I did do a skincare routine post just a few months ago but so much of it has changed already so I thought I would do a simple hyperlink-heavy post to summarise what I’m using now. I was building it up to match the Korean Routine, famous for having 10-12 steps but I’m still young so my main focuses are cleansing, spot treating, moisture and SPF… she says as she realises how many steps she’s typed up below…
You may observe that I have previously reviewed some products that have either been finished and not repurchased, or have just fallen out of rotation so they’re not in my current routine.
As for context, I have oily, very acne prone skin, not sensitive. I’ve previously used higher end products but right now, everything is from the drugstore and under £10 apart from two cleansers.
Makeup removal: Huggies Pure Wet Wipes (Link to Boots although you can find this anywhere, usually for £1 a pack or in a multi-pack). Very simple – It gets the bulk of my BB cream and cheap eyeliner off my face and my family swears by it for just about anything that you could possibly use a wet wipe for. Mostly I go makeup free for school, so no worries about using too many wipes.
Cleansing: My Murad Clarifying Cleanser has just been finished. Now I use three different cleansers, depending on how my skin feels. Sometimes, a milk if my face has dry patches or feels tight or uncomfortable. Secondly, a super gentle foam wash that isn’t stripping – Forever’s Aloe Hand and Face Soap, good for a refresher without squeaky cleanliness. This cleanser ranges in price depending on where you buy it – £10 to £15, although I have come across local stalls selling it for less, they are few and far between.
I have Biore’s Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser for days where I need a super deep cleanse and my face feels like gunk, which is about two to three nights a week – Sometimes nightly, again depending on how my skin feels.
Exfoliation: Twice a week, one using an exfoliating glove (which you can buy anywhere), the other with Quick Fix Facial’s scrub mask (which has run out over the weeks that I’ve put together this post – won’t repurchase).
Mask: Twice a week, one using Quick Fix Facial’s Anti-Blemish Mud Mask and the other with Boots’ Tea Tree, Witch Hazel and Charcoal Mask.
In the morning at this point I would also dab on some lip balm to pre-moisturise before I put on something on my lips.
Spot Treating: My Witch Blemish Stick (Boots link here, Superdrug link here) recently ran out and I’m not repurchasing it… I am now using Lush’s Grease Lightning spot treatment (review to come!) for preventing the smaller spots then Superdrug’s Deep Action Anti-Blemish Gel on the bigger, redder swellings.
Moisturiser: Neutrogena’s Oil Free Moisturiser. Mid-way between lotion and cream and very fast absorbing. Also good value at £4/50ml. I sometimes use Murad’s Perfecting Lotion on days where I feel like using something very lightweight.
Eye Cream: Simple’s Revitalising Eye Roll On, and later I will add a thin layer of Boots Vitamin E Gentle Eye Cream SPF 15.
Day/Night Cream: Boot’s Mattifying Day Cream SPF 15, which I am desperately trying to use up, and Simple’s Protecting Moisture Cream SPF30 (Superdrug Link) which I have deemed better. Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Renewing Night Cream is my current night cream. In the evening at this point I would slather on a thick layer of lip balm to leave on overnight.
I am currently attempting to incorporate sheet masks into my routine for the winter. I am aware of how complicated the routine is getting, and can only sigh to myself in wonder. I am still on no-beauty-spending-September, which is great as many of my products are getting used up now.
So, there you have it. Now that I’ve written it down it all sounds very tedious and long but I’m telling you now, most days this takes about ten minutes, or fifteen at most. I scrub in the shower and when I put on that mask. I put on masks and forget about them. So, most days this is 5 steps and most nights, 6.
If I oversleep, I rush cleansing, spray on Superdrug’s Vitamin E Toning Mist, then stuff the moisturising SPF into my travel bag. The travel bag already has lip things and powder in it. Leaving the house without any skincare on does make me feel a bit bare (like being defenceless against spots, eep).
My skin has seen very much development recently, but I’m now trying to cut out some steps, particularly in the moisturising area as my skin is oily and, although it needs moisture, it doesn’t need that much! I have 4 moisturising products and I am to cut this down to one as I use them up – this step will be simply replaced by one facial SPF.
P.S. This post has been in progress for a good few weeks now, and I am planning to change a few things already… Will update again soon-ish.