I was in two minds about doing a Skincare Shake Up for January. For most of the month I was in Japan, which means that I was relying on products that I’d already used. If you have sensitive or awkward skin, you will know that a holiday can cause all sorts of issues with your skin: flights, change in diet, the water (hard water is the devil!), disrupted sleep, temperature changes… it all adds up. So when I travel, I tend to stick with what I know.
But I’ve had a few comments from people asking where January’s Skincare Shake Up was, so I think I’ll do a quick, more streamlined version of my usual mammoth posts!
My rosacea was incredibly well behaved while we were in Japan, which really surprised me. But I think it had a lot to do with the way that I cared for my skin during the most traumatic (to my skin!) part of the holiday: the very long flight. I feel like I’ve finally nailed my in-flight skin routine and it made the world of difference. I blogged about it and you can read it HERE.
SKINCARE SHAKE UP EVENING ROUTINE
As mentioned in December’s Skincare Shake Up (which you can take a peek at HERE) I did a small test of the Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse* before I left the UK to make sure that my skin liked it. It was a bit of a risk to take something I hadn’t used before on a three week holiday, but I liked the idea of a pot that included a solid cleansing oil and a separate cleansing cream in one. I liked both of the products but ended up using another product (DHC Cleansing Oil – one of my all time favourites) to remove eye make up as I really don’t like the texture of cleansing balm around my eyes, even when it does turn into oil quickly. The Pixi balm removed make up easily and made my skin feel very pampered and calm, while the cleansing cream was soothing and gentle on my sensitive skin. The amount of product isn’t huge, and I’m not sure either product would replace my favourites when at home with access to my entire stash, but it’s a good travel option (especially if you don’t mind using balm-oil products on your eyes).
Many of this month’s evening routine products are carry-overs from December as I loved them so much: La Roche Posay HyaluB5 Serum* (I need to get another bottle of this as I am in love with it! It has two types of hyaluronic acid in it: one with low molecular weight to really sink in, replump from within and stimulate cell renovation; and one with high molecular weight to form an invisible barrier on the skin to retain moisture and plump up fine lines. MAGIC!), La Roche Posay Redermic R Intense cream* (I noticed improvements in fine lines, texture and pigmentation after using them for a month and those are even more noticeable after two). I loved using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream* with a few drops of the Trilogy Very Gentle Restoring Oil* – I don’t want to repeat myself and bore you, but you can read more about them in December‘s post. Both are great options if you want a bit of extra care in the colder months, but don’t want to annoy or overload your sensitive skin.
(Yes I put the oil in the wrong routine group photo, let’s not dwell on the past…)
In my flight skincare post I mentioned the Sephora Sleeping Masks – every time I go to Sephora I stock up on these as they are brilliant. They’re individual pots of jelly-like masks but there’s so much product in each pot that I can make one pot last a week as either a light nightly moisturiser or mask. Which makes them a bargain! I used a little bit of the ‘Rose’ mask every time we were in our hotel before 9pm (which happens more than you’d think on a three week holiday with horrendous jetlag!)
And that’s it for the evening routine… pretty pared down for me!
SKINCARE SHAKE UP MORNING ROUTINE
Oh Bioderma. My love. There are many micellar waters around, some are cheaper than Bioderma, but this is by far my favourite. Never aggravating, never drying, removes even stubborn make up… just wonderful. I like both the Bioderma Sensibio H2O (the pink lid) and the Bioderma Sébium H2O (green lid, aimed at oily skin). Plus you can get tiny little travel bottles like this which are great for flights AND are refillable.
As with last month, I followed my cleanser with La Roche Posay Redermic C10 Intensive cream* and the wonderful La Roche Posay HyaluB5 Serum*. The Redermic C10 is helping with hydration, fine lines and texture and was recommended to be used in conjunction with the Redermic R Intensive product above (the latter before bed, the former in the morning).
I finished my morning routine with the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream*. There’s no harm in using a night cream during the day, although they do tend to be thicker which may mean a more shiny face which isn’t great for make up application (FYI, I didn’t find that with this Trilogy moisturiser). When travelling it’s often easier to take one moisturiser that works for both night and day and this one ticks both boxes. Especially as I use a separate SPF – which is where the ongoing favourite La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF comes in! I know I bang on about this SPF but it’s truly lovely. Light, no white cast, non-greasy, no strong smell, and my skin loves it.
I think this might be the first Skincare Shake Up that has come in under 1000 words! It feels very brief but, as I mentioned, a lot of the products mentioned are repeat offenders in this series so hopefully you’ll have had the lowdown on them many times before. As always, if you have any questions about my routine or other products just let me know in the comments below. You can also chat to me on every social media platform there is: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube… come and say hi!
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