Updated Skincare Routine

Hey guys! Now the winter months are approaching I have finally made myself a skin care routine that suits the harsh weather – also known as the skin dehydrator. Here are my favourite skincare products at the moment.

Cleansing and Toning

Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser  (£14)

Applied: Every morning and night

A daily cleanser for oily, acne-prone skin types, this soothing cleanser removes makeup, dirt and impurities without stripping essential oils and moisture. This product is great for acne prone skin, as it does not either dry or skin out or make it too oily. When used twice a day my skin feels hydrated and fresh. My only concerns with this product is that it does not foam as much as I would like, and it does not take all my makeup off, but other than that this is a great product.

Glycolic Acid Toner (£15)

Applied: Every morning and night

After I ran out of my Simple Toner, (the 3rd bottle I purchased mind you), I was due a change. Due to mass hype about Mario Badescu products, I ended up buying the Glycolic Acid Toner. Although I was hesitant about this product due to my sensitive skin, it has done wonders within a week! The formula claims to balance and brighten cleansed skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. It removes any makeup residue if I have any, and clears up my skin. Warning – it does cause purging to start with, and can cause minor peeling, but once that has cleared the skin looks 10x better, and rejuvenated!

Serums

Retinol 0.5% in Squalene (£4.90)

Applied: Every other night

Although retinol can be very harsh on the skin, this formula is balanced with Squalene to minimise irritation on the skin. However, it is recommended to start at a lower dose and gradually increase the strength of retinol used, as the skin becomes used to it and minimises damage. I only use this product every other night, as it is not recommended during the day due to reactions to UV. Retinol can cause miraculous results on the skin – reducing the appearance of fine lines, photo damage and skin aging. When applied, the formula is quite greasy and can take a while to absorb into the skin, but leaves skin feeling hydrated. Beware, this cause peeling and acne during the initial period, but that is completely normal and will eventually stop.

Lactic Acid 5% + Hyaluronic Acid (£5.50)

Applied: Every other night

This 5% formulation offers very mild exfoliation and is known to reduce signs of inflammation and exfoliation sensitivity. Once I started using this I had noticed mild peeling for a couple of weeks, but over time a fresh layer of skin appeared, much softer and clearer than before.

 

2% Salicylic Acid and 10% Niacinamide + Zinc 1% (£4.20, £5.00)

Applied: Every morning and night

The 2% Salicylic Acid helps to exfoliate, fighting the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity; and 10% Niacinamide & 1% Zinc reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. These have been an absolute godsend, I cannot rave about these products enough. My scars have significantly reduced, they haven’t gone yet but that’s due to having them for so many years. Almost a year after using these products however and my dark spots have drastically reduced, and my skin is continuously rejuvenating – making my skin so soft and improving how makeup sits on the face.

Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA (£7.00)

Applied: Every morning and night

Alpha Arbutin reduces the looks of spots and hyper-pigmentation. In conjunction with my other serums which control sebum production, this product works very well in reducing scars and hyperpigmentation. The dark spots on my face have significantly reduced, giving me more confidence to wear less / no makeup.

Oils

Rosehip Oil (£9.00)

Applied: Every night

It helps reduce scars and fine lines. Rosehip oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which are integral for tissue and cell regeneration in the skin. Only 2 drops are required in the evening so achieve soft, clear skin. Although it can cause a very small breakout at the beginning, within a few daily uses, the skin comes to love this product, making it really soft and reducing redness on the face. This also resurrects dry lifeless skin, which happened to me after using acids on my face for so long.

Moisturiser

E45 (£8.00)

Applied: Twice Daily

During the winter my skin can get very dry, which is why I need a rich formula to keep my face hydrated. That’s why I use E45, made for eczema and especially dry skin, these can usually be purchased at a local pharmacy or supermarket, but I cannot recommend enough for dry, peeling skin.

Face Masks

Applied: Once weekly

It is advised to use a face mask a week to hydrate the skin and draw out impurities. I tend to use sheet masks as they are less messy, and leave this one while getting the housework done. My favourites are both charcoal and tea tree, as I perfect for problematic skin. Finished off with some rosehip oil and you are left with soft, glowy skin.

What skincare products are you loving at the moment?

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