Things have really changed since my last skincare routine post, so here is my current situation featuring three main products/brands: Murad, Physiogel and Tea Tree oil. Although I have had massive problems with dermatitis around my eyes in the last couple of months my skin has actually been clear and more breakout free than ever before. It is so, so nice to have clearer skin! I feel better about my skin and myself as well as more confident. I think it goes to show that investing in skin care is well worth it.
♥ Morning: I don’t know about you but I need my mornings to be as simple as possible, I don’t have time to spend ages on washing my face. I usually just wash and moisturise – I use my Murad Clarifying Cleanser which I absolutely love because it makes my face feel so clean and fresh but not dry. I then slap on my Murad Anti-Aging Moisturiser for blemish prone skin. My skin always feels kind of bouncy and nicely hydrated after use and it has sun protection for the day.
♥ Evenings: This is where I change things up a little. Three times a week I use my Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, I love the way my skin feels after using this and I like the combination of mechanical and chemical exfoliation. The AHA’s and BHA’s get rid of dead skin along with the little jojoba beads.
After this step if I have any blemishes I treat them with Tea Tree oil, I just dab a bit on a cotton pad and hold it on the blemish for a few seconds. It’s kind of a strange feeling on the skin, to me it feels a bit hot and tingly but I like it! I have been impressed with how well Tea Tree helps my blemishes clear up super fast and without any uncomfortable over drying of my skin. A little bit goes a long way and it has many uses so it is quite an economical buy.
My final step at the moment is a lather of moisturiser, I alternate between Phyisogel’s Daily Moisture Therapy lotion and the Daily Moisture Therapy cream. It’s a light feeling moisturiser which really gets into my skin, it’s also quite calming and totally safe on my sensitive skin and dermatitis.
♥ Only sometimes: I like to use a face mask now and then to treat and care for my skin. If I have blemishes I use Murad’s Clarifying Mask just on the problem area once or twice a week. This mask is fantastic for oily skin as it just soaks it all away. My favourite of all time face mask is the Glam Glow Supermud clearing treatment – however it can be quite difficult to get in NZ (read more about why here). I am also quite a fan of the Lush Fresh Face Masks but am never able to use the whole pottle before it goes off.
In the past I have used rose hip oil at night all over my face and as an eye treatment, but my therapist at the Caci Clinic advised me against it and I have definitely had less breakouts since stopping it. I’m about to begin using the Clinique All About Eyes cream instead which is supposed to work to reduce puffiness and circles.
I was recently sent an Intense Moisture Nightly Repair Nectar by La Mav which I am going to start using. It sounds perfect for giving my skin a bit of extra hydration and is completely natural, organic and cruelty free. It’s largest oil component is jojoba oil which I know is a better oil for breakout prone skin. I kind of feel that now I’m getting a bit older I need to be using a product like this or some sort of serum.
How often do you change up your skin care? I find it can be scary changing sometimes because I don’t want anything to make me breakout!