Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Skincare Shakeup

Cringes of my Winter Skincare Routine post and skincare shopping obsessions aside, my skincare routine has had a bit of an overhaul. Besides doing a rambly old haul post that may be a bit confusing considering the other unnecessary things I've checked out with recently, I'm letting you feast your eyes on what I'm treating my skin with recently.

I've just started using these things so these aren't really things I would recommend...yet that is. I will be doing a follow up later on once I use them a bit more and can really go into depth about them. Although I'm not running over to the sink and getting the warm water running, you may want to put the kettle on because this is going to be a long one. 

As for my skin type - I find it is quite normal, yet it leans a tad on the oily side and tends to be a bit dehydrated. It is quite acne prone and I have tons of scars left over from previous spots...not too chic a description, eh? I also have a lot of redness around my cheeks and have recently discovered that I have really clogged pores. Is that enough of a maze for you?

Now, onto the AM routine...

With the warm water running, I apply the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to dry skin and really massage it into the skin....like really massage. I find that this does the job, as my skin really isn't that dirty in the mornings, plus it's darn cheap! Next, I sweep a bit of the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner all over my face (even on my cheeks, as this doesn't make it more red) to really get all the gunk out of my skin...satisfying. A quick spray of the Caudalie Grape Water on my cheeks, which is where I tend to be the most dehydrated, and a smooth over with the Origins Mega-Bright Serum on my forehead (which is where I have the most scarring). I think this serum is something I've used the most out of the lot and I think I can vouch for it really helping.

As for moisturizer - if I'm having a pale day and feel like I want a bit of color in my skin, then I go for the Origins Vita-Zing (which I did a rather ravey review of here), but if I'm using a BB cream or something that is a little bit darker, then I use a bit of the Origins Brighter by Nature Moisturizer. For my puffy little eyes, I pat a bit of the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream around the orbital bone. This has little reflective particles in it, which I found really helps make my tired eyes a little bit more awake - sounds right up my alley.

When the day is done and my sweaty, tired body is ready to wash up and hop in bed *enter PM routine*...

I take all my makeup off with the Bioderma Créaline H20 (which I did a review of here) then follow up with a cleanse using the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. That's a lot of "c's", but this stuff is seriously da bomb! It has helped SO MUCH with my spots, yet doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped at all. In fact, it feels really nourished after I use it. I spread it over my skin and leave it on for about a minute or two and then massage it in for about another minute. Wash it off...and whoala!

Last, the same routine with the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner and the Caudalie Grape Water as in the morning, then I follow up with a layer of Ziana. This was prescribed to me by my dermatologist to help with acne. I was quite wary of putting this in here, for it isn't something that you can go out and buy, but if you have the La Roche-Posay Effeclar Duo, this is very similar. I don't own that, but I'm DYING to try it and it's the same idea. A quick follow up with the Origins Mega-Bright Serum and then a dose of moisture thanks to the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Moisturizer. This stuff is quite watery, so I think it would be fantastic for oily skin gals, but if you're a bit on the dryer side of things, I'd steer clear. If my eyes need a little bit more moisture, I'll use the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream again, but most of the time I'm too lazy to bother.

We're onto the last lap ladies and gents!
As for the "extras"...

You may be wondering where my Clarisonic is...well, here it is. I only use this every other day now with the REN crazy "c's" cleanser because the other days I use Alpha-H Liquid Gold. If you're a bit obsessed with UK beauty blogs like I am, you'll know that this is super hyped up over there. What you do is you cleanse your skin like normal, then put this on a cotton pad and spread it over your skin like a toner and that's it..you go to bed. I've only used it a few times, so I can't really say that much about it yet, but I used it last night after the Origins Clear Improvements Mask (which is a really good mask for clearing pores) for an intense treatment and my skin has never felt so smooth and soft. If I've got a spot, the Origins Super Spot Remover is what I reach for, as this is the best spot treatment I've found.

Phew! Kudos to you if you've made it to the end, but I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I'm treating my skin to. If there's one thing I'd recommend, it would be the REN cleanser, but as for everything else, I'll be doing a follow up soon.

I really want to try some more REN things, so what are your favorites? I'm also missing a good SPF and a hydrating serum or something so I may be adding those to the mix. Do you have any suggestions?

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