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Thursday, 14 January 2016

How Long Does My Skincare Routine Take?

How long does your evening skincare routine take? Do you have any idea? I took a guess, before timing myself, of around ten minutes; I enjoy my evening routine so how long it takes has never been of much concern to me! I know that's not the case for everyone, though, and having seen Laurzrah's post on how long her skincare routine takes, I thought this would be a fun twist on sharing my current skincare routine. I've based this on a regular day when I'm wearing a full face of make-up.
How Long Does My Skincare Routine Take
Evening Skincare Routine 1
00:40 Remove make-up; Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | I always start by removing the bulk of my make-up, usually with a micellar water on a cotton pad, as it's quick and easy! If I'm wearing waterproof or particularly stubborn mascara, this is the point at which I'd use an eye make-up remover, but I don't use a separate one of a day-to-day basis as I find it's unnecessary.
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!
Evening Skincare Routine 2
At this point I usually take five minute to brush my teeth, do a last-minute tidy up and put my pyjamas on before I move onto...
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?



  1. I think I need to check out the Balance Me Wonder eyecream, I have the driest eyelids and nothing seems to me able to moisturise them. Thanks for sharing your routine!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

  2. Every thing looks pretty good :)


  3. oh such a fun test to do!! I bet mine is over 10 min..I'll check tonight! I'll write a post if I manage, we should make it into a tag! :D

  4. My nighttime routine is usually around 10 minutes as well, though lately it's been shorter since I can't use half my products during pregnancy. That Garnier Micellar water is now available in the states though, so I'm so excited to give it a try!

  5. My morning routine is 12 minutes and the evening one is around 20-25 depending on the type of the serum :)

  6. Such a lovely post! I take around 35 minutes in the evening and 15 in the morning!
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  7. The one thing I dont use is a toner as I dont find it adds anything to my routine and has no effect on my skin x

  8. I have never thought how long mine takes, but I think its around 20 minutes, don't ask me what I do so long :D

    Pink Frenzy

  9. Hmmmm facinating , I think I will time myself today but I am going to guess at around 5 / 6 minutes ... depending if I am wearing Benefit There Real Mascara as this takes ages to remove ...


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