Hello beauties, if you suffer with acne or bad skin currently or in the past then you will know that when you have a ‘good skin period’ (whatever that may mean to you) that it’s a monumental moment. I’ve been having said moment for the last month thanks to my current skincare routine that seems to be working really well at keeping my skin and under eyes bright,hydrated and blemish free. I thought I would share what I’m currently using in the hopes it may help someone else and the best part is, all of what I’m using is budget friendly!
Disclaimer- This post contains affiliate links. As always all opinions and reviews are honest and my own. I’m also not a dermatologist or a expert, everyone’s skin is different. I’m just sharing my personal experience and what works for me.
From the age of roughly twelve I suffered from acne, I had it on my face and chest and I tried everything from antibiotics to medicated soaps and nothing seemed to help. It was only when I became pregnant with my son that something changed and my skin started to react better to the things I put on it. Now my skin is prone to breakouts if I don’t keep up with a routine and I get very dry skin.
Step 1– Makeup Removal
The most important step in my skincare routine is removing every single trace of makeup from the day, no matter where I am or what I’ve been up too I will always make sure I have done this step before I head to bed. If you don’t you will clog your pores which leads to break out city. I like to remove any eye makeup with the Revuele Micellar Water (1.49) by soaking a cotton pad and pressing it on my eye for a few seconds before sweeping away. This is perfect for removing any mascara and eyeshadow and brow product without the need for rubbing the delicate skin of the eye too much.
Next I remove the rest of my makeup using the Wilko Tea Tree Face Wipes (50p). My skin always reacts well to tea tree and these wipes are great quality and leave my skin feeling so clean.
Lastly I will go in with the Pixi Glow Tonic and soak a cotton pad and pat gently into my skin. This works as a liquid exfoliant and breaks up any dry skin or dead skin cells leaving you with smooth fresh looking skin, I have been using this just over a month now and I’m loving how much more brighter my skin is, it’s not harsh on the skin and I’ve been noticing that my scars aren’t as visible anymore. I also use a small amount of this is the morning to make sure my skin is clean before my makeup application.
Step 2- Face Masks
Three times a week I will use a face mask in the evening. I use the Lush Mask Of Magnaminty (£12.50) which has been a staple in my skincare for over three years now as it has such great healing power, dries up any spots and even shrinks my large pores. I use this twice a week.
Once a week, normally on a Sunday evening as a little treat, I’ve been trying out the Oilatum Cream (£6.29). I first read about this when I came across a article about how Jessie J used to use it and I’ve always been soenvious of her baby like skin from day one so I figured if it works for her right? It’s a eczema cream with a small amount of paraffin. I apply enough to spread a thick layer on my face and leave overnight. It is very thick when you first apply but it does sink into the skin nicely. It doesn’t smell too pleasant but my god do I wake up with plump, fresh and hydrated skin the next morning. I was very worried about my skin breaking out at first as my skin does look very oily the next day (I remove the excess with the Glow tonic before makeup application) but I’ve been trying it a month now and not only does my skin look better but it hasn’t broke out and my skin looks and feels so hydrated. So I really recommend this to anyone out there who has dry skin but it’s a miss for those with oily skin!
Step 3– Extras
I like to moisturise in the morning before my makeup application and in the evening after removing my makeup. I don’t like anything too heavy unless it’s a mask and I’ve been really enjoying the Revuele Bio Active Collagen And Elastin Cream, it’s £2.49 and is the best I’ve used as it’s super light feeling on the skin but sinks in to leave your face smooth for a flawless skin look under makeup. It hasn’t changed anything about my foundation or concealer application either which is amazing!
New to my skincare routine is two amazing products from The Ordinary. First up is the The Ordinary 100% L-Absorbic Acid Powder which is a brightening vitamin C powder that I used once a week by mixing it into the Oilatum mentioned above. It costs £4.90 and has a slight stinging sensation but that doesn’t last long. I’m a huge fan of anything that brightens up my dull looking skin and I’m loving this so far.
I recently posted about my tips and tricks for dark circles and wish at the time of writing it that I had come across The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%. I had read a while back that eye products with caffeine in are great for making eyes looking more awake so to find this product for £5.80, I was excited to see if it made a difference to my dark under eyes. I’m so pleased that they are starting to look brighter and not so dull, it has the most amazing tightening effect that makes you look and feel more awake. I use it Day and night and it doesn’t effect your makeup application. If you suffer from bad under eyes I really recommend this, a bargain and works like a dream.
(No makeup, my current skin situation ft my hereditary eye bags)
Lastly I use a Derma Roller once a month. A derma roller is lots of tiny needles on a roller that you use by rolling gently over clean skin. This removes any old dead skin cells and replaces them with fresh new ones as your skin heals. Essentially it renews the surface of the skin making it look younger. It does hurt a little when rolling it on your skin but the results are definitely worth it! It will leave your skin a little red after using so I use it just before bed. Just make sure you clean it after each use!
I hope you liked this post and can get some use out of it! Let me know in the comments below!
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