Let me start off this post by telling you that I am a major skincare junkie. I feel this might make me a little bit of a sucker for a rave review or products that are hyped up for their abilities to change up your skincare game. I have definitely learned that you don’t always get what you pay for when it comes to skincare. I have been pleasantly surprised to find some budget priced skincare that works better than its higher priced counterparts! I am constantly on the search for the next best thing in the skincare world, or wonder products that can transform my skin back to my fresh faced early 20s days, this leads me to change up my products frequently. Along with my skincare regime I also make sure I drink the daily recommended water intake and I try to eat well, granted I need to make more effort on this part, but when my diet is good I can see a big difference in my skin. My skin type is oily combination and the products I use work well for me. Some I use a little less when the weather is warmer, like my oils, and I will opt for a lighter moisturiser also. Here are the products used in my current morning routine.
Face Brush – Clarisonic Aria
I religiously use this every morning and night, this has got to be one of the biggest game changers I have ever introduced into my skincare regime. Being oily combination I feel I get a thorough cleanse using my Clarisonic. I wet my skin, then the brush head and put the cleanser directly onto it, rub it in and then I use it all over my face. This specific brush will stay on for one minute, that time is split into 20 seconds on my forehead, 20 seconds on my nose and chin areas and 10 seconds per cheek, it beeps to alert you when it is time to move onto the next area. This brush is also waterproof so I can take it into the shower to save some time on a morning.
Cleanser – First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
I have been using this cleanser now for a couple of months and from the get go I loved it. Its a foaming cleanser I feel and it leaves my skin feeling completely clean without any oily residue left over. Cleansers are one of the parts of my skincare that I tend to change up on a regular basis, but having found this one which I love, I will be repurchasing when I reach the end of the tube.
Toner – L’Occitane Essential Face Water
Once my skin is cleansed and dried off I grab a cotton pad and move on to toner. I’ve always used toner, I think it just makes my skin feel extra squeaky clean and to be doubly sure there is no oil leftover. I’ve been using the L’Occitane toner for a few months now and I love it, the smell is a little strong for my personal taste but the way it makes my skin feel definitely offsets that. I feel this toner draws out any dirt or left over product from my skin like a magnet! It’s so satisfying to use! It is enriched with immortelle floral water and organically derived hyaluronic acid so it also hydrating to the skin. Bonus!
Serum –Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Facial Serum / Lacura Q10 Multi Intensive Serum
Next up I use a serum, or rather two. My first up is Indeed Labs Hydraluron serum which as the name would suggest, full of hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate my skin. I then go in with my Lacura Q10 Multi Intensive serum which I have only started to use this month and so far I am really enjoying it. I have been unable to link it as it isn’t available to buy on Aldi’s website, but it should be in store if you wanted to try it out.
Pore Minimiser – Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher
Being an oily combo gal I tend to get nasty enlarged pores around my T zone and my cheeks so I always use a pore minimiser to reduce them. My Estée Lauder Idealist has been part of my routine for a long time because it works so well I can barely even see my pores anymore! I have tried other products for this but I always come back to my old faithful.
While I let the products absorb into my skin I move on to the all important under eye area. My current eye cream of choice is by Eucerin and I am happy with the results from it. The under eye area skin is a lot thinner than the rest of our skin so a delicate touch is key, I use the finger beside my little finger to apply eye cream as I have been told is the one with the lightest touch and I always pat my product into the skin, never ever rubbing or dragging my skin. Granted I do look a little crazy but it is all worth it for wrinkle free skin.
I’m not entirely sure why but I have somehow managed to have three different day moisturisers on the go, some of them do different things and depending on the weather and condition of my skin generally dictates which I use. I use the Kiehls moisturiser more on the really sunny days with it having such a high SPF in, its still a nice light formula which is quickly absorbed into the skin so it works well under makeup also. I tend to just switch back and fourth between both Elemis moisturisers, the cream when I want a richer product, and the balm when I want a lighter moisturiser.
Lipbalm – Nuxe Reve De Miel
This is my all time ride or die lipbalm, and believe me when I tell you I have tried so many lip products, so for me to say that about one specific product is a big deal. I never skip lipbalm as part of my skincare routine, I carry this in my handbag and apply throughout the day also. Its so long lasting and makes my lips so soft and smooth. I never suffer from any dryness or chapping when I use this.
Facial Oil – Farsali Rose Gold Elixir
Lastly, but not everyday, depending on my skin and the weather I sometimes use an oil as my final step in my routine. I always use the oil last because other products will struggle to penetrate the skin if you try to apply anything afterwards, this tends to result in a greasy face, not a good look. I have found the Farsali oil to be light enough for me to use in the day time and because of its formula and the infusion of 24k gold flakes it gives my skin a luminous dewy glow.
What products are in your routine? Do you have any standout products you use time and time again? I would love to know, share with me your skincare tips and tricks in the comment section.