It’s been over a year since my first (and last) “seasonal” skincare update, so that idea for a regular feature worked out well, didn’t it? Why do I have such an aversion to my own deadlines? I can spend three hours thinking and writing about sink design, a topic so obscure and irrelevant to this blog that I should never have even penned the first sentence, yet I struggle to find the time and motivation to start what I’m actually supposed to be doing.
But let’s move quickly away from my inadequacies and into the glorious land of skincare; this post is all about what I’m currently using on my face. As with the previous skincare routine, this is more about the types of products I use and the frequency that I use them rather than giving specific beauty reviews.
I’d say that the most notable features in this skincare video are: 1) the guilty admission that I don’t do two lengthy cleanses a day and 2) the regular use of retinols into my evening routine.
If you’re feeling itchy over the idea that I don’t do a proper morning face cleanse then let me expand on my statement and ease your potential fears: I do cleanse, I just don’t – usually – do a thorough balm-and-flannel cleanse. I rarely have the time. It tends to be either a face wash (sometimes splashed on and off whilst I’m having a speedy shower!) or, if I’m in a desperate hurry, micellar water on cotton pads.
And the retinol introduction you’ll already be mildly familiar with, if you’re a regular reader; I did a video on retinol a while back (that’s here) and since then, I’ve been testing a few different bits and pieces. I only feature two products, here, because they’re the ones I’ve used most, but there are some exciting things coming up that haven’t even launched yet.
The other – more season-appropriate – tweaks in this routine would probably be the daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen (loads of reviews here) and then the addition of gradual face tanners into my evening rituals. You might think that face tanners would be more useful in the winter when there’s no sun, but I have to use them in the summer months because my body tans so easily and I don’t really expose my face so much. I end up with a head that looks as though it’s been patched onto the wrong body.
Anyway, I could waffle on for ages but I’d only be giving you a sort of weak, hot-potch transcript of the video below so I’d recommend watching the full thing and then reading the notes further on down the page if you need more info. Of course, as always, feel free to leave questions or comments and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can! I currently have a dissembled Louis XV armoire blocking my way to the door and a flat-packed child’s bed leaning up against the wall behind it, so you can guess what I’ll to be doing tonight…**
**disclaimer: I won’t be doing any actual constructing, because Mr AMR holds all of the tools and I just have to pass hinges to him and look around the house for the screwdriver that’s missing from the screwdriver set and try not to pass comment on the fact that Mr AMR never reads the instructions for anything before he starts.
CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR SUMMER.
CLEANSE (usually quick one!)
SERUM (usually something antioxidant/hydrating)
CLEANSE (full, usually twice)
ACID PEEL/ACID TONER
Morning Cleansers currently include:
Garnier Micellar Water, £3.33*: https://bit.ly/2NOoYzB
L’Oreal Age Perfect Micellar, £3.99*: https://bit.ly/2v6ZtlB
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, £9*: https://bit.ly/2AcnOvQ
Balance Me Face Wash, £16*: http://bit.ly/2NP3Ut3
You can find all of my cleanser reviews here
Serums currently include:
Paula’s Choice Antioxidant Serum, £35*: https://bit.ly/2LugX6f
Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum, £46*: https://bit.ly/2NQg5p9 or
£37.20 at Amazon*: https://amzn.to/2mJxAw6
First Aid Beauty Serum, £23.77*: https://amzn.to/2OgsbJv
L’Oreal Hyaluronic Serum, £11.14*: https://amzn.to/2Ok1Qdr
Sunscreens currently include:
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL here
COOLA Classic here
Clinique Mineral SPF30, £22*: http://bit.ly/2LVy25c
Find all of my sunscreen reviews here
Night cleansers currently include:
PIXI Double Cleanse*, £24*: http://bit.ly/2LCb5Y5
Dr Sam’s Flawless Cleanser: https://www.drsambunting.com/shop-all/flawless-cleanser
Clinique Take The Day Off Balm, £24*: http://bit.ly/2LPqYaf
Acid Peel Pads currently include:
Zelens PHA pads, £65*: http://bit.ly/2NR2U7M
First Aid Beauty Pads, £24*: http://bit.ly/2LStQDq
L’Oreal Glycolic Pads, £14.99*: https://amzn.to/2Ok1EL6
You can (usually) use an acid peel or acid toner and then retinol afterwards but, as I say in the video, I tend not to. I suppose I just don’t like doing too many things at once!
AHA acids (like lactic and glycolic) exfoliate the surface of the skin so they make it look really bright and renewed. The wipe-over-and-leave peel pads like the ones above are a really handy way of applying acids.
Retinol is a different beast and something of an anti-ageing powerhouse – there’s pretty much no skin ageing issue it doesn’t tackle. Fine lines, lack of firmness, dullness, proper wrinkles… The ones I’ve shown here are a mixed bag.
I don’t know the potency of the retinol in the This Works No Wrinkles Night Repair, I just love the texture, smell and general brightening and hydrating effect.
It’s currently on sale at Amazon for £35 here*: https://amzn.to/2mME79j
You can also find No Wrinkles at FeelUnique*: http://bit.ly/2uT32MP
The Medik8 Crystal Retinal is a new, very clever product that delivers very effective and powerful ingredients with no side-effects such as flaking or redness. This is the serious one, I love it! You can find it on the Medik8 website, it’s £59 here: https://www.medik8.com/crystal-retinal-6.html
Post-acid moisturisers currently include:
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Night: here
Sunday Riley Tidal Cream: here
Herbivore Pink Cloud Cream, £42*: http://bit.ly/2NKTYAy
Treat-to-self moisturisers currently include:
Darphin 8 Flower Nectar Oil Cream: here
Darphin Aromatic Renewing Balm: here
Gradual tanners I’m currently testing (all good!) include:
Isle of Paradise light drops, £13.30*: https://bit.ly/2uW19Pk
M&S Overnight Glow Mask, £12.50*: http://bit.ly/2uVjKet
OSKIA Tanning Drops, £65*: http://bit.ly/2LSG4fn
ESPA Gradual Tan Face Concentrate, £25*: http://bit.ly/2NLMMo0
Eye creams I’m currently using:
Pai Echium (ALWAYS! have used this for years), £32*: https://bit.ly/2LvopON
DCL Peptide Eye Cream, £86 (sorry)*: http://bit.ly/2uTigBy
More eye cream reviews and recommendations here