After so many of you requesting my skincare routine I have finally completed it! Grab a cuppa, this is going to be a lengthy one! I didn’t just want to tell you this is what I do and here you have it. I wanted to explain the steps I take and why I take them as well as help you guys as much as I can by being very detailed about my skincare routine.
Now I do want to mention that this type of routine may not appeal to everyone. Some people prefer a simpler routine and I completely respect that. But this works for me and I love taking care of my skin as much as I love the art of makeup. I invest a lot of time learning about skincare as well as money into products so that I can try them and review them for you in order for you guys to hopefully save some money.
I do also want to take the time out to mention Caroline Hirons who is my skincare inspiration and has really helped me create a routine for myself. Her Blog and YouTube videos are what taught me all I know about skincare and what steps I need to take to preserve and look after my skin as best as I can. If you aren’t following her on social media you MUST and she is honestly my only reliable source when it comes to skincare, ingredients and products.
Disclaimer*** I am no skin specialist or dermatologist, everything that I have learnt and know is through years of research, trial and error. Please note, what products work for me may not work for you and what I love, you might dislike for various reasons. Skincare is really all about trial and error. My skin might react badly to something you might love and vice versa. But the aim of my post is to share the steps I take morning & night more so than the actual products I use.
I am going to share exactly what I do morning & night and I will add product recommendations under each step. I really hope this helps some of you out because I completely understand how overwhelming it can be to create a routine for yourself and what products to buy, trust me! I was once very confused and overwhelmed.
My skin type:
I have dehydrated skin and I will be honest, when it comes to water, I drink the bare minimum. This is really something that causes my skin to produce oil and some areas to be drier. My skin is dehydrated, my t-zone is oily, my under eyes are dry and my cheeks are normal but drier in the cooler months. I am pretty sure if I drank water like I am supposed to, my skin would be a lot more hydrated, supple and less oily! But this is what I am currently working with and I really hope I can drink more water in 2017!
One of the biggest myths is that if you have oily skin, you don’t need to use oils or nourishing creams! This is so wrong. If your skin is well hydrated, it will actually produce less oil!
Let’s start with my morning routine:
Do you need to wash your face with a cleanser in the morning? YES x100000!! Your skin is not asleep when you are, you’re exposed to bacteria and you sweat. So yes you have to properly cleanse your skin in the morning. The thought of not cleansing in the morning makes me cringe!
I like to use a cream or clay based cleanser in the morning and a wet flannel to clean it off. I rotate between 2 or 3 cleansers. I don’t use the same product every day, if you can’t afford to do the same, one cleanser is fine but I recommend slowly adding more so that you can rotate. Below are some cleansers I like and recommend:
I use a nourishing/hydrating toner/mist in the mornings and not an acid toner. I like to acid tone at night only and that’s my personal preference (see acid tone section below). Most days I use a glycerine and rosewater solution I have poured into a clean, empty spray bottle. You can get this from Boots here. The days I don’t use this solution, I use one of the below toners:
I think you guys can see now that I don’t use the same product for each step every day. I rotate products. For some this is excessive but being a product junkie and blogger, this works for me, I get to try products and review them for you regularly and it also benefits my skin more when I rotate products – my skin doesn’t get used to something and stops it from working. I think of it like going to the gym, if you do the same thing daily your body gets used to it, your muscles are comfortable with the same thing everyday, you need to switch it up, shock the body to see results. I hope that makes sense!
- Eye Cream.
I can’t stress the importance of using eye creams, especially if you wear makeup. It makes my concealer go on and sit a lot smoother, powder to not get patchy and the area to stay plump. I have hereditary dark circles and I’m sure many of you can relate, there’s just nothing we can do about it other than surgery unfortunately. My best advice is to use a good eye cream and keep that area well hydrated. The skin around your eyes is really thin and delicate so it ages quickly, keeping it hydrated is key! I like to use the below eye creams for the day because they absorb quickly and don’t make my makeup slip and slide. Even on days I am makeup-free I use these because I don’t like a greasy under eye in the day.
USE YOUR EYE CREAM FIRST. Using it after serum/oil/moisturiser is a waste of money.
- Serum/Facial oil.
Here is where I apply my serum or facial oil. I love love love facial oils and ever since I started using them I can’t go without a good a facial oil. Even though I have oily skin I need to use an oil, it actually stops my skin from producing access oil because my skin is well hydrated. So if you have oily skin please don’t be scared of using a facial oil, it will actual benefit your skin so much. There are so many on the market now that do different things.
