Monday, May 20, 2013

Skincare Routine

Each time I am in the midst of a ‘good skin’ month, I feel the urge to post a round-up of the products that I’ve been enjoying. Despite suffering through what I believe was an allergic reaction to my hair mask (exacerbated by constant scarf wear!) I have been happy with the texture of my skin and am thankful for a range of products for helping me out in that respect. Since I am consistently rotating my skincare in order to review products on this blog, many are press samples or things that I only use for a 6 week period to keep the reviews coming. Just something to keep in mind!
In terms of my morning routine, I like to keep it quite simple and use cleansing water like Bioderma Crealine h20 to rid my skin of any remnants of my nightly routine. I’ll be honest and say that this isn’t always a step I undertake daily as I can be quite lazy in the mornings! I then pop on a full pump of Cetaphil Derma Control SPF30+ moisturiser*, which is broad spectrum and non comedogenic. This keeps my skin smooth and helps prevent acne whilst providing UVA/UVB sun protection. I find this to be a great moisturiser and I’m glad that the lightweight bottle is pump action and cheap enough when it comes time to repurchase! While this sinks in, I begin applying my eye makeup, then move onto applying primer and the rest of my makeup routine.

At night, I take a lot more time caring for my skin. I begin by removing my eye makeup before I hope into the shower, with Maybelline’s City Rescue makeup remover which I am about to run out of. I then use Dermalogica Precleanse* and Antipodes Grace cleanser* while I shower. I am still having a love affair with Precleanse, and am enjoying the touch of class that Antipodes brings to my bathroom. I find the creamy formula of Grace to still be quite lightweight, and it doesn’t add any oil or shine to my skin as I at first thought it might. I do still prefer my Soap & Glory Fab Pore Hot Clothcleanser* though, as I find it leaves my skin softer and smells a little nicer than this luxe metal tube. I switch up my facial scrubs quite often, and right now I’m using the Dermalogica Skin Prep scrub* (sample tube).

After cleansing, I move onto layering a few treatments and serums depending on how my skin is acting that particular day. I suffer from a little bit of acne, and so without these treatments my skin acts a fool! Mario Badescu is wonderful for acne prone skin, and I rely on the Buffering Lotion to take care of my bumpy forehead and deep pimples, while the Drying Lotion stops the spots about to erupt in their tracks. I also love La Roche Posay Efflacar Duo to keep my skin acne free overall, and will definitely be repurchasing when this tube meets its end. I sometimes use Lacura Hyaluronic Gel to help suck some moisture into my skin, but lately I’ve been favouring my Kosmea Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost*.

To end my skincare routine, I take time massaging in a night cream to moisturise the dry patches of my face. I was using a lightweight lotion during the heat wave we experienced earlier in the year, but now that it is chilly I have cracked open my tub of Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream*. Such a lovely name, isn’t it? I found the texture of this really strange, it is sort of like curdled yoghurt, and at first I doubted how hydrating it would be. Happy to report that I was way off, you need the tiniest bit of this to cover your whole face and it works so well at hydrating without being heavy or breaking me out!

Phew! That rounds up the skincare loot that has been slapped on my mug lately. Now it is YOUR turn! What products do you swear by for your skin?

 *Items provided for consideration. Honesty, always.


  1. I just discovered Mario Badescu's Buffering Lotion and it's did wonders for a 'blind' pimple the size of a golf ball on my chin. I really need to purchase it (as I only had a sample). I was sent the Aveeno Night Cream as well and, unfortunately, it broke me out like crazy. I liked how it made my skin feel, however I had the worst break out I think I've ever had. :( Such a shame 'cos I know others really like it. Glad to hear it's working for you! It's weird, Bioderma breaks me out as well. My skin is just so fickle! x

  2. I really want to try out that bioderma product! Definitely on my wishlist :)

  3. I am a big fan of the precleanse and dermalogica microfoliant. I've been working out what works for me lately and planning a few skincare posts in June!

  4. I've just started using the Effaclar Duo and it broke me out a little bit, but now I think it's really helping so fingers crossed! I'm still really eager to get my hands on the S&G cleanser. The MB buffering lotion sounds really good, I might have to read up on it!

  5. I need to repurchase an Effaclar Duo too! I've been on the lookout for a product to deal with hormonal acne so I'll look into the Mario Badescu- I've heard really good things about that brand so I'm sure it's worth a try!

  6. I love my effaclar duo! It's seriously amazing.
    I hope your reaction clears up! It's always the worst getting a reaction that lingers around.


  7. LOVE precleanse!! Also recently started using the aveeno moisturiser after the winter weather made my skin dry. It completely fixed that! Im in love with it.
    Where do you buy your MB products from? I have been wanting to try for ages!!
    Also been sent the cetaphil moisturiser, moisturises well but not sure about oil control! Xx

  8. Simplicite :) Been using it for more than 6 months now, and best thing for my skin, ever!

  9. I love raw honey - admittedly a food, but my skin behaves really well when I wash it with honey. Plus, it smells beautiful :)

  10. i've been meaning to try mario badescu products, i've heard so many good things about their spot treatments! just became your 300th follower ^^

    à la foliee


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