A lot has changed since the first (and only) time I wrote my skincare routine: there’s been products I’ve added, some I’ve taken away, and I’ve learnt much more about my skin and what works for it.
As per the name of my first skincare routine post, I have sensitive, combination, acne-prone skin, so once I find a product that works, I’ll stick to it. Unless I can’t find that product anymore or it’s not in stock, I’m always on the hunt for something that’s better. This post will outline what I use every day when not wearing makeup and how I find the products. I’ll also end on how my skin has changed since the last post. With the products I kept the same, I won’t talk in as much detail as I did the first time, so if you want to read my first post, click here. Again, I’m no skincare expert, but this is just what I’m currently using!
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam
I’m still loving this face wash! Although on the pricier side compared to high street brands at £19 (for 125ml), it works! It’s so soft and gentle on the skin, it feels like nothing is even there! The whole anti-blemish line is honestly great and I would vouch for it any day of the week. It’s really helped prevent any blemishes and remove any dirt that lingered on my face throughout the day – in my experience, you see results within weeks!
Garnier SkinActive Rose Soothing Toner (dry and sensitive skin)
Again, sticking with the classics. This toner, without fail, always picks up the smallest bits of dirt I’ve collected on my face throughout the day (also great for taking off any lingering makeup). It’s hydrating, smells great, and is full of all the good stuff (as I said in my last review, rose water is a great anti-inflammatory and the product has 96% natural origin ingredients). It’s cheap and does a great job – what else would you want? (£3.49 for 200ml)
Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic
A new product! I always knew about Pixi but only recently have I seen more of a hype about their products, especially their Glow Tonic. When I first put it on my cotton pad, it smelt like one of those expensive perfumes, which I absolutely loved about this product. Although explained to be an exfoliating toner, it feels smooth and glides on the face nicely. I don’t react well to even the smallest exfoliating beads in most products, so this was a massive bonus for me. It has 5% glycolic acid, which is what works as the exfoliant: it sheds dead skin cells to help brighten the face and reveal newer cells. I got this not too long ago, so I’ll do a full review soon with some before and after pictures!
I originally bought this to use with the Clinique anti-blemish solutions clarifying lotion, but I ran out of that soon after. However, I would probably say that the combination of them both together works slightly better, but it’s not a massive difference. (£10.00 for 10ml or £18.00 for 250ml)
Revolution CBD Nourishing Oil (dry skin)
Still have this! It just feels so refreshing and leaves my skin so hydrated. Again, I wouldn’t recommend this to someone who has more oily-combination skin as it is very oily, but it’s massively helped clear the scarring I had from spots in the past and really works for me. (£10.00 for 30ml)
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream (normal to combination skin)
My friend had said she started using the face wash from this line and loved it, so she started using the cream and came back with good reviews. I thought I might as well give it a try since I couldn’t find the Vichy cream from last time, it was half the price of it, and I needed an SPF cream to replace the Simple Radiance Booster SPF oil I was using (long story short, that Simple product massively broke out my skin, probably because apparently, too much SPF can break out your skin, so I wouldn’t recommend it at all). Upon first use, it had this fruity smell to it, which I loved, and it felt smooth, blending into the skin nicely. It has SPF15, which is so important when looking into skincare! It evens out your skin’s texture and doesn’t dry your skin out at all – I’ve found it to work decently as a base for makeup (with primer of course!). It makes my skin glow too, which is a massive bonus. It’s a vegan product, made with Sugar Beet extract (a natural moisturiser), Kiwi fruit extract (rich in Vitamin C) and Mulberry fruit extract (brightens the face and evens out skin tone). All in all, I believe it’s great value for money and worth a try! (£7.49 for 75ml)
The next products on my last review were the Simple Kind to Skin Revitalising Roll-On and Soothing Eye Balm and the Vichy Normaderm Correcting Anti-Blemish Care. The eye products I still use, however I don’t see much of a difference with them (maybe because I don’t have any visible problems yet?). I use the roll-on much more, as the metal ball feels so soothing underneath the eyes, however I’m always on the lookout for new eye products. The Vichy product I would still get, but I’m just not using at the moment. For full reviews of both, look at my last post, linked at the beginning of this post.
Neutrogena Refreshingly Clear Moisturiser (blemish-prone skin)
As I was running short on a night cream, I thought I’d pop into Superdrug and have a look round. Strangely for me, who loves sticking to products I trust, I thought I’d have a good look around for something new. I went in there with the idea that I would be getting the night cream alternative to the Superdrug Naturally Radiant day cream. Whilst I’m sure this would work, I spotted this Neutrogena product nearby. I’ve heard great things about Neutrogena in the past when it comes to acne, however I remember trying an exfoliater and it not working for me. However, I decided to take a risk and give this one a go, based on its description: ‘hydrates without clogging for clearer, radiant skin’. It’s also oil-free, which is a massive bonus.
When I first squeezed this product out, I again fell in love with this smell. It claims to have a pink grapefruit smell and they’re not wrong – it smells so gorgeous to the point where I hugged my mum and she said I smelt nice! It feels really lightweight and smooth on the skin too. It’s a morning and night cream, which is so ideal especially for travelling. So far, I’m loving this product! (£4.49 for 50ml)
I had a massive breakout earlier this month (I don’t know why), but I think I’ve just about recovered from it. My skin is a lot clearer now and the marks are fading. However, I have been starting to get small spots on my cheeks, which never really happened before. I also, in the past few days, have started to get slightly bumpier skin, so I might need to have a look more into that and see what it could be. It could be that I haven’t been using as many face masks, or my eating habits, or maybe even products I’ve been using. I’ll do a little Google search and see what I can find, but if anyone has any tips, please let me know!
Let me know if you try any of these products or have any recommendations!
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