How to start a skincare routine

I remember years ago hearing that in order for a skincare routine to reduce signs of ageing when you’re older, you need to begin using products at the age of 21! Which to me is kind of insane and sounds like more ‘big brand’ media rubbish. Ageing is inevitable. No amount of cream or even Botox is going to stop you looking 80 at 80. But that does not mean we should not be looking after our skin, especially if you use makeup products a lot like me, let’s face it, its damaging. Of course I am no expert, but I have tried and tested quite a few products and have finally found a routine that works for me.

Firstly, you should probably know what I am trying to achieve with these products and my skin type as these two points are what you need to think of when you are trying to work out what you should buy.

I have quite oily skin and its super sensitive to harsher products (AKA I am a sweaty mess and I’ll have massive pimples for weeks if I use the wrong toner *weeps*). Much like my makeup routine, I use a mixture of high to low end products and I want my face to be a clear, poreless, even, matte (but dewy in the right places) piece of art. Did I mention I’m a dreamer?

Of course this is highly unlikely because flawless skin mostly comes from good genetics, drinking buckets of water and staying out of the sun, but I look for products designed for oily skin, products that reduce hyper-pigmentation and products that promote that *glow from within* effect.

The most basic skincare routine involves cleansing, toning and moisturising every-single-day. For cleanser I either use the Soap and Glory PEACHES AND CLEAN Deep Cleansing Milk or the Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream (or both because I’m high maintenance). I then go in with the Nivea Purifying Toner on a cotton pad, it’s so cheap and I still haven’t figured out if it does anything at all – but damnit I feel accomplished if it’s used! Lastly I go in with my Kiehl’s ultra facial oil free lotion during the day – this product makes an awesome primer before makeup because it keeps my oiliness at bay. At night I use the Clinique turnaround overnight revitalizing moisturiser.

Taking the routine up a notch you might want to use a face masque and exfoliate, this you can do once or twice a week depending on your skin type – I was told for oily skin; keep it to once a week. The two masks I usually interchange are the Keihl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque and the Origins GinZing face mask; both are great before a big day or date night! I use the Kielh’s epidermal re-texturizing micro-dermabrasion to exfoliate, it’s supposed to help with hyper-pigmentation, not sure if that’s the case in reality – but my skin always feels amazing after use.

Finally! To the good stuff: SERUMS! These should be concentrated products that target your key skin concerns; because the ingredients are supposedly ‘special’ they can get a bit pricey. Perhaps you can see a pattern forming here but again my favourite is a Keihl’s product, their midnight recovery concentrate is heavenly before bed. Second place will go to my Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector.


So, does all of this stuff work? Maybe. Is it expensive? For sure. But I never say no to a chance to pamper myself, so if you have a little cash extra over from payday I would recommend the chance to take care of your skin and luxuriate in some great smelling products!


As usual, thanks for reading



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