It wasn't until I started my blog that I became interested in skincare at all. For years I would apply a pretty hefty amount of make up on a daily basis and simply use a cleansing wipe in the evening, ignoring any advice my mum gave me about cleansing, toning and moisturising. I have combination skin that's really prone to blemishes; something that I used anti-acne tablets from the doctors to help tackle for a long time. Once I turned 18 however I decided it was time to ease myself off them and let me skin take care of itself. I figured I'd be out of that teenage spot phase so the blemishes probably wouldn't return once I'd stopped taking the tablets, but I was disappointed to find out that wasn't really the case. However, with a new interest in all things skincare related I set about trying to come up with a routine that was easy to stick to and would help my skin without the need for tablets, which I think I've just about done. I thought I'd therefore share with you my current skincare routine, although knowing me and routines it's bound to change sooner or later!
I still begin by using cleansing wipes first thing in the morning. I can just about make it from my bed to my dressing table but the idea of getting up and having to head off to the bathroom to carry out a proper skincare routine fills me with dread - I'm definitely not a morning person! I then apply a small amount of La Roche Posay's Effaclar K to my skin. Having only been using this for a couple of weeks so far I can't really comment on whether or not it's made a huge difference to my skin, but it does promise to stop blemishes reoccurring; something that I feel my skin is definitely getting better at. It also makes a brilliant make up base and I use this along with a liquid highlighter to prime my skin before applying foundation.
In the evening I begin by dampening my face with warm water and using the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser to remove the main bulk of my make up. After removing the cleanser with a hot muslin cloth and splashing my face with water I remove my eye make up using micellular water, although I have a few bottles of this and I'm not all that faithful to any particular one! I then apply La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo to my skin once it's completely dry. I love this product so much, I can't even describe the difference it's made to my skin (you can read my full review here). I use that as I would a moisturiser and finish up by dabbing a small amount of Skinetica Anti-Blemish Solution on any pesky little spots or under the skin bumps. My skin has got so much better now that I no longer have to do this every day, but I find that when I do the blemish has all but disappeared come morning.
The other products in my routine are things that I don't use every single day but give my skin a bit of a treat when I do. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair has been a staple on my bedside table for a long time now and although I used to use it every single evening I don't really feel the need to any more. Instead, I apply the serum before Effaclar Duo about 2/3 times a week to give my skin an extra boost of radiance when it needs it. I wrote a review on the Sanctuary 5min Detox Mask a little while ago (find that here) and I love the way this works on my skin too. Containing charcoal and clay, I use this twice a week to drag out impurities from my skin and unclog pores. The mask itself is warming on the skin which is such a lovely feeling after a long hard day and it makes my skin feel fresher and cleaner than ever whilst keeping blemishes at bay.