Friday, 10 January 2014

My Current Skincare Routine and Why I'm a Cleansing Addict

An insight into my skin type: I have serious combination skin, often on my face I get very oily around the t-zone but then I also have dry patches around the sides of my nose and on my cheeks (so not ideal!). I do get the odd spot from time to time and I do have a few pores around my nose area. My skincare routine is made up of products that work for my combination skin - I'm a total skincare addict and love all potions and lotions that work!

Cleanser - So I have recently ran out of my FAVOURITE cleanser of 2013 which would explain why it isn't in the photo above and that is the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. It is seriously the most luxurious cleanser I have ever tried, it comes with a hot cloth and it is a thick cream you put on to your face which has the most amazing herbal scent. It breaks down EVERY inch of make up on my face and then the hot cloth wipes the excess make up away. I purchased mine off of for £25 (100ml) and it lasted me about five months using it every evening... I will definitely be repurchasing this! 

At the moment I am using the Sophyto Purifying Silken Cleanser which I also purchased from beautybay at the same time for £13.00 (100ml). I mainly switched between using the Pai cleanser in the evening and this in the morning as it isn't as effective at taking my make up off, Or I would use this to double cleanse my face in the evening when I was wearing a fuller face of make up. I would say this cleanser does keep my face clean and prevents spots, however after I finish this tube I think I will try something different. This cleanser hasn't particularly stood out for me.

Cleansing has been quite a discovery for me in 2013... I always would take my make up off with a make up wipe or a cleansing water, but using a cream/liquid cleanser and properly working it in to my skin made me realise that using just a wipe wasn't enough to get every last scrape of my make up off my face. Cleansing and double cleansing my face has improved my skin SOOOO much and has helped a lot with blemishes and pores. I've realised how important it is to take off every single bit of make up before you go to sleep, especially if you are layering on creams afterwards as it gives you a completely clean base to work with.

Eye Make Up Remover - Before cleansing I like to take my eye make up off with a separate remover. The best eye make up remover I've tried is the Garnier Simply Essentials 2 in 1 Make Up Remover because it is so gentle on the eyes and is really effective. I bought mine from Boots for £3.25 (200ml) and probably went through about four bottles in 2013. It is extremely similar to Lancome Bi-facial Eye Make up Remover that everyone raves about which you can also purchase from Boots for £21.00 (125ml), apart from there is a big difference in the price. I actually prefer the Garnier version purely because I think it is a lot less greasy than the Lancome product.

On the last few drops of the Lancome remover

Toner - I wouldn't say I have tons to say about the toners that I use, I haven't found a toner which I would continue to repurchasing anyway, I just have two toners that I alternate between, and that's that! Don't get me wrong I don't dislike these toners, I just don't think they do anything more for my skin than make sure all the dirt is removed from my face. The main toner that I use is the Nivea Pure & Natural Toner which I got from boots for £1.99 (200ml), I like how this toner has 95% natural ingredients (even if it does smell slightly plant like haha) and the fact that it is so cheap and long lasting. The next toner that I use every other evening on my face is the Alpha H Liquid Gold which I got when I went on some extreme shop on beauty bay for £31.50 (100ml). A lot of people have said this liquid has changed their skin massively for the better but it just doesn't seem to make that much of a difference to mine, however I will continue to use it and see whether I do see any change.

Moisturiser - The ultimate moisturiser for my combination skin has to be the Clinque Moisture Surge Intense as it really does help with the dry patches on my face but also keeps the oilier sections moisturised and not overly greasy. It is quite a thick cream but sinks in and dries off very quickly and the feel is very soothing and refreshing when I apply it. I bought this from Boots when a sale was on and got this in a gift set with the clinque eye cream and a smaller version of this moisturiser for £34.00 (50ml) which is literally just £2 more than the moisturiser usually is - so a good deal!

Eye Cream - I have two eye creams that I use which I think are the perfect combo. I have the Clinque All About Eyes cream which I receieved in the gift set with my Clinque moisturiser. I use this cream in the morning as it is very lightweight and soaks into my skin quickly. My second eye cream is the Kiehl's Creamy Treatment which I use in the evening as it is a thicker cream which needs a longer period of time to set into my under eye area and work its magic. I purchase this particular creamy avocado treatment from a Kiehl's store for £33.00. I do think this is an expensive product but I'm pretty certain this will last for ages and be totally worth it. 

A picture of the creams different textures and looks - on the left is the Kiehl's treatment and right is Clinques

Lip Cream - Right before I go to bed I like to apply a little bit of the Nivea Lip Butter in either caramel or raspberry. I really think these lip butters are so creamy and nourishing for your lips and I wake up with mine feeling so silky smooth! Also, lets not forget the scent of these.. they are so so nice they smell good enough to eat! I purchased mine from Superdrug for £2.25 which I think is a complete steal as these will last for months & months. 

So that is my skincare routine at the moment! What is your skincare regime? 

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