I got the inspiration for this post from Beautybybloggers who used to post a photo of their morning and evening skincare routine every month. I think it’s an excellent way to keep track of the products you’re using and to see whether you repurchase any or not. I am planning to do an updated post every three to four months which is roughly how long it takes me to use up a full size skin care product.
For a reference – my skin is dry combination, I do occasionally get some spots and dry patches, but it’s not a major concern. I am at a point in my life where I’m happy to spend a bit more on a good skincare product but I also don’t feel I need to use any full on anti-ageing products just yet. I’m not a skincare expert by no means. I’m just an average consumer who likes stuff that works. So this is what I’m currently using:
Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser (£54.00/125ml) – I like to use cleansing oils in the morning as I find them very gentle on my skin and there is no need for a very thorough cleanse so it works great. The one I’m currently using has a very nice essential oil spa like smell and it’s very good one if you’re into your face massages. You do have to use a muslin to remove the oil as this will not emulsify so you also get that extra bit exfoliation.
To tone I’m currently using the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist (£48.00/100ml) and I actually enjoy it a lot more that I thought I would. It has a very nice fresh floral scent and the mist is really fine. It feels refreshing an moisturising on the skin. I prefer a facial spray as opposed to a to a traditional toner because I feel that way you’re actually getting more product on your face rather than wasting it all on a cotton pad. I also find it works out quite well price-wise as it takes me good four months to use up a 100ml bottle (I used to go through a 200ml bottle of a traditional toner every month).
BareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion (£45.00/50ml) – I discovered this product a few months back. It has very watery consistency and doesn’t really have any scent so it’s pretty much undetectable on the skin. I find this helps to keep my skin smooth and soft and it doesn’t interfere with other skincare and makeup that I use on top of it.
Madara Smart Antioxidants Fine Line Minimising Cream (€35.00/50ml) – there’s really not much to say about this one. It’s not bad, but there is nothing that exciting about it either. One thing I will say though – I use this every morning and no matter what I do the pump always gets clogged, which is a massive bug bear of mine and I can just see myself getting fed up with it at some point. I also don’t think there is currently a night cream version of this and I prefer to buy my moisturisers in pairs as much as possible. Would I repurchase? Possibly, if I get a bit nostalgic and start longing for some Latvian products in my life.
MV Organic Skincare Gentle Cream Cleanser (£35.50/70ml) – I’m currently alternating between this and the Foreo Luna Play. It’s definitely a very gentle cleanser and I tend to use it on days when I’m not wearing a full face of makeup. It has a consistency of a moisturiser and it feels like it’s trying to absorb in my skin a bit which I’m not sure is necessarily a good thing. I use two pumps for each cleanse so I think it will run out fairly quickly. Not sure whether I would repurchase at this point.
Foreo Luna Play (£29.00) – I’m a big fan of my Clarisonic Mia 2 but I’m trying out the Foreo’s offering this month to see how these two compare. A full review will be up next month so I won’t go in-to too much detail now.
Bioderma Micelle Solution (£10.50/250ml) – I use this to remove my eye and lip makeup before going in with one of the above cleansers. I’ve tried a few other alternatives on the market but I always end up going back to this one. It doesn’t sting or irritate my skin and it’s very effective for removing waterproof makeup.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye (£25.50/15ml) – I’ve tried so many different eye creams over the last few years and with majority of them it’s pretty hard to say whether they’re doing anything or not, but with this one I have definitely noticed an improvement. It brightens up my under-eyes and helps to get rid of the tiny little dehydration lines in the corners of my eyelids. It’s perfect for my current skincare needs.
Ren V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream (full size £32.00/50ml) – I’ve previously gone through a full size of this product and I really enjoy using it. It’s a very lightweight cream (it has almost whipped consistency) but it kind of feels very rich at the same time if that makes sense. It gives a decent amount of moisture and feels very comfortable and calming on the skin. A possible repurchase.
Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel (£77.00/16 treatments) – I wrote about this in my Top 10 Products of 2016 post. I absolutely love it! It’s the one skincare product that I would find the hardest to give up. The first time I used it I noticed an instant difference – it just made everything about my skin better. It softens my skin, smooths the texture and gets rid of any dry patches. It has become a standard that I compare all my other skincare products to. I use one pad once a week which I find is enough for my current skincare needs and it’s actually not that expensive for a retinol type product.
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (£39.50/150ml) – again I use this once a week. You only need a tiny bit so it should last me ages. It’s like a gritty gel and you only need to keep it on for a few minutes, so I love how speedy this step is. It does sting quite a bit though, to the point where it can actually feel a bit painful especially within the first 30 seconds of application. First time I used it I thought I would be left with a full on chemical burn, but what I got instead was soft and very fresh feeling face without any redness whatsoever. The smell is quite strong, but if you like the whole pumpkin spice and gingerbread thing you’ll be fine with this.
Kypris Beauty Elixir I : 1000 Roses (£70.00/14ml) – I usually have an on-off relationship with facial oils. I either go through periods of using one every night or I can go for months without even touching one. At the moment I’m having a bit of an off phase so I use this only once a week. It’s what I would call an actual dry oil, it doesn’t leave my face greasy and it plumps my skin very nicely. It’s definitely the best facial oil I’ve used so far, but it’s just so expensive(!!) which makes me very hesitant to say whether I would repurchase. I’d have to go through the full bottle, see how long it lasts me and see whether I miss it once it’s gone.
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment (£85.00/30ml) – I use this two to tree times a week. It gives instant results – overnight my skin is smoother, softer and clearer. It does have a slight sting to it so I always make sure I use a moisturiser on top. It is quite pricy but seeing the results I’m getting I’d be happy to repurchase.
So that rounds up all my current skincare routine. I would love to hear about your skincare staples, what are you currently using?