My skin is changing (those first signs are forming and I see them even if no one else does) and my skincare should change to match my skin concerns. I do believe that skincare is a really personal choice. What suits my skin and what might suit your’s is completely different, and we will always have our favourites.
I have been changing my routine quite a bit in the past year, I have tried out samples from many different brands before committing, I do believe that when you use one brand its better as products work in synergy together to give the best results. Having said that we all have those items we refuse to give up! Therefore I am presenting my current additions to my cosmetic collection.
My current favourites AM
Cleanser: Dermalogica’s Special cleansing gel.
This is a really mild cleansing gel suitable for all skin-types but best for people with a combination skin, since I do have a little oil in my T-zone area and the rest of my skin is quite dry and sensitive I have seen a big difference since I started using it. After cleansing my skin I feel it soft and it leaves a light film on the skin which is hydrating this is mostly due to the calming balm mint and lavender extracts which soothe the skin. It is also a soap free gel texture which foams slightly.
Toner: Dermalogica’s Multi-Active toner.
This is a spray on toner, when buying I was confused between the Multi-Active and the Ultra-Calming I am a sensitive skin type and I do suffer with redness. I thought that since it’s the first time I’m using it to try out the main lines, then later I can try the ultra calming and compare. So far I’ve been using this toner for a week and half and had no problems with it. I like that the spray form is so refreshing! also in the heat of summer its a welcome feeling, in winter I might switch to spraying cotton and swiping it over my skin.
Daycream: Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing cream.
I have just finished Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage face cream with SPF30, it’s quite a rich texture which my skin normally likes, and It’s given my skin a needed boost whilst I was going through a stressful period.
Since I am using a lot of products from Dermalogica I decided it would be a good idea to switch to one of their creams. I decided to choose the Skin Smoothing because its packed full of anti oxidants. I love the texture however I hate that it doesn’t have an SPF so I bought one to use during the day.
SPF: La Roche Posay’s Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid.
This is a really super light weight emulsion with a very high, broad, photostable UVA/UVB protection. (according to the website….) Optimal SPF 50+ protection reinforced against UVA rays (stricter than the European recommendation) thanks to patented filtering system Mexoplex® combined with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, soothing and antioxidant.
What I like is that it doesn’t feel greasy on the skin, and it doesn’t leave me white. In such a hot climate like Malta it’s really important to use a good spf daily. Did you know that most of the sun’s damage is done from September to May when people skip the sunblock…
Primer: Dermalogica’s Skin Perfecting Primer & NYX Cosmetics’s Primer.
The Dermalogica primer I bought it just before Christmas and it has lasted me until now, I don’t use it everyday but I have had good use from this product. It is also anti ageing so it makes me feel better knowing that I am helping to prevent the first signs. Where as the NYX I bought during the blogging event and I have to admit it’s taken over from the Dermalogica one. I find my make up just stays better with this! However, I like the Dermalogica one because it has a tint, so it really depends on the day to which primer I choose.
My current favourites PM
Eye make up remover: (without a doubt) La Roche Posay’s Respectissme.
It removes everything and is super gentle with my lashes. This is a staple of my products and I have been using it for the past 2/3 years I wouldn’t change it.
Scrub: Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant.
I adore it. If I don’t use it for a couple of days I really feel my skin rough and dull. Exfoliation is a really important part of skincare as it promotes the regeneration of new cells. I find this product is so gentle my skin can use it every day. I like how easy this product is to use, and how quick it is to use. Just add a small amount in the palm of my hand and mix with water to form a paste (If I am feeling very lazy I have mixed it with the Special cleansing Gel and a bit of water) and use it during the second cleanse. That’s right! I always do a double cleanse in the evening to break down and remove all the residues left from make up and sun block and everything else which clogs my skin.
Night cream: Clarin’s Blue Orchid Oil.
I love it the texture and the feel, and the smell its such a beautiful product. I really enjoy applying this product in an upward motion it makes me feel like I am really pampering my skin. I have a full review here for you to read. It is a must for dehydrated skins.
What I’m not using….
Eyecream: Nothing beats Estee Lauder’s Advance Night Repair which is still out of stock. I cant wait for it to launch and it will be one of the first products I reach for. I have been waiting for ages for it to come in, but I am hopeful that it will arrive in the next consignment (which will be by the end of September). I am dying to try out the new formula.
Serum: Nothing at the moment, I will start using again in the winter months I will probably stick to Estee Lauder’s Advance Night Repair which like the eye cream is also under going a formula upgrade. I have been a fan of this serum for the past 6 years or so!! However I do also like Clinique’s Turnaround which is a good radiance booster.
The best thing about skincare is it is customisable to you! See how your skin is changing, how its feeling, note the things that bother you, and always work on correcting the issues one at a time. Don’t be over ambitious there is no magic formula that will cure everything. One step at a time you can achieve a beautiful skin.
Love Steph x