[Disclaimer: I am in no way a skin care expert. These products I have tried and tested over numerous months/years and find they all work great for me. My skin type is under the combination category with dry/oily areas.]
Hi everyone, today I thought I would give you guys a insight into my everyday skin care routine, because I love reading about other people’s skin care routines and learning new tips. This routine of mine has been pretty much the same for the past year. Although I do dip in and out of using certain products, but the main core products have always stayed the same for the past 5+ years.
DayTime: Throughout the day my skin can get quite oily, so I like to use products that help to keep my oil under control without drying out my skin.
Tools:Both morning and night I will use my Clarisonic Aria (£155) on the 2 min medium setting (high once/twice a week). I really don’t understand how I could have cleaned my skin properly before using this. After about a month of daily usage my skin became a lot smoother and more evenly toned, plus I saw a massive reduction in blemishes/blackheads (Ew). Even though this was £155 and replacement heads are approx. £20 I do think it is a solid investment.
Cleanser: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser (£18), this stuff is amazing for oily skin! It literally mattifies the skin without drying it out. Its packed full of Amazonian White Clay with helps get rid of that horrid old dead skin whilst leaving your skin cleansed and matt.
Toner: I follow on with my toner from the same Kiehl’s range, Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic (£18), once again this stuff is brilliant for oil prone skin. It works in the same way in mattifying your skin with the Amazonian clay. Plus the added benefit of reducing the ‘look’ of your pores (fun fact: you can’t actually reduce the size of your pores only the appearance).
Serum: Kiehl’s Hydo-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate (£40), a serum is a slightly new entry into my skin care because along with oils I have always been a bit dubious about putting them onto my skin; I could never understand how they can in fact help your skin from creating excess oil rather than producing. I was recommend this by one of the Kiehl’s consultants (by the way if you have an queries about your skin or Kiehl’s products, just go into one of their stores they are SO helpful and always offer you decent sized samples before you buy) they told me this serum essentially locks in the moister by working as an anchor to your moisturiser. I have only been using this for about two weeks now, so far so good. I have realised that I haven’t needed to apply more moisturiser throughout the day.
Moisturiser: Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator (£30), (by this point if you haven’t realised I am a big fan of Kiehl’s) This is a 24 hour anti-shine moisturiser for “men” the reason this product is more target towards men is because it helps by absorbing sweat from the skin which men are more prone to. I love this stuff, I only need to use a pea sized amount for my face and neck and it last all day, before using my serum I still loved this product but I did find that I would either use more in the morning or re-apply throughout the day. Oh and this is not greasy at all, its super lightweight.
EyeCare: This is something I can sometimes forget in the morning if I am rushing but I really shouldn’t because its just as important. When I do remember it’s between two products: Tom Ford Men Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment (£55) now to be honest as much as I do love this product I think I basically bought this just on impulse whilst purchasing another one of my TomFord colognes (I will talk about them another time) the consultant did tell me it is packed full of lots of good things and that the metal applicator helps to stimulate the blood vessel below the eye, which I believe to be completely true and it really does work, but for the price tag I don’t know if it will be a repurchase of on a gift list. The second product is my trusty Kiehl’s Eye Alert (£22.50) this stuff seems to last me ages! and it’s just a “good” eye cream with all the stuff you would want in an eye cream, helps awaken, sooth, reduce puffiness and dark circles.
SPF: Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defence SPF 50+, It wasn’t until about a year ago that I realised that wearing an SPF all year round even in the North East is really important! This one is great because it specifically designed just to go on top of your moisturiser and isn’t greasy.
NightTime: At night my routine is more about getting rid of my old decongested skin and repairing my new fresh layer. Like a snake.
Tools: Once again like the start of my day I will use my Clarisonic Aria with my cleanser on 2 min medium cycle.
Cleanser: Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser (£17), if you have spot/blemish prone skin or maybe even acne this stuff is GREAT! A few years ago when I was a lot more spot prone I would use this cleanser morning and night because it has one of the best ingredients in it to help fight blemishes “Salicylic Acid” it is also packed with Cinnamon Root and Ginger Root, this is just an all round great cleanser for oily, blemish prone skin. The reason I use it a night is because it doesn’t have the mattifying powers of my daily cleanser and I’m not that blemish prone anymore, although I do find it nice to keep a anti-blemish cleanser in my skin care.
Toner/Skin Peel: My nighttime toner is actually more of a “at home” skin peel. Which I am sure might sound a bit weird. But it’s actually great for your skin and I know people like to use an “acid” on their skin but I’m not quite there yet, instead I like to use these weaker “pads”. There is two products I like to alternate with, firstly Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads EXTREME (£14.99) they claim to be “super-strenght acid exfoliating pads”, now I’m not to sure I would say they are super strength, they do hold three great acids though, Glycolic, Salicylic and lactic. Which are all great for the skin. The second product is, SKYN Iceland Nordic Skin Peel pads (£38), once again these pads are filled with some great acids, but I would definitely say these are stronger than the Nip+Fab pads, which I could tell almost immediately once opening the tub because of the strong chemical smell, whereas Nip+Fab has a pleasant citrus scent. SKYN says if you don’t have sensitive skin you can use them once everyday, but I would not recommend this because when I tried that I got very DRY skin. I like to alternate between the two on a daily basis which seems to work a treat for me. I have less blemish scaring and I have a much more even complexion. I do think these are a great alternative to a pricey skin peel at a clinic.
Oil: If you are reading this it is likely that you have some kind of interest in skincare and therefore it is very likely you have heard of this product; Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (£37), people seemed to have been raving about this oil for years! But once again me being dubious about oils I had never tried it, until one of the Kiehl’s consultants was very kind to give me a 4ml deluxe sample of the oil (it was pretty cool it had its own pipet). 4ml might not sound very much but you only need to use 2-3drops a night so it lasts ages, therefore I was really able to trial it before I bought it. The consultant told me that it would be great for me because it is filled with nourishing dry essential oils that will help refresh, moisturise, renew after using quite a harsh toner. I have to say I didn’t really think it was going to work at all, but it really does. An added benefit is the calming scent now I don’t know if it has anything to do with my sleep but ever since I have been using it I have slept so much better!
Moisturiser: Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion (£24), this lotion is almost exactly the same as the oil eliminator that I use during the day I just find it to be slightly heavier and can be a bit shiny which is why I prefer to us it at night. But its an all round easy to use moisturiser.
So there you go, that is my skincare routine that works for me and I really enjoy, I am going to invest in a good eye cream for my nighttime routine as well, I am just looking for the right one. I hope this has in some way been interesting for you and maybe even helpful. If you have any questions, ask away!
Thanks for stopping by and if your interested in purchasing any of the products mentioned they have all been linked.