Hello hello! A few of my Instagram friends have asked me to share my skincare routine. And while I am definitely planning on writing a post dedicated to all the steps I follow and products I used, I have recently made some big changes and introduced new products to my routine, including acids and serums. For today’s post, I thought it would be a good idea to start by showing you some product that I’ve been using for a while and that I truly find effective.I have dry-combination skin, however, I am of the belief that our skin is never really one single type per se. Environment, diet and stress can affect skin at any time, so I prefer to think about my skin care from a “one-day-at -a-time” perspective. This is why you’ll find that I have two favourite products from each category in this basic skin care list.
Vichy Pureté Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel: This is a relatively recent favourite product that I purchased during my stay in Menorca a couple months ago. I live in Berlin which is known for really hard water. What this means is water has a high concentration of minerals. While this is beneficial for the human body, hard water can clog pores a lot faster, irritate the skin and sometimes cause dryness/itchiness. So when I found this gel cleanser, I knew I had to try it. I love this cleanser because I only need half a pump to cleanse my entire face. The rich formula helps it foam a lot easier, and once rinsed off my skin doesn’t feel as tight as with other cleansers. Vichy claims that this formula works to counter the effects of hard water, and while I can’t really speak to the science of it, I do feel that my skin feels really soft after washing. I mostly use this to cleanse my face in the morning because it doesn’t need a deep cleaning and is less harsh on the skin.
Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser: I first tried this from my sister who praised its effectiveness for unclogging pores. It was the start of summer, at time where extra use of high SPF sunblock will usually cause my skin to break out more frequently. My sister warned me that this is a drying product, which I thought makes sense since it works to dry out pores, reducing sebum which can build up and lead to breakouts. At first I used it sparingly, alternating it with a softer cleanser, but now that I wear a lot more makeup for my blog, I find myself reaching for it almost every night. I have to be honest and say I don’t find that it really gets rid of my blackheads, but it definitely gives me a longer period in between extractions. I also like the refreshing feeling it leaves on my skin. I like to use this on a soft cleansing facebrush for a light exfoliation.
Balea Water Spray: As I already mentioned, my dry skin doesn’t do so well with Berlin’s hard water, so I like to add a little water right back to it after every cleanse. I could easily use filtered water on a cotton ball for this purpose, but I find using a spray a lot more practical. I don’t really see the difference between different brands, so I use this German drugstore one and find it does the job just fine. The way I use it is I first spray my face until it is saturated, then wipe it all off with a cotton pad. I then spray my face again and let it air dry. I love using this especially after using the Bioré face wash because it can be drying, especially now that it is winter.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist: This is a summer discovery that I am absolutely obsessed with. The formula includes rose water, wheat germ oil and vitamin E, all great hydrating and refreshing ingredients. I love to use this to dampen my skin to help my serums, oils and creams to absorb better. The wheat germ oil can feel heavy, so I sometimes skip this when my skin looks like it is oily or whenever I see any breakouts coming. On the other hand, I find this such a great pick me up for whenever my skin feels dry or itchy during the day.
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief: This is an oil free formula, which makes my skin less prone to breakout. It is best suited for dehydrated skin. It is not alcohol-free which can irritate the skin and dry it out. However, I find it to be the lightest formula I’ve used so far. It is rich in anti-oxidants such as caffeine and tocopheryl acetate. I apply this day and night and appreciate the fact that it absorbs very quickly into the skin. I find it leaves my skin feeling plump for about7-8 hours, which is a lot less than the 24 hours that Clinique advertises, but oh well, I never believe such claims anyways haha.
Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting Moisturizer: This is my go to moisturizer for days when my skin is feeling a little more dry than usual, although it is suited for all skin types. It contains coffee beans (an anti-oxidant) and Ginzing, which Origins claims “Strengthens the soul, brightens the eyes, opens the heart, and when taken regularly enhances vitality and prolongs life; stimulates physical and mental activity without the side effects of other stimulants”. In my view, this is a different approach to skin care which mimics principles of aromatherapy. And while I can’t say I notice all those things when I use it, I find that it does the job just fine. More importantly, and unlike most formulas containing oils, this is rather light on my skin, so I use it even during that time of the month when my skin is most prone to breakouts.
My only complaint about both moisturizers is the packaging, which reduces the efficacy of all those good ingredients the more it is exposed to air and light. For this reason, I will be moving on a to a different moisturizer once I finish my current tub.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eyes: Back when I purchased this eye cream, I had been dealing with some serious dark circles. It’s important to keep in mind that nothing, absolutely nothing will help you get rid of dark circles completely. This is because dark circles are in most cases genetic, and will show even more if you have thin skin like mine. What this eye cream did do is reduce the darkness significantly, as well as keep the skin around my eyes hydrated. I swear by this cream especially in the winter, when my skin tone gets lighter and therefore the darkness under my eyes is more obvious. It is fragrance and paraben free, and contains Squalane (a botanical lipid, helps with moisture), lavender essential oil (soothing) and evening primrose oil (boosts skin repair).
Clinique All About Eyes Rich: This is my eyecream for the warmer seasons of the year. It is a rich texture, and like all Clinique products is fragrance free. WhilLE i don’t find it makes a big difference on my dark circles (which is why I don’t use it in winter), it helps keep my naturally dry eye area soft and moisturized. I get puffy eyes during the summer (probably due to water retention), and i find this cream is really perfect for that time of year. I use it both day and night, and a little goes a long way, so this usually will last me a good 6-7 months.
E.L.F. Acne Fighting Spot Gel with Aloe: This is a great spot treatment for the occasional breakout. I am lucky to have never suffered acne, and fingers crossed that won’t change. But I do get a pimple here and there if I don’t do my regular extractions (black heads can become inflamed and turn into spots if not extracted in time), especially around my period time. As the name suggests, the formula contains Aloe which is a soothing agent, as well as salicylic acid and tea tree oil, which work to dry the spots and help the skin to get rid of them faster. I find the roll tip a little anti hygienic so I prefer to roll it a couple times on a q-tip and apply to my spots.
Castor Oil (100% Organic, cold pressed): As most of you know, castor oil helps with hair growth and strength. Specifically, it contains Ricinoleic acid which an amino-acid which penetrates follicles and helps restore growth. While I feel the hair growth claim is less plausible , I can definitely get behind the strengthening claim; reduced hair loss also means the hair has a longer life-span, which is probably why some castor oil has hair growth benefits. So with all that blabber, the point is that I use this for my eyelashes. I wear a lot of make up for my blog and everyday life, and taking it off can sometimes cause eyelashes to fall. I apply this oil using a spooley everynight before bed; one drop on the brush and I run it through my eyelashes as I would mascara. And judging by my experience, I find this really helps as I almost never lose any eyelashes when taking my makeup off.
And that’s all for this post! I wanted to share with you guys some of my favourite products, in the hopes that you may find some options if you’re in the market for something new to add to your skin care. As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I will be doing another post (or perhaps a series of posts) where I explain my skin care steps and routines in more detail, and include other products which such as masks, scrubs and serums. Until then, I hope you enjoyed this post and found it informative/helpful! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!
The Foundry girl.