I haven’t posted about my skincare regime in quite a while. My last full update on the skincare front was over a year ago and since then, I’ve been ‘educated’ and learnt a whole lot about my skin. I’m very careful about what I use now. I don’t have sensitive skin, but there are certain ingredients that irritate my skin. A few months ago, I shared a few tips that I’d picked up from an event with Pai Skincare and I’ve been putting those tips into practice to settle int a skincare regime that is working wonders.
Working from the bottom up, I’ve repurchased the Pai Camelia and Rose Gentle Hydrating cleanser. This stuff is so good; so good that it suits all skin types! A good cleanser means that everything else should fall into place. I always take my make up off before I go to bed, and I try to stay clear of wipes if I can really help it. I take off most of my make up with Garnier’s Micellar Water, then work a few pumps of this creamy goodness into my skin. It has a very delicate, relaxing scent and gently removes every last scrap of make up with the muslin cloth. I use this morning and evening to cleanse my skin.
In my last skincare edit, I was using a facial brush. This turned out to be too much for my sensitive skin. I was sent a FOREO a few years ago before they’ve suddenly become big, but I never really new how to use it. This little device works really well with cream cleansers. I use this in the evenings when I’ve got a bit more time. The little sonic vibrations gently deep clean the dirt from your skin and also help to stop the build up of fluid, a major plus if things are looking a little puffy!
After I’ve cleansed my skin, I sweep a cotton pad soaked in Lush’s Tea Toner over my face to remove traces of cleanser. Then, it’s time for some moisture! In the mornings, I have switched to Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I absolutely love this. It does exactly what it says on the tin, is light, hydrating and absorbs quickly. There’s no nasty ingredients in this cream, which I love. At the moment, it has worked through spring and summer for me, so I’ll see how it fairs in the colder months. It is quite a rich cream, so I think this could be a good year-rounder!
In the evenings, I apply the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. This stuff is gorgeous! It has a bit of an interesting scent, but the product itself really works. I apply 2-3 drops, then massage into the skin to leave it to work its magic over night. I wake up with hydrated, healthy looking skin and any lurking blemishes are lessened. It’s one of the more reasonably priced facial oils out there too, and a bottle will last ages.
My moisturiser doesn’t contain SPF at the moment, so I add that after. I’m probably more lax than I should be about applying this, mainly because I now spend five out of seven days a week in an office! However, the KIKO Solar Protect Serum is a little gem. It’s SPF15, which isn’t very high, but this is perfect for wearing when you’re at work. During the week of summer we had, I sat outside for lunch and this was enough to stop my nose turning pink! I use an SPF50 when I’m out all day in the sun, but for everyday protection that is light on the skin, this is perfect. It’s quite a novel formula too, and is a bi-phase oil you shake up and apply.
I have combination skin that can be quite unpredictable at times. I’ve that found this basic regime really works for me at the moment and I know I can rely on it. If you’re struggling with your skin, I’d definitely suggest going back to basics with your products, and not over complicating things!
What are your favourite skincare products? Do you have a staple regime?
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