Sunday, 12 June 2016

My Summer Skincare Routine

I feel like I've got my skincare pretty much down at the moment, so I thought now was a good time to share an updated routine; generally speaking, my skin is super-oily but still dehydrated (yes, that's a thing) and prone to blemishes. I get a lot of blackheads on my nose and chin, as well as a few on my forehead - the areas where I get oiliest. I also used to get quite a lot of spots, usually having anything from one to fifteen or so active spots at any one time; at the moment I never have more than a couple at once and they're generally at a certain time of the month, so that's a huge improvement. So, let's have a look at what's working for me!
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Morning
I like to keep things simple in the morning, so generally I just cleanse with my beloved Super Facialist by Úna Brennan Salicylic Acid Purifying Cleansing Wash; it's a right mouthful of a product name but it works so so well for my skin. I'm on my second tube now which says a lot, as I can't remember when I last repurchased a cleanser! I literally massage this into my face with dampened hands, then splash off with cool water and pat dry.
In terms of moisturising, I've been loving The Hero Project's Hyasoft, which I was lucky enough to win a tube of; this non-sticky gel absorbs super-quickly into my skin, delivering a dose of Hyaluronic Acid to help with dehydration. I really notice a difference in how plump and healthy my skin looks after using this. I follow this up with a tiny bit of Amie's Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturiser*, which is a lovely light no-frills moisturiser. A dab of Balance Me's Tinted Wonder Eye Cream on my eye areas, gently tapped in with my ring fingers, and I'm done.
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Evening
I always start by removing my make-up - I'm currently using Garnier's Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water, which smells beautiful, and is gentle enough to use even on my eyes. I then go in with my Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser for my first cleanse; I massage this in for around a minute, making sure to really work it into my skin, before polishing off with a flannel wrung out in hand-hot water. I use a clean flannel each day to prevent bacteria from building up. For my second cleanse, I use the Úna Brennan Cleansing Wash again, simply massaging into my skin and splashing off. At this point I might use one of the treatments mentioned below, before moving onto the next steps...
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I dab a little bit of Merumaya's Concentrated Spot Treatment or Tea Tree Oil onto any active spots; this can sting a tiny bit on any broken skin, but both work really well to calm blemishes down overnight, massively reducing their size and redness. I give that a couple of minutes to dry before applying Hyasoft again, followed by my current night-time moisturiser. At the moment I'm using a Skin Chemists Bee Venom Moisturiser which I won a while ago; I've only been using this a couple of weeks, but so far I really like it, and find it leaves my skin feeling really nice and soft. It's quite pricey and I'm not sure I could justify buying it myself, but while I've got it I'm enjoying using it! A dab of the non-tinted version of Balance Me's Wonder Eye Cream, a slick of Carmex, and that's it for the night.
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Treatments
Twice a week, I spritz COSRX's AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner onto a cotton pad and apply all over my face; I wasn't sure about this at first and it took a bit of experimentation to figure out how it works best for my skin, but used just a couple of times a week I find it helps my skin to look smoother, clearer and brighter.
Once a week I use Nip + Fab's Glycolic Fix Scrub after cleansing; I usually massage this in gently with damp hands, all over my face, and let it sit a couple for a couple of minutes before rinsing off. I love that this is a double-duty dose of exfoliation, with both the manual scrub particles and the chemical action from the 3% Glycolic Acid.
If my skin is looking dull, I'll massage in a couple of drops of Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drops after cleansing and before any moisturisers etc. This contains Vitamin C to brighten up the skin, but I found that using it too often seemed to break me out, so I stick to once or twice per week.
If I have any dry patches (it happens occasionally, even though my skin is oily, due to my eczema), I'll massage in a little bit of facial oil - at the moment, I'm loving this Oilixia Brilliance Facial Oil which I won a couple of months ago, but other favourites include the Boots Botanics Facial Oil, which is a fab budget option, and the Merumaya Everything Everywhere Beauty Oil.
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Masks
I tend to use a mask two or three times per week, depending on what my skin needs; usually one night per week I'll replace my moisturiser with the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, which works beautifully to deliver really intensive (fancy that!) moisturisation, whilst smelling bloomin' gorgeous too! Other mask favourites include the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask for a super-deep cleanse; TurBliss Bioactive Peat Mask For Problem Skin* to cleanse and calm (but only if I don't have to go out straight afterwards!); and Balance Me Radiance Face Mask to, as the name suggests, add radiance as well as smooth the skin. I usually use my masks in the morning as I don't start work til later, so I've got plenty of time to potter about with my face covered in goo.
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And I think that's it! I know it looks like a lot written out like this, but it actually only takes me about five minutes in the morning (a little longer if I use a mask, obviously!) and about ten minutes in the evening. Have you tried any of these products? What are your summer skincare must-haves?

xo
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47 comments:

  1. I somehow haven't used any of these products haha, really need to break out of my routine and try some out! x
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  2. So many beautiful products that I want to use or try out!! I literally don't do a lot to my skin I'll wack on a face mask and scrub 1-2 times a week, I cleanse almost everyday and I moisturise every day so literally I use 3 products and make up wipes! And I also haven't tried any of the above products but there are some I'm going to go buy just to try now lol

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  3. Loved this! Wonderful routine :-)

    <3: Jasmin N
    littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

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  4. I am intrigued by Garnier's Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water x

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  5. Love this post! I feel like you and I have very similar skin types. I had really bad acne when I was younger, and now I mostly deal with scarring, congestion, and oiliness. Face masks are my life. If I don't use one at least twice a week my skin gets noticeably angrier. I actually have samples at home from my Sephora Play box of those two Origins masks, and now I'm really excited to use them!

