Hi lovely people,
this post has been long-overdue as I always get asked about the products I am using. Commonly, I do fall back on a few staples when it comes to skincare. However, I also like mixing it up and trying new products from time to time. So keep reading if you want to know what’s in my day and night routine at the moment.
DAY – A.M ROUTINE
Every morning after washing my face with cold water and brushing my teeth the first thing I do is put on my moisturiser. I often don’t cleanse and tone in the morning because I thoroughly wash my makeup before I go to bed and regularly change my pillow cover to minimise breakouts. I have been searching for the perfect moisturiser ever since I can remember, although the criteria for ‘perfection’ isn’t too hard to achieve in my books – hydrating, SPF containing & moisturising. Thankfully, I have found a product that does tick these boxes and have been using it for the past two months and loving it. It’s the Ultraceuticals UV protective daily moisturiser in the hydrating range. To name a few benefits, it protects from UVA and UVB rays, contains a good blend of hydrating ingredients, it’s paraben and fragrance free and entirely Australian made and owned.
This is quite a pricey moisturiser so a drugstore alternative that I have used in the past and loved is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.
Tip: If you’re current moisturiser doesn’t contain an SPF factor I would highly recommend that you invest in one that does – sun is your skin’s worst enemy! A good lightweight sunscreen that you can wear underneath your moisturiser is the Neutragena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen.
NIGHT – P.M ROUTINE
Now, this is where the fun starts – all the good stuff go on the skin and when you sleep you’re body does all the magic (also known as repair). I can’t stress enough how important it is to wash and clean your face before you go to bed. You will love yourself for it in the morning and it will be worth skipping the ‘I woke up like this’ snapchat (what are filters for?).
My night-time routine is dictated by the amount of makeup I am wearing that day. The more makeup I’m wearing the more work goes into cleaning it afterwards. If I’ve had a big event on that day and am wearing a full face of heavy makeup I usually do a double cleanse. The second cleanse involves the use of my Clarisonic. This gives me 100% confidence that every inch of makeup is gone in 60 seconds.
However, on a regular day, I don’t wear a lot of makeup (check out my daily routine here). Here is what I do 90% of the time and the products I am currently using.
Step 1: Take off eye makeup with a cotton wipe and eye-makeup remover.
My all time favourite is the Loreal Gentle Eyes and Lips Makeup Remover but I also like the Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover.The Neutrogena is the one I use when I get lash extensions – this makes them last longer as the oil can speed up the turnover process.
Step 2: Cleanse.
Im currently using the Clarins Cleansing Milk. This was given to me as a gift and I’ve given it a go recently. It’s gentle on dry skin and cleanses adequately well. Sometimes, however, I do feel as though there are still makeup remains on my face (but the next step eliminates this so I don’t mind too much). The fact that its a ‘milk’ makes it more creamy and moisturising without stripping away all the natural oils off your face – this works well for my dry skin.
Step 3: Tone
I love toning and please don’t skip this step. This step will ensure all the leftover makeup is completely eradicated and it will also shrink your pores. Otherwise, oil and dirt build up can block our pores and cause all the nasties like blackheads, whiteheads, and other blemishes. I’m currently using the Clarins Lotion Tonique (also a gift) – again its nice and gentle, contains camomile for a soothing effect and is alcohol-free.
Step 4: Serum
Next I apply a serum depending on my current skincare concerns. Using a serum, enables your to intensify the strength of your skincare regimen. Also, serums are usually formulated with a higher concentration of active ingredients so that a few drops are sufficient to cover the entire face. The texture is usually lighter than a moisturizer, which allows for it to be used as a stand-alone product for someone with oilier skin, or used under a moisturizer for someone with normal to dry skin.
Serums can target different concerns depending on what ingredients they contain. I am currently using the Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum. Vitamin C serums tighten and firm the skin by enhancing collagen production and fight against free radicals which prevents ageing (i.e. fine lines and wrinkles). Retinol containing serums are great too especially if you’re after a more brightening and smoothing result.
Step 5: Moisturise
Moisturising will lock in your serum and give you additional hydration. I am currently using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel – Night Concentrate. This is very lightweight and hydrating. I have also been alternating this with the Pericone MD High Potency Repair every other night – this product contains retinol and that is why I use it every other night as too much of it can dry out your skin. The retinol basically speeds up cell turnover and repair and therefore targets blemishes, pigmentation, photo ageing and acne scars.
Step 6: Eye cream
Let’s not forget about the skin under our eyes. I am guilty of skipping this step when I’m feeling a little lazy too. However, the skin around the eyes is very thin and more prone to ageing and hence shouldn’t be ignored. I’m currently using the ASAP advanced eye complex which basically nourishes and hydrates. One tip with eye creams is to be gently and apply with your middle or ring finger without applying too much pressure to prevent premature ageing.
And that’s a wrap. It sounds a little long but it takes me less than 5 minutes to do all this. Plus, my skin has been behaving very well in return, so it’s all worth it.
Let me know what you think and if you recommend any other products that is in your current skincare regimen.