CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE

It’s been a while since I did a skincare update so I thought I would give you a quick rundown of what I have been using lately.

Let’s start with cleansers. These haven’t really changed since the last post. As much as I love to try new things, when I find products that work well for me I tend to stick with them, especially if they are not too pricey.

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Garnier Micellar Water – I use this for a quick cleanse in the morning to remove any residue left from the products applied the night before.

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel – I use this to remove all traces of makeup in the evenings. It’s a gentle and effective cleanser.

L'Oreal Revitalift Peeling Night Lotion

Toner is a step I have been skipping for years until I started using and loved some other products from the L’Oreal Revitalift range. I saw a review of the L’Oreal Revitalift Night Peeling Lotion on Beaut.ie and decided to give it a go. I can’t say I’ve noticed much difference when using this so when it runs out, I’ll probably go back to skipping toner in favour of spending the cash saved on serums and moisturisers.

Serums and Moisturisers

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum

I’ve recently repurchased the L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum. I used this ages ago and decided to give it a go again. I’ve only been using this since the week after Christmas so I’ll do a proper post on it when I have been using it for a few more weeks. Needless to say that I really like this serum, hence the repurchase.

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Before Christmas I was using a trial size of Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum. I didn’t have enough of this to do a proper review but my initial impressions from the trial size (5ml) were good. It’s a lovely oil that really hydrates the skin well and sinks in quickly.

I also had a trial (15ml) size of Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, which I absolutely loved and am really tempted to splurge out on a full size. The texture is a light almost gel like cream, which is kind of cooling and refreshing to apply. A tiny bit is more than enough and it smells gorgeous. I kept this for night time and found that my skin looked really good in the mornings. Nicely hydrated and plumped, even over the Christmas, when healthy eating and drinking water went out the window.

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So at the moment I am using L’Oreal Revitalift Global Care Day SPF 25 in mornings if I have used the toner the night before or the Magic Blur if I didn’t use the toner. At night I am using a trial size (25ml) of No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream, which I got in the Boots No 7 Christmas crackers.

No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream & Intense Eye Cream

My current eye cream, No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Eye Cream (5ml), is also from the No 7 Christmas crackers. I have to say, so far I really like the two No 7 products and when I finish the trial sizes I’ll let you know my final thoughts on them. I have a funny feeling I will be purchasing the full size versions of these.

Any products here that you rate? Any suggestions for the future?

MY THREE FAVOURITE CLEANSERS

I thought I would give you a quick rundown of my three favourite cleansers. They are three very different formulas but all three are equally good at removing all traces of makeup quickly, so no need for the double cleanse. Most importantly though, they are all gentle.

L'Occitane Imortelle Precious Cleansing Foam
First up is L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam. As much as I love this cleanser and it probably is my favourite of the three, it’s unfortunately the least available to me. The nearest retailer to me is an hour away and their boutiques are only in cities and some larger towns. You can purchase online but then you have to pay for delivery and wait for it to be delivered. Cleanser is not usually a product I think about purchasing until I realise the one I am using is empty. Then it’s a case of what can I get my hands on now. The price is €22 for a 150ml bottle but then you can purchase a 300ml refill for €29 which is much better value and a lot less packaging. One pump dispenses a lovely frothy foam that dissolves all my makeup, making cleansing quick and easy. The scent is subtle and it is gentle, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or stripped and very importantly it doesn’t sting my eyes.

Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Frankincense Facial Wash
Next is Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Frankincense Facial Wash. This is about €21.60 for 100ml and is available online, in some pharmacies and health food shops so there are a few retailers near me. The formula of this one is a cleansing milk that dissolves all my makeup. I do slightly prefer a cleanser that lathers but since I can see this dissolving my makeup instantly I can live without the suds. Once again it is gentle so no stinging eyes or tight skin. The scent however is strong and may be an acquired taste. I don’t mind it but it might put some off. I tend to purchase this one more often in winter maybe because the heady scent is comforting in winter and because I often turn to the Frankincense Nourishing Cream as my moisturiser of choice during cold snaps.

La Roche Posay Physiological Gel
Last but certainly not least is La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel. I have waxed lyrical about this one in a number of skin care posts before so I won’t go on too much now. This one is cheaper at €15.25 for 200ml and is available in loads of pharmacies so I have a choice of retailers locally. This is an all round brilliant cleanser and the price makes it very good value. The Physiological Gel as the name suggests is a gel that dissolves all traces of makeup instantly and gently. It feels cool on the skin so it’s perfect for this time of year. My skin feels very soft after, never stripped or tight. It doesn’t sting my eyes but does remove waterproof eye makeup. This is the cleanser I repurchase the most.
What are your favourite cleansers?