My Daily Skin Care Routine

August 22, 2015

My Daily Skin Care Routine

I used to think I had a pretty solid skin care routine but I guess I just can't help trying out new products and introducing them as semi-permanent features in my routine. Although a few of the staples always remain the same, I find I switch around the second cleanse, face masks, and moisturisers every few months. Right now I've got something good going; this is the stripped down version of the skin care products I use, which doesn't include the extra serums and "add-on" products I occasionally introduce.


Step One - Cleanse
The Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil is the ideal cleanser for mornings. It's super lightweight, leaving the skin cleansed, refreshed and softer and I find my make-up always applies better when I've started the day using this. The formula which contains Vitamin C, olive, grapeseed, and rosehip oils are gentle on the complexion, turning from oil into a light milky wash when water is added; the rosemary and cucumber oil, combined with Vitamin E help dissolve impurities and leave the skin clear. Plus that fresh orange smell is divine and so refreshing in the morning.

Step Two - Treat
If I am having any trouble at all with my skin I use the two products I swear by: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo and La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI Targeted Breakout Corrector. Effaclar Duo unclogs blocked pores, refines skin texture, controls shine, corrects and prevents the appearance of blemishes and marks. I use this as a preventative to ward off any clogged pores, blackheads, and blemishes although I find it's also useful for an allover treatment if and when I'm having troublesome skin complaints. The Effaclar AI Targeted Breakout Corrector is an absolute hero when it comes to clearing up spots, particularly the cystic variety. I don't get them often but when I do, this targeted corrector reduces swelling, clears redness, and shrinks the lesions within a couple of days.

Step Three - Moisturise
I have been using two moisturisers in rotation lately because they're both lovely: the Yves Rocher Smoothing Day Care Moisturiser* and the Daily Protection Face Moisturiser SPF 15. The Natio moisturiser contains lavender, ylang ylang, and orange to calm and refresh, with a thick formula that makes it luxurious to apply. It also contains an SPF yet it's not greasy nor does it leave a white cast, which means make-up can be applied with ease afterwards. The Yves Rocher Smoothing Day Care Moisturiser is much thinner and lighter in texture, it quickly absorbs into the skin, and softens the complexion.


Step One - Pre-Cleanse & Cleanse
I always double cleanse when I have been wearing make-up; I start with 100% coconut oil, which breaks down make-up easily while retaining the moisture content of the skin. It also helps protect the skin from microbial infections and contains Vitamin E, which is essential for healthy skin growth. Coconut oil can help prevent cracking and wrinkles, and keeps the skin smooth. I follow this pre-cleanse with the Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil since it's much oilier in texture, removes the coconut oil and last remnants of make-up and impurities, and leaves the skin clean and clear.

Step Two - Treat
I often don't need to treat my skin since I have a "normal" complexion with very few complaints so I often either skip this step or, at the very least, use an exfoliating toner. Currently I have been using the Pixi Glow Tonic, which has taken me a long time to decide whether I think it's worth it - and I finally do. This exfoliating toner helps tone, firm and tighten the skin by removing dead skin cells and leaving a healthier looking complexion. If, however, I am suffering from any issues, I use three products to fight back: the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, and La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI Targeted Breakout Corrector. The Origins Clay Mask draws out impurities, clears up the complexion, dissolves impurities, and absorbs pollutants. Despite clay masks sometimes being a little harsh on the skin, the formula of this product is comfortable and non-drying, with fast results. After using the mask I apply La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, and La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI Targeted Breakout Corrector to quickly resolve any skin complaints.

Step Three - Moisturise
Lastly, I like to use a thick, nourishing moisturiser in the evenings that helps the skin to restore itself overnight. I'm currently using the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream or otherwise I use the Natio Intensive Moisturising Night Cream, both of which are creamy and luxurious on the skin, and help replenish skin moisture overnight. Whenever I use these products I find I wake up with a much softer, plumper complexion that looks much brighter and healthier.

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