Thursday, 21 June 2012

Skincare Routine!

I've finally tweaked my skincare routine to a point where I feel I am in control of it and feel as though using the following products keeps my skin looking its best and improving over time. 

Here's a little summary of my skin...

Skin Type: Dry to Very Dry
Sensitive? Yes 
Skin Concerns: Rosacea on my cheeks & Dehydration
Spots? One here and there from time to time but I tend to lets it take its course (2-3 days) and it disappears.

So now that you and my skin have met, my routine - day and night - is to cleanse, tone, apply a serum, a mask if I feel like, and moisturise.

Left to Right: Nuxe Reve De Miel Face & Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel, MAC Cleanse Off Oil, Clarisonic Mia (Delicate Brush), ByTerry Douceur De Rose Comforting Cleansing Cream

- MAC Cleanse Off Oil (30ml - £7, 150ml - £16): I use this to take off my make up and it works exceptionally, breaking down everything from foundation to waterproof mascara and even lashes! Even though it is an oil (made from a mixture of jojoba seed, evening primrose and olive fruit) it doesn't leave an oily residue once washed off and emulsifies into a lotion like fluid with water. I know people with oily skin who use this and it doesn't bother their skin. Directions: On dry skin, massage where needed and then apply water to wash off.

Nuxe Reve De Miel Face & Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel (400ml - £17, 200ml - £12): Nuxe makes another version of this meant only for the face but as far as I can tell it's the same thing - I think the only different is that this one's bottle is bigger (400ml and the other being 200ml). The cleanser is extremely gentle but effective removing makeup as well (I just prefer to take my make up off first and then cleanse my skin) - it's also nice to use with the Clarisonic as it slightly foaming yet still soap free. It's made out of primarily honey, sunflower and plant oils and therefore has a lovely honeyish smell but not at all overpowering or artificial smelling. It leaves the skin feeling soft and supple and not dry which is why it appeals to me. Directions: Massage or use with Clarisonic on moist skin for around a minute every morning and evening and rinse.

- Clarisonic Mia £120 (Delicate Brush Head £21) : I've been using the Clarisonic religiously for around 7 months now and have seen a huge improvement in my skin regarding its texture, the level of my rosacea and it's clarity. First I thought that using it every day would aggravate my redness and make me break out but I was thankfully proved wrong and I didn't have any problems after cleansing my face - plus the delicate brush head is much softer and gentler than the sensitive one that it originally comes with. Typically I prefer to use the Clarisonic at night and now that I've been using it for a while I feel like I can skip a few days in between as well. I can honestly say that my skin has never felt cleaner and it truly has reduced my redness significantly.

- By Terry Douceur De Rose Comforting Cleansing Cream (£35): This is another cleanser I have on the go at the moment and the only reason I bought it is because it was 50% off and I saw that it was compatible with my skin, otherwise I don't think I would have tried it out. This cleanser also removes stubborn makeup and leaves the skin feeling plumped, soft, moisturised and smooth. Douceur De Rose is infused with white roses and therefore has an apparent rose scent - I can definitely say this feels luxurious but between this and Nuxe, I prefer the latter. For the time being, I'm using this when I'm not using the Clarisonic. Directions: Massage all over skin for around a minute and remove with damp cotton pad soaked with your toner or water.

Nars Hydrating Freshening Lotion

- Nars Hydrating Freshening Lotion (£27.50): This has an extremely refreshing feel and removes any excess dirt you might have missed when cleansing. It also balances your skin and it's water like consistency also has exfoliating properties that preps the skin for moisturising. The toner contains Active Phytoseed Complex, Grape Seed Oil and Aloe and actually keeps my skin hydrated for longer. I also really love the packaging of the product - it's clean looking and has a easy to handle pump. Directions: With a cotton pad wipe all over clean skin.

From Left to Right: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Caudalie S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum, Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Iluminator

- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (50ml - £54): I use 4-5 drops of this every night and sometimes even before my foundation. For a full review please click here! I don't think I will ever stop using this serum as it works so well for me.

- Caudalie S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (£29): I recently discovered this in a Glossybox and instantly fell in love! What was unique about this was that is made my dry skin feel relaxed removing any uncomfortable tightness and in my opinion feel like what it should feel like (if that makes sense…) It has a milky thin consistency that is quickly absorbed - the packaging is great too (pump, clear bottle). I've listed the ingredients below if you would like to check through them. Directions: Apply on face and neck after cleansing and toning.

