When it comes to skincare, I don’t change things up too often. I like to try out new products, but experimenting too much usually results in angry and irritated skin, so when I find something that works for me, I tend to stick with it. I have been very happy with my skin recently, so I thought I would share my current routine. To set the scene first, my skin is combination, oily t-zone and dry cheeks, and it can get a little red and sensitive. It is always oilier in the summer and drier in the winter, so I have to switch up some products when the seasons change. Please keep in mind that I’m not a skincare expert and what works for me might not work for you. But if you want to learn about my current skincare routine, then read on.
In the morning I wash my face with the Eau Thermale Avene Gentle Gel Cleanser for normal to combination sensitive skin. In the past, I have always struggled to find a mild non-drying cleanser and this one is brilliant. It is very gentle, non-foaming and contains Avene thermal spring water. It has a creamy texture that melts into the skin and leaves it soft and clean without that horrible feeling of tightness.
After cleansing my face, I apply my Nuxe Anti-Fatigue Moisturising Eye Cream. I discovered this a few months ago and I really like it. It is super gentle, does a great job at smoothing and moisturising the eye contour and works very well under concealer. It smells divine, but I know that some people find the scent overpowering, so if you prefer non-scented products, this might not be for you.
For moisturiser I am currently using the Clarins Ultra-Matt Rebalancing Lotion, which is the newest addition to my routine. I was looking for a simple light moisturiser and the word ‘balancing’ appealed to me, so I decided to give it a try. I have been using this for just over two weeks and so far I am very happy with it. It doesn’t leave my skin ultra-matt, but it keeps it less shiny than usual and most importantly it hasn’t irritated it. I use one to two pumps and it sinks in super quickly, almost like a serum, but is still moisturising enough and a good base for make-up. I just ran out of my Clarins SPF40 (review here), and as it seems to have been discontinued, I will have to replace it with something else (any recommendations are welcome).
In the evening my routine is pretty much the same, except for a few extra steps. First, I remove my make-up using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, which is an old favourite of mine. I have tried many other make-up removers, but I keep going back to this one. It does the job and it’s so inexpensive, you just can’t go wrong with it.
Then, I follow up with the same gel cleanser and a few times a week, I will spray on the La Roche-Posay Serozinc. This really helps to calm my skin down and control any breakouts. Next, I like to apply a few drops of the Nude Rescue Oil before my moisturiser. This ultra-lightweight, non-greasy, delightful smelling oil has become a staple for me. It absorbs instantly into the skin and keeps it soft and hydrated. I love that it is all natural and antioxidant-rich and after using it for about three months now my skin is looking brighter and clearer. Finally, I apply the same moisturiser and eye cream and this completes my daily skincare routine.
Once a week, I use the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Mask to help prevent breakouts. It is a clay-based mask, so it is really good for unclogging the pores and getting rid of any spots. If my skin needs an extra boost of hydration, the Clarins Hydra Quench Cream Mask is amazing. I love the creamy texture and it instantly moisturises my skin.