24 August 2012

Skincare Update

So, I've told you about how I'm currently dealing with a case of adult onset acne, and how I'm trying to treat it with Evening Primrose Oil, but what about the rest of my routine?  I've changed it quite a bit recently, just because I had so many products lingering in the cupboard that needed trying and I hate waste.  These are the products I'm currently using every day (apart from the mask).
In the evening, I take all my make up off with the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water, which was released earlier this year as part of their new skin-specific range of products.  This falls into the oily skin category.  I bought it, as usual, with one of the £5 No7 vouchers so it was only £4.  Do I like it?  Well, this is my second bottle.  It's not amazing with eye make up but it manages and I like that it doesn't irritate my skin at all.

After that, I get out the good old Emma Hardie cleansing balm, which I just can't seem to move beyond.  It's so good.  A small scoop massaged all over my face and then removed with a warm flannel.  Total bliss.  Time for toner, which is the La Roche Posay Effaclar Micro Exfoliante, designed to keep pores clear and spots at bay.  I like this.  Refreshing and nicely tingly.  After that, eye cream.  At the moment I'm using the Ark Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream* which I didn't love at first but as time has gone on, I've fallen for it in quite a big way.  It's got a light, almost gel-like texture but feels nicely rich on the eyes, and I wake up with hydrated, smooth skin.  Perfect.
The surprise favourite here is the Repechage Hydra-Refine Pore Perfecting Serum*.  I have had this for quite a while and used it very occasionally before bed but didn't think much of it.  Now though, I apply it morning and night before my moisturiser and I swear it's made a huge difference to the oil production in my skin.  I don't get as shiny during the day and it sinks in really nicely when applied, leaving a nice base for moisturiser.  Really impressed with this.  My night moisturiser is the Evening Primrose Oil capsules.
In the morning I wash my face (although helpfully forgot to photograph it) with Dr Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Gentle Cleanser.  LOVE.  Separate post in the works.  Then I go in with my day eye cream, my beloved Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream.  Never get bored of this and it never stops working.  Then another layer of the Repechage serum and then moisturiser, which at the moment is The Doctor Brand Oil-Free Moisturising Lotion, which I really like, although it's not hugely hydrating so you need a serum as well.

Finally, I use a clay mask once a week, without fail.  My all-time favourite is the Alpha-H Vitamin A clay mask but I'm out of that and had this Superdrug one to use.  It contains Aloe Vera to add extra hydration.  Gotta say, this isn't a great mask, even if it is cheap.  It doesn't do anything bad, it just doesn't do anything really.  Plus it stings slightly.  I wouldn't recommend this.  Get the Alpha-H or use one of the mud packs from Montagne Jeunesse, which are great.
So that's it really, my current skincare routine.  Overall I'm pretty happy with it.  I store all my main products, skin, hair and body, next to the bathroom sink in two plastic Muji boxes.
Anything in there that takes your fancy, or makes you recoil in horror?

* PR samples


  1. I've been using the No 7 cleansing water recently and I love it because it doesn't leave any residue on my skin, like some other 'waters' do!! Great to freshen up in the morning too!!

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  2. I found the No 7 cleansing water didn't do much, really. Good thing I also only paid £4 for it! lol This Emma Hardie cleansing balm... I'm seeing it everywhere and am dying to try it! But the price.. Ooh, the price! lol xx

  3. I have also tried the Emma Hardie cleansing balm and I liked it. I have been using it for months and I like the effect of it on my skin. It find it worth it.

  4. That's a whole lot of stuff on your bathroom sink, huh; not much of them natural beauty products. Why?

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