Again, I rotate between a few. I like to use a hydrating one, an anti-inflammatory one and one aimed to help with skin texture and pigmentation. Below are some really good ones and here is where you should really spend the most on a skincare product – on serums, oils and treatments. Of course you can get affordable ones, my The Ordinary oils are between £5-£8 and work well but you just have to use them for longer to notice a difference as compared to my £60+ ones where I notice a more dramatic difference after 1 or 2 uses. I use 2-3 drops of oil nothing more! Press it into my skin rather than smear.
Do I need a serum? Serums absorb quickly and tend to be a thinner consistency than moisturisers. They are very fast acting and are formulated to penetrate the skin quickly and effectively because they are potent. This is what makes them completely different to moisturisers. Once you start using serums you will 100% notice a difference in your skin. There are many on the market that target different things so again, I rotate between a few. Yes they tend to be more expensive than any other skincare products, but for good reason.
I like to use a lightweight moisturiser in the day, nothing that leaves my skin greasy and something that absorbs quickly. Below are some that I recommend. A 20p size is more than enough for my face and neck (this varies depending on the size of your face obviously) – remember, whatever you to do to your face, do to your neck! Your neck is one of the first parts of your body to show age, so look after it as you do your face!
If you aren’t using an SPF every single day, drop everything and go get yourself one now!!! I cannot stress the importance of using SPF enough! If you aren’t aware of the importance please Google it because I can talk about this topic for hour’s lol! I am happy to do a whole post about SPF if that will help you guys?
So SPF is key. I use SPF 50+ and the only one I have found so far and love is this one here. It sinks right in and doesn’t leave a greasy film so doesn’t interfere with makeup application. A lot of SPF’s break me out, but this one doesn’t!
Remember – SPF is the last step. Above is the exact order I do my morning skincare routine. After SPF I apply primer and makeup.
Trust me it is not as long as it looks. I work a 9-5 and have to be up at 06:30am so the last thing I want is a lengthy morning skincare routine. I do all the above steps every morning and it doesn’t take me that long at all, if I can do it, you can do it. Please also note – do your morning routine after your shower. You will notice a difference in your skin if you do this regularly and remember – consistency is key. You will also notice a dramatic difference in how much better your makeup will sit and last on your face.
Let’s take a deep breath and start my night time routine:
This can take some time but it’s first thing I do when I get home (even before eating or talking to anyone! there is nothing more important than taking the day off my face first!) Even if I am exhausted I will always do this, if I don’t, my skin suffers.
- First cleanse.
If I am wearing makeup which is like 5 out of 7 days, I go in with a makeup wipe. I only use the Johnsons makeup remover wipes because they’re the best I have found so far and I use the blue pack. I like using a wipe because it’s quick and easy and gets off a lot. These specific wipes remove glitter and most of the Inglot gel liner so effortlessly and they don’t burn my eyes. You can use micellar water if that’s what you prefer. I use micellar water later on.
When I am not wearing makeup, I use a cream/milk, oil or balm cleanser. Sometimes when I run out of wipes I use an oil/balm cleanser to break down the makeup and then remove it with a face cloth. This is not my preferred method because I personally don’t like the feeling of spreading oily, melted makeup all over my face, I don’t know, it just grosses me out lol. So I prefer using good wipes, one swipe and it’s off!
However, I love cleansing with a nice luxurious oil, balm or cream cleanser on days I don’t wear makeup so I like to give myself a little facial massage using this tool or my fingers (both work fine, if you want to get fancy get the tool but it’s not necessary) below are the steps that I take to give myself a quick facial:
After this, I wipe off the cleanser using a warm face cloth. I always use a new cloth every day! And chuck the used one in the wash. I get mine from Amazon for so cheap, you do not need to spend a lot on muslin cloths.
- Second cleanse.
If you don’t wear makeup, you don’t need to do this. I personally like double cleansing on most days. I just like to deep clean to really get the bacteria out and remove dead skin cells. This is where I go in with my facial cleansing brush. I have spoken about facial cleansing brushes in a blog post previously. I also mention them frequently on my Instagram. I recently bought this one from Vanity Planet and I have been using the silicone head 3-4 days a week to second cleanse. With the facial brush I like to use a gel based cleanser and I use this 3 days a week, max 4 days. If I am not using this I just massage the cleanser with my hands and rinse off. I rotate between a few cleansers, below are my favourites.
I like to apply the cleanser onto dry skin, work the cleanser into my skin, make it a bit more emollient with some water and then use my facial cleansing brush to massage my face and work it into a lather.
