Since turning 30 I’ve been paying my skin a bit more attention than before. I’ve become a total Caroline Hirons fangirl, and have really started giving my skin to love and attention it needs. I love reading about what other people use for their skincare routines, and I posted on Instagram last week that I might do a post about my own, lots of you wanted to hear about what I was using so here goes!
My skin is 30 years old, is prone to a little redness and a few large pores just around the nose. I have hormonal zits on my chin sometimes, and the starts of a few fine lines around my eyes. It’s neither greasy or dry, and isn’t too sensitive (I can handle new products pretty well).
Hi, my name’s Kim, and I’m a reformed facewiper.
I used to use and abuse those dirt-pushy-roundy environmentally unfriendly squares of scented trash, and think it was a job well done if I remembered to use one each morning and night. How wrong I was! And how, looking back, my skin suffered. Breakouts, uneven skin tone, large pores, you name it.
Now, I’m a one flannel a day double cleanser. I have a whole bunch of white flannels that I keep in a small crate by my sink. I use the same one for my morning and evening wash, and then it goes in the laundry. Damp flannels are a breeding ground for bacteria, bacteria that you end up smearing on your face and causes you to breakout.
For my morning cleanse I choose my cleanser depending on how my skin looks, and the products that I’ve used the night before. Usually, I’ll use something light such as the REN gel cleanser or REN cleansing milk, there’s not much to wash away in the morning so a single cleanse is fine. If I want something a bit more nourishing I might use a hot cloth cleanser, I’m currently using Soap and Glory’s Ultimelt which is lovely (and kind on the old wallet.. it has a nice herbal scent, something I like a lot with skincare products). I’ll make sure to give a good massage with whatever cleanser I’m using, getting the cleanser right into the pores and waking my skin up.
For my evening cleanse I’ll start with a pre-cleanser, this is mainly to remove makeup or SPF. My favourites are the Body Shop’s camomile cleansing butter and Una Brennan’s Superfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Oil (the scent of this has my heart forever, it’s beautiful, and very much like the expensive Liz Earle facial concentrate oil). Once that’s been taken off with a hand-hot flannel, I’ll get down to the actual skin cleansing with a superior cleanser such as Emma Hardie’s Moringa Balm (I was dubious about the smell of this when I bought it, but it’s such a lovely cleanser!) or a hot-cloth cleanser such as REN Rosa Centifolia.
I don’t use a physical exfoliator anymore, I get a pretty good level of exfoliation from my cleansing flannel, however I do use some low level AHAs for a brightening & replenishing boost. Every other morning I’ll give my skin a wipe of the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance pads, I could probably get away with using these every day if I wanted, but I’m still a bit scared to throw too much at my skin! Every other night (or, when I remember, more like) I’ll use 5 drops of REN resurfacing AHA concentrate.
I’ve recently started using m”My First Retinol”, which is a bit scary because “NEVER GO IN THE SUN AGAIN” etc. However, I’m already an SPF addict, so it’s not too bad. The retinol I use is La Roche-Posay Redermic [R], and I think I can attribute my smaller pores and the decrease in my (not too bad anyway) fine lines to this product. I don’t use it everyday, but I probably could/should as I continue to wither get older. I’ve had no reactions to it, which is good, and I’ve just ordered the eye version.
I’m just getting into the world of serums & oils, and I have two that I use regularly. The first is REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil, which I adore. I occasionally use this in the morning if I need a bit of a boost, and I sometimes use it without a moisturiser and it’s really moisturising in its own right. The second I use is a budget hero, Body Shop’s Vitimin E Serum in Oil. It’s actually really nice, and sinks into the skin really easily. I tend to only use this one in an evening.
One day I’ll get a Sunday Riley oil, one day.
I’m not big on eye creams. Oops. I probably should be. I use a little Emu Oil Well (when I remember), and a couple of other samples from Liz Earle and REN that I’ve picked up. I’ve just ordered the Redermic [R] retinol eyecream, though, so things might change!
I’m pretty much a moisturise-and-go kinda gal. My morning moisturiser is currently shared between Bare Minerals SPF 20 moisturiser, REN evercalm global protection day cream, and REN Vita Mineral daily supplement moisturising cream (I love REN moisturisers, they sink into the skin really nicely, and have unobtrusive scents – I’m looking at you Liz Earle, wtf is with your janky moisturiser scents?!).
I get lazy with my evening moisturiser sometimes, the two oil/serums I use are pretty moisturising in their own right so I sometimes skip another layer. I have, however, just bought the Soap and Glory night and flight moisturiser to try (it smells good, kinda like apricot).
Thou shalt never forget thine SPF. I do one of a few things depending on my day, I either user my bare minerals SPF 20 moisturiser if I’m not going to be outside too much/the UV rays aren’t too bad, or, I use my La Roche-Posay 50+ SPF on top of a non-SPF moisturiser, OR, if I’m wearing makeup, I’ll rely on a 20+ SPF BB/Tint cream.
The La Roche-Posay stuff is great for a facial SPF, it’s not too heavy, doesn’t cause breakouts (just be sure to double cleanse at night), and sinks in really quickly.
Just whatever you do, wear a fucking SPF.
There, is over 1000 words on how I wash my face enough? I hope so! What are your favourite products? Any recommendations? Want any more info on the products I’ve mentioned above? Write it in the comments below!