Ah! It occurred to me that I haven’t blogged for a good few days – it is the third trimester tiredness that has truly set in combined with being ill with one thing or another, and of course just trying to keep up with baby H’s schedule. I am also trying to prepare for the new baby, whilst finishing off a lot of key tasks that need finishing before (ideally) baby 2 makes an appearance. I would just love to sleep…..
But anyway. Whilst I have a moment I will try and keep up with the blogging! Today I am talking skincare routines! Here is what I am currently using – I have dropped a lot of my serums and things that have made my skin react during pregnancy and kept essential ones that are working well. So current skin state is: HORMONAL, SENSITIVE, DRY PATCHES, SPOTTY IN AREAS, PIGMENTATION APPEARING ON CHEEKS. Complicated eh!?
I currently keep all my skincare in a little Muji container. Why? Because I am so TIRED, and my cannot-be-arsed with skincare days outweigh the days when I can be arsed, therefore I keep everything neatly in one place so that it’s just that little bit easier for me to use what I need to. If I had this dispersed on a dressing table with all the 9,342 products I have I know I wouldn’t get round to using anything.
Cleansers/Make Up Removers:
I have been on a mission to finish up cleansers recently, therefore some of these are quite new to my routine, but I am liking them.
These go from runny to thickest in texture:
1. The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Make Up Remover
A new addition, a runny loose yellow oil which feels nice on the skin, doesn’t sting when it gets in my eyes and takes off foundation nicely. It DOES leave a residue – in fact, you can use this on damp skin like a cleansing oil or dry with a cotton pad to remove some make up, either way will require a second product to take off the residue. I don’t mind this too much but just be aware it’s not ideal to use on it’s own.
2. DHC Pore Cleansing Oil
DHC have some seriously good skincare which can be overlooked for it’s more glamorous Japanese sisters – this cleansing oil I thought would be too drying (although I do have visible pores which I dislike, hence trying this out). This isn’t like an oil, more of a thick gel type oil (in comparison to say, Shu Uemura cleansing oil which is generally quite ‘oily’) this is more gel-ly, and I love that. Also means it removes make up nicely, without drying my skin as it feels quite substantial. I have also been using the DHC pore essence, and I DO think that it’s helping.
3. Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm
I really like this cleansing balm because of the texture which isn’t too ‘balm’ like (ie. needed to warm up in the hands) and it smells nice too and takes off make up well. I also don’t react to this the same way I do to cleansing balms with too many essential oils in it.
So the way I would use these cleansers are –
The Jojoba Company make up remover IF I have worn a lot of make up, if not I skip this step. then I will go to the cleansing oil or balm depending on how I am feeling – I think the oil is quicker than the balm, which I am more likely to use if I am not too tired. I don’t use all 3 together, obviously! If I need to wash my face in the morning I use the DHC only.
Toners/Eye Make Up Remover:
4. Softymo Point Make Up Remover
The best eye make up remover ever ever ever ever ever. And I wear super super duper waterproof bomb proof eye make up that trust me, the regular brands we get over here CAN NOT GET OFF. This stuff is amazing, I can’t live without it. I do always take my eye make up off even if I can’t be bothered with anything else cos I have having crusty make up in my eyes.
I will use either toner:
5. La Roche Posay Serozinc
Bought in Paris, this si soothing and good for oiler skins. My skin is dry but I still think this settles any redness nicely (can also be used on baby’s bums for nappy rash!) and I do get spot attacks so a spray of this doesn’t hurt.
6. Kiehls Calendula Extract Toner
Quite a soothing toner that makes a change from my usual rose toners, that I don’t think is stripping even though it’s for oilier skins. Will I buy this when I’ve used it up? Not sure, but I went through a phase of buying many different toners and I reacted badly to them all (itchy face) but not this one.
7. Kiehls Hydro Plumping Re-Retexturising Serum Concentrate
LOVE this product so much, makes all the difference to my dry skin, Review here.
8. Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correct Night Serum
I’ve been using a variety of different products for pigmentation and to be honest, there’s nothing i can say is a stand out HOWEVER, I have been using this serum for a few weeks and it’s very very good so far – my skin feels so much smoother and softer, and I do think it’s controlling the pigmentation (I have noticed much more appearing during this pregnancy than my first, and my mum got terrible pigmentation carrying me). So far it is looking good!
9. DHC Pore Essence
I don’t use this all the time, only if I remember but it’s good for mattifying my T-Zone and I apply where I have enlarged pores (around the nose area) and it seems to work quite well. My pores are definitely looking smaller and just generally ‘firmer’ around that area since I’ve started using it.
10. Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
Thick textured eye cream which isn’t for everyone but suits me now as my skin area is so dry dry dry. Review here.
11. Kiehls Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream
I’ve been using this since it’s quite thick and moisturising, it’s supposed to have anti-pigmentation properties and it doesn’t make my skin sensitive which is a big thing. It smells quite acidic, like orange/lemon peel it has that zesty-ness to it which might be vitamin C. It’s not unpleasant, just unusual. I do like it though, but I don’t know if it’s helping with pigmentation – along with the Estee Lauder serum though, I hope it will prevent more pigmentation/freckles from appearing.
12. Sisley Lip Balm
The best! Review here.
Other bits and pieces:
The following products I only use occasionally (might be once a week or a few times a week or not at all depending on if I need to use it).
13. The Green People Age Deft Enrich Facial OIl
I have only been using this for 2 weeks. I love he scent – so gorgeous, like a spa treatment although with the essential oil content, I have to be careful not to use too much as it makes my skin reactive. I love it’s rich rich oily texture, so good for massaging. I have noticed some brown sludge at the bottom of the bottle – apparently this can happen with natural oil products, and a shake gets rid of it.
14. Melvita Pulpe De Rose
This is a strange dual phase oil product for the face with rose – you have to shake it to mix the water and oil element. It is so light that you can SPRAY it, (on to your hand then pat on to the face). I like this because it’s a really easy way to use oil if you’re not into the richness of oils, it feels like a light light serum although you can feel the more oily residue after the product has been patted into the skin.
15. The Jojoba Company – Jojoba Oil
Again another new facial oil which is my ‘simple’ option as it’s just pure jojoba oil, the other two have more too it which is nice but is not good if my skin is more sensitive. I quite like this rich feeling cream and I’ve never had a problem with Jojoba oil on my skin.
16. Origins Spot Treatment
I like this little gel, it’s effective and…er, that’s it. Doesn’t leave weird patches on the face like some spot creams do.
17. RMK Eye Balm
I will review this properly soon but it comes with a cool tool /spatula for massaging in to the skin. I love it as an occasional treat for dry eyes.
18. Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50.
I have been rubbish with my SPF but if I remember I do use a squirt of this high SPF cream which is quite thick to feel but sinks in without too much bother.
19. Kiehls Micro Blur Skin Perfector
I am not usually into these kinds of products which blur out the pores but this one is a dual treatment and blurrer (if you like!) for the pores and I use this only if I need a really good smooth finish on the skin (it works well as a primer too).
Ok ok, so that seems like a LOT of stuff right?!?!? But realistically on an average day it might only use the following:
So it’s not so bad right!? Plus this is just in the evening, in the day I might just quickly spray some toner, wipe, and use cream.
So that is my current skincare routine which I am sure will change again when Baby 2 arrives.
What products are you currently using?
*Mixture of PR samples and purchased items