This is my first blog post in a long, long time, but I’m so excited to get back to it! I recently did a 2 week experiment where I used one brand only (gasp!) everyday for my morning and evening routines. The purpose was initially to test out the products for the Lixir line and review them, which is partially what this post is. But once I the two weeks passed, I realized this could also be a daily routine post for those of us out there looking to develop a daily routine that is not too complicated, yet effective and that won’t take too much time.
Do you really need a routine?
Yes, but it doesn’t have to take hours, or include many products. Like any organ in the human body, our skin requires care to maintain and protect it from internal and external factors that can harm or alter it. This is why I personally believe everyone should have a routine to give their skin the basic needs it has; cleansing, nourishment and treatment. The problem is that the beauty industry is so huge, and the market is overly saturated with products that promise all kinds of results, that many of us find themselves overwhelmed. Some will buy into trends they will quickly forget, while others will give up because there’s simply too much out there to choose from. It is important to note here that I am not talking about the kind of skin care that promises to get rid of your cystic acne or make your sun damage blemishes disappear. Fortunately, our skin’s basic needs are quite straightforward and relatively simple to tend to, and this is what this post will focus on; a minimalist, “less is more” skin care routine.
Lixirskin is a skincare line that was developed by Colette Haydon, a renowned doctor in dermo-pharmacy who has worked behind the scenes on formulating products for some of the most famous skin care brand such as . It is made of just 6 (yes, that is SIX) products that fulfill skin’s basic/universal needs, and includes 3 treatment products that tend to the most common issues people encounter with their skin.
It’s obvious that a lot of thought was put into the process of developing this line. The products come in two packaging designs: a tube format for the cleanser, moisturizer and Vitamin C mask, and a pump, UV light protecting format for the treatments. The packaging is important because it makes the products really practical to use, and more importantly, it prolongs their shelf life, therefore promoting their effectiveness on the skin. The millennial pink is my favourite part about the packaging, though I think it might not speak to everyone out there, but I digress.
In terms of ingredients and formulation, the brand goes toward “moving on from the natural vs natural battle” as they state on their website. This is a great point because it makes us think about good vs bad ingredients, instead of the labels frequently used to target specific audiences. The brand places an emphasis on the concept of “less is more”, meaning the use of less active ingredients which tend to make skin work harder until it gives up, therefore reducing product effectiveness. Instead, Lixirskin’s claim is a line of universal, multitasking products that work for different skin types, ages and skin concerns.
Finally in terms of cost, I think the products are overall reasonably priced, not quite on the high end, but not exactly as low as drugstore prices.
Morning: 12 minutes
Step one: Vitamin C Paste: 10 minutes, 50ml, £32,00
The claim: The Vitamin C paste is meant to be used as a mask in the morning to revive the skin (kinda like that kick you would get from a tall glass of OJ). It helps neutralize all that sebum that skin collects through the night, gets rid of left over free radicals (which are basically lost little electrons that mess with our skin) and prepare it for UVA and UVB exposure.
My experience: I massaged the paste onto my skin in circular motions, and left it on for 10 minutes while I prepared my breakfast. Then I wiped it off using a microfiber washcloth, and then went over my face twice with the same washcloth, clean and damp (because the water in Berlin is so harsh, I never use it to rinse my skin). The texture feels really nice, almost like a gentle exfoliant at first, and cooling once I washed it off. After the first week of use, I noticed my skin tone was more unified, and the redness I usually have around my nose was almost gone. The website also says to use it on the eye contour area, but I stopped doing this after the first week because it my made my skin dry and flaky, so be careful with this part. Overall, I was satisfied with the product and will continue to use it as a morning cleanser.
Step two: Universal Emulsion: 2 minutes, 50ml, £29,00
The claim: This is a universal emulsion that works to protect the skin from free radicals, deliver water molecules to the skin, and promote its ability to retain it. The interesting part about this claim which surprised me personally was that the formula is developed to provide an SPF of 10 without ANY added sunscreens! How crazy is that? #Impressed. It’s also supposed to act as a serum and moisturizer in one.
My experience: I absolutely love this emulsion! It smells so good (Rose and Ylang Ylang), and glides smoothly on the skin. I used it day and night with and saw almost instant results! it leaves my skin looking dewy, feeling plump and velvety. I love that it absorbs in about 2 minutes and After 2 weeks of use, I can happily report I did not suffer any breakout. It has now replaced my moisturizer and serum, so I will definitely be purchasing the full size once I go through the 50ml tube I currently have.
Evening: 7 minutes
Step one: ElectroGel Cleanser: 5 minutes, 100ml, £25,00
The claim: This universal cleanser is supposedly formulated to remove all makeup and detoxify the skin to get rid of pollutants and debris. It includes a negatively charged electrogel to attract positively charged toxins which can then be rinsed off the skin.
My experience: first of all the smell of this product is so calming (Geranium, Sage, Rosemary and Chamomile). It goes very smoothly on the skin, and doesn’t foam when it comes in contact with water, which is great since foaming products tend to strip skin off its natural oils. I love that it doesn’t leave a film on my skin either, which is common for non foaming cleansers. Unfortunately, the makeup removing cream claim doesn’t hold water. It might be effective for people who don’t wear a lot of makeup, but if you’re like me and wear a full face almost every day, this will definitely need to be preceded by a balm cleanser or micellar water. Regardless of this one disadvantage, I will probably repurchase this product once I finish it.
Step two:Night Switch Retinol 1%: 2 minutes, 15ml, £28,00
The claim: just like most retinoids, this retinol (Vitamin A) claims to promote skin regeneration and treat fine lines, as well as reverse sun damage and boost protein production. In short, it’s an anti-aging treatment.
My experience: There are several scientific studies behind the use of retinoids in general, so I’m all about the retinol in any skin care routine. I love using it not only for it’s anti-aging properties, but also because it has greatly helped reduce my skin texture; I never had acne growing up, however my skin does sometimes become textured, with tiny almost invisible bumps scattered all over, that are mostly harmful except for when I apply cream makeup. Therefore, this Night Switch was an obvious addition to my Lixirskin purchase. The website says to mix it in with the Universal Emulsion and apply to the face, eyes and neck. This combo was definitely a winner because I noticed the fine lines around my eyes are visibly reduced, and even my neck wrinkles are less prominent than usual. I will definitely continue using this combo, although I might try mixing the emulsion with the retinoid from The Ordinary.
I love that the products were developed to do so many things at once; eventhough skin care benefits in general are not the most scientifically easy to prove, I am quite impressed with this line which has prompted me to do even more research and continue to learn more about my skin. But for now, I will continue to use this routine on days where I don’t have the 45 minutes my skin care would usually take.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it helpful! let me know your thought in the comments, and stay safe out there!