I've never been one for complicated skincare routines, I see some people taking hours each day and frankly I've had the patience! It is definitely worth taking care of your skin, it is the largest organ of your body after all but it doesn't need to take over your life or cost you thousands. I'm really happy with my skincare routine and the only thing I would change is that I'd love to have a monthly facial. I'm terrible at remembering to do masks at home and it doesn't quite feel the same as being at a spa, so that is a goal to work towards.
For now, I wanted to share my current routine as I do get asked a lot what I use. The basics are, I cleanse and moisturise twice a day and make sure to wash my pillows twice as regularly as my bedsheets. This has made a huge difference to how many blemishes I get. I also recently started using a retinol serum before bed and this has also improved the look and feel of my skin. Here is what I use every day and how (contains some affiliate links but all items are bought and used by me regularly).
Easy skincare routine
Every morning I cleanse with Micellar water on a cotton wool pad and then moisturise with Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. I tried and bought this for the first time at the airport duty free and immediately fell in love with it. I use it most mornings and also at night if I feel like my skin needs something richer (like if I've been in the sun). My alternative day moisturiser is the Shisiedo Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Day Emulsion which is a bit pricier and also lighter and more like a milk than a cream. I am a huge fan of Shiseido products and now use them myself after years of stealing my mums whenever I was at home and marvelling at how my skin looked and felt afterwards. It is moderately expensive as a brand compared to high street, but a little goes a long way and I use several of their skincare products and their foundation as well.
At night I use one of two cleansers depending on how much of a deep clean I need to do. If I've worn more make up than usual that day then I double cleanse, starting with the micellar water and then I use the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm. This is a thick luxurious feeling balm and I massage it all over my face and then use a little latex free facial scrubber to exfoliate it off and really get all the oil and dirt out. I rinse the scrubber in warm water and then rub it all over my face and the balm sort of froths up a bit. I continue to rinse the scrubber in water and then work it around my face and this washes off the balm and I splash some cool water on my face at the end before patting dry. The instructions actually say to remove the balm with a warm flannel but I chose to do it this way to exfoliate as well as cleanse. I probably end up cleansing this way around twice a week.
If I just want a 'normal' cleanse then I use Shisiedo's clarifying foam and the current tube I have has lasted me 8 months already, so I see that as good value! It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated, I don't find it drys me out at all. I sometimes cleanse with Miceller water first, if I've worn a little make up. I then apply a retinol oil, then eye cream and moisturiser.
I use an eye cream at night to help de-puff tired eyes and have recently tried the Yeouth Skincare Retinol Eye Cream. It has caffeine and green tea in it and tingles a little when you put it on, but then feels nice and cool. I've used it now for 3 weeks and am really liking it for the lowish price point.
I have also recently started using retinol to see what affect it had on my skin. You have to be quite careful with it so definitely do your research and start with a low percentage. I bought the
I have three moisturisers and tend to swap them depending on how my skin is feeling, but generally use Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream in the morning. I bought The Ordinary 0.2% and plan to move up to the 0.5% and then eventually the 1% but you need to start low.
At night I then use the Sukin Organics Night Cream. Sukin Organics are great brand, really good value and with no nasties, all natural ingredients and they are a 100% certified carbon neutral company. The night cream is water based which means it's suitable to use after retinol products.
I also have a stash of these Shiseido 15 minute eye masks. They're especially great for perking up after flights and I'll use one around an hour before landing. You can often find them as part of a travel pack at the airport and they are well worth buying.
I do like a sheet mask every now and then but don't currently have a favourite. If I find one I really love then I'll add it to this post but not until I have one that I really would personally recommend.
Do you have any other skincare recommendations? If so please comment below and let us know!