Recently, I’ve switched from a rather complicated multi-step skincare routine to a more simple skincare routine. I was following all the recommended steps I found across the web for oily skin and adding more products regularly and it just didn’t seem to do anything.
So I decided to take a step back and go back to basics, the good old three-step cleanse, tone and moisturise and almost immediately, I saw a change in my skin, however, it took a good two weeks before I realised that this change to a kinder, simple skincare routine was one of the best changes I’ve made to my beauty regime in years.
Since my initial change, almost six weeks ago, I’ve added in a few mild “extras” and I must say, I think I’ve finally found my perfect routine!
Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise
As I mentioned, I started off initially backing all the way off to a very simple three-step routine: cleanse, tone and moisturise.
I switch up my cleansers all the time but I always have two on hand, a balm or oil cleanser and a milky cleanser. I use the balm or oil cleanser as my first cleanser at night and the milky cleanser in the morning and as a second cleanser at night. At the moment, I’m using Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk and Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, but some other favourites include the Banila Co Clean It Zero (with Resveratrol) Balm and the Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser.
When it comes to toner, I’ve always been a huge Paula’s Choice fangirl and after trying samples of pretty much all of their different toners, I’ve settled on the Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner, although I plan on trying out the Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner as soon as my current bottle runs out. I always follow up my toner with a chemical exfoliant, which is currently the beloved Pixi Glow Tonic, but I’m a huge fan of Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid as well.
Moisturiser is probably something that I experiment with the most but when it comes to daytime wear, anything I use as a moisturiser must have SPF in it. I’ve recently been diagnosed with a spreading surface melanoma and if I wasn’t a regular sunscreen user, it could have been so much worse when I caught it. Also, sunscreen is one of, if not, the best anti-ageing products you can use on a daily basis. I’m currently using another Paula’s Choice favourite, the Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily Defence SPF 15, but I’ll be looking for something with a higher SPF once I’m done with this bottle. When it comes to nighttime wear, I’ll go for something a little heavier, so I double dip with The Ordinary’s 100% Plant-Derived Squalane and La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat.
The Added Extras
Anyone who knows me in person knows I’m just a little bit extra. So of course, my “extra” philosophy to life will always extend to skincare and makeup, even in a simple skincare routine! It doesn’t add a lot of time to my routine and still keeps with my simple skincare philosophy, but it certainly does add a good deal of oomph to it!
Clinique’s Moisture Surge Face Spray is a bit of a multi-tasker. In my skincare routine, I’ll often use this as an extra toner after I apply my Pixi Glow Tonic if I’m feeling extra parched, which happens a lot during winter but I also use this as a refreshing spray during the day when I blot and re-set my makeup, to take down the powdery look and to help tidy up any cakey patches. I’d say this is very similar to the Mac Prep and Prime Fix+ spray, however, it is much more expensive. I’d say you could use either of these fantastic sprays to achieve the same goal and once I run out, I’ll be switching back to Fix+ for sure.
I definitely rely on a hyaluronic acid serum both day and night to help plump up and hydrate my skin, because even though I’m an oily girl, my skin needs moisture too. Currently, I’m using a new favourite from The Ordinary, the Hyaluronic Acid with B5, which I sandwiched in between my exfoliating toner and my moisturiser. I wasn’t all that keen on adding this step at first, but after stopping it for a few weeks and seeing some rather ordinary results with my skincare, I added this back in and feel like it has made a real difference. I do find that you need to use Hyaluronic Acid quite sparingly. It’s quite a thick, sticky substance and a little goes a long way, and you know it if you use too much.
Finally, something I can take or leave but feel like I should probably take, now I’m over 30 is an eye cream. I have absolutely no loyalty when it comes to eye creams and as such, I’m not linking any particular favourites in this post. I do find if I don’t use an eye cream that my concealer creases quicker but honestly, what concealer doesn’t crease? I think I’ll attempt to remove this from my routine when my current cream runs out and see if there are any negative effects from it being removed.
So, a simple routine can achieve quite a lot. I’ve honestly noticed a change in my skin since I’ve cut down on a number of active products I’ve been using and whilst I plan to add some good products very sparingly over the next few months, I don’t think it will ever be quite the gargantuan task it once was.
Are you a simple skincare person or do you have a more complicated routine? Tell me all, in the comments below!