having made a video on my cleansing routine a while ago, it was about time to complete it with all the good nutrients I can find in jars…
Know that I have combination, sometimes dehydrated sensitive skin, prone to hormonal breakouts and experiencing some signs of ageing…
I do invest a lot in skincare because I feel it is the way to go: your skin is the largest organ in your body. Why not take care of it as you would your stomach, your liver, or what not? It is also your canvas for makeup, and makeup won’t sit as good on poor skin, unfortunately — it’s a vicious circle.
Not everyone is born blessed with amazing skin — I know I’m not. Although I know there are no miracles, I’m trying to do what I can to make it as good as it can be. And good products last a long time, so I often only have to restock on something once a year.
I tend to focus my skincare around ingredients like AHAs, vitamin A and its derivatives (retinoids), and anti-oxidants (like Vitamin C).
The claims are: anti-ageing benefits, helping to balance out breakouts, improve collagen production, provide some regeneration of the skin (as in evening skin texture by resurfacing new layers), and prevent and gently heal some free-radical damages, loss of elasticity, reducing inflammation and hyper pigmentation.
Also, I’ve learned two things about a skincare routine:
1. You should apply products from thinnest to thickest;
2. Apply the eye cream before anything else on the rest of your face (the molecules or what not on the face creams are bigger and kind of clog the way of your eye cream, preventing it to seep into the eye area, where the skin has tighter porosity. true or false, I just don’t risk it) .
And if you’re thinking “well, I’m 20, I don’t need to worry about that right now”, think again. In some cultures you start taking care of your skin as young as four years old, and I’m sure as heck sorry for not knowing more about skincare when I was a teenager. “Anti-wrinkles” doesn’t mean it’ll stretch out already set lines — they will help prevent new ones to form. So start now. A good cleanse, light serum, moisturiser, eye cream and SPF at all times and ages.
Pixi Glow Tonic or First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate or Aurelia Pro Biotic Skincare Cell Repair Night Oil
Institut Esthederm Intensif Vitamin A Cream
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream
Alpha H Liquid Gold (Available in travel size here) as a treatment
Dr. Brandt Power Dose C
Antipodes Divine Face Oil . Organic Avocado Oil and Reship
Clarins Sunscreen Multi-protection SPF 50 or Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50
Erborian BB Eye
** First Aid Beauty, REN and Antipodes are amazing cruelty-free/natural/clean brands that won’t bankrupt you. I only know Pixi’s Glow Tonic, but it seems to be a trusted affordable and also cruelty-free brand for Caroline Hirons, and that is all I need to know. **