A Beauty Chat: Skincare Routine


When I first started my blog, I posted my skincare routine, and looking back, there are still some of the same products still in my routine, so I thought I'd show you the products I am loving using at the moment and what they're doing for my skin. This post will be morning and evening routine and then tomorrow's post will be the extras, like weekly treatments, masks etc. and I will also be including some honourable mentions too, these are products that I highly recommended even though they're not in my everyday routine, or that I'm trying currently and liking. 

Best part of the day:
Removing my makeup is so important, and I have recently been trying out the Garnier Micellar Water and it's actually become a permanent part of my skincare routine. This removes makeup easily and is perfect for getting the bulk of my makeup off before going in with my other product, which is the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil, I am on my third bottle of the stuff and I use it once, sometimes twice a day. This has really helped to keep my skin nourished and balanced whilst removing all remnants of makeup. This breaks down waterproof mascara like nothing else and leaves my skin feeling comfortable. 

Honourable mentions: 
Garnier 2 in 1 Makeup Remover // 

Let's cleanse that skin:
Once makeup is removed it's time to cleanse. Having spot prone skin, it is so vital for me to make sure my skin is clean and all the dirt and pore clogging rubbish is removed completely. In the morning, the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is the perfect cleanser for me as although it says it is a gel cleanser, it has a thicker balm-like consistency so it keeps my skin nourished whilst removing any dirt or bacteria on my skin from last nights sleep (or lack of). In the evening, once makeup is off I go in with my favourite balm cleanser ever and that is the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm, this is just the perfect cleanser for my skin and has really helped balance out the ol production on my skin and always leaves my face feeling clean yet hydrated. I love this stuff and it leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth it makes the £34 price tag worth every penny.

Honourable mentions:
Superdrug Naturally Radiance Hot Cloth Cleanser // The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter //

The forgotten step:
Toning the skin is often forgotten but can play a huge part in the condition of your skin. Often seen as a waste of time, toners can balance out the skins PH, remove any bacteria, leftover dirt or makeup, and it can also exfoliate the skin. The toner I have been using at the minute is the Garnier Simply Essentials Toner which contains no perfume or alcohol and is a really simple, no fuss soothing toner and my skin has really responded well to it. It was only supposed to be a temporary product until I could pick up some more of the Michael Todd Toner but this has been doing such good things to my skin I haven't bothered to pick anything else up yet. I use this both morning and evening. 

Honourable mentions: 
Simple Soothing Toner // Michael Tood True Organics Blue Green Algae Toner // Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner // Botanics All Bright Toner //

Packed full of goodness:
Serums are very important in a skincare routine, as they help to combat any imperfections you may have. From uneven skin tone, dark spots, breakouts to scars. A serum is packed full of the magic ingredient (as long as you choose the one suitable for your skin concern) and is a more concentrated version than say your moisturiser. My favourite is the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex ll which I use in the evening only and has improved my skin so much I can't mention enough how amazing this stuff is. This has smoothed my skins texture, reduced the appearance of my freckles (among other products), has helped with my skins renewal rate over night, and is just an all round amazing product that I cannot recommend enough. I don't tend to use a serum in the morning as I haven't really found any that I like. The Indeed Labs Hydraluron was my serum for the morning time but about a month or so ago, I stopped using it as I didn't see it benefiting my skin anymore and since I have stopped using it I haven't noticed any difference either. I use it on occasion as it needs using up but I only use it in the morning. 

Honourable mentions: 
Indeed Labs Hydraluron // Indeed Labs Pepta Bright //

Late night cure:
Eye creams are an underrated product in my book. They can do so many amazing things, yet I hear so many people my age refuse to use one as they "don't see the point, I'm not old yet". But eye creams don't have to be used for anti-aging reasons. I have been using the Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Cream morning and evening and it really helps to moisturise and brighten my eye area which in turn makes my makeup go on and look better. There are eye creams which can be used to reduce puffiness, dark circles and fine lines - it's not just for the older generation.

Honourable Mentions:
Simple Soothing Eye Contour Balm // Superfacialist by Una Brennan Neroli Firiming Eye Cream // 

The hydration system:
Onto moisturisers now and I have a bit of an extra added in here. The Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturiser is perfect for those with spot prone skin or oily/combination skin types, and with my breakout sesh last month, I have been applying this to the problem areas (where I get/have breakouts) before I go onto my main moisturiser. For the morning, I am using the Clarins Daily Energizers Cream which is very similar to the Origins GinZing Moisturiser but slightly more hydrating. And for the evenings, the Origins High Potency Night-a-mins, which is just an amazing moisturiser. 

Honourable mentions: 

Naturally Radiant 2 in 1 Serum & Moisturiser // Origins GinZing Moisturiser

The sun damage repeller:
Of course SPF is only for the day time and my favorite one and only one I have really tried is the Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 30. This sinks in fast, doesn't cause irritation with any breakouts and doesn't interfere with the application or wear of my makeup. 

For any of you still with me by the end of the post, thank you for sticking with it. I know it is a bit of a long post but I didn't want to separate it into too many posts. Let me know what you think and if you have tried any of the products mentioned. The skincare extras will be up tomorrow. 

Do you have any skincare recommendations? 

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