Monday, 23 October 2017

My Current AM Skincare Routine

I'll be honest as usual & say that I'm really slack when it comes to a morning skincare routine. Some weeks I'll get into a routine where I cleanse/tone/moisturise every morning & then other weeks I simply forget or can't be arsed doing it. I know my skin feels better & rejuvenated when I remember to do it, but I guess old habits die hard.

Before I tell you what I'm currently using in the A.M, lemme mention my particular skin type + concerns I have. My skin is primarily sensitive & could react to products at any time - even stuff that I've been using for a long time. There's at least 1 active ingredient I know I have to limit my use of (Vitamin C) as my skin turns bright red whenever I use it. I also have combination skin, with open pores on either side of my nose (aka the oiliest part of my skin) & a few open pores creeping onto my forehead & chin too. It's also prone to dehydration, even on the oiliest parts of my skin.

In terms of skin concerns, I also have a little bit of pigmentation + I'm seeing the beginning of the ageing process (i.e. crows feet, my smile lines deepening + my skin beginning to slacken a little). I can & do get red every now & again as well. Oh & there's those scars I have from both skin cancer surgery + a biopsy on the other skin cancer I had, but reducing their impact doesn't necessarily come into my skin cancer routine.

When I do remember my morning skincare routine, this is what I use:

Micellar water
I currently use Essano's Gentle Facial Cleansing Micellar Water, aka my HG micellar water. For me, it does the trick & it doesn't sting my skin like other products could do. The only time I don't use it of a morning is if I'm having a shower - in that instance I use my usual Trilogy cream cleanser, which I also use of a night-time.

Facial mist
I'm not one for toner, so facial mist for me is a great substitute & helpful for locking moisture into my dehydrated skin. I've just gone back to La Mav's Rose Hydrating Mist & issues with the nozzle aside, I'm loving it again as my skin doesn't drink this up quite as fast as other facial mists that I've used.

Hyaluronic acid serum
I'm currently using The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 of a morning as I'm using a more active serum at night-time. Pretty sure this stuff saved my bacon last winter & will continue saving my bacon because, as mentioned, my skin suffers from dehydration & hyaluronic acid I feel does a good job in boosting the hydration levels in your skin.

Moisturiser or face oil
I'm currently out of moisturiser & I'm rather impatiently waiting on either Priceline or Myer to re-stock my beloved Trilogy sensitive moisturiser (seriously guys, pull your finger out, this was meant to be on the market weeks ago!), so atm I'm using The Ordinary's 100% Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil as a substitute. I tend to stick to facial oil only in the warmer months as my skin can feel a bit heavy with both moisturiser and facial oil on.

If I know I'll be out for the day & near the sun, then using an SPF is non-negotiable. I don't need to bang on about my skin cancer history & how harsh the sun is in Australia for you guys to know how important this product is to me! I've been using Ego Sunsense's Sensitive Invisible SPF50+ for close to a year now & it hasn't let me down yet. I keep a large tube of it in my bathroom & carry a smaller tube in my handbag when I'm out & about.

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  1. I'm a big user of Micellar Water, it's so handy! I really want to try something from The Ordinary, I keep seeing the range everywhere!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    1. I agree! It's definitely a part of my routine, regardless of whether I use it of a morning or if I use it at night as part of a 2nd cleanse (if need be). You STILL haven't jumped on-board The Ordinary train? Get on it girl! I know their products sound daunting (especially for newcomers), but there's plenty of handy online guides which can help you navigate that minefield.

  2. I’ve not tried that sunscreen but it’s really good to see drugstore brands offering sunscreens that are nice enough to use on the face! In the past it was always just greasy sunscreen that you’d use all over your body and only on your face if you’re going to the beach. But having a nice formula is definitely key to convincing people to wear it every day, so that’s great that you’ve found one that works for you.  I’m obsessed with the Mecca ones but they are definitely more expensive for less product, so if you’ve found a good one at Priceline then that’s great news!

    1. It's not too greasy for the face but I won't lie, I sometimes get a sweaty face when wearing it (mostly when I'm wearing my BareMinerals tinted moisturiser). I should find something that's more appropriate for the face, but having sensitive skin means I'm fussy when it comes to sunscreens. I'm not sure if I've ever tried the Mecca ones but you're right, they're definitely expensive for less product & the way I go through sunscreen probably rules them out for me sadly.


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