old favourites and new routines!
Long time followers will remember me chatting before about my journey with my skin. I’ve had two separate periods of Roaccutane treatment in the past five years and, whilst it’s definitely not flawless, I’ve seen such an improvement in how I look and feel because of it. I think I’ll go into the whole process of it and why I chose to have it in a separate post maybe (Lots of you have asked and I know I trawled the internet for information and to read of other people’s experiences before I took the plunge!) but it has given me back the confidence to look after my skin in a different way, rather than the constant management of breakouts.
Old habits die hard in some regards, and I’m fanatical about keeping my skin clean, and using products that are as natural and chemical-free as possible. I spent many years buying into all the hype surrounding the latest wonder product, which often left me disappointed (and poor! 😉 ) Now I’m more likely to stick to my tried and tested few, and I really notice the benefits from a consistent regime. Lots of these are on the slightly more expensive side, but I’ve learnt that investing in my skin (and in the things that are kind to it) is the biggest gift I can give myself. The things we wear and all the material of everyday will come and go. You only have one face, best look after it!
I double cleanse – first to remove any makeup, and then to deep clean my pores. I’ve been using micellar water for years and find it the quickest and easiest way to break down makeup and take it off. Cleanse and Polish is a recent addition to my routine and, having tried numerous cream and balm cleansers, I’ve settled on this one now as a staple. It applies like a cream cleanser, feels like a balm and the hot cloth leaves skin super clean but not stripped. I love the smell of it too and actually look forward to using it in the evening!
I’m a fanatical mask-er (lol!) and use one almost every evening. I honestly swear by it and, after a wobbly few skin weeks post Christmas, I’m feeling back on track again because of them. Origins has been my favourite skin care brand for the longest time and I wax lyrical about their problem skin remedies. Out of Trouble is amazing for taking down redness and inflammation, reducing scarring and generally stopping breakouts in their tracks. I use it three to four times a week for ten minutes after cleansing, even when my skin is in good condition. If there were one thing I’d recommend you get, this would be it! Equally brilliant is the Rose Retexturising mask which contains natural exfoliating pieces. It’s perfect for getting shot of dull skin and leaving things super soft. I like to use this once a week, and find it particularly brilliant in the Winter for keeping me glowy (well, as much as one can be in January!) It also tightens pores and gives a more youthful look to skin.
I was recently sent some Charlotte Tilbury skincare products to try and, I’ll be honest, I was really dubious about them. I’ve tried some makeup from the brand before and found it to be full of silicones – the very things that send my skin into melt down (if you are having problems I’d suggest checking your products for them. Dimethicone is my nemesis! ;)) All in the name of research I gave them a go, and have been so pleasantly surprised. I’d definitely repurchase the Goddess Skin Clay Mask (it works a lot like the Origins Rose one above!) and the Magic Cream too. (Stick around, I’ll come to that in a moment!)
Possibly the most underrated part of any skincare routine. I used to never rate it myself and just skipped straight to the moisturising part. But with really combination skin and often quite shiny, oily patches, I tried this stuff and have been converted. It clears away any residue from masks and any left over makeup, neutralises the PH of your skin and gives pores that final deep clean. This one contains Saw Palmetto and Salicylic acid to reduce shine and minimise break outs too and I use it both morning and evening. It smells like Mojitos as well which is always a winner in my book! 🙂
In the morning I’ve been using Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream and, much as I wanted to hate it (it’s £££ for the full size. I’m literally going to have to remortgage to repurchase. Yikes!) it’s incredible stuff. It contains sunscreen and some of those silicones that I avoid so readily, but for some reason it doesn’t seem to be affecting my skin negatively. On the contrary, it leaves it plumped up, hydrated and nourished and makeup looks so good when applied on top. In short, I’m sold! I don’t use it at night (the dreaded silicones!) and favour my old faithful Origins Zero Oil then. I also love Clarins Blue Orchid treatment oil if my skin is feeling particularly parched.
to handle breakouts…
I can’t rave enough about Origins Spot Remover Blemish Gel. It’s expensive for a tiny little bottle but a little goes a long way and it’s honestly the best thing I’ve tried. If you’re struggling, read the reviews online. You’ll see why it’s a best seller!
and that’s it!
No twenty step programme or chemical peels here, just simple and consistent. I have been sticking to this routine religiously in the past weeks, as well as drinking lots of water (I have one of those 750ml water bottles stationed beside my laptop and refill it 3-4 times a day. They’re not lying when they say it makes a difference!) I was just mentioning to Andrew the other day how good my skin feels at the moment, and that honestly feels like such an achievement to say. If you have ever struggled you’ll understand I think!
I’m interested to hear of anything that works particularly well for you, and also if you’d like me to share my favourite makeup picks right now too. I’ve swapped in some new products recently and have some real favourites at the moment as well. Do let me know!