As we are now into Spring I thought an updated skincare routine wouldn't go a miss. When it comes to my routine I like to keep it fairly simple with not too many products as my temperamental skin that swings from oily/blemished to dry/dehydrated prefers that I've found.
Much like my last skincare post I will give more affordable alternatives to high end skincare products that I've also used in the past, as I'm aware not everyone has the budget or wants to spend on skincare!
When it comes to cleansing in the morning I will admit if my skin doesn't feel oily or in need of washing I won't. Instead I will take a cotton pad with the Organic Surge Orange Flower Toner (200ml/£6.50 - OS here), which is super light and refreshing, and sweep it over my entire face. However if I have an oily T-zone (quite likely in the morning) or blemishes I will use Organic Surge Daily Care Face Wash (200ml/£5.49 - Amazon here), a great facial wash for all skin types as it's SLS-free and free from all other nasties so it won't strip or dry out the skin. I then will follow up with the OS Orange Flower Toner. If you are on a budget but want general but effective skincare then I'd highly recommend Organic Surge products.
In the Shower
If I'm jumping straight in the shower, I will use Skin Doctors Oil Control Cleanser (150ml/£11.20 - Look Fantastic here), this feels mild on the skin and is actually free from sulphates (a novelty for face washes targeted at oily/blemished skin) but works wonders at keeping the skin mattified through out the day... I really do see a difference. Then at least 1-2 times a week I will exfoliate with a sample size Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (baking powder can be used in a similar way) which is a none abrasive powder that removes dead skin cells, something I prefer over a standard face scrub/exfoliator as it doesn't leave my skin red or irritated.
Next I like to apply a serum and an eye gel and let both soak in for a minute or so before progressing onto my last step of using a moisturiser. When it comes to under eye skincare I prefer gels to creams as I seem to develop small spot when using any eye cream. However I now love using gels are they really wake up the eye area, my current favourite being Arran Aromatics Green Tea Refreshing Eye Cooler Gel (AA - £3.50 here or Bath & Unwind here) an eye gel that is amazingly cooling on the skin. As a serum I like to use 1-2 drops of The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth (30ml/£22.00 - TBS here) which soaks into the skin effortlessly and smooths, I love this product but a great alternative is the Botanics Radiant Youth Super Serum (30ml/£9.99 - Boots here).
Finally I use two moisturisers on various parts of my face. For the blemish prone area (chin & cheeks I apply La Roche Posey Effaclar Duo+ Anti-Blemish Cream (40ml/£15.50 - Boots here) the most perfect cream I've come across for tackling blemishes without drying out the skin. For the rest of my face, particularly my nose and forehead that can easily become dry, I apply No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream for Normal/Oily Skin (50ml/£12.50 - Boots here) that soaks in beautifully leaving the skin moisturiser and brightened.
Evening skincare routine post to come soon.