Hopefully you’ll all be familiar with the format of my Skincare Shake Up posts, but just in case you’re new here: every month I post a round up of the products I used in the previous month so I can share my thoughts with you. There are usually some tried and trusted favourites that have popped up year after year, but I also try out new products and formulas. I have rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis so my skin is very picky about the products it likes. I try to include information any potential irritants in the summary of each product as I know that some products that are great for my skin might not be appropriate for others. I’m not a trained dermatologist, I have just tried A LOT of products over the past 13 years and wanted to share my experiences. Right! Enough waffle… let’s crack on with my Skincare Shake Up: April ’18 edition!
I always split my Skincare Shake Up posts into my evening and morning routines. Sometimes there are products that crossover but typically they will be quite different. Last month I trialled a new system where I labelled which products were ‘must haves’ and which are ‘nice to haves’ when building a routine; which products do what; what order to use them in, etc. I used a code – MH for ‘must have’, NTH for ‘nice to have’. The products (as always) are in the order I use them and I’ll try to explain why if there’s a specific reason for that. A few people said it was helpful but I would love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below!
SKINCARE SHAKE UP EVENING ROUTINE
Cleanse (MH even if you don’t wear make up) – The cleanser itself is fairly standard: a lightweight milky cream that removes make up well and left my skin clean and happy. I really love the smell of coconut so I was excited to try the Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser* (FYI I’ve not ordered from that site before, but it seems to be sold out every where else), but the smell is not as coconut-y as you’d expect from the name. It actually smells quite earthy so – purely from a superficial point of view – I didn’t look forward to using it on an evening (is it just me who looks forward to cleansing their skin? Perhaps…) but it’s a good option if you want something gentle, organic, and vegan.
Exfoliation (exfoliation is a MH if you have dull or dehydrated skin, and chemical exfoliation is a kinder option if you have sensitive skin) – I noticed that the congestion around my chin and nose was getting worse so I reintroduced the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion into my routine. I tried this last year and liked it, although I noted that I had to use quite a lot in each application. It doesn’t aggravate my skin and definitely left it looking smoother and clearer but my hunt continues for a salicylic acid product that ticks all my boxes.
Serum (NTH – I can’t be without serums but if you want to streamline your routine/save money you could skip) – The Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion is a repeat from last month’s Skincare Shake Up posts because I really love using it and the effect it has on my skin. You can read more about it in my previous review.
Retinol (If you’re targeting fine lines and texture it’s a MH) – You won’t be surprised to see the La Roche Posay Redermic R Intensive cream* (Boots or Escentual) in this round up as it has been a staple for months so you’re probably sick of hearing me talk about it! But here’s the summary: It targets fine lines, pigmentation, and uneven texture; it contains 0.3% retinol so it’s the perfect introduction if you’re new to retinol (also known as vitamin A); I have had no problems with regards to my rosacea, but you must build up your tolerance slowly as it can cause irritation otherwise – I started using it once a week, and am now up to 3 times a week. You must also make sure you use SPF when you introduce retinol to your skincare routine as it can make you more susceptible to sun damage. I don’t use it on the same night as the Paula’s Choice lotion as both contain a resurfacing/exfoliation element so using both would be overkill!
Treatment (skin type dependent, but this is a targeted rosacea product that’s a NTH… only if you have rosacea, obviously!) – I did a whole post on the Dermalex Rosacea* cream, so you can read that HERE if you are interested in hearing more about it.
Second serum (NTH if your skin looks or feels like it needs an added hydration boost) – The instructions for the Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin Moisture Solution No.86 Intense Rehydration Compound* say to use 2-3 drops on the face but I found that that was nowhere near enough – it would all sink into my forehead as soon as my fingers touched it. In order to do my whole face, I would’ve had to use about 7-8 drops which would mean a bottle would last about a month! So I decided to add 2-3 drops to my moisturiser…
Moisturiser (MH for most people, even if you’re oily) – The Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream* is a fairly thick cream moisturiser that feels lovely on the skin and mixed very well with the serum/booster above. I really enjoyed using this product but sadly it really aggravated my seborrheic dermatitis: after about a week my temples and eyebrows were so scaly and tight that I started removing products and it soon became obvious that these products were the culprits.
Replacement moisturiser/skin saviour! (MH for anyone with sensitive/sunburned/aggravated/dry skin) – My skin was so unhappy that I automatically reached for my catch-all saviour: La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 (Boots or Escentual). It’s a thick cream that soothes, calms, and sorts out any and all skin problems I may have. I’ve been using it for years and it is WONDERFUL.
SKINCARE SHAKE UP MORNING ROUTINE
Cleansing (MH to remove dirt, oil, sweat, dead skin) – Depending on how my skin was feeling when I woke up, I would either use the Simple Micellar Water* or the Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser*. The Simple Micellar Water is a lovely affordable product that is quick, easy, and gentle on my sensitive skin.
Vitamin C (NTH) – Another repeat offender: the La Roche Posay Redermic C10* (Boots or Escentual) is still a staple in my routine. It’s another great introduction product, so if you’ve been tempted by vitamin C skincare I would highly recommend this. It’s designed to target signs of ageing: fine lines, loss of firmness, and dull skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid so is very hydrating.
Serum (NTH – I can’t be without serums but if you want to streamline your routine/save money you could skip) – Yep. Another non-mover: La Roche Posay HyaluB5 serum* (Boots or Escentual). I’m onto my second bottle of this and it’s just brilliant: it feels quite sticky and thick when you first apply but it sinks in with no issues and with no residue left on the skin. There are two different hyaluronic acid weights included: low to penetrate the skin and work long-term, and high to create a surface barrier to plump, protect, and retain moisture. I LOVE this serum and am now in my SIXTH month of using it – a very big deal for a skincare hussy like me!
Treatment (as above) –Dermalex Rosacea*
Moisturiser (MH) – My Skincare Shake Up posts seem to be turning into a bit of a LRP fangirl love letter! But here’s another product my skin loves when it’s been upset (by a product, stress, heat, or any other trigger) and that I reach for a lot: La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Fluid (Boots or Escentual). It’s lightweight, simple, and does the job wonderfully.
Oil (NTH) – I’ve spoken about the wonderful ethical, sustainable, and innovative Beauty Kitchen brand before (you can read more about them HERE) so I was excited to try out the Beauty Kitchen Seahorse Plankton High Definition Facial Oil*. Firstly, let me clarify that no seahorses were harmed in the making of this range! The name refers to the plankton micro-algae used in the products which is a main food source for seahorses… but the Beauty Kitchen team grow their own, so don’t worry – they’re not pinching meals from the mouths of poor starving seahorses! (In fact they’re donating money from sales of this range to helping seahorse conservation) The oil is such a pleasure to use and it really helps my skin to feel pampered and cared for. I’ve been using this on days when I’m not leaving the house and just want to treat my skin.
SPF (ABSOLUTE MH) – You can’t be surprised to see the last item on this list? The La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light 50+ SPF* (Boots or Escentual) is one of the best SPFs I’ve ever tried: non-irritating, non-greasy, lightweight, it leaves no white cast on the skin, and it now comes in this dinky little travel size as well. Who doesn’t love a mini?
This was a bit of a beast, even as Skincare Shake Up posts go! Did anything here catch your eye? Are any of these products your favourites too? Discovered something you love that you think I’d like too? Want to give me feedback on the new coded layout? Please do let me know in the comments, they make me feel warm and fuzzy and less like I’m just shouting about skincare into the abyss!
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