Current Skincare Routine: Spring 2017

skincare routine ruth crilly

I’ve updated my skincare routine; firstly because we’re moving into the warmer months and there’s the inevitable extra sun exposure, and secondly because I’m no longer pregnant and my skin is far less sensitive. I’ve started to add stronger and more active products into my routine and I’ve upped the antioxidants to give a bit of extra protection against pollution and UV and so on. (Mostly in the form of serums such as the Alpha-H Vitamin C, or the Skinceuticals Ferulic, which I totally forgot to put in the video.)

When I talk of adding more “active” products in, I’m really talking about acid peels – usually glycolic-based – but I’ve also had amazing results from the Anne Semonin eye cream that I mentioned in my favourites video, and the key ingredient there is a form of retinol. (Apparently “Sea Retinol”, which is safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but I need to get more info on this for you. It’s on the to-do list.) I still don’t use an acid exfoliant every day, but I’m definitely working them back into my beauty routine and I’m really enjoying testing out new peels and masks and cracking out the products I couldn’t try when I was pregnant.

skincare routine ruth crilly

So just a few little tweaks, but overall the basic “flow” of my skincare routine is the same. In general, I’d say that it goes something like this:


cleanse with a facewash, light oil or, if I’m really pressed for time, a micellar water

hydrate with a hydrating serum OR, if I’m going outside,

protect with an antioxidant serum (I talk about two great Vitamin C products in the video below)

moisturise with a day cream that has added glow to make me look less dead – currently the Bobbi Brown Illuminating Balm or Pixi Glowtion

finish with SPF, if I’m going outside for significant periods of time and/or makeup


deep cleanse with a proper cleansing balm or heavier oil and an eye makeup remover if needed

hydrate with a hydrating serum

moisturise with a buttery, rich moisturiser

and then, every other night or so:

exfoliate with a leave-on AHA product, currently Merumaya Toner or the new Vichy Idealia Peeling, both great on my skin and quite gentle.

It sounds more complicated when I go through it all on video, but it’s basically cleanse-serum-moisturise and then an exfoliant every other evening. Many prefer to exfoliate with a gentle toner more regularly, every day even, but I find this a little too much for my skin. I think you have to find a level that works for you, and this is mine – I have to say that I hardly used an acid exfoliant for almost the entire time I was pregnant with Ted, and my skin didn’t seem any worse off for it. (Though my skin was brilliant for the last two trimesters in both pregnancies. There’s a post here.)

OK, here goes – all of the products are listed below the video screen and if you need more suggestions for skincare products then you can browse all of my reviews and recommendations here.

Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored or paid-for post or advertorial.
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If possible please test products for suitability before purchase and be aware that what suits my skin may not suit yours!

Products Featured:

Hush Star Sweater:*

Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm:*

Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Cleanser:*

Romilly Wilde Cleanser:…*

Vichy Idealia Peeling:*

Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner:…*

Alpha H Vit C Serum:*

Indeed Labs C24:*

Hylamide Glow:*

Guerlain Serum:…*

Filorga Hydra Hyal Serum:*

FAB Serum:…*

Clinique Smart Night:…*

L’Oreal Revitalift Night Mask*:*

Filorga Nutri Filler:*

Decleor Neroli Aromessence:*

Pixi Glowtion:*

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Moisture Balm:*

BareMinerals Prep Step:*

Eucerin Eye Cream:*

Anne Semonin Miracle Eye Cream:*

Makeup Forever Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser:*

Liz Earle Eyebright:*

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  1. April 10, 2017 / 11:44 am

    I am awaiting the arrival of a new antioxidant serum I ordered, as my Vitamin C one is running low and just like you I want the extra antioxidant protection now that I get more sun. I ride my bike to and from work, so there is quite a bit of sun exposure every day.

  2. April 10, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    I’ve heard of a lot of people skipping morning cleansing and just going in with some micellar water or toner. I have sensitive skin, so it seems like something that might work for me, but I also have finicky skin that doesn’t appreciate change. Has anyone ever gone a week or two without full on washing their face in the morning, and how did it affect your skin overall? -JP

    • April 10, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Me, when I first had the baby – both times! Good, solid wash in the evening and quicker cleanse in morning and was absolutely fine. x

  3. April 10, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Great list of skin care items to choose for here! I’d love to try anything from the Alpha H line.

  4. April 10, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I hate vitamin c products that smell like meat! Try the Drunk Elephant! I should look into that BM sunscreen!

  5. kristine
    April 10, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Hi Ruth, i was wondering if you ever would consider doing review on brushes\ application tools(such all sponges ) etc? With so many on market is hard to make a pick often. Boots no7 becoming increasingly higher quality by looks of it but can it be compared to brands like zoeva or bobbi brown? Thank you a lot

  6. LouiseC
    April 12, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Hylamide products are one third off at Boots at the moment!

  7. Jemima
    April 12, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I have always wanted to try the Emma hardie balm… I am an avid user of ultrabland by LUSH. It never leaves my skin feeling tight. How would you compare the two, Ruth?

    • April 12, 2017 / 11:58 pm

      Ultrabland is like Emma Hardie but with all of the enjoyment zapped out of it. It’s great, and functional, and effective, and I actually have it going into a “best buys” video coming up! But the Emma Hardie feels more luxurious and…sensorial. x

      • Jemima
        April 13, 2017 / 7:04 am

        I thought so… thank you. I’ve found a £10 sample pot and M&S, so I’m going to try it!

  8. Roxana
    April 21, 2017 / 12:59 am

    Thanks Ruth. Please could you also do a post on body routine/products? Following my mothers’ beauty threrapist (from Spain) recommendation, I have tried Germaine de Capuccini products and now an absolute convert. First time I was sceptical and thought that it was common for specialists to offer brands they work with, but seeing her again given she looks incredibly youthful and radiant for someone being 52, I went for the excel defence cream and now look forward to using it every night. The GdC facial was incredible and all samples I got from ordering online were super. I was surprised that several large London spas also use GdC products. I would be thrilled if you test any of its products in the future.

  9. Jen
    May 7, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Lovely video, Ruth! Can you tell us what nail varnish you’re wearing? Such a nice neutral.

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