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Switching Up My Skincare Wardrobe | Fall 2018


There have been a lot of rainy and gloomy days lately and while I’m enjoying the colourful streets and mountains around, I’m reaching for more and more cosy and warm clothes. And because each season we switch up our wardrobe, so that it’s appropriate for the changes in weather, why not update our skincare regimen, as well? Our skin needs a suitable care during each part of the year just like we need a soft jumper to feel warmer and more comfortable at the moment.

I’ve mentioned before that I like simple cleansers that take away the impurities but also feel gentle on the skin. In the warmer months, I prefer to use cleansing gels and in the autumn/winter I tend to reach for something a bit more hydrating. That being said, my new favourite, CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is described by many as ‘gel’. For me, personally, it’s very difficult to define the texture of this cleanser but it feels like a runny lotion rather than a gel. It doesn’t foam up and doesn’t leave a residue but it feels purifying and nourishing at the same time. I’ve been using it for almost two months and I get the hype. It’s a mild cleanser that contains ceramides and ceramides hydrate the skin and reinforce its natural barrier function, it’s also fragrance- and soap-free which is very important for me.
This CeraVe Cleanser is great in the morning or as a second cleanse in the evening, I don’t think it’s good at  removing makeup and sunscreen, to be fair. I find that I need a separate product for that.
But I love the fresh and moisturising feeling after using the cleanser and I’m happy I got the biggest bottle I could find.

However, a cleanser that can     remove makeup and sunscreen is definitely Dr. Sam’s Flawless Cleanser. I’ve just started using it after over 3 months of waiting for it to be available worldwide and I’ll be posting updates on my experience with it soon but I pretty much think it was love from first cleanse. Easy to use, no fragrance, no unnecessary ingredients, just a simple, effective and gentle formula. I’ve been watching Dr. Sam’s videos for a long time, if you love skincare and your skin, you should do the same, she gives advice on so many topics, her channel is incredibly helpful and I’m happy that she started her own line. I can’t wait to see what’s in the making as the cleanser is just the first step.
And to go back to it, I have to say, I don’t wear that much makeup, I probably use foundation once a week but I do apply sunscreen. And as we know, sunscreen is hard to wash off. But Flawless Cleanser gets off SPF and impurities without leaving the skin dried out (it’s not a foaming wash), without clogging the pores and leaving a residue. Basically, it’s everything you’d want from a cleanser to be and it’s suitable for blemish-prone and sensitive skin, as well.

Let’s talk about niacinamide. Niacinamide is a fantastic ingredient that not only has anti-blemish and anti-pigmentation benefits but it also helps boosting skin’s natural ceramide supply. So, it’s great for acne-prone skin and it’s even hydrating which makes it perfect for the colder months. I, personally, use products with niacinamide throughout the whole year, it’s one of my favourite ingredients and I just can’t be without it. Many people switch from using salicylic acid that can be a bit drying to niacinamide in autumn/winter, I use both all the time and my skin is happy that way but everyone’s different.
Two of my favourite products containing niacinamide at the moment are Garden of Wisdom Niacinamide Serum which is lightweight and helps regulate oil production while brightening the skin complexion and CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM. It has a gel-cream texture and I use it when my skin is in a serious need of hydration. I can’t say that I’ve used it long enough to give a full review but so far, it’s been a lovely addition to my evening skincare routine.

A skincare change-up that I do in the autumn is adding Vitamin C to my shelf. I didn’t use Vitamin C in the summer but I really need it in the colder weather when my skin tends to get a bit more dull. I chose this mini from Drunk Elephant, I’ve used C-Firma Day Serum before and I really like it. Essentially, it contains 15% Ascorbic Acid that is accompanied by antioxidants like Ferulic Acid, lightweight non-fragrant plant oils (the brand’s Marula Oil) and Hyaluronic Acid. I feel like this formula could be suitable for every skin type but if you’re very oily, you might need something lighter.
Vitamin C improves the appearance of uneven skin tone and the ability to strengthen skin’s barrier. The potent formula can also improve signs of ageing and discoloration and reduce inflammation.
I think it’s quite difficult to find the right Vitamin C product, there are so many on the market and honestly, prices are crazy. I’m still trying different ones and I can’t decide which one is my favourite, so I’d be happy if you share some of your most-loved ones with me.

Do you switch up your skincare routine in the autumn/winter and which are your favourite products and ingredients for this time of the year?

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My 3-Step Skincare Routine | Summer 2018


Ever since my sunscreen drama happened in the summer of 2017, my makeup menu significantly reduced its size and my skin has been feeling much better. But when the summer season arrives, I’m now trying to go quite minimal on the skincare front, as well. I’ve never been one to do 11-step routines anyway but the dermatologist that has been helping me the most suggested that I skipped moisturiser in the warmer days and just opt for a hydrating sunscreen. As for the evenings, a lightweight serum or cream are still a must because I need something nourishing after applying my retinoid.
In this post I wanted to share the base of my routine at the moment and I’d like to mention that I’m not featuring face masks that I usually do twice a week and my retinoid is still Differin for most of the time but I tend to use it only 3-4 times a week in the summer. Sometimes I’ll switch it up and use a different product but the main idea is still the same.
My morning rituals start with a cleanse and continue with a serum and a sunscreen while in the evening after cleansing, I’ll apply an acid toner (only if I’m not using retinoid that day) and then finish off with something moisturising.

