I’ve spoken about my ongoing struggle with blemishes many a time now; it’s probably my biggest beauty woe and one which has been bugging me for many a year now.
But in recent weeks, I’ve reached a bit of a happy state with my skin – and with my skincare – and wanted to share with you all my current evening routine, which I think is one of the key reasons for the welcome improvement to my complexion.
As you may have seen back in this post, I’m a big ole fan of the double cleanse – using a balmy type cleanser to get rid of any make up or dirt and then a second, more targeted cleanser to actually clean deep on down in the skin and do some ruddy good while we’re at it. I’m currently alternating between a few favourite double cleansing couples, all of which follow the same kind of balm + blemish fighting cleanser formula. I’ve just added the NUDE Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly (£32) to my skincare line up and have been loving it thus far (full review to follow), particularly when paired with an old favourite, the Elemental Herbology Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse (£26) which has a beautifully lightweight, almost gel-like formula that feels amazing on the skin.
Moving on to skincare step two now – toners. Following another much-loved formula – one which was recommended to me by the great Caroline Hirons, so you know it’s a good ‘un – I pair an acid toner (absolute favourite is the Pixi Glow Tonic (£16)) with a moisturising, soothing spritz toner which at the moment is the Lush Eau Roma Water (£7.50). The rosewater and lavender formula is just, well, lush and works wonders when it comes to calming any redness and soothing any spots.
Step three moves things out of the bathroom and into the bedroom (oi oi!) and kicks off with a nourishing eye cream which more often than not is found in the form of the Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Creme (£31). The next step is an incredibly new addition to my routine – the Indeed Labs Retinol Reface (£19.99). Having heard about the wonders of retinol from several trusted brilliant beauty gurus, I decided the time had come to add one into my own routine. I’m a big fan of the Indeed Labs products and thought this would be the perfect option – and so far, so good. I’ll keep you posted…!
The fourth and final skincare step takes care of nourishing, moiturising and hydrating the skin and changes up depending on how my skin is feeling on a day to day. In the warmer summer months, I’ve just been using an oil – the REN Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil (£23) is an all-time favourite – but the colder weather often calls for a moisturiser to be added the mix, just to ensure my skin is getting enough nourishment. For this, I call on the Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturiser ($65) which does an amazing job of nourishing and hydrating, while still being lightweight and completely grease-free. It’s just delightful.
What skincare steps are you guys taking at the moment? Any products you think might work in my routine?