My skincare in 2019...
Over the years I have had my fair share of skin issues, mostly acne related but as I get older I now have to contend with eye creams and anti-ageing as well! Given my skin is now looking the best it’s ever been since I was an early teen I thought I’d share my current skincare routine and tell you a little about the products that I like to use.
So I discovered micellar water about 4 years ago and I have never looked back, I cleanse my skin with a cotton pad a generous amount of Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution to remove any makeup, dirt or sunscreen left over from the day. I cleanse morning and night regardless of makeup because you’d be surprised what can linger on your skin overnight or after a makeup free day! I then use my La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Gel to do a final cleanse before moving onto serums and moisturiser.
I’ve never really been loyal to a face moisturiser, I liked the Neutrogena oil free moisturiser last year but I usually like to try new ones every 2 months or so. I tend to get a lot of samples and mini’s which I like to try and then try the big version if I like it and my skin reacts well. I’m currently loving the Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Oil Daily Moisturiser with SPF 15. Its rich formula really melts into my skin and is a fantastic base for makeup as it seems to keep my usually oily t-zone at bay. I am almost out of it and am keen to try the new Clinique ID range as I used their moisturisers in high school and really liked the formula.
I use 3 serums every day without fail, the first is a targeted serum for under my eyes - The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% which has done wonders for my under eye suitcases and the price point is even better at just $12.70!
I then use The Ordinary Buffet which tackles the visible signs of ageing. I know I’m only 28 but I read somewhere years ago that if you start using anti-aging in your 20’s you’ll thank yourself in your 30’s and 40’s. This also retails for an amazing price at just $24.90! Most anti-aging products start at the $70 mark and go up from there so this is a steal and again, it works!
Lastly I use La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo which was recommended to me by my dermatologist 2 years ago and I have never looked back since. This serum has single handedly changed my skin for life. I no longer get painful breakouts, blackheads or scarring. I get the odd hormonal pimple but nothing like what I used to get in my late teens and early 20’s. If you are struggling with your acne prone skin the La Roche-Posay Effaclar range is a true life saver and I can honestly say IT WORKS!
Now my dermatologist also said that you shouldn’t exfoliate or break the skin as it will naturally exfoliate itself so I have done away with any kind of abrasive scrubs that used to live in my shower, I mean didn’t we all have that St Ives apricot scrub in our showers in high school? This change to my routine has made a big change to my skin; I used to get breakouts and feel like I had to scrub them away, what I didn’t realise was that all I was doing was breaking the skin and exposing it to more dirt and therefore never really breaking that breakout cycle. Now every 2-3 months I may use a very light exfoliator if I am getting a facial or doing an at home pamper sesh.
You’re going to get sick of hearing about this brand but I just love it that much! I use the La Roche-Posay Effaclar clay mask about once a fortnight, it complements the other products I use by removing impurities and removing any excess oil on my face. I’ll do the occasional under eye mask but I’m not loyal to a particular brand and I also do pore strips sometimes but again not as often as I used to.
So there you have it folks, a quick peek into my skincare routine. I’m currently on the hunt for some before photos of just how bad my skin was so I can do an after photo for my acne journey, but the trouble is I didn’t really let the camera get that close when my skin was bad so it’s proving more difficult than first anticipated, but keep a lookout on my Instagram for when I do find it!
Until next time,
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A twenty something London girl, living in Melbourne. I love all things food, travel, fairy lights, design, fashion and floral! Here to ramble and entertain whilst you sip your morning cuppa!