Why should I second cleanse? I’ll put it simply – because your skin will thank you for it. Especially if you wear makeup, you NEED to 2-step-cleanse to make sure every last bit is off. Remember, makeup and SPF sits on top of your skin, so it has to be removed otherwise it can cause bacteria build up if not removed properly.
3. Micellar water.
I personally prefer to use micellar water at this stage rather than to remove makeup or as a 1st cleanse. I mainly use this around my eyes to get rid of any residual eye makeup/mascara/liner/glitter and a quick swipe on my face and neck to really make sure all my makeup is off.
It’s so important to me to get rid of every last bit of makeup and not have any at all left on my skin before I use my lotions and potions! Micellar water is great for doing this because the micelles in the micellar water are basically a magnet for dirt and makeup, so you don’t even need to rub they just attract the dirt, oils and makeup. This step is optional but I really like to make sure I have every last bit of makeup off my face and eyes.
- Acid tone.
Acid toners are all the hype and I think the credit definitely goes to Caroline Hirons. She has a few videos and detailed blog posts explaining acids and why they are essential in your skincare routine. I have been using them for just over a year now and they have changed my skin for the better.
You will notice your skin texture improving immensely and your skin looking clearer. Although I don’t drink enough water to help keep my skin hydrated, acid toning 100% helps keep my oils at bay and skin looking supple. I don’t over-do it with an acid toner so I use it 4x a week. On the other days I will tone using one of the toners mentioned in my morning routine above.
My ride or die acid toner is the Mario Badescu one.
- Eye Cream.
I have explained the importance of eye cream above under my morning routine. At night I like to use organic, unrefined Shea butter as an eye cream. This is the best thing I have used for my under eyes and it’s so affordable (and it doesn’t sting my eyes! A lot of eye creams burn if I get to close but this doesn’t and it apparently makes your lashes grow so I’m all for it). Here is where I get mine.
6. Serum/night treatment.
My most expensive skincare treats come in at this stage of my skincare routine. I use a good serum or night treatment at this stage. I rotate between a few again but I have listed my current favourites below and they all have different benefits. I like to use The Ordinary oils at this stage too. I am working on a review and breakdown of these for you guys, so keep an eye out for that because they are so affordable! I love serums because they are so potent and a must have in your skincare routine. I love them as much as I love me a good acid toner! They dramatically improve your skin. Depending on your budget you can find what’s best for you. If I use a rich night time treatment I will skip my night cream because my skin doesn’t need it. If I use a quick absorbing serum/treatment at this stage I will use a night cream. My wish list for facial oils/night treatments is always growing, as I try new ones I will keep you all updated on my social media and review them for you guys on here.
I thought it would be a good idea to get my whole regime up before I start reviewing all my skincare products going forward, so that I can easily refer you to this post if you have questions about how and when I use the products I review.
- Night cream.
If I have used a rich night treatment or oil in the step above, I skip this step. If my skin still needs the moisture, I go in with a night cream. I use enough so that it doesn’t leave a greasy film over my face. Below are some I have tried over the years and love. On days that my skin feels really dry or if it’s peeling after a treatment or skin peel I like to us organic, unrefined Shea butter all over my face. A small amount of this goes a long way so don’t overdo it!
- Twice a week I like to use a face mask. I typically do face masks on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s. I switch the days up if my skin needs that extra TLC.
- I have started facials once a month and any future facials/treatments I will be talking about them under the Treatments tab on my blog.
- I like to wait a minute or 2 in between each step (mainly in between serum/treatment and moisturiser and then SPF) this is to allow the products to not mix together but rather absorb into my skin one at a time. So I work in thin layers to get the benefits of each product.
- My skin is not perfect, I have days where I break out (hormonal) and sometimes my skin reacts badly to certain products. I like to use spot treatments to help with hormonal breakouts. I use tazorac cream (from Pakistan because I can’t find it anywhere here) or this spot treatment is great too. But when I have a reaction to a product the first thing I do is an take an anti-allergy tablet and then topically treat my skin with a clay or turmeric mask to suck out the bacteria. Any big painful spots, I will apply the spot treatment.
So guys this is my entire skincare routine, morning and night! I hope that this has helped some of you who need advice or just want to create your own routine. If you prefer a simple routine then that’s fine, but please respect that this is what I prefer and I am not telling you that this the right way! It’s all about personal preference and what works for you. I personally love to read and watch skincare routines and I hope you guys enjoyed reading mine ❤
If you still have any questions feel free to leave a comment below and I am always happy to help! And I also made Twitter! So if you have questions feel free to tweet me x
If you have made it this far, thank you so much for reading and all your support I honestly appreciate it SO much!!