As most of us know, stress, very little sleep and many other factors have impact on the quality of your skin. The past couple of months have been pretty stressful and hectic for me, which did leave its marks on my skin. When the vacation came around I finally had time to sit down and think about how I was going to tackle my everlasting break-out. I ended up creating a whole new skincare routine and that’s what I’m to talk to you about today. In addition to that I will also share some of my tips on how to get clear skin. So, if you’re interested in reading more about all this, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s start with the steps I take in the morning and go from there, shall we? Okay, the first thing I do in the morning is use some of my Bioderma on a little cotton pad and cleanse my skin with it. Usually, especially when it’s hot and gloomy outside, my skin is a little oily when I wake up. This will take away the excess oil and create a nice base for my makeup routine.
After that I will go in with a bit of the Biotherm Aquasource Deep Serum to really hydrate my skin. This is a very hydrating product but it is very lightweight at the same time. This will give you the moisture your skin needs, without making your skin look or feel oily. It will add that natural radiance to your skin that other products for oily skin might take away, without overdoing it. I really love this product!
After that I go in with my everyday moisturiser. This is where one of my first tips will come along. TIP ALERT! I’m a big moisturiser hoarder and I used to switch up the moisturiser I used very, very often. In my new skincare routine I don’t. I have decided to stick to one moisturiser and use that until it’s not working for me anymore. This makes my routine more stable and it has really helped to calm down my skin. The moisturiser I’m currently using is the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel. It’s hydrating yet lightweight and therefore it’s amazing for oily skin.
When that has sunken in to my skin, I will move on to the next step. The next step is this product from The Body Shop. It’s their Tea Tree Pore Minimiser. It’s a product that I have been using on and off for ages and now I’m back in love with it again. It’s a really nice product to use on your oily areas and on areas where I have a lot of blemishes. It helps to reduce them and calm my skin down. It also smoothes my skin a little bit, which is a nice prep for the makeup that I’ll put on top of it.
The last skincare step I do in the morning is apply a bit of facial sunscreen. For this I love to use the Biodermal Mattifying Sun Fluid with SPF50. This is a great, lightweight and non-greasy skin sunscreen that works amazing for me. It’s not heavy, it doesn’t break me out and it doesn’t make my skin look incredibly greasy. Because of the high SPF it protects my skin from the harmful rays of the sun and at the same time it creates a great base for my makeup. I really love this product!
And that was it for the morning part of my skincare routine. However, that isn’t it yet. We also have an evening part. The part where I take off my makeup. Something I have changed in my skincare routine, that has helped a lot for me –TIP ALERT– is to use a good combination of products that fight acne/blemishes and products that hydrate. Back in the day I used to exclusively use blemish fighting products, but these things are incredibly drying. And when you’re drying your skin, it might produce extra oil because it thinks it needs is, thanks to which you will end up with even more blemishes.
So, it’s okay to use blemish fighting products, but make sure you compensate the drying effects they have with enough hydrating products. Hydrating products are definitely not an oily-skins worst enemy. It actually helped me to control my oiliness.
Anyway, let’s get back to talking about the products I’m using. The first product I use to remove my makeup is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Cleanser. I’ve been using this for years now and it’s a great cleanser for literally everything. I use it to remove both my face makeup as well as my eye makeup and it does an amazing job at that. It literally removes everything.
After that I follow up with a bit of the The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash. This I use all over my face but not on my eyes since it has a cooling effect and that would be really painful. It helps to kill my blemishes and prevent new blemishes from rising to the surface.
Last but not least I will use a bit of my beloved Philosophy Purity Made Simple on my Visapure and cleanse my skin with that. This is a very creamy and more hydrating cleansing product that leaves my skin very, very clean but also moisturised. This product is literally the only product I have tried so far that doesn’t make my skin feel dry after taking a shower.
When I get out of the shower I will follow up with two more steps in my skincare routine. First of all I recently started using the Origins Balancing Toner as an additional cleanse. This will also help balance your skin, which means that it won’t make your skin feel dry or overly hydrated, it will create a nice balance between those two things. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and so far it really helped making my skin more clear.
Before I had that Origins cleanser, I also liked to use the Lush Tea Tree Water, so that’s definitely a product I’d recommend as well!
The last step in my skincare routine is obviously moisturiser. At night I like to use a more moisturising moisturiser to compensate all of the cleansing I have done. Just like with my morning moisturiser I have decided to just choose one product and use it until it’s empty. I have chosen the Vichy Normaderm Night Detox and this works amazingly for me.
And that concludes my skincare routine. It took me a while to figure out what works for me and what caused my skin to be this blemishes, but I think I’ve figured it out now. My most important tip is to create a stable routine you’ll stick to. Ever since I decided not to switch up what I use too often, my skin has become more and more calm. I also really think that creating a nice balance between acne-products and hydrating products helps a lot.
So, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post and I hope it might be a bit helpful or just entertaining to you. If you want to, be sure to let me know what your tips are for clear skin and which products from your skincare routine are absolutely essential!