Skincare Shake Up: September ’19 Edition

It has been about 8 months since my last Skincare Shake Up which is bonkers considering I used to do these updates every single month. The last update was after my incredible appointment with Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Justine Kluk. There are a lot of products that are still in place in my routine since then, as well as some new discoveries.

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Here’s my usual Skincare Shake Up disclaimer: I am not a trained professional in any capacity regarding beauty. All of my recommendations are based on my experiences as someone who has had rosacea for 14+ years. I also have seborrheic dematitis (around my brows, hairline, temples, and forehead) as well as very oily skin on my t-zone. As a result my recommendations may not work for you but this blog serves as a starting point for people to find products and advice that they can then apply their own common sense to and do further research. I try to include as much information as I can about potentially aggravating ingredients where possible but, one of the things I’ve learned about rosacea (or any skin condition) is that you have to become your own expert about what your skin likes and doesn’t like. It’s a lengthy process but a worthwhile one.

For those of you who are new to these posts…. 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 a little bit different. I have a system where I label which products are MH (‘must haves’ – products that I think are essential for a skincare routine) and which are NTH (‘nice to haves’ – products to add when your skin is in a position to handle them or if you can afford them or can be bothered!) These codes refer to the product type, not necessarily the exact product mentioned.

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.

LET US BEGIN.


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SKINCARE SHAKE UP EVENING ROUTINE

FIRST CLEANSE (MH to remove make up and SPF): I have really enjoyed using the Pai Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil [press sample]. Removing make up with oil suits my skin really well – firstly because it dissolves make up really quickly which means less rubbing, but secondly because the oil makes my fingers glide across my face with no friction which means less irritation. This is a very gentle oil that leaves my skin feeling cared for, doesn’t annoy my sensitive eyes, and I really trust Pai as a brand.

SECOND CLEANSE (MH to treat your skin type): I am onto my second tube of the Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme [press sample] and I love it. If you are wanting to try out chemical exfoliants but are a bit nervous, a product like this is perfect. This one contains Gluconolactone, which is a PHA (Polyhydroxy Acid), which works to gently exfoliate dead skin cells leaving your skin brighter, clearer, and helps with signs of ageing. PHAs are considered better for sensitive skin, because (in the most simple terms) the molecules are larger and can’t penetrate as deeply as – for example – AHAs or BHAs, so they work on the top layers only. It’s not at all harsh, irritating, or difficult to use: it just feels like a regular cream cleanser.

SPRITZ (NTH – good to cool and soothe skin but also boosts hydration, especially if you’re using a hyaluronic acid product next) Sanoflore Rose Floral Water Revitalising Toner Mist [press sample] Another product that I’ve used for two bottles in a row. Facial mists are a lovely addition to a skincare routine, especially if you have sensitive skin that often feels warm or itchy. I spritz it onto cleansed skin and immediately apply my serum to lock that moisture in.

SERUM (NTH – I can’t be without serums but if you want to streamline your routine/save money you could skip): La Roche-Posay HyaluB5 Serum [press sample] I’ve been using this serum on and off for nearly two years which is unheard of for a skincare obsessive like me! I’ve spoken about it before at length so I won’t repeat myself but you can read the details HERE.

MOISTURISER (MH for most people, even if you’re oily): the Cerave Moisturising Lotion [bought] is great if you’re looking for a simple, affordable moisturiser. This doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or sticky and keeps my sensitive skin feeling smooth and calm.

[NB: I’ve also been using new retinol and vitamin c products but it’s not been long enough for me to review fully so I’ll keep schtum until I can collect my thoughts!]
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SKINCARE SHAKE UP MORNING ROUTINE

CLEANSE (MH to remove dirt, oil, sweat, dead skin): my morning cleanse features the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanse [press sample], which is another repeat item in my Skincare Shake Up posts. Simple, quick, gentle: I always have multiple bottles of this in the house so that I never run out.

SPRITZ (NTH – good to cool and soothe skin but also boosts hydration, especially if you’re using a hyaluronic acid product next): I use the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra 8 Spray [press sample] in a similar way to the Sanoflore one in my evening routine. I cleanse, spritz, then add serum and moisturiser – this forms a lovely hydration sandwich, trapping the moisture on my skin. This is described as a ‘hydrating concentrate’, so it can also be used throughout the day when your skin is feeling tight or dry. I think this would really come into its own on a long flight.

SERUM (NTH – I can’t be without serums but if you want to streamline your routine/save money you could skip): La Roche-Posay HyaluB5 Serum [press sample] I’ve been using this serum on and off for nearly two years which is unheard of for a skincare obsessive like me! I’ve spoken about it before at length so I won’t repeat myself but you can read the details HERE.

MOISTURISER (MH for most people, even if you’re oily): Is anyone still surprised by the inclusion of the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Fluid moisturiser? [press sample] It’s been YEARS.

SPF (ABSOLUTE MH): La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF 50+ [press sample] – if I had £1 for every time I’ve recommended this SPF, I’d be writing this blog post from a (shady) beach in Hawaii. It’s as near perfect as I have found and it’s the one I always come back to.

Aaaaand we’re done! As you can see I’m still keeping things quite simple: the basics are represented by old favourites, enabling me to keep my skin happy while I introduce some new bits and pieces. Long gone are the days when I totally replace my routine every single month – my skin thrives on simplicity and familiarity so although it may not be as exciting to hear the same products come up over and over again, hopefully you will appreciate the fact that some products do stick around for months as this shows what my skin truly responds to.

NEXT STEPS

Lex

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