Sunday, 2 June 2013

My Current Skincare Routine

It's taken a long time and a lot of research to find the right products to suit my skin, and although I'm always excited and willing to try new products, my current skincare routine seems to be working to my advanatage.

My skin is very much combination. I have the usual oily T-zone, with dry patches around the sides of my nose and around my mouth. I have spots on my chin, due to hormones and on my cheeks, due to poor digestion and to top it off, I have a patch on the top of my nose in which no foundation ever seems to stick to, strange right?! So I think it's fair to say that my skin is quite complicated to deal with at times, and any new products are always welcomed with open arms to try and tackle these problems. Hence my love of beauty boxes like Glossybox, and my addiction to magazines, especially the ones with freebies, as they give me the chance to try out new products that could help these problems, when I may not have even known they existed.

These six products help to combat my spots, dehydrated skin and oily t-zone when combined together.

Step 1. RMK Cleansing Balm - 25g

The RMK cleansing balm is a product that I received in my March Birchbox, I fell in love with the product instantly and have really enjoyed using it since. This product removes makeup thoroughly and with no elbow grease required. I take a small amount into the palm of my hand, and then gently massage it into my face and neck, taking a warm wet flannel to rinse the face and remove all makeup. I then go in with a second application to ensure the skin is fully cleansed. I love this product for many reasons, it has an amazing silky smooth texture, it leaves skin feeling baby soft and especially because you can use it on the eyes too, at least I do, it doesn't sting, but prepare for blurry eyes if you don't rinse well.

Full size - 50g can be purchased for £29 at Selfridges

Step 2. Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Daily Energizing Gel Scrub - 150ml

This 'dermatologically tested' product is for 'combination/ oily skin prone to imperfections (excess oil, visible pores, dull complexion)' and is designed to deeply cleanse blocked pores. It smells amazing as it 'is enriched with extracts of grapefruit, pomegranate and a derivative of vitamin C.' It also contains salicylic acid which helps to clear blemishes and help keep them at bay, reducing imperfections. This is a very gentle exfoliating scrub, with tiny beads, which I was trying to capture in the last picture, and therefore can be used on a daily basis. After cleansing, i place a small amount, roughly 5 pence sized, into the palm of my hands, emulsify with a little water and gently exfoliate into the face, focusing on my chin, cheeks, nose and forehead, trying to avoid delicate areas such as eyes and lips. I then rinse it off with a warm wet flannel.

This can be purchased for £4.99 at Boots

Step 3. Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Rose Face Mask- 50ml

I received this product free in the May issue of Red Magazine and it didn't take long before it became part of my routine. It is a 50ml sample which I feel is a very generous size to include in a magazine. I have used it at least twice per week for the last seven weeks, and I still have a good amount left, possibly another 3 weeks worth. This product is 'a deeply hydrating mask to restore vital moisture to dry skin' and really helps to reduce the dry patches around my nose especially. It contains aloe vera, which will reduce any inflammation or redness from spots, rose water, which gives its amazing scent, and sodium hyaluronate which helps to achieve smoother more even skin. The product is a clear and very thin liquid, and is suitable for all skin types. I apply this product twice a week after cleansing and exfoliating, I apply a thick layer all over my face, avoiding my eyes and lips, and allow to dry whilst I bathe or read a book, I then rinse it off with a warm wet flannel, and it leaves my skin feeling gorgeously soft and smooth.

Full size - 100ml can be purchased for £36 at Feelunique

Step 4. T-Zone Rapid Action Spot Zapping Stick - 10ml

I often find myself reaching for this roller ball spot stick whenever a spot starts developing, and it helps to keep the spot from become aggravated. I found this in my local home bargains store for £1.50 and thought it was worth a try. It contains manuka honey and tea tree, which are both anti-inflammatory and will therefore help to reduce inflammation and redness, it is designed to offer a fast action spot treatment to target problem areas and to help combat spots and blackheads. 
After steps 1-3 I apply this treatment to clean fingers, and then gently dab onto any problem areas, as I feel this is more hygenic than applying the rollerball straight to the spots.

This can be purchased for £1.50 at Homebargains however at the time of publishing this post they were currently out of stock online, but you could always give it a check to see if they're back in stock.
Alternately you can purchase them in store.

Step 5. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo- 40ml

I apply this product after steps 1-4, and apply like a moisturiser all over the face, avoiding eyes, as it really does sting, yes I learned the hard way and lips. Once this is dry I then apply another layer directly to problem areas, to ensure these are targeted specifically. This product contains Linoleic Acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to reduce spots. It is a very thin, non-sticky off white liquid, which when applied leaves a tingling sensation as it works. Although this can be used as a moisturiser or makeup base, I do not feel that it is hydrating enough for my skin alone and therefore I follow with an additional moisturiser to ensure maximum hydration.
See my full review on this product here.

This can be purchased for £13 at Boots

Step 6. Spa Find Renewed Radiance Energizing Day Cream - 75ml

I have really enjoyed using this moisturiser as it is gentle, hydrating and helps to visibly reduce my smile lines, with the added benefit of a built in SPF 15. The product is a smooth and creamy consistency , and only a small amount is neededI apply a generous amount of this moisturiser to my face and neck after steps 1-5, and leave to soak in before I apply my makeup. This product promises to be free from parabens, animal products, GMO's and the company are against all animal testing.
See my full review on this product here.

This can be purchased from your local stockist - search here

Have you tried any of these products? what do you think of them? Whats in your current skincare routine?

Love Abbie x

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