I reached that point last month and touched on it in my new year goals post. This year I really wanted to nail down a solid routine for my face (and body, but that’s still a bit of a lost cause) and without speaking to soon I think I’ve done it! Over the past few weeks my skin has been well behaved, the texture has improved and I’m looking a lot more radiant. I’ve banished a lot of the old bits in my product collection which were gathering dust and streamlined it into something so satisfying.
A little skin bio: my skin is normal to dry in texture and can get very dehydrated whilst also congested on and around my nose, so I suppose it’s normal combination. I only really get spots around that time of the month and so I tend to cater my routine to adding moisture and radiance whilst ensuring the centre part gets a real good scrub everyday to relieve the congestion (I.e clogged pores and blackheads).
My routine doesn’t change that much in terms of morning and evening, the only difference being that in the evening I use a micellar water to remove the bulk of my makeup. At the moment I’m using the Garnier one but I’m a huge fan of the one from Avene and also Bioderma. Then I cleanse using the Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser which I work onto dry skin and remove with a hot damp muslin cloth. I sometimes do this twice but usually if I’ve done a good job with the makeup remover once will suffice. This cleanser is somewhere in between a cream and a balm consistency and and does a damn good job of getting in there and giving everything a once over. I’ve found that since using this the bumpy texture on my forehead and cheekbones has significantly reduced as has the congestion around my nose. I presume it’s because the muslin cloth gets right in there and gives everything a good scrub to break it down. Pleasant.
In the evening I will then use the Pixi glow tonic exfoliating toner. I try not to use this in the morning because I don’t tend to wear an SPF day to day except for what’s built in to my foundation (naughty naughty), so I don’t want to over exfoliate or use too many chemicals to avoid sun damage.
I then put on a boat load of the Liz Earle skin repair moisturiser which is from the same range as the c&p and is just as fantastic and holds the same pretty floral yet herbal scent. My skin ADORES this and it’s the one cream which doesn’t get drunk up straight away and instead really gets to work hydrating and nourishing for the full 12 hours between each application.
I then pop on some eye cream because I’m terrified of premature ageing and also because it helps to reduce the creasing of concealer under the eyes. I’ve been using the Trilogy one but I can’t say I feel particularly loyal to it as it is the first one I’ve tried and I’m intrigued by a few others… it does the job though.