03:03 First cleanse; Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser | My first cleanse tends to be either a cream, oil or balm-based cleanser, as I find these work really well for me to break down the last of my make-up and give my skin a really good clean without leaving it irritated or dried-out. I usually massage into dry skin first, then dampen my hands and repeat, before polishing off with a muslin cloth or flannel wrung out in hand-hot water. I prefer flannels as they hold the heat a little better, but I do use a mixture of both, using a clean cloth each day so I'm not rubbing yesterday's bacteria and make-up back onto my face.
01:49 Second cleanse; Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser or Malin & Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser | For my second cleanse, I usually go for a gel-based cleanser, which I can massage into damp skin and rinse off, to be sure that my skin is completely cleansed of the day's make-up, dirt, oil, and the first cleanser. I'm currently using up some sample-sized products; I really like the Murad cleanser, although I think it'd be a bit much for everyday use - I use this two or three times per week. I use the Malin & Goetz one on the in-between days and it's equally lovely; it smells incredible and works nicely.
00:37 Tone; Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner | I don't honestly know whether this does anything to brighten my skin or not, but I do really like it; it's a budget-friendly option that fits nicely within my routine. This is my second bottle and it's almost empty, so I'm considering trying something new - it might be time to buy a full-sized bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic!
00:34 Treat; Merumaya Concentrated Spot Treatment | I just dab this on any active blemishes; it takes literally seconds to dry on my skin before I moisturise, and I've found it incredibly effective in reducing the time it takes spots to heal.
01:05 Moisturise; Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream & Acne Ultra Clear Cream | I raved about the Balance Me eye cream in my review, and indeed it's the only one I've ever used consistently; I find it works really well to sooth dryness, hydrate and refresh my eye area. The Acne Ultra Clear Cream is a moisturiser with natural blemish-fighting ingredients; I haven't found it to stop me getting spots entirely, but it does seem to have reduced their numbers and helps with healing time. It also smells like cinnamon!
Total: 07:48. So, I wasn't too far out with my estimate of ten minutes! Do you know how long your skincare routine takes?