My Current Skincare Routine was last published on the 19th of January and a lot has happened since then. My skin has changed and I am experiencing my teenage skin once more. I think I will write a separate blog post on why it is that this is happening, but as it has been a few months and it has changed quite a bit, it is good to keep updated and how I am managing (or not managing) my skin.
I have a post on the 10 Beauty Tips for Better Skin which really helps for anyone who is struggling with their skin too. Take a look before reading this post for some techniques that I use to take care of my skin if you haven’t already! Otherwise, let’s get cracking.
My skin currently is very combination: dry, slightly oily but very acne prone. I am experiencing a lot of breakouts and blemish areas, particularly around my chin, forehead and beside my nose, where I experience the most oil. I have had to use trial and error to try and find the products that are working on my skin, because unfortunately what used to work isn’t at the moment, such as even my favourite Vaseline, which makes me very sad, as it is too greasy!
I am still having to be very careful with what I use as my skin is as sensitive as ever recently. With a change in hormones (no, I am not pregnant) and a difference in diet and daily routines with working full-time, too much aircon and going through the Summer, my poor skin really has had the brunt of it.
I wake up and wash my face with cold water (after washing my hands thoroughly) before I put anything on my skin. This washes away excess oil, cools my skin down and closes the pores to prepare for makeup. It is also more gentle than hot water on your skin (as seen in 10 Beauty Tips for Better Skin).
I then prep my face with my Body Shop Vitamin E toner as seen in July Favourites before I go into moisturising with the Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (I know, what a pompous name) moisturiser featured in August Favourites which is my new fave. It is so nice on the skin, so smooth and really gives it a boost of moisture. It is particularly good at sealing in moisture throughout the day, especially when combatting effects of aircon and temperature changes etc. I use this on a small cotton pad and rub in circular motions.
After I have moisturised, I use the Body Shop Vitamin E Eyecream (I promise, I am not being paid to advertise the Vitamin E line) featured in July Favourites again, and this really helps to keep the under eye area smooth and fresh for makeup. Less is more with this product, so I literally use the tiniest amount and pat it into my undereye area and smooth across my eyelids. It is also good because I get swollen eyes in the morning, so it is really comforting! After this is done, I wait for it to dry for a minute or so before going into doing my makeup.
I am still taking my makeup off using Simple Makeup Wipes (obviously) because they are honestly the only thing that, I feel, actually takes my makeup off properly. They are the cleansing version, so they are soft and calming to the skin. I wipe in circular motions to ensure that I am not harming my skin or rubbing too hard.
I then use the Body Shop Toner again to get rid of any excess makeup, blemishes and clean my skin. I used to put a cleanser next in this step but I felt I was using too many products for my sensitive skin to handle, especially seeing as my skin is so combination at the moment as well, and I find toner gets my makeup off anyway (if I am doing this wrong, someone please let me know!).
I have also found a new staple face-wash that I introduced in August Favourites, which is the Lush Face and Body Scrub. This is a game-changer guys! With all natural elements, it softly exfoliates, soothes, anti-oxidises, and it is so gentle to your skin that my skin absolutely loves it. You get a tiny amount into your hands, wet it slightly and then rub it together to form a sort of paste, then wash your face as normal. It is a bit expensive however the pot will last so long because you are using so little and because it is so jam-packed!
I then wash my face again with cold water to ensure all products are off of my face and then I do not moisturise before going to bed because it aggravates the oils in my skin. I only moisturise certain areas, such as sore blemishes, if I really need to. However, I don’t want to over-moisturise and aggravate my skin more, so I leave it to do its’ thing, naturally, overnight, beginning the process again in the morning! Like I said previously, trial and error.
I am always interested about your favourite products to use, especially for combination and sensitive skin. Let me know in the comments!