First of all, I would like to say that here I’m just going to be sharing my experience and thoughts, I’m not a specialist and I don’t claim that this will work for everybody – different people, different skin types and issues. The aim of this a bit longer than usual post is to focus on some important steps of the skincare routine and give you product examples.
Back in the school days everybody was constantly repeating how nice my skin was while they were having acne problems. But then I faced something different. Sometimes I think they jinxed it, probably it was just the age though. At some point my skin started to change, my T-zone got a bit oily, my cheeks were dry, I was having some spots from time to time. Luckily, I haven’t suffered from severe acne in my life but you know how we girls overreact sometimes and we think the problem is bigger than it really is.
I began to try out some products and probably not all of them were good for my skin but often teenagers don’t take the best decisions. My skin was feeling tight in a very bad way, it was having many dry patches, it wasn’t nice at all.
Through the years I was trying to find what’s working best for me and most of all to keep my skin healthy.
At the moment I’m trying to follow several simple steps and rules in my skincare routine and to avoid changing the products too often because it gives me breakouts. The result for me is that my skin looks and feels much better, I don’t tend to get so many spots as before (most of the time they’re hormonal in those days, you know) and because I live far from my family, when they see me months after the previous visit, they often say that my skin looks great and they ask me for advices. My couple of rules are: not to mix too many skincare products, I’m a fan of the medical skincare, I’ve been using Eucerin for years and my skin feels good with it; also, I double cleanse…always. This means that I use a make-up remover (or two one after another) to get rid of all what’s been on my face during the day and after this I use a foam/gel/clay/cream cleanser and wash off everything left with warm water. I don’t use face wipes, I don’t go to bed with make-up on, I always wash my face morning and evening and I drink a lot of water.
The steps I follow are:
1. Cleansing. It’s very important to have purified skin, to remove everything that was built up on it throughout the long day. I use micellar water and a cleansing milk from Eucerin to take off my make-up (the milk is not on the picture at the moment). The micellar water by Garnier is also very nice and gentle, works great for removing eye make-up. I’m not a specialist in the cleansing balms area, they’re a bit too oily for me but they cleanse deeply so if you have a favourite one, go for it! I try to use mild products that cleanse my skin well but also don’t dry it out. For me, it’s very important to wash my face with a suitable cleanser. I’ve tried so many and I can’t tell you what will work good for you – some prefer foam cleansers, others – clay cleansers or gel ones, it all depends on how your skin feels. Here I will give you just some examples that work well for me. Nuxe Micellar Foam Cleanser with Rose Petals (review here) is a gentle foam cleanser, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser (review here) is a clay cleanser, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foming Cream is a cream cleanser and my favourite is the Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Refreshing Cleansing Gel which is not on the picture unfortunately.
2. Toning. It’s been many years since I discovered the benefits of applying rose water on my face (full post here). It’s my current toner and it also helps removing impurities if there are some left from the first step. Also, the Eucerin DermatoCLEAN 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Fluid can be used as a toner too. I use the ACO Spotless Daily Purifying Toner just on problematic zones because it can be a bit drying but it’s antiseptic so if you have a spot, it’s great to apply it on with a cotton pad.
3. Hydration. This is a step that many people with oily or combination skin skip because they’re scared that their skin can get breakouts or more oily. Hydration is very important to every skin type, you just have to find the right moisturiser for yourself. For the day I use Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Hydrating Care and sometimes their Adjunctive Hydrating Care SPF30 if my makeup base doesn’t have a protecting factor. For my evening skincare routine I apply just a tiny bit of Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Night Care. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat is also a very good moisturiser (plus it’s mattifying) that can be used for both day and night.
4. Additional care. I use two products only on the problematic areas of my face. They are: La Roche-Posay Effaclar K that is a clarifying moisturiser and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] which is a spot treatment.
5. Special treatment. Twice a week I use the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (review here) in my evening skincare routine because it balances my skin, makes it soft and tightens pores. Don’t be afraid of oils and moisturisers, your skin needs hydration and nourishing, it just has to be the right one.
We have to know that everything can affect our skin condition – how we feel, what we eat, everything is important. Try to take care of your skin and to keep it healthy but remember that nobody’s perfect and we all have our flaws.