For awhile now I've been all about the less is more when it comes to my daily skin care routine. It's all well and good layering miracle product after product onto our faces, but are we really reaping all the benefits? I think not. I have brought my skin care routine down to the absolute bare essentials and have noticed a dramatic difference to my skin. It's took my close to 2 years to cut back my skin care routine but now I have something that works well for me - and my bank balance!
|The skeleton of my skin care regime|
With a good face wash and perfect spf daily moisturiser you don't actually need much else. I have oily skin so the less products I use on my skin the happier my skin is! My routine is so stripped back I actually only use face wash in the evening. (I can feel some of you shuddering through the interweb as I type!) You heard me right, I use a face wash once a day. Think about it, of an evening you are washing off 12+hours worth of make up, dirt, pollution, oil, sweat etc compared to the 8+ hours worth of products and sweat your skin will have accumulated as you sleep. First thing in the morning, a good rinse with luke warm water is enough to clean your skin and leave it feeling fresh.
I've been using the Simple kind to skin refreshing facial wash gel for years, and it has never failed me. The St Ives naturally clear apricot scrub has been a part of my routine for about 6 months and together, these two have worked wonders. I alternate both products, using one on the even days and the other on the odd. This means my skin is getting a through deep clean from the scrub 2-3 times a week.
Olay complete care day fluid has been my go-to daily moisturiser for well over 2 years now. I absolutely love this stuff! Don't get me wrong, I've tried others too, but I always find myself coming back to this little beauty. It keeps my skin hydrated, protected, and works in harmony with my oily skin. I've yet to find anything that loves my skin as much as this.
|Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment|
The Body Shop seaweed clarifying night treatment - if you have oily skin you have to have this! This is a fantastic little product that really helps to control oily skin as you sleep. Before using this, I would wake up with really greasy skin and I attribute that to the overnight ace breakouts I once suffered from. Since using this I wake up with mostly matte skin and barely have an overnight breakout. My skin feels smooth and fresh when I wake up - you can't argue with that!
|Elemis Pro Collegen Oxygenating Night Cream // SkinLife Energetic Cellular Cream|
I only use the clarifying night treatment on my t-zone and chin, so for the rest of my face this is generally where I experiment with moisturiser samples (beauty box hauls etc). For a while I was using the SkinLife energetic cellular cream (BirchBox, August 2013) which was fine, my cheeks felt plump and smooth in the morning and I love the really fresh scent this product has. I was given a sample of Elemis pro-collagen oxygenating night cream so I figured that was worth a shot, considering it's specifically for night time use. I have to say, I've been using it for over a week now and have noted some improvement on my cheeks but mostly around my eyes! The skin seems brighter and although I don't have any wrinkles (yet) it looks tighter too!
|Refresh&Revive Facial Sheet Mask // Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask|
Once a week I'll treat my skin to a mask of some kind. The Body Shop seaweed ionic clay mask has been a favourite for some time now. It's great for pulling out deep rooted dirt and oils, as well as tightening the pores - but if I use it more than once a week it really dries my skin out. Once - twice a month I will switch out the clay mask for a sheet mask. I picked these Refresh & Revive collagen infusion sheet masks up for 99p! Absolute bargain and I love them. They leave my skin feeling silky smooth, plump and hydrated, they're my best bargain beauty find to date.
|Body Shop Camomile make up remover // Bioderma H2O|
The Bioderma remover has been my go-to remover since receiving the sample (Birchbox, September 2013) and I am in love with and will shed a tear or two when it finally runs out. This stuff is like water and is so kind and gentle on my skin. There's no scrubbing when it comes to stubborn waterproof mascara, this just melts it away and with a few sweeps over the lid every last trace is gone. I've been impressed since day one! I picked up The Body Shop Camomile make-up remover after a YouTube reccomendation (Anna SacconeJoly ). It's an affordable make up remover that does what it says on the tin. It doesn't melt away waterproof mascara as well as Bioderma, but it does a good job and my eyes don't end up all bloodshot and puffy like some cheaper removers.
My current routine is pretty basic but I like it that way. It's quick, easy and affordable.
How complicated is your current routine? Would you give a more basic routine a go?