I decided to combine July and August’s Skincare Shake Up post as my skin has been a bit tricky recently and I wanted to make absolutely sure that my skincare wasn’t contributing to that. It’s been flipping warm in the UK, I did some travelling, and I’ve also had a busy and stressful couple of months with work – a perfect storm for reactive skin. So welcome to a bumper Skincare Shake Up post!
Here’s my standard Skincare Shake Up blurb, just in case you’re new around here: I always split the Skincare Shake Up posts into my evening and morning routines. Sometimes there are products that crossover but typically they will be different. I have a system where I label which products are ‘must haves’ and which are ‘nice to haves’ when building a routine, which products do what, what order to use them in, etc. I use a code: MH for ‘must have’, NTH for ‘nice to have’. The products are listed in the order in which I use them and I’ll try to explain why if there’s a specific reason for that. I try to include as much info on ingredients or extra details as possible (e.g. if it’s vegan, perfume-free, alcohol-free) but please bear in mind that my information isn’t exhaustive and you should still do research to double check this if these things are important to you.
SKINCARE SHAKE UP: EVENING ROUTINE
First cleanse (MH if you wear heavy make up and/or SPF) – We’ve spoken about The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil at length so let’s not do this again. All you need to know is that it makes light work of make up, doesn’t irritate my eyes or skin, and I love it.
Second cleanse (MH even if you don’t wear make up) – I’d never tried anything from Fresh before, but if all their stuff is as nice as the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser* then I clearly need to do some investigating. It’s a gentle gel that leaves my skin feeling clean but happy. It contains rosewater and cucumber so it’s very soothing, but FYI the cucumber smell is very strong so if you’re not a fan of that scent (I know you weirdos are out there somewhere) then maybe swerve this one. (By the way, this is limited edited packaging – the usual one is much less exciting!)
Facial spritz (NTH, but very calming and cooling for warm nights/warm faces!) – I had never heard of or used anything from Sanoflore but I am very impressed with the Sanoflore Rose Floral Water Revitalising Toner Mist*. Facial mists really divide people, and I can see why for some they are a pointless step in their skincare, but for me they are invaluable. They soothe and cool the skin instantly, something that I’m always looking for. This one is certified organic and has no added fragrance. If you want to use it as a toner just apply it to a cotton pad and sweep aross the skin, but I’ve been using it just as a facial spray and love it.
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’m continuing to use the Medik8 Blemish Control Pads* and they are definitely having an impact on my congested nose and chin.
Serum (NTH – I can’t be without serums but if you want to streamline your routine/save money you could skip) – I’m combining the Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion and the Vichy Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Booster Serum* (Boots or Escentual). The former is a watery-essence lotion that I apply before my retinol step below – a great tip to form a buffer on the skin if you’re worried that retinol may irritate your skin. The latter is a new discovery that I’ve wanted to try ever since I heard that Sali Hughes rates it, and if it’s good enough for her…! More than just a hydrating serum (although it does that in spades!) it also works to strengthen the skin barrier, and protects against the effects of pollution. It’s also free from oil, fragrance, silicones, parabens, alcohol and colourants. It’s a delight to use, as you can probably see from the depleted bottle below!
Retinol (if you’re targeting fine lines and texture it’s a MH) – I think I’ve been using the La Roche Posay Redermic R Intensive cream* (Boots or Escentual) for about 9 months now and I have no reason to stop. It has improved the texture, fine lines, and appearance of my skin immeasurably and I love it.
Moisturiser (MH for most people, even if you’re oily) – As I’m totally in love with the Hyalu B5 serum, I knew I needed to try the La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 Moisturiser* (Boots or Escentual). Like the serum it helps to plump the skin, keep it hydrated, and looking healthier and smoother. If you have dehydrated skin and/or are worried about signs of ageing, then this is a lovely and easy product to slip into your routine.
Treatment (MH for anyone with sensitive/sunburned/aggravated/dry skin) – I’ve been a fan of the La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 (Boots or Escentual) for many years. It’s been the product I slather on when my skin feels tight and dry, although I’ve often mentioned that it’s a little heavy for every day use. So imagine my unbridled joy when I heard that La Roche Posay had released the Cicaplast Gel B5 (Escentual). I’m going to do a blog post with more details but it has all the goodness of the original but in a lighter formula – the dream!
SKINCARE SHAKE UP: MORNING ROUTINE
Cleansing (MH to remove dirt, oil, sweat, dead skin) – I’m still using the Klorane Floral Water Make Up Remover* but have switched it to my morning cleanse. It works perfectly to refresh my skin, even during that crazy heatwave!
Vitamin C (NTH) – I’m still using the La Roche Posay Redermic C10* (Boots or Escentual) and still loving it. If you would like to target signs of ageing (fine lines, loss of firmness, dull skin) but are worried that it will aggravate your skin, this is a great introductory vitamin C product.
Serum (NTH – I can’t be without serums but if you want to streamline your routine/save money you could skip) – Are you bored of hearing about this serum yet? Because I’m not bored of using it! The La Roche Posay HyaluB5 serum* (Boots or Escentual) is light, has immediate and also long-term effects on my skin (smoother, more supple, plumper, more glowy) and I already have my back up bottle ready for when this one bites the dust.
Moisturiser (MH) – Another product from Sanoflore, the Sanoflore Rosa Angelica Morning Rehydrating Concentrate* is a really lovely lightweight moisturiser that has a fairly strong peach and rose scent (100% natural fragrance apparently). I’m not a huge fan of the smell, but my face felt lovely after using it. As with the facial spray, it’s also certified organic.
SPF (ABSOLUTE MH) – I’ve come crawling back to the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light 50+ SPF* (Boots or Escentual) – last month I strayed and although I really enjoyed using the Ultrasun SPF, it just wasn’t as perfect for me as this one. What can I say, it ticks all my boxes!
Mask/treatments (NTH if you have specific issues you would like to target) – I’m still using the Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Cream* for my mask. My skin has been very temperamental this month due to stress and the weather, and this thick cream is aimed at skin that is dry, compromised, or in recovery. I’ve been using it 2-3 times a week and it’s really helped calm down my angry skin.
I think this was a classic Skincare Shake Up edition – lots of old favourites alongside some new and exciting brands and products. Do any of these catch your eye? What skincare are you loving right now? Let me know in the comments!
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