This is a bit of a chatty blog post analysing my current skincare routine and the products I am lusting after for when these run out! Enjoy!
I am currently using four different cleansers for different purposes (I know, it sounds crazy!) but it seems to be working well for me! My current morning time face wash is the Colleen Rothschild Balancing Cleansing Gel, which is great for refreshing my combination skin, although it is slightly stripping. Bioderma Cleansing Water is my absolute favourite 'after work' make up remover followed by Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil to remove any remaining 'gunk'. Once a week in the evenings, usually after applying a clay based face mask, I will use Colleen Rothschild Cleansing balm to nourish and massage my face as a pampering treat. Overall, I quite like my current cleansers but next I will be looking into the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel to use once my balancing gel finishes and I will also be hoping to purchase the Eve Lom Cleanser for the evenings!
I struggle a bit with enjoying using toners and I seem to just grab whats lying around! I tend to use Alpha H Liquid Gold instead ever second night before my serum and moisturiser, but once a week I use it alone for an intense treatment. I am loving this and it genuinely does leave an amazing glow! Check out my rave review on my YouTube channel if you want to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivnujcYAJUs&list=UUpmoYqwJRhd3dNGV178HOrA
I am definitely on the lookout for a new morning serum and I have a couple in mind (Paula's Choice Antioxidant Serum & Juice Beauty Anti Blemish Serum) but my evening serum Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Complex is working an absolute dream! It plumps up my dull, acne prone skin without causing breakouts and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soft. This is definitely a keeper!
I swear by the La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo Plus as a light moisturiser that helps to unclog my pores and clear breakouts, but for some extra hydration in the evening I am still looking for something great. I have my eye on Origins GinZeng, Eve Lom TLC Radiance Cream and the Re-Gen Moisturiser. Has anyone tried these moisturisers?
This area is a huge struggle for me! I was using the Mecca Cosmetica Sunscreen SPF30 but it was causing my face to get oily throughout the day so I have since stopped using it. I would love to buy the Keihls Ultra Light Daily UV Defence SPF50 but they don't sell it in Australia so I am still on the hunt! Does anyone have any recommendations?
I absolutely love my Keihls Avocado Eye Treatment for the evenings, as it is so thick and creamy I can really feel it moisturising the eye area. However, for the daytime I think I could do with a lighter texture to sit nicely under my concealer and for that reason I am considering purchasing the Origins GinZing Eye Cream for a 'wake me up' refreshment in the morning!
Face Mask for breakouts
I have a problem with hormonal acne and for that reason, I swear by clay based or charcoal based face masks to sooth the problem areas at least twice a week. I am currently using the Colleen Rothschild Detox Mask which is a great charcoal based mask that really draws out my blemishes and reduces the size and redness of spots as well as combatting oilyness. Since I have almost finished this mask, I am looking into purchasing the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti Blemish Mask or the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment. What do you guys think?
Face Mask for hydration and radiance
As I use quite strong products to deal with my acne, my skin can start to look a bit dull and dehydrated. I have been using the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask to help with this issue and whilst I love the product, it really does break me out in cystic pimples. I am thinking of replacing it with the Dermologica Multivitamin Power Mask or the Perricone MD Cold Plasma Treatment (eek - $200!). The reviews of both of these products claim to hydrate and plump skin whilst healing blemishes and not cause breakouts - sounds ideal right?!
I swear by my Clinique Anti Blemish Spot Treatment Gel which i have used for years. It really dehydrates the blemish and is great to apply after extraction. It can cause dryness around the area, so the next day I simply put a blob of moisturiser around the area to combat this and it works a treat!
I have about 5 shower gel's going at any one time because I like to switch it up depending on my mood. My favourite formula's are the creamy ones that contain moisturising elements so that I don't feel stripped after washing. My all time favourite is the Soap and Glory Clean on Me because it smells heavenly, it is so moisturising and it comes in such a handy pump bottle which lasts forever!
I have previously adored the Burt's Bees Cranberry and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub but I felt like a bit of a change and have switched back to my old fave the Soap and Glory Flake Away. I highly recommend both of these because they are so good at exfoliating but also moisturising the skin!
I have always been a fan of Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula and The Body Shop Body Butters, but I have been totally converted to my new holy grail body moisturiser Lush Ro's Argan Oil Body Conditioner. I did a rave review post on this so definitely check it out if you like the idea of an amazing body moisturiser that is a wonder to apply and saves you time in the morning! http://www.bloglovin.com/frame?post=3304569597&group=12755635&frame_type=b&blog=12755635&frame=1&click=0&user=0
I hope this post gave you some insight into some much talked about products and I really hope i'll get some suggestions from you guys about my next purchases!!! Have a great weekend,
Love, Catrin xo