Morning routine

Cleanse: I’ve been using the COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser in the past few weeks and although I think it’s a bit too early to give my final thoughts on it, my first impressions are quite positive. One of the most important things in a cleanser for me is to be soap-free and that was the main reason why I picked this one up. It has a gel texture which is my favourite for a morning cleanse and feels really refreshing and purifying but doesn’t leave my skin dry or stripped. Before using it, I thought it would be good just in the summer but it’s so mild and gentle that I see myself reaching for it in the winter, as well. I think packaging could be improved and if you don’t like the smell of tea tree oil, this one would really irritate you but so far, I like the soft and clean feel of the cleanser.

Serum: When I first visited my current dermatologist and shared with her my routine, she replied: “You really know your ingredients, don’t you?”. I love skincare, I read a lot and one of the best ingredients I’ve come across must be niacinamide. Years ago, I’d been using it even without knowing it was part of my favourite products. Niacinamide improves the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines, uneven skin tone and dullness but it also helps the skin barrier function and reduces the damage that the environment around us can cause. Garden of Wisdom Niacinamide Serum is a product I got a few weeks ago and it’s probably my favourite affordable option I’ve tried. I can’t wait to pick up some more items from the brand’s range because I can see how this serum helps regulate the oil production and my complexion has been looking brighter since I started using it.

Sunscreen: That’s the hardest one to find. I’ve made so many mistakes with sunscreens, they’ve done a lot of damage to my skin mainly by clogging my pores and I still think there isn’t a really sophisticated sunscreen that can also give you the best protection possible. At least that’s the case with combination/oily and blemish-prone skin. You always have to sacrifice something when it comes to sun protection. But let this not be the health of our skin. That’s why I prefer to look a bit shiny  but to still be protected from the sun. Luckily, the Heliocare Color Gelcream SPF 50 doesn’t look that shiny and feels incredibly lightweight. I love this tinted SPF and I’ve been reaching for it almost every day since I got it. I’ve also featured it in my July Favourites post and if I’m using a clear sunscreen, I’d probably go for something like the Kiss My Face SPF 30 Sensitive Side (part of my June Favourites) which takes a bit longer to absorb and looks a lot more dewy on my combination skin but it doesn’t break me out.

Evening routine

Last summer I was not allowed to use micellar water as it can aggravate the skin problems sometimes but as it’s all gone now, it’s back on my shelf. I just like taking off the majority of my makeup and sunscreen before cleansing because smearing all the dirt, mascara and foundation with cleansing balm/oil all over my face is something that truly disgusts me. After removing the top layer, I can calmly proceed towards the proper cleansing.

Cleanse: I start by soaking two cotton pads with the Simple Micellar Water, I just find it to be one of the most gentle ones out there. I’ve been really liking the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm lately, it’s the first cleansing balm that doesn’t break me out and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. It’s such a nice cleanser that removes impurities and it’s easy to wash off with a hot cloth but also hydrates the skin and doesn’t irritate it. The balm contains Sunflower Oil and Ginger Root Oil to cleanse and nourish the skin, Moringa tree extract to purify, Papaya Extract which is a natural exfoliator and a blend of Lime, Bergamot and Orange essential oils. Yes, essential oils… essential oils were the ingredients that made me feel unsure whether I wanted to try this balm or not. I’m not a fan of essential oils in skincare, they break me out and irritate my skin. Like I said, this cleansing balm doesn’t break me out but if you’re with sensitive, acne-prone skin, I’d suggest getting a sample before committing to the full size.
Otherwise, it’s the most beautiful cleansing balm I’ve ever tried, it has a such a lovely texture and feel to it.
I’m curious to know if anyone can share a comparison between this cleansing balm and the Banila Co. one because the latter is next up on my wishlist.

Acid Toner: There’s no surprise here, I’ve been reaching for my old favourite Pixi Glow Tonic, it’s a great resurfacer, it gives a beautiful glow to the skin and keeps me blemish-free. I need to get the huge pump bottle!

Moisturiser: It’s a bit difficult to pick an evening moisturiser because I’ve been trying quite a few lately but one that I seem to always go back to is the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid. It’s another product with ingredient that I’m trying to avoid, this time alcohol but it makes such a difference to my skin. It makes it look so plump and healthy, it’s so soothing and nourishing without being heavy, I really love it. I use it on its own in the summer (I especially enjoy it on a day when I’m using Differin, it’s so calming when I apply it 30 minutes after the retinoid) but when it’s colder I use it as a serum. Ceramides protect skin from moisture loss and damage from pollution, they also have anti-ageing properties. I’ve tried the whole Ceramidin range from Dr. Jart+ and I think there’s a product for everyone in it, I’m lucky to have my skin getting along with all of the products but friends with oily skin prefer the liquid or the gel cream while my boyfriend’s dry skin asks for the cream.

I’m really pleased with my current minimal routine, I feel like I’m giving my skin what it needs without layering too many products while it’s still hydrated and plump.
Do you reduce the amount of products you use in the warmer days?