Skincare | Current Skincare Routine (August 2015)

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

As you may have gathered from my post on adult acne, my skin is suffering right now. Spots on my forehead, spots on my chin (although those are finally getting better) — I even get a few on my cheeks and along my jawline occasionally. Fun times. A trip to the doctor may be on the cards after all.

The silver lining, if there is one, is that having acne has made me think very carefully about what I put on my skin each day. I feel like the best thing to do is be gentle and not use any products that are too harsh or drying (those foamy, gritty washes geared towards teenage skin just make me die a little bit inside. Not that I'm a teenager, but at 21 it turns out I'm technically too young for adult acne, too. What am I?!).
Anyway, I promised I'd share my skincare routine with you, so here it is. Everything is cruelty free, everything except Ultrabland is suitable for vegans (Ultrabland contains beeswax), and  everything is under or just over the £10 mark, apart from the REN ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream.

Current Skincare Routine (August 2015)

LUSH Ultrabland Facial Cleanser, £7.25 for 45g/£11.50 for 100g
I've talked about Ultrabland many a time, and I always go back to it  I've lost count of how many pots I've gone through. I only ever use it at the end of the day (and by the end of the day, I mean as soon as I get home and put my PJs on; I don't waste any time) because it does an amazing job of getting rid of all my make up, no matter how heavy it might be. The balm quickly melts into an oil, which feels so good on the skin, and it only contains ten ingredients so (as the name would suggest) it's very gentle.

Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk, £8 for 350ml (v)
An old cleanser that I'd put to one side (I can't remember why for the life of me). I was kicking myself because upon rediscovering Peaches and Clean I realized just how lovely it is: it starts off like a cream but turns into more of a milk once you've worked it into the skin. I like to pair this cleanser with my Foreo Luna Mini in the evening, and I use it alone in the morning  the fruity scent is refreshing when I'm all bleary-eyed and not quite human.

LUSH Tea Tree Water, £4.25 for 100g/£7.95 for 250g (v)

I'm very hit and miss with toners: I'll buy them occasionally, but I rarely repurchase because I tend to get through them quite quickly, and, well, since they're mostly made of water I don't see the point in spending too much money on them. I made an exception for this one because it contains tea tree oil, which is a godsend for spotty skin and really helps to reduce the appearance of redness. I've been enjoying using Tea Tree Water so far, and find it very soothing, but time will tell if I love it enough to buy it again.

REN ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream, £23 for 50ml (v)

Is it a treatment? Is it a moisturiser? Who knows, because it's listed under both categories on the REN website. I use it as both. The ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream has a comforting herbal smell, and is on the heavier side of the gel texture. This is not to say that it's too much for oily, blemished skin, however, because it's moisturising without being too heavy. I find it very comforting, especially in the evening when my skin tends to be quite sore. Pricey, but worth the splurge.

LUSH Celestial Facial Moisturiser, £12.50 for 45g (v)

Celestial is a rich, no-frills moisturiser; I reviewed it recently, and you may remember that I said it takes a long time to sink in. For this reason, I apply it literally just before I go to bed so that it has the whole night to sink in and work its magic  this works much better than using it immediately after I've taken my make up off. I imagine this is going to be one of my skincare saviours in winter. 

So that's it. I like to keep things simple because my skin will just have a massive hissy fit if I overload it with products, and that's the last thing I want or need. I'm hoping that if I stick to the same routine (and continue trying to improve my eating habits) I'll see improvements. Will it work? I'll let you know.

Which products have you been using on your skin lately? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments! 

(v) = vegan

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