Thursday, 12 January 2017

My Current Skincare Routine

Hi Guys,

I remember doing one of these posts last year (link here), and when I read it back I thought, wow my skincare routine has evolved! I'm quite lucky in the fact that I have never had problematic skin. I would describe my skin as combination i.e. I can get an oily T-zone but nothing worth worrying about, other than that it is pretty normal. For some reason recently, my biggest concern has really been the fact that it has started to age. Probably due to the fact I have two kids under four, however also because once you hit your 20s, the production of elastin and collagen starts to reduce, and by your mid 20s you start to notice the affects of this. Well I did anyway. So here is my regime.

Daily

1. Cleanse

I never used to cleanse, apart from splashing water across my face. However I have tried various cleansers over the last year. Currently I am using Dermalogica and it's going well. I quite like changing and using different cleansers just to see what's out there. One of my faves was Heaven skincare's Hydro cleansing Milk (click here for my review), however as long as it's keeping your skin clean it's good. I think next I would really like to try an oil based cleanser, like the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, as they are said to get the dirt out of oily areas too, as water just slides over oil.




When I wear make-up, I remove this using Garnier Simply Essentials eye make-up remover and then cleanse on top.

2. Tone

This is a step in my routine that I have played around with. It's always been one of those things I only did when I could be bothered. Again I was using Garnier Simply Essentials Cleansing Lotion. However since Christmas I have been using the cult favourite Pixi Glow Tonic. It has been almost three weeks and I have noticed a change in my skin. It does have a certain glow to it and is looking more even. I don't know if this is specifically down to the glow tonic or the fact I've been taking my skincare more seriously. Either way I'm liking it. I don't like the smell though! Think ginseng, green tea.


3. Facial Serums

Dr Botanicals Advanced Light Essence Serum is my go to (see my review here). Well, that is until my two year old emptied half the bottle on the bedroom floor! *crying face*.  It doesn't leave your skin feeling drenched but just gives it this burst of freshness. Sometimes I apply this and then moisturise on top. However sometimes when I need my skin to breathe I apply this on its own. 


I occasionally apply the Balm Balm Rose Geranium Face Balm all over my face, just before bed. I received this in my My Little Box subscription. It feels grainy when you squeeze it out of the tube but when you warm it in your palms this melts into a beautiful oil. I tend to apply this last thing before bed as it gives the skin a chance to absorb all the oil. It's not something I would apply in the day as it is very greasy in texture, but perfect for those days when you skin is feeling dry.


4. Moisturise

My moisture all comes from the Lacura range at Aldi. I use their Expert Double Effect Eye Gel and their Expert Special Care Wrinkle Smoother around the eyes, as well as their Q-10 Anti-wrinkle Day Cream over the face. I would say these have made the biggest difference in my skin. I have literally noticed the crows feet around my eyes disappear over time. And the value for money in these products is just amazing. The fact that they are award winning says it all. I love the fact the day cream also has SPF 20 in it, as exposure to sun is one of the most damaging things for skin.



Weekly

1. Face Masks

I love to do a face mask once a fortnight and particularly love Tony Moly ones which I pick up from TKMaxx whenever I get a chance. I also love these B Beauty Ltd ones which are just as good and a great price (see my full review here). 


2. Exfoliation

I exfoliate twice a week and just use St Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub. It might not be anything fancy but it works for me and I have used it since I was a teenager. It's important to not over-exfoliate as it can be too excessive for the skin.


Monthly or longer

1. Face treatment

By this I mean a facial professional, or even giving yourself one at home. If I'm at home I may steam my face, do some extractions, massage and apply a face mask. However I recently also had a machine based facial at Beyond Beauty Birmingham, which takes facials to the next level. Read about it here.

So this is my full skincare routine. Now I look at it, it is quite comprehensive and maybe a bit indulgent, but you only live once! If you have any advice or would like any advice please feel free to comment below.

Amina xx
Mummuddlingthrough
Diary of an imperfect mum

23 comments:

  1. I am also a big fan of Dermalogica....some other interesting picks in here which I want to investigate further. Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub lovely and happy new year xoxo

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    1. This is the first product I have used by them apart from a spf lip balm but I'm loving it! Thanks Talya xx

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  2. My new year resolution must be to get a skincare routine. My nana at 83 still had beautiful skin and she swore by Nivea cold cream and lots of water. That is my routine too. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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    1. Water is so important to healthy skin! I definitely agree! A lot of people tell me Nivea is great. Must give it a go! Xx

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  3. I have that dermalogica set and I love it!!!

    http://fashionforlunch.net/

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    1. It's a good little set. Especially of you want to try before you buy! Xx

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  4. Hi Amina, you've got your beauty regime nailed! I wish I could say the same! I use a Garnier product to remove make up and a Nivea face and body cream on my face and I'm done. Think when my skin starts to show signs of aging I will step up my regime.
    Great post! Abbie xx

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    1. I think you definitely need to ammend it your skin needs and if you dont have any yet your lucky you dont have to worry! Your the second person to say they use Nivea so it must be good! Thanks Abbie x

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  5. When I was in London, I spotted the Pixi shop but stupidly never went in! Would have loved to have tried a few of their products as I've heard wonderful things.

    Have a skincare routine is SO important + yet so many people don't have one. If you're looking for a facemask, NSPA do an amazing 5 minute one (usually stocked in ASDA!).

    EL xx
    www.owlsandstags.wordpress.com
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    1. I would love to go to the Pixi shop! Thanks for the recommendation for the face mask! ❤

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  6. One of my new year goals is to set up a proper skin care routine for myself. I've been wondering whether or not to get the Pixi glow tonic for a while but I think I'll go for it after reading this! I'm always looking for something to give me that extra glow in the colder months. Great read and beautiful photos!
    Zara xx

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    1. A skincare routine is definitely a must and you will start to see the benefits sooner than you think! Have a go at the Pixi Glow tonic and let me know what you think. Thanks Zara! xx

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  7. i am obsessed with the pixi glow tonic and all the other products you listed. come check out my blog www.poshandspicy.com i would love to hear your input. xx toby

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  8. These products all sound amazing, but I've never actually tried any of them :( I'm so intrigued by the Pixi glow tonic; everyone seems to be raving about it!! :) x
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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    1. The glow tonic has definitely added something to my routine. I would advise any one to give it a try. I hope it keeps doing whatever it is to my skin! Thanks Holly xx

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  9. I've really tried to take my skincare routine more serious recently and I've had so many hit and miss products! The Pixi toner seems to be a holy grail product for a lot of bloggers so I really want to give it a go. I have had tried few timers before which are quite harsh so I'd be interested to try this. Is it quite mild on the skin?

    Shannon // Shannonkara.com

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    1. It is quite mild on the skin although it does tingle a little bit afterwards. I like that though!
      Amina xx

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  10. I'm a skin care junkie!!! Thank you for introducing me to some nwe products
    x,abril
    The Color Palette

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    1. I think I'm becoming one too! Thanks Abril xx

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  11. Such a detailed and wonderful review! I have only used the Dermalogica ones out of all of these but now want to try the others too! I especially want to try the Pixi Glow Tonic! xx

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    1. Thabk you Nital! You must try it! It literally leaves you glowing! Xx

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