Good skin is the basis of great makeup, and in my experience an effective skincare routine is the basis of creating good skin. Over the last few years I have established a skincare routine that works very well for me, and today I wanted to share it with you.
I have what I would describe as “problematic” skin. I have a fairly normal oil-flow, however my skin is very sensitive, reactive and prone to dehydration. I also have an eye condition that means my eyes are hyper sensitive, and react badly to a gamut of products for a number of reasons. Over the years I have honed the products I use to a carefully edited selection, and I rarely, if ever, waver from my routine.
Makeup Removal / Pre-cleansing:
For my pre-cleansing / makeup removing needs I use Dermalogica PreCleanse. It’s an oil-based, water soluble product that breaks down virtually any makeup no matter how waterproof. I apply this to DRY skin, and use the application time to give myself a facial massage. It does a great job at not only removing my makeup, but also seems to break down any oil / dead skin that has accumulated in my pores.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel leaves my face feeling thoroughly clean, but not stripped or tight. I create a very wet lather in my hands, rub it into my face and give it a once over with a muslin cloth, then rinse under the shower.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant leaves my skin clear and baby soft, every time I use it. In Summer, I use it every second day, but come Winter, it’s an every day necessity. The only thing I dislike about this is the fact that I can’t bring the packaging into the shower, because it’s a powder. I tip a teaspoon-full into my wet hands, rub them together to form a paste, and work it into my skin. I rinse it off under the shower.
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster is my serum of choice. I apply a few drops to each cheek and my forehead and blend it out all over my face. I then add a drop under each eye and pat it in for some extra hydration to one of the dryest parts of my face.
Available from Nordstrom
I alternate between 2 different eye creams.
Available from Nordstrom
For a more effective, deeply nourishing and reparative eye treatment I use Estee Lauder Renutriv Recreation Eye Serum and Eye Cream. Unfortunately (I believe due to the powerful active ingredients) I am unable to use this every night without my eyes reacting. However I do use it every second night, and I feel like it makes a real difference to the condition of the delicate skin around my eyes.
Other eye creams in the Renutriv line are available from Nordstrom
I am a firm believer in the benefits of using a physical sunscreen instead of a chemical sunscreen. Invisible Zinc is the most easily accessible physical sunscreen on the market, and for that reason it is my sunscreen of choice.
I primarily use 2 lip balms.
If my goal is to repair and nourish chapped lips, I like to use Lanolips Lemonaid. I have had to decant this into a small pot that I keep on my desk, because the formula becomes very hard in cold weather, and I split the tube. I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away, so into the pot it went.
Available from Adore Beauty
I hope you enjoyed that insight into my skincare routine, and that it answered any questions you may have had. I don’t really change my routine, so I won’t be incorporating skincare into the Makeup Utopia editorial schedule.
Do you use any of my skincare favourites? Which ones? What products do you like to use?