Sunday, 18 January 2015

My evening skincare routine

It's been a fair while since I last had a skincare routine I was content with. My interest and diligence waxes and wanes, but more importantly, unless something is destroying my skin I do put effort into not wasting products and 'using them up'. This has meant I've been using various deluxe samples or other less-than-noteworthy products for some time in an attempt to pare down my stash. While I've been loving some products, others have been a bit 'meh', so it's only recently that I've assembled a full line-up that I'm utterly impressed with. Let's break it down...


There are three cleansing products in the above photo, which definitely implies a more extensive ritual than I have. In reality, they differentially correspond to my levels of laziness on any given evening. I've been using a micellar or cleansing water for a good four or five years at this stage and while Bioderma continues to reign supreme, I have in the last couple months been swapping in more easily accessible options until I get my shiz together and place a proper Bioderma order. The only alternatives I've found that I'd consider adequate are the Vichy Purete Thermal Calming Micellar Solution and the even more affordable L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water. It removes makeup, is gentle on the eyes, and is neutral on my skin (I've found some other cleansing waters to leave me with clogged pores). On most days this is the first step in removing my makeup, and on especially lazy days I may do repeat swipe and call it a day.

For a more extensive cleanse a couple times a week I use a cleansing balm - my product of choice being the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm. It is absolutely luxe - a thick balm that you massage on dry skin, which then melts to an oil before being removed with a warm muslin cloth. This cleanser removes makeup, is nourishing on the skin, but also leaves my skin feeling very clean without any trace of a greasy film. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great cleansing balm.

My newest discovery is the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (which is not at all verbose), which in many ways replaces the former two options. It's the second cleansing oil I've tried and the first I've liked (battle post coming soon), and it's pretty amazing. It completely dissolves and removes all traces of makeup, including waterproof mascara, and leaves my skin feeling again - nourished and clean. It's recommended as the first step in a dual cleanse, but I really feel no need for a second go when I use this. So, do you need three cleansers? Hell, no. But it's the honest rotation I have going at the moment.

Moving on... Next up I use the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, which I've spoken more about here. A gentle chemical exfoliant in easy-to-use pre-soaked pads that leave my skin visibly brighter and clearer.

For serum I use the Indeed Labs Pepta-Bright which I've written a whole review of. Suffice to say it's great for lightening pigmentation and evening skintone - and given the price point, you get a lot of bang for your buck. It even made it into my Top 14 products of 2014.

I've moved on from super expensive night creams, choosing instead to include a serum step. For moisturizer then, I really am just looking for hydration. The Kate Sommerville Goat Milk cream is nourishing but feels surprisingly light on skin. I'm not yet sure it warrants all of the raves it gets, but at the same time I have no complaints either. I'd say it delivers superior hydration given its light and weightless formula which is not something you come across too frequently.

Last but not least, I use the La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] Eye Cream, which is another pick that punches above it's weight vis-a-vis it's price point. In terms of finelines I'm still luckily mostly concerned with prevention, but this product keeps my under-eyes hydrated and nourished, for a fraction of other effective eye creams I've used in the past. I can't say it does much for dark circles, but I'm not convinced any eye cream does. Also works well under makeup.

It's so satisfying to have a full routine I'm happy with, and after a month of angry skin in December this lineup is already doing wonders to get my skin back on track. What are your go-to skincare products for bedtime? Let me know in the comments below!

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