing I want to do is remove any makeup that I’ve worn throughout the day. I like to use Simple Face Wipes to remove the majority of my makeup and then my Maybelline Eye and Lip Makeup Remover on a cotton round to gently remove any eye makeup. I also use micellar water in place of the Maybelline product. I would rather not use it because it isn’t cruelty-free but this is just what I’m using right now. If you haven’t worn makeup that day, I’d recommend removing any dirt with micellar water and a cotton round anyway.
- Next, I’ll cleanse my face with my Swisse Olive Leaf Gel Cleanser or my Bioderma Purifying Cleansing Foaming Gel if I’m starting my skin care process in the shower. It’s important to wash your face properly to remove all dirt an makeup from the face. You don’t want to be sleeping with any gunk still on your face that could soak into your skin or into your delicate eye area.
- Sometimes, I’ll exfoliate my skin. I don’t usually like exfoliators very much because my skin is sensitive and prone to becoming quite raw from them. It is important to remove dead skin cells so whether you’re doing it every day with a very gentle exfoliator or once a week, you should really be doing it at some point. You can also use chemical exfoliants but I’m not familiar with that kind of skin care. I’m currently using Y Natural’s Skin Polish, which is really gentle on the skin and I’d highly recommend it.
- Next, I’ll use a toner. Toners restore the skins pH balance and can have a lot of different benefits. I rotate between a lot of different toners because I love trying new ones out. I currently use the LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner for when I have pimples from my period. It helps to reduce pimples and prevent new ones, the Swisse Deep Sea Hydrating Mist Toner mainly because it feels nice and it has a lot of nice oils, T.N. Dickinson’s All Natural Witch Hazel for acne reduction, inflammation and it’s 100% Distilled Witch Hazel with no nasties in it, and the Shanghai Lil and the Scarlet Fez Rose and Cucumber Face Mist, which I’ll often use on hot days to cool me down or as a finishing spritz to my skincare to hydrate the skin and make it feel extra luxurious.
- After that, you’ll want to apply any serums or treatments that you need. I really like to use rosehip oil to help reduce scarring and clear up my skin and for that I use both the Kosmea Skin Treatment Kit with a rosehip oil, balm and body lotion, and the Essano Rosehip Oil. I take the Kosmea Treatment travelling and keep the Essano oil at home. Both products have really improved my skin. I also use a serum because they penetrate further into the skin and really work wonders for what we see on the top layer of skin. I use the Stem Organics Fresh Start Serum that has Vitamin C and a lot of other nice vitamins in it. I really love this stuff. And when I have spots, I will use the Thursday Plantation Spot Treatment. I really like it and I think it really works.
- This step is my only real optional step and it’s also the step that could really move anywhere in the list depending on what the mask is doing for the skin. If it is a cleansing mask or purifying mask, I’d be using it with the other cleansing products, not after you’ve just applied a bunch of good things on your face. If you’re using a hydrating mask, this would be a good place to use it. Sheet masks and cream masks are good to use here because you’re locking in all of the good things that you’ve applied in the previous steps. I use a lot of different masks but the only ones that I really like are the LUSH face mask and Oh Deer Sugar face masks.
- Finally, you’ll want to moisturise the face with something that’ll work through the night and protect the skin. I use the Swisse Hibiscus Anti-Aging Night Cream. It is really hydrating and feels really nice on the skin. They only had two night creams when I was purchasing one and I don’t even remember why I picked the anti-ageing one but I guess it couldn’t hurt to start using it now! I’d also recommend using a nice lip treatment here too because your lips will get jealous if they’re left out. I’ve learnt the hard way hahahaha
So, I hope that you found this routine useful. I really needed to revamp my routine so that I stayed motivated with it. I find myself getting a bit lazy sometimes because I travel a lot and I have to pack and unpack my skin care all the time but skin is important so it’s worth the effort.
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