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  6. Okaay.. that's a lot of product! LOL. It's interesting, tho, that you have many brands I have never heard of.

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  7. Waaah your routine looks lovely! I really want to jump on the skincare wagon with my own routine but I have such sensitive skin, even baby wipes irritate my face xD warm water it is *sigh* haha! Have a loveliest week ahead! :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. Oh goodness, I once used baby wipes on my face - I've never known burning like it! Never again. xo

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  8. Balance me is one of my favourites, and I love Micellar water too.

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  9. fab post. I love keeping things simple for your skin in summer - the sunshine (when we get it) does wonders for you!

    Hannah xx
    Raspberry Kitsch | UK Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  10. yes! thank you so much for sharing this! My skin has been crazy lately and not in a good way... can't wait to try these products-- especially that cleanser! Xx

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  11. I really want to try the Una Brennan Super Facialist and haven't seen the Garnier oil one yet, I use the waterproof and regular one! Summer skincare is soooo different, it is hot has hell here in Texas!

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  12. I've only ever used the amie moisturizer from your product selections. What is the oil miceller water like I've only used there original one.

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    1. I thought I loved the original one until I tried this! It feels gorgeous on the skin and it smells lovely too. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed! :) xo

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  13. I must admit, I do let my skincare routine slip in the summer, as the sun clears it up so much.

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  14. That Wonder Eye Cream sounds fabulous - love treats for that area.

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  15. I honestly can't get enough of the garnier micellar water! I used the original pink one for years then noticed this. After one use I was beyond besotted with the smell & texture of it. So divine!

    Katie // Words By Katie

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  16. Micellar water is such a great product! However I do love origins skin care too!

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  17. So many of my favs in this post! the origins masks are my favourite as well as the cleansing water. xxx

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  18. Some fab sounding products here, lots to add to my ever-going must try list! I'm a big fan of the Merumaya cleansing balm, so would be interested in trying more from the range. Plus these masks sound right up my street as really getting into treating my skin more often! Plus I hear you on the oily/dry battle 🙋 And love a good double cleanse too.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x
    www.fashiondujour.co.uk

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  19. So love skincare. Having a summer routine is essential. I love masks too!

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  20. I love the Drink Up overnight mask - the smell is so nice and it really does work for me :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  21. Its always so interesting to see what other people use :) I should do updated skincare routine as well x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy
    Öku Möku

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  22. You use some really good products, I use far less in my routine and have recently become obsessed with the Drops of Youth from the Body shop.

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  23. I wanna try so many of these! At the moment my routine's pretty simple, so trying to add new things in slowly!

    Milly | Mini Adventures

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  24. Love this, I think it's important to switch up your routine every 6 months or so.

    Tara | www.cattitudeandco.uk

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  25. I really need to up my facial skin care regime! I love these product suggestions! H x

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  26. This makes me feel like I don't do enough with my skin! Love the sound of some of your products. I stick with a cleanse and a moisturise and currently I am using an under eye cream and that's about it. I do get told I look a lot younger than I actually am though so it can't be all bad. I just wish I had the budget for more as I do love to feel pampered :D

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  27. I really want the origins moisture mask, I'm going to pick one up in the States as it's a lot cheaper. I definitely don't do enough for my skin x

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  28. Eek your segments on treatments and masks has made me realise I need to do A LOT MORE with my skin! I just have a daily routine!

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  29. I think it's very important to use a moisturiser especially in the Summer with a SPF in. I must admit you take better care of your skin than me lol

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  30. haha, was going to say that that's a lot of products, and then I looked at my collection...

    How are you finding the Origins stuff? I'm trying to slowly but surely reduce the amount of chemicals I use, and their stuff seems like a good place to start trialing...

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  31. This was an interesting post. I've not heard of most of those but I really need to start buying products like this

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  32. i think i need to switch up my routine and give my skin a little shock as i haven't changed it for over a year now. give me a reason to buy new stuff too haha

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  33. I'm always telling people to find a skincare routine that works and to stick to it! I love this post! Great products

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  34. I wish I was this organised! My skincare routine is basically nonexistent lol

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  35. Wow your very organised, that's a lot of products I have a very basic routine.

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  36. You have a well-oragised routine. I once used the Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser and I liked it. :)

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  37. Isn't Miscellar water great? I use it to remove make up and like I have oily skin although its also sensitive and sometimes dry.

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  38. I need to try a good few of these. My summer skincare routine involves washing my face with water and applying moisturizer or sunscreen, depending on the weather.

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  39. That's a lot of products! I'm doing well if I can use a bit of Liz Earle's Hot Cloth Cleanser. I guess I should make my routine a bit more of a priority!

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  40. my skincare routine needs a switch up so I may have to try some of these for sure x

    Miss Kitty Kaos - Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl

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  41. I really need to think about my summer skincare routine, at the moment I'm not really doing anything different. x

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  42. My daughter uses tea tree oil on her skin issues as well. I'm not sure I vary my summer from winter other than using more dedicated sunscreen applications.

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  43. That Garnier product sounds right up my street - need to give that a try! x

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  44. I love all of your products, they look and sounds nice! My favourite one is the miscellar water, I have the one in pink and I use it every time before bed. I got inspired by you to try Latest In Beauty and I just ordered my first box x

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  45. Oh you put me to shame - Good to know that you keep it simple in the morning though. My daughter is a huge fan of charcoal masks too.

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