Saturday, July 31, 2010

Skin Routine

I thought I would do you a little post a bout my skin-care routine. I was talking about it on Twitter and wondered if anybody was interested, and a few people were... and here we are.
Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover
Shu Uemura Skin Purifier
The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash
Decleor Paris Tonifying Lotion
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub

Make sure all your makeup is removed. I use a liquid eye makeup remover, and then a face-cleanser. I like this Shu Uemura one, but I'm probably not going to repurchase. Both this and the Boots Botanic are oil-based cleansers, and as a chick who likes a shit-ton of eyeliner and is a fan of bright, staining lipstick.. these are godsends, literally. Matte red lipstick stains like hell, and this gets it off. If you're feeling lazy and can't be bothered, cheat and use a makeup wipe and THEN use a cleanser like the Body Shop one (i'll get onto that in a second). Generally I don't use both the Shu Uemura and the Body Shop, as this dries my skin out. To remove eye makeup, dampen a cotton pad with your remover, hold on eye makeup for ten-twenty seconds, then sweep off, removing makeup and mascara.
Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse. This seaweed one from the Body Shop is inexpensive and great quality. Even if you think you've got rid of all your makeup - you probably haven't. It'll be lurking. If you want to use a deep-pore one, those are great, you can kind of tell when they're working well as you feel really clean and your skin is nice and smooth, but not dried out. This will get rid of any traces of dirt or oil, and everyday yuck like that. If you remove your makeup properly and cleanse every single day, you're much less likely to get spots or blemishes.
Exfoliation. Some people say this isn't necessary, but I think it's important to do it every so often. If you have sensitive skin, do it twice a week, or something. I find it just helps remove any dead or dry skin, and keeps my skin feeling fresh and smooth. My skin always looks brighter and healthier, and more glowy. Don't use a scrub that's too harsh, or you're scratch and hurt your skin. I've just upgraded from a veryyyyyy gentle one (with barely any exfoliator in it) to this Neutrogena, and I feel like it's on the border of being a bit too harsh, but I'll see how it goes.
Tonerr. This step definitely isn't completely necessary. Some think they're awesome, others claim that some are too harsh and can remove your nail-varnish (ahem, Clinique..). A good toner tightens your pores and gets rid of anything left on your skin. If you feel like your cleanser does this, leave it out. Genuinely, I have had this bottle for ages now, and only bust it out when my skin is in real need of rescue, but I do recommend Decleor for face-essentials. They're a pricey brand but they're a good name with good products, in my opinion. This is a very nice, gentle product that doesn't hurt or sting, and has a really lovely, fresh smell. Investigate and try out your toners, if possible, and read many opinions before settling on one for yourself. If it stings or feels too harsh, stop using it. To apply, just sweep all over your face with a cotton ball (these seem to work better than with pads, I'm not really sure why).
Moisture. I haven't included a picture, because I need to buy a new one, but my ultimate favourite is Clinique's Dramtically Different Moisturising Gel (such a mouthful). They do two, a lotion and a gel, the gel is infiniteeely better, imho. It sinks into your skin immediately, leaving wonderful, soft, soft, soft skin. This makes sure any moisture you've removed from your skin by cleansing and exfoliating and scrubbing is put back in, ensuring you don't get dry skin! Simple.

Was this helpful? Do you have any questions..? What is your skin routine..? Let me know! (:


  1. You have some great tips :)
    I'm pretty much similar to you, but I don't tone. I like Lancome's cleanser,Clean & Clear's daily exfoliator, and I change moisturizer so often it would be silly to write it - but at the mo I'm using Nivea's soft :D

  2. thanks for sharing your routine and tips!
    and I'm currently using Clinique's smells odd and I have mixed feelings about it :x
    I'm in the midst of trying out and changing my cleansers. I think i'm going back to my old routine of Lush Fresh farmacy cleanser bar, Lush tea tree water toner, some benzoyl peroxide and moisturizer. my face is a total chaos right now. lol


  3. Thanks for posting, gorgeous! I want to try out the Clinique gel moisturizer!

  4. @Audrey: I'm glad I'm helpful! I keep changing things up, too. xx

    @Lily: Yeah, I'm experimenting to find my ~perfect~ skin routine at the moment, but I'm getting pretty comfortable with this one! My skin goes through stages. Sometimes it's lovely, others, I want to rip my whole skin off and start again. I know how you feel! x

    @Kirstyb, Emma: I'm glad I can be of help to someone! haha xx


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