Your must do skincare routine…

Last week I blogged about makeup must haves but let’s be honest – while makeup can do wonders, it’s your skin (the foundation) that needs to be smooth & clear. So let’s get started.

Step 1: Wash your hands

This is important because if you have dirty hands, we’re doing double duty in the cleaning department. Washing hands and face with the face cleanser. Best to just clean your hands first.

Step 2: Remove your makeup

In a similiar reasoning to Step 1 – you want to remove your makeup first because face cleansing is about cleaning your face, not your makeup. Try using a makeup wipe first (there’s lots on the market and I don’t think there’s much difference between them but of course choose the one that is right for your skin type – beware, some of these wipes SMELL). For eye make up – use an eye make up remover. Currently I am using Dior – Instant Eye Makeup Remover 31USD. I like it because it isn’t oily and it seems to do the job! I would repurchase but I am also open to trying new things.

Step 3: Cleanse your face

I gently wash my face using circular motions for about 30 seconds in each area. The BEST is to use a face cloth to rinse your face about 3 times and then rinse with water 10 times. You don’t want any leftover residue on your face!

My go-t0 cleansers are – La Roche Posay Effaclar Cream Deep Cleansing Foam Cream Cleanser (wow what a mouthful!) 22USD

Although it is suggested for oily skin, I actually have normal skin and find it provides a deep gentle clean. I’ve also tried Clarins Cleansing Cream but prefer La Roche.

Really the best and at an unbeatable price! Photo source: Makeupalley.com

Really the best and at an unbeatable price! Photo source: Makeupalley.com

I also use another face wash – just once a day – usually when I am in the shower because this one is more potent and I want to make sure it washes off completely.

Carley's Clear and Smooth Acne Treatment 22USD

Carley’s Clear and Smooth Acne Treatment 22USD

This looks like it’s made in someone’s basement and I don’t even care if it is. My skin is clear and smooth! I’ve never had any serious problems with acne but I know people who have and this brand carries and industrial version of this product. I really have to say I’m a fan. I’ve been using it for years!

Step 4: Tone your face

Not everyone needs a toner. You should use toner if you wear heavy makeup or have combination skin, oily skin or acne prone skin. It helps to remove any excess dirt or grime you might not have caught in your cleansing routine but it also can do so much more – including restore pH balance, tighten pores, hydrate etc. For more, read here.

I’m currently using Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris – Combination/Oily skin 25USD. You might be wondering I use the Combination/Oily instead of the Normal, well it’s because the Normal is Normal/Dry and if I were to choose, then I would choose Combination over Dry. I really like this, this is a repeat purchase. I’m also one to mix brands together though some people that one brand is meant to work together I think of it more like – everyone has different targeted needs so just target em, you know?

I wipe my face using cotton pads - not balls. Who uses balls anymore? The product just gets wasted.

I wipe my face using cotton pads – not balls. Who uses balls anymore? The product just gets wasted.

Step 5: Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is the most delicate and prone to wrinkles. You know the sun and stuff. If the area around my eyes is dry then I swear by Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado 28USD.

Amazing for winter if you live in a dry climate!

Amazing for winter if you live in a dry climate!

As for regular use, I am currently using Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Lift Perfecting Serum 63USD. I think it’s ok but I’m going to try something different next time. Not sure what yet but La Roche Posay Redermic C Eyes interests me.

Step 6: Serum

I could literally be the spokesperson for Clarins Double Serum – 89USD. It changed my life. Brighter skin. More supple. More radiant. More everything. It’s the best. Why use a serum you might wonder? Because serum penetrates deep into your pores and really that’s what you want – the cells deep within your skin to plump up and get nutrients. SO THIS STEP IS A MUST EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ALL MUSTS.

Pricey but so worth it!

Pricey but so worth it!

Step 7: Moisturise

With all the work that you’ve done, you’ll want to seal the deal and that’s exactly what moisturising does. IT DOES NOT ADD MOISTURE. That is a myth. That’s what the serum for. Moisturiser is a coating on top of your skin that locks in the moisture you already have. It’s still important to do because we DO want to LOCK IT IN. I really like this brand Merlot – although it can only be bought in the USA, which is a huge pain. I’m a a big fan.

Only 17USD!!

Only 17USD!!

I also like that it has SPF 15 – I am a sunscreen freak and I wear sunscreen every day even in winter. There’s also a night version to this cream that I also love.

Step 8: Sunscreen

Wow – don’t even get me started. Unless you want to look like a garbage bag with freckles when you’re older, then you’ll want to put on sunscreen. And you know what – you think those are freckles on old people? Their not, their sun spots. And you think you don’t have sun spots? Maybe not know but they are hiding under layers of epidermis waiting to come out. Trust me.

I finish with – La Roche Posay Anthelios Targeted Protection Stick SPF 60. I love the stick format. It’s so easy and practical and portable! And it’s water resistant! I use it on my face and neck. Also whatever you do to your face, you must do to your neck!!

I love this thing.

I love this thing.

That’s all the steps! Make sure you practice this morning and night – consistency as with most things that require improvement is key. And drink lots of water!! And just love yourself – yeah! *high kick!

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