Good morning! I hope you all had a brilliant weekend. Throughout the years I have tried many different skin care products and brands, although this routine has been with me for a long time.
Before I am going to delve you into the products I am currently using, I want to tell you what my skin is like. Perhaps your skin is similar and you could see yourself using these products as well – or not at all.
I used to have a lot of pimples. Not the same as severe acne, but neither was it enjoyable. It actually made me very insecure about myself. I tried many, many products to heal my skin but nothing worked. I almost gave up, but then I started using salicylic acid. GOD BLESS! It has been four years already, but I am still using it to this day and it would be impossible for me not to. What salicylic acid does sounds way scarier than it actually is and feels like. It takes off the upper layer of skin, allowing your skin to become more smooth. Additionally, it slows down the shedding of cells inside the follicles, preventing clogging. No more blackheads and whiteheads, finally!
Another thing that helped me with my acne was drinking red beet juice every morning. YIKES! But in the end, it helped a lot to heal my acne scarring.
All in all, I have combination, acne prone skin. My cheeks tend to be quite dry whereas my T-zone is oily. Today I will show you how I cleanse, hydrate and protect my skin.
A quick overview of the products that I use every morning:
- Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing Brush
- Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser
- Blanc de La Mer Brightening Lotion
- La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+
- Estée Lauder DayWear UV Defense SPF 50 (not in the picture, I just finished my last tube)
- Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream
Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing Brush
One of the best investments I ever made when it comes to skin care. I use my Clarisonic every morning and night to cleanse my skin. It lightly exfoliates your skin which is great if you have acne prone skin. You have to change the brush head every three months, and there are also different types of brush heads available for different skin types.
Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser
I am usually not very picky when it comes to facial cleansers. I use this one in the shower every morning, along with my Clarisonic. It foams up pretty well and does not dry out my skin like other foaming cleansers do. However, I doubt that I would repurchase this as I am running low on this cleanser and I have not seen any radical improvements after using it.
Blanc de La Mer Brightening Lotion
A very mild, refreshing toner without alcohol in it. It makes my skin feel refreshed and clean. Pricewise, it is not really worth the money, but I enjoy using this toner.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+
Probably the best selling product by La Roche Posay – this treatment lotion with salicylic acid that I use before applying my sun protection is amazing. It is lightweight, has a matte finish and it provides my skin with enough hydration for the day.
Estée Lauder DayWear UV Defense SPF 50
Yes, I admit it, I just finished my last tube. This is a lightweight lotion to apply on top of your moisturiser each morning for sun protection. As we all know, it is highly necessary to apply sun protection each day – including winter. The skin uses sunlight to help manufacture vitamin D, but sometimes its ultraviolet light can be detrimental. Sun exposure accelerates the effects of aging, hyperpigmentation and may increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Sun damage is not visible to the eye when you are young, but it will be when you get older. A quick visit to a skin therapist will show you how much your skin has been affected by sun exposure already.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream
I am usually skeptical about skin care by makeup brands, but Bobbi Brown’s skin care is definitely worth considering. My eye area gets really dry and I always seem to have dark circles. This eye cream does not vanish them, but they do get less visible and stay hydrated throughout the whole day.
In the evening I try to treat my skin much better than in the morning by using serums and a hot cloth cleanser:
- Eve Lom Cleanser
- Blanc de la Mer Brightening Lotion
- Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid
- Medik8 Retinol 6TH
- La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+
- Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream
- Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating cream
Eve Lom Cleanser
I tend to use this cleanser every night to deeply cleanse and massage my skin. I take a little scoop out of the jar, warm it up between my hands and apply it all over the face. The creamy texture has ‘bits’ inside of it which melt when you are massaging your face. I massage my face for about five minutes to stimulate the blood flow. Afterwards I take the matching Eve Lom cloth, drain it in hot water and put it on my face – I do this 3 times to steam my face and open the pores. Then, I take the cloth again and rinse it with cold water to finish.
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid
I use my Paula’s Choice 2% (salicylic acid) BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) after my toner. I find this exfoliant to be a bit sticky, even though it is liquid, so I let this absorb for about five minutes. Whenever my skin is acting bad I use this twice a day, otherwise only in the evening as it is quite potent. Whenever you are using a product like this, SPF in the morning is essential. Also, build it up slowly – firstly once a week, then every other night before using it every day. Your skin REALLY needs to get used to this or any kind of AHA/BHA product. This used to be my favourite BHA lotion, but due to the stickiness, I might try a lower concentration of salicylic acid or a different texture such as a gel.
Medik8 Retinol 6TH
Not so long ago I had a chemical peeling and my skin therapist advised me to follow up with this treatment to heal my acne scars. This serum contains a high concentration of vitamin A (0,6%) and thus you need to build it up slowly. At first you use it twice a week, then every other night before applying it each night in the end. The pipette makes it really easy to dose the product – it kinda reminds me of Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum. So far so good, but I cannot say whether it has changed my skin dramatically yet.
Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream
Such a lovely face cream with a matte finish – I love using this at night. The scent is gorgeous, it smells very ‘Aesop’ to me. I have been using this for months now and it definitely has improved my overall skin texture and tone. Unfortunately it is too rich for me to use in the morning, but I would still recommend this to anyone with combination to oily skin, looking for some extra hydration.
Now, this was quite a long post. I just wanted to do this extensively in case I can help anyone with their skin or pass on some much needed information. I know how dreadful it is to have bad skin and let it affect your self-worth and well-being. We all want a smooth, healthy, glowy complexion without any dryness, enlarged pores, acne or whatever – but there are only a few lucky ones who own it. In case you have severe skin problems, please do visit a dermatologist, that is the best advice I can give you. And if you feel like your skin is not that much of a concern, you can always try a skin therapist. Skin therapists help you determine what your skin needs and what it does not need. I go to mine every few months for a brief examination and treatment.
I hoped this post helped you if you were looking for some information/advice, but if you still have any questions, do leave a comment. I am committed to help anyone with their skin the best way I can!