There’s something about the combination of always being tired #mumlife, entering your thirties, and not having an intentional skincare routine, that will have your skin age before your eyes!
This is exactly what I realised a few months back, when I looked in the mirror and could barely recognise myself. My skin was dull, tired, and quite frankly lifeless. Needless to say, this was the kick up the backside that I needed, and began a week long research process into how to take better care of my skin; outside of my diet and physical wellbeing.
Here are the products that I’ve been using for the past couple of weeks, that I’m already seeing positive results with:
A major shout out to the @SknDoctor who inspired most of these!
My Current Skincare Products
Cleanser – Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
This is the first time I’ve used a non-foaming cleanser, but as per Dr. Ewoma’s advice on not using a cleanser that lathers a lot, I decided it was worth a try. It took me a while to get used to the fact that my face wash did not burst into a cloud of bubbles, but I must say the Glossier jelly cleanser has definitely grown on me, and my skin doesn’t feel as dry or as stripped as it did with my previous cleanser. Glossier convert for sure!
Makeup remover – Bioderma Make-Up Removing Solution
I’ve always gone down the oil cleansing route when it comes to make up removal, so I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I’ve fallen in love with a water based makeup remover product instead. This honestly does deserve all of the positive reviews that it’s received, it is extremely gentle on the skin yet manages to take EVERYTHING off! Love it.
Daytime Moisturiser – Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
As per my October ‘Made It Monthly’ favourites, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic cream still remains my current favourite day cream. A little of this product goes a long way and it instantly leaves your skin feeling plump, hydrated and soft. The formulation is rich without being greasy and it makes for an excellent moisturiser especially during the colder winter months.
Night Moisturiser – ESPA Tri-Active ProBiome Moisturiser
The ESPA team gifted me with this moisturiser a few months back and my skin can’t get enough of it! The tri-active moisturiser helps fight visible signs of lifestyle skin ageing, and is clinically proven to increase hydration levels by 43%, enhance firmness by 14% and improve elasticity by 10%. I will never get tired of how smooth and soft this leaves my skin overnight! A definite fave.
Eye serum – Dermalogica Biolumin C Eye Serum
New on the market but with such positive reviews, I decided to give this eye serum a try. One of my biggest skin concerns is my dark under eye area, hence why the vitamin C and brightening complex stood out like a sore thumb. It’s still early days but I’m convinced my under eyes already look a million times better, I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts in a few more weeks.
Update Jan 2021: Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Whilst I enjoyed the Biolumin C Eye Serum, I decided to give the Ordinarys Caffeine Solution a try as soon as I ran out, as I hadn’t noticed much change with the main issue I have with my under eyes being how dark they are. I started to use the Ordinarys solution about a month ago, and dare I say I feel like my under eye area has improved. This may be because I’ve also since increased my water intake which shows in my face and has reduced my under eye hollowness. All in all, I really like this product and use it twice a day every day.
Sunscreen – SkinCeuticals Brightening UV Defense SPF 30
When Dr. Ewoma aka the skndoctor shared this sunscreen and said that it wouldn’t leave a white cast on dark skin, I knew it was worth a try. My verdict? She was right. It also does not have an overpowering fragrance like most sunscreens I’ve come across, which makes me like it all the more
To help tackle my anti-ageing woes a.k.a the fine lines on my forehead in particular, I use this light strength serum a few times a week (to get my skin used to using retinol). Retinol is the holy grail ingredient when it comes to anti-ageing, so I knew I needed to incorporate it into my regimen. So far I’m really liking this and do plan on increasing the strength that I use as soon as I’ve used this all up.
Update Jan 2021: Dermatica Prescription [Tretinoin, Niacinamide, Azelaic Acid]
I recently made the decision to up my Retinol strength and my first stop was to go via Dermatica. Dermatica is an online prescription service offered by an expert dermatology team helping to combat acne and fight ageing with treatments that can’t otherwise be bought in stores. What I loved in particular and one of the reasons why I opted for this service, was I wasn’t sure how much more Retinol my skin could handle & I wanted to get my skin in front of a team who could better advise me. The process was simple, I took some high quality photos of my skin, answered a few questions and then submitted everything online. Within just a few days I was sent my prescription treatment and I haven’t looked back since.
You can trial the service for just £2.90 [postage cost] to see if it works for you, and if it doesn’t then you can subscribe to a monthly subscription. More details here
What can I say, I love a good serum! If there’s one thing that I can guarantee will leave my skin looking like its had an overnight facial, a serum just before my moisturiser is definitely one of them. This particular serum is said to strengthen the skins barrier and generally make it look more radiant, which at present I can definitely attest to.
Update Jan 2021: ESPA Balancing Treatment Oil
Adding this oil to my night time routine was a smart decision. During the inter months m skin is particularly dry and this does wonders at calming my skin as well as locking the moisture from my night time routine in so that my skin still feels moisturised and supple in the a.m.
Hyaluronic acid – Vichy Minéral 89 Serum
The number one ingredient for moisture retention none other than hyaluronic acid. This product is anther recommednation fromthe skndoctor who doesn’t usually talk about drugstore prodycts, but vouched for this one.. So far I’m absolutely in love, not only does it glide on the skin so smoothly but even with the current harsh cold weather in London it keeps my skin moisturised without a dry patch in sight for the entire day. I also use it at night and it just never disappoints.
Vitamin C – Medik8 C-Tetra Lipid Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum
This is my first time using vitamin C and I’m definitely excited about my continued journey with it. Vitamin C is the ingredient you want to have in your skincare products if either of the following are concerns: hyperpigmentation, dull skin, sun damage protection the list goes on. It’s jam packed with antioxidants and also known to promote collagen production. This is a staple daily product for me and definitely boosts my morning skincare routine.
Last but not the least, AHA’s and BHA’s are a form of acid otherwise known as chemical exfoliators, whilst both acids are different and serve different purposes, I was keen to try the Dr Dennis universal daily peel because of its unique combination of five alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs), with potent wrinkle-wrestling antioxidants, that claim to smooth and refine the skin. As someone who does intend on getting professional peels in the near future, this definitely has been a great introduction. I’ve used this twice and my skin was noticeably smoother and brighter on both occasions.
Lip Mask – Laneige Lip Mask
Hands down one of my favourite parts of my evening skincare routine is applying this lip mask. It layers on thick and when paired with a lip scrub before, leaves your lips baby bottom soft – even through the night. I stalled on buying this for some time because the price point was more pricey than I would have liked. That was until I tried it, now I’m a major fan girl!
So that’s the scoop on my go to skincare products