I’m a skincare fiend. I prefer good skincare to makeup, and am religious when it comes to making sure every step of my routine is in its place. Even after a particularly heavy night out you’ll find me applying serum like my life depends on it. It’s something that I don’t think twice about anymore. I just do it.
The other day I slept in one of the study rooms in college for the night and, alongside my change of clothes, brought my entire skincare routine up with me and used them in the bathroom at about 3am. Goals.
I’ve done a lot of research into what my skin needs to keep it clear and happy. I’ve looked into all the different acids and chemicals and I’ve settled on something that I love.
Annoyingly, in a purely hipster way, Glossier’s cult products actually sum up my routine quite well so. Still, I did it first and I pay a lot less so that’s nice for me.
01. I use any old cleanser to take away the day. Nothing too harsh (no teenage spot cleansers) and nothing too pathetic. I wrote a post about my fave cleansers the other day.
02. Salicylic Acid. Glossier have just released their Solution which has Salicylic acid in. I was recommended it for my skin by a lovely facialist – she was worried about my redness and recommended I use a chemical exfoliator rather than a scrub. I’ve never looked back. I use The Ordinary’s Salicylic 2% Solution about twice a week, three times if I feel I need it, before bed.
03. Niacinamide and Zinc. Another one that Glossier have smashed. Everyone has been raving about Super Pure and for good reason. It’s great, and I hold it responsible for how great my skin has been lately. I’m about three applications away from finishing the bottle. The only issue is that it’s a little pricey. Once again, The Ordinary have stepped up with a £5 alternative. Same stuff, so so so much cheaper. I let the serum sink in properly before I moisturise. Give it a good five minutes to get itself going.
04. Having scrubbed off the million layers of mascara my eyes are in need of something special: I use Clinique’s Pep-Start eye cream morning and night to keep them happy. It’s fresh and zingy and soaks in super quickly. I then follow this will a good dose of moisturiser, all over my face, paying special attention to the bridge of my nose and T-Zone because it tends to be driest there. My favourite is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, and I’m about a week away from finishing this pot. That said, any simple moisturiser will do. I’m very relaxed on the moisturiser front, other than using an SPF one in the day! x
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