I’ve been dishing a lot lately on skincare so I thought it would be a good idea to share my updated evening skincare routine. I hope this is helpful to anyone starting to get into skincare but you’re not sure of which products to get or where to start from. I will explain the importance of each step and why I do it as well as keeping the list in the order I use them lets go
For anyone wondering, I have normal to combination oily skin with oily areas in my t zone. Not super oily. Skin issues is hyperpigmentation
I should also add, I use my skincare products till I finish it before moving onto the next, this way works best for me. Skincare products are just one of those products you have to use for a while to accumulate the results or any long term benefits. Unless I have to review a product or I really don’t like something, I’m sticking to it till the end.
Step 1- Makeup Removal
This step is only necessary when I am wearing makeup. I took a break from the Liz Earle Hot Polish Cleanser to review the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm but I’m back to it! not my fav product so just waiting to finish it off!
Step 2 – Face Wash
Step 1 if I wasn’t wearing any makeup. I am currently using the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel with my Vanity Planet Spin For Perfect Skin Face Brush (pending review). Face brushes work and they really deep clean the skin. I go in with a face wash after makeup removal because makeup settles in pores and step 1 usually removes makeup from the surface of the skin whilst everything else sits in the pores. Using your hands to wash your face is ineffective as they are only pushing stuff further into the pores. Face brushes, sonic or manual can really get into those pores and also help to remove left over makeup dirt and impurities. You can try manual face brushes first (Primark have a really good one for £1) if you are worried about sonic brushes
Step 3 – Mask
I mask 2 to 3 times a week depending on what my skin needs. Face masks are like the deep conditioners for your face. I’m currently switching between these 3 the Mary Kay Time Wise Facial Radiance Peel my review is up on BrownBeautyTalk , Nip Fab Glycolic Instant Fix Glycolic Mask and the Supermud Treatment from Glam Glow. But I also LOVE the Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Purifying Face Mask
Step 4- Toner
Toners help prep the skin for other skincare products and also helps balance skins pH levels. I’m currently using the Boots Botanics All Brighter Cleansing Toner. I also dish about Nip Fab Glycolic Fix Pads alot!
Step 5 Acid Serum (Optional)
So if you follow my blog or Instagram, I pretty much talk about acids all the time! I have a full post of them here. I love using AHAs as they work for my skin type and concerns best. I’m currently trying The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid.
Step 6 Face Mist (Optional)
Completely optional but I love this step anyway. After the acid, I go back in with a thermal spring water mist or face mist. This helps neutralise the acid and also packed with mineral and vitamins for my skin. These are very hydrating and cooling on the skin too. I’m currently using B. Hyaluronic Acid Face Spritz. But these 3 are my top 3 mists!
Step 7 Treatment Serum
This is a new step I added this month. I decided to start using dark spot correctors as well as the acid serums to help with evening out my skin tone and all around skin health. I just started using The Body Shop Drops Of Lights Brightening Serum.
Step 8 Night Cream
To top it all off, a rich night cream for moisture. I am currently using the Boots Botanics All Bright HydratingNight Cream
Step 9- Eye Cream
I confess my eye area has been very much neglected but this is something I am starting to get into do. I probably need to do some research into care for this area (which means another post for your guys! Yay). I have dark circles and a deep set eye so I really should start looking into products for this (I know I should get some more sleep!) but right now I’m using Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Brightening Eye Cream
That’s all folks! I hope this helps! I have linked reviews and products where possible! My advice is once you get to know your skin type, try and use products for it, you get much better results. If you want professional advice, visit Dermalogica and get a FREE face map analysis (that’s what I did) and they give you samples for you to test out as well then take it from there. find a Dermalogica near you that offers this service here
This routine probably takes me 15 mins? Less if I am not distracted but I totally love how my skin feels.
Gosh, I have a lot of pending reviews! I’m super behind but working to bring some reviews out soon! More edits on skincare ingredients and skin in general as I learn more. Everything I learn, I share with you guys as well.
More on Hyperpigmentation here