Ingredients taken from Caudalie Website

- Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Iluminator (50ml - £62): I use this typically in the day time when I know I'm not going anywhere for a long period of time or if I am staying home. The reason for this is because it's slightly drying on my face. Having said that it does work to correct dark spots and pigmentation/redness so I tend to place this on the sides of my face and cheeks. For a more in depth review please click here! 

Nuxe Masque Frais Hydratant Refreshing and Relaxing Cream Mask

-Nuxe Masque Frais Hydratant Refreshing and Relaxing Cream Mask (£18): For a while I had been looking for a mask to soothe my dehydrated skin. I like that this is a small tube so I can travel with it and use it on planes when my skin is feeling like the Sahara Desert. The mask is a pale milky colour and quite light in texture but disappears into nothing when applied and sinks in to bring your skin back to life. I've been using this after swimming and it works a dream. I don't even wipe it off after 10 minute like it says to - I just let it sink in and then wash my face whenever I need to after that! I don't use this everyday but when I need my skin to look it's best and am in search for quick results Nuxe Masque Frais Hydratant comes in really handy.

From Left to Right: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF50, Origins Ginzing Eye Cream, La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche

- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF50: I'm so into using an SPF - just because it prevents ageing and in my opinion you should use one regardless if it's sunny or not just because UVA/UVB rays still effect you. I like to use a high factor just to be careful and apply it with or before my moisturiser. I bought this from India - I haven't found it anywhere else so if you know where to get it please let me know! Furthermore - unlike other sunblocks this does not leave a white creamish cast on your face. Instead it absorbs quickly and seamlessly into the skin. Remember to apply it to your neck too! (If your SPF has been opened for more than 6 months it loses its benefits)

- Origins Ginzing Eye Cream (£21): is a pretty popular eye cream around the blogging world and I was first introduced to this by Tanya Burr. The texture is nice and moisturising but not the most moisturising eye cream out there - the cream is tinged pinky in order to neutralise dark under eye circles. I don't have bags under my eyes so I cannot comment on how well it battles them but as for darkness I find it very good to a point where even if I don't get much sleep and use this religiously I wouldn't look like I've got two black eyes. I will finish the pot simply because it does what it says but for my next eye cream I might go for something more emollient - please give me your recommendations. Directions: Apply gently around your orbital bone morning and evening.

- La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche (£16.50): I have bought 3 of these over the last 2 weeks, for everyone in the family as I have converted them to this cream. First of all, it has a pump - which is extremely helpful when it comes to travelling and in sleek, thin and compact so it's easy to cary around. You don't need much of this moisturiser as it's very rich and moisturising so one pump is enough. I've always had problems with keeping my skin hydrated but so far this has not let me down. I use it morning and evening (another thing I like I don't have to have 2 separate moisturisers) and it really keeps my skin in check and creates a great base for makeup. Supposedly Hyrdraphase Intense Riche is La Roche Posay's most hydrating cream and claims to keep your skin moisturised for up to 24hrs - I don't have any complaints so far!
Edit: You could use this as a mask applying a thin even layer all over your face and remove after 10 minutes.

I know this seems like a lot - and I might be overdosing on moisturising products but this is what works for me and feel free to ask me anything about them if you'd like to add something to your routine.

Also, I'd really like to know of products that work for you - because who knows?! They might be better!



  1. Some really lovely products. Over the past year I've learnt that sometimes, the more high-end brands really are better when it comes to skin care! xo

    1. Thanks, yup i think that's true as well.. although i really like cetaphil - they make some good cleansers :) xx

  2. Oh I've not seen the NARS Skin Hydrating lotion before but it looks so good! You use some really nice products, I've been a bit lazy lately & I need to pick up a good eye cream. I'm obsessed with skincare! I've been using the Caudalie Water at the moment & I love it, really soothing on the skin x

    1. I'm really in love with the NARS lotion - taking care of your skin makes such a difference it's crazy! I tried the Caudalie water and for some reason I couldn't get past it smell but I'm glad it works for you xx

  3. My skincare routine is always evolving. My skin type is combination ...oily throughout my t-zone and dry along my jawline, but it changes slightly depending on the time of year. I received a series of facials during the months leading up to our wedding and my esthetician shared many tips that I've incorporated into my current routine. It has been a while since I've updated you on the products I'm using and loving, so I figured I'd share!


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