Having a skincare routine is crucial if you want to have a healthy complexion, not to mention a youthful one when you’re older.
It is important to have both a solid daytime and night time routine as the morning routine will help protect and preserve you skin and the night time routine will help prepare your skin for when the regenerative process begins during sleep.
Skincare routines can be different for everyone with some using less than others.
I decided to share my morning routine with you in this post as I have always suffered cystic acne. I was prescribed roaccutane but stopped the tablets a short while after as i hated the way they were making me feel even though my face was amazingly clear because of them. Roaccutane are well known for causing dry skin and to help minimise the amount of dryness I was expecting to get, I spent ages researching everything I thought I would need to know about skincare and created my own routine which I stuck to. I found that in the 3-4 months I was on Roaccutane, I barely had any dry skin!
As the medication was so harsh, my skincare routine was very basic as I couldn’t use too many products as my skin was easily irritated and sensitive but one I came off them, I was able to add more steps making my routine what it is today. Since I have been keeping this up, my skin has never been better. I barely get any acne anymore and I get quite a lot of compliments on my complexion.
Want to know my routine and what I use? Then keep reading!
Step 1 – Cleanse
I cleanse my skin everyday whether I wash my face with face wash or micellar water. I find my skin is better if I only wash it once a day rather than twice a day. When I wake up, I’ll use micellar water on a cotton wool pad or a facial wipe. The micellar water I am using at the moment is Nivea Micellair. It’s great for those with sensitive skin and is perfume free. When I use this my skin feels really clean and fresh. I also find it really effective at removing any unseen dirt from my skin. I purchased this bottle a while ago and I’m not even half way through it yet as it’s quite a big bottle for the price (£3.99). When I wash my face in the evening, I use the Super Facialist Cleansing Oil (£11.99) to remove any makeup and dirt from my face, this is the only cleansing oil I will use as it makes my skin feel so clean and fresh. Not to mention is the best at removing waterproof makeup! I then cleanse a second time with the Olay Refreshing Cleansing Gel (£3.99). This product gets really soapy so a little goes a long way. It’s nice to massage it into my face for a couple of minutes as my skin is left feeling really clean and soft. Once or twice a week I will exfoliate my skin with the Nivea Gentle Exfoliating Scrub (£3.99). I’ve been through quite a few bottles of this product as it doesn’t irritate my skin and leaves it feeling clear and smooth.
Step 2 – Toner
Like most products in my routine I like to switch brands a lot. The toner I am using at the moment is Simple Soothing Facial Toner. Of all the toners I have used, this brand is one of my favourites. I purchased this from my local Tesco for £2 as it was on offer at the time. Like all the products I tend to go for, this toner is perfect for dry and/or sensitive skin as it is 100% alcohol-free, contains no artificial colours or perfume, no harsh chemicals and no mineral oils. It contains vitamin B5, Witch Hazel and allantion which are all great for your skin. As the product contains no chemicals or perfumes, I find it doesn’t really have a scent which I like as some perfumed products can be quite potent. After using this product, my skin always feels refreshed and looks brighter. It’s also cruelty-free and suitable for vegans.
Step 3 – Serum
I’ve been through a few bottles of the Moisture Boost Facial Serum from Superdrugs Vitamin E skincare range as it makes my skin feel so soft and hydrated whilst defending from environmental damage. It contains betane which nourishes the skin, natural fruit acids to boost moisture content and stimulate cell renewal. It is also enriched with vitamin E which is the ingredient that protects your skin from environmental damage and multivitamins which help care for dry skin. I love the feel of this product as it feels super refreshing when applied and is fast absorbing so it dried quickly. This product can be purchased for £3.99 and is quite often in their 3 for 2 or buy one get one half price offer.
I also use Revolution Hyaluronic acid (£6.00) and Niacinamide +Zinc (£5.99). Hyaluronic acid is really hydrating for your skin. It skins in quickly and provides lasting hydration helping to smooth away fine lines. Niacinamide is great for oily , blemish prone skin. Although I need hydration, I do sometimes get oily around my nose and am prone to acne. Niacinamide and Zinc helps tackle blemishes and the appearance of large pores. It also helps regulate the skins natural oil production to help prevent further congestion.
Step 5 – Moisturiser / Booster
I use both moisturiser and booster combined as I love how hydrated my skin is after it has been applied, not to mention the products dry so much quicker as the booster gives the moisturiser a thinner consistency. I generally change up my moisturiser every time I’m due to buy a new one but I am planning to stick with the same booster for a while as I love it so much.
The moisturiser I am currently using is L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water. I purchased this from my local Sainsburys when it was reduced from £9 to £6 and I’m glad I did! It is enriched with aloe water and hyaluronic acid which is great for hydrating so is good to use on dry/sensitive skin. It is inspired by asian skincare and penetrates the skin deeply hydrating the skin up to 72 hours. Alone this makes my skin feel really moisturised and fresh and I will definitely be repurchasing it when it runs out. You only need one pump for your entire face as a little goes a long way which in turn makes the bottle last ages!
Step 6 – Eye cream
I change up my eye cream every time I am due to purchase another one and the most recent one I purchased was the Garnier Organic Soothing Lavandin Eye Care from Superdrug for £9.99. I was a bit sceptical as I normally use the eye cream from their Vitamin E range and this product was a bit more expensive but I fancied a change up and can definitely say that it was worth it! It is made with a vegan formula and is suitable for sensitive skin. It faintly smells of lavender which is nice and I find it really hydrating. It’s a non-greasy formula and a little really goes a long way. Its enriched with argan oil and vitamin E which helps to reduce the appearance of eye contour wrinkles. Out of all the eye creams I have tried, this is one of my favourites and I will definitely be buying it again!
Step 7 – SPF
I never go without sunscreen. I personally feel that it is one of the most important steps of a skincare routine and should not be forgotten about as some don’t realise how harsh and damaging the sun can be to our skin, especially in the long run. I also use SPF when it’s not sunny outside (also in the winter) as it helps protect against UVA and UVB rays. I’m currently using La Roche Posay which I purchased from Boots for £17.50, It’s a bit pricey, as are most SPF products, but for what the products do, they’re definitely worth it. This formula is SPF 50, waterproof, sweat proof and fast absorbing. It’s non-greasy and suitable for sensitive skin (it also doesn’t sting my eyes which is great!). It applies nice and evenly over my face and not much is needed to ensure full coverage.
So that sit for my skincare routine. If you enjoyed reading, I will be posting my night time routine so keep a look out!
What products do you use as part of your daily routine? Let me know by commenting below!