Friday, 24 May 2013

My Current Skincare Routine

I will boldly hold my hands up and say - I am new to a skincare routine. I have always been lucky enough to have good, clear skin and so, with the exception of removing my makeup, I have taken little interest in skincare products. However now, at the ripe old age of 25, I am starting to worry about what the future may hold for my skin and think that it might be time for a much talked about 'routine'.

For the past 5 weeks I have stuck to a firm routine of skincare products. I am keen to use products every morning and evening and have also chosen some weekly products to give my skin an extra boost. My current skincare routine is not set in stone. I am new to this and therefore trying out new products and seeing how they suit my skin. I will continue to experiment with new products until I find the routine that works best for me.

Having generally good skin, I am not looking to spend a lot of money on skincare. I want products that can work without breaking the bank. One of my reasons for writing this post is so that my readers can suggest to me products that I might like to try that have worked for them and that are within my budget!

So here are the steps that I have been following lately:

Removing Makeup:
I have been using face wipes for as long as I have been wearing makeup and have never had a problem with them. I know some people who have problem skin choose not to use these but personally I find them the quickest and most effective way to remove the bulk of my makeup. When it comes to buying them I am really not fussy and usually go for something as cheap as I can find. I regularly use these T-Zone Shine Control Cleansing Wipes which have a lovely tea tree smell and are 2 for £1 in Poundworld and Poundland. I use these in the evening to remove my makeup and then in the morning to remove any stubborn waterproof mascara or to correct makeup mistakes!

Cleansing and exfoliating:
I aim to use a cleanser every night but it just doesn't always happen. Cleansing when you are not in the shower is a nightmare. No matter how careful you are you always end up soaking yourself and your bathroom! However in the morning, in the shower, it's a different story. I use either cleanser or scrub every day, usually day about. I have been using Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Cleansing Milk since December and I love it. The smell is gorgeous, it feels really smooth on my face and it makes my skin feel squeaky clean. At £7 this is the most expensive item in my routine but definitely worth the cash. The scrub that I am using is ASDA Young Skin Foaming Facial Scrub which is an absolute bargain at £1. I like this scrub. It's gentle enough to use regularly but still feels like it is really exfoliating your skin.

Toning has always been the step that I have missed out. I could just never really see what it was for. Even now, I'm not entirely sure that I am sold on the idea. I was using a toner by Simple but switched when I ran out simply to try out another product. The toner that I have just now is Garnier Simply Essentials Toner which is £2.99. I use this every morning and evening. I like that it removes any traces of makeup or dirt that have been missed by cleansing but, other than that, I can't feel that it makes any changes to my pores or my skin as a whole. I'd love to try a toner that I can really feel working. Any suggestions?
Eye Gel:
I don't suffer from bags under my eyes or any puffiness so I'm not entirely sure why I am using eye gel! That being said, I do like the cooling feel of this - especially in the morning. Currently I am using the Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel - £1.50. For the price this is a nice product.
I love moisturiser! I use various body lotions and potions on my body but always purchase separate products for use on my face. Currently I use two moisturisers; one for the morning and one for the evening. My morning product is ASDA Young Skin Matt Finish Moisturiser, also £1. I apply this before applying makeup in the morning. This moisturiser is perfect for that purpose. It rubs in easily and doesn't leave s greasy residue, meaning it is perfect for applying makeup on top of. In the evening I use NIVEA Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream, £2.99. This is a lovely smelling cream and a thick consistency meaning it continues to work for the whole night and I wake up with lovely soft skin.
Once a week I use a face mask. At the moment I don't have a particular mask that I use, I just experiment with different ones and mainly buy sachets. I do want to start using the Amie Clay Mask on a regular basis but it is currently out of stock.
Once or twice a week I wash my face using the Nutrogena Wave. I get a really deep clean from this and like to use it when I have a little more time. Sometimes I use the pads that you can buy for the wave and sometimes I just apply a little cleanser to a cotton pad and stick it onto the machine - this works just as well.

Do you use any of these products?

Can you recommend any budget friendly skincare products that I should try?

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  1. I use to use the wipes a while ago they are really effective!


    1. Yeah I like these wipes. They do the job at a great price

  2. Hello Amy
    Great review, I want them :)
    I also really like your blog, I just subscribed and it would mean a lot to me if you take a minute and check, follow my blog if you like. Thank you so so much, have a nice day,
    xoxo Diane

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  3. Interesting, I really like seeing how other people go about their skin care :-) I used to have that Garnier make-up remover as well, and while I thought it was okay, I needed something more heavy duty to remove all my...well... slap :-)

  4. Aw so what makeup remover do you use now? Any products that you would recommend?

    Are you a follower?

  5. Toner is used after washing because the steam from the water opens the pores and toner closes them back up. This step is very important for those who have large pores but is a good step for anyone as well.
    A natural product I personally use and always recommend especially for those with oily skin or large pores is Witchazel. It's a natural product that you can buy from the beauty section in any drugstore. It's very budget friendly and an all round great product.
    I also love using the White Chocolate mask that you have there's a few others in the line and they're all great too. :)

    1. Aw I see, I knew it had something to do with pores but i never really notice my pores. Thanks for the tip on the witch hazel. Do you dilute it?
      Thanks for the follow :) xxx

  6. thanks for sharing! ive been meaning to try the wave :)

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    1. Do you live in Britain? Get yourself to home bargains. The wave is only £1.49 xx

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    1. Thanks for your comment :) are you a follower? Xx

  8. I use Garnier Simply Essentials Soothing 2 in 1 makeup remover for face and eyes. It's a blue oil and water (costs around £3) - shake the bottle and put that on a makeup pad and it will cut through the toughest makeup like a hot knife through butter. I have combination skin and have used this makeup remover for years. One bottle lasts around 3-4 weeks and like they say; it's good for face and eyes (so two birds, one stone). Also I use a Superdrug brand Tea Tree and Peppermint Cleanser/Toner (which is a green liquid and it is quite cheap). I use Tesco's new Pro line of day and night creams too (which are also cheap - a pot of face cream is just £3!). All of the above are paraben free so there's no need to worry about the nasty effects of methylparaben in your skin/body!
    Sorry for the long comment! Hugs! xx

    1. Aw thanks for the thoughtful comment. That makeup remover sounds great, il need to try it. And I love peppermint in things so will give that a look too.

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