Thursday, 12 February 2015

My (Almost) Drugstore Skincare Routine


Let's start with a brief introduction to my skin. I have incredibly oily skin, and I mean INCREDIBLY. I use Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation which is renowned for lasting all day, all night and until the next morning but my skin manages to melt it off my T-zone by 11am. This also means that I am very prone to blemishes and because of my super pale skin, I suffer from a lot of acne scarring too. Sounds great doesn't it, bet you're all wishing you had my skin type! Recently I pared back my routine and stopped changing up the products that I use as it was seriously aggravating my skin. I want to stick to the skin care routine below for a few months to recover the irritation I previously caused my skin by treating it like a chemical testing facility (nice).

So onto the new roundup, and it goes a little something like this:

This is simply the best drugstore micellar water that money can buy - I've tried the L'Oreal, Nivea and Boots Botanics ones but this beats them all. It removes makeup easily without leaving residue on the skin and you get a lot of product for your money (I got 400ml for £3.33 - it is always on offer which is another bonus!).

Step 2 of makeup removal is this spa like offering from the Body Shop. This rids your face of all leftover makeup smudges with one pump and a swipe of a muslin cloth, leaving your skin feeling healthy and nourished. It even removes my most long lasting red Sephora lip stain with ease when I accidentally leave it on overnight after nights out (and let's be real, I never get round to taking it off until at least 7pm the next day due to my severe hangovers so it's got it's work cut out). This one's a real winner guys.

3) La Roche Posay Serozinc
Fairy god mothers must exist because this beaut of a toner is finally available in the UK so I can now say goodbye to my days of dealing with dodgy French ebayers. My friend who is studying Chemistry tried to tell me that this product is basically just water and should have no effect on my skin at all so I offered to let him touch my face to feel the oil that builds up when I don't use it. I don't know why but he declined, weird. Even if it doesn't stack up scientifically, I feel like my skin produces less oil after a spritz of this and really recommend it for fellow oily skinned gals.

This is a super cool eye cream because it has a really strange but innovative jelly like texture. To be honest, I have no idea if it works because no eye cream could ever fix my eye bags but it hydrates and feels cooling on the skin when applied which is all I'm looking for at the minute.

This is the only non drugstore product of the bunch and it's not one that I will be raving about. I haven't noticed any difference to my skin since adding this step to my routine but it was expensive so I'm using it up! In a weird way, I'm looking forward to running out so I have an excuse to try a new serum. My eyes are on you Una Brennan.

6) L'Oreal Mattifying Hydrating Moisturiser

This moisturiser is so lovely and rich that I can feel it sinking into my skin as soon as I apply it. I use it both morning and night to keep my oiliness at bay (and blemishes too as it is packed with salicylic acid). I've only been using this one for about a week after my much loved Hydraluron Jelly ran out and I couldn't afford to shell out for a new one, but so far this L'Oreal one seems like a good substitution.

7) Blistex MedPlus Lip Balm

This is my favourite product in my whole routine. I first fell in love with it when I had the flu last year and it transformed my lips from chapped and cracked to baby bum smooth, and I haven't looked back since. The only downside is that I think I might be genuinely addicted to this product - I have four back ups in my drawer in case I run out or lose it. Get me to MedPlus-aholics Anonymous!
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