I wrote a skincare routine post last year that shared all the skincare products I was using then as part of a regular routine. It’s always changing and things are getting swapped out as I discover new products, but this line-up has been stable recently so I wanted to share it with you. I love all of these products, so I want to introduce them to you and tell you how I incorporate them into my routine.
I use most of these products at night, as it’s at bedtime that I apply the products that are going to have a transforming effect on my skin.
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Sunday Riley Luna Oil – £45, Sunday Riley
I use a retinol 4 nights per week. This is an oil-based retinol that is designed to be used at night to help reduce signs of ageing. It has a unique, ground-breaking retinol complex to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles, promote collagen synthesis to keep your skin’s elasticity and plumpness, and reduce the signs of environmental damage. It is an oil, so it really hydrated and conditions the skin. It’s very rich, so I swap it about with The Ordinary retinoid below if I don’t think my skin needs an oil.
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalene – £7.80, The Ordinary
This is quite strong (for a non-prescription retinoid) at 2%, but it’s in a moisturising Squalene base to help minimise the negative drying and peeling effects of the retinol. It has the same benefits of the Sunday Riley product above, but it’s a lot more affordable. I don’t need to use an oil every night, so I often swap this in instead.
DCL C Scape High Potency Night Booster 30* – £108, Space NK
For the three nights per week that I don’t use retinol, I use a brightening vitamin C serum. This is a powerful one from DCL. It’s grainy (as most Vitamin C serums/creams are) and it feels quite bit-y and greasy on the skin. I feel like you need to leave this for 15-30 minutes to sink in and settle before you apply products on top; otherwise you’ll feel like your face is too slick and will want to wash it all off. This Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) serum brightens, adds radiance, promotes collagen production and protects the skin with antioxidants.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle Moisturiser – £32, Elizabeth Arden
On top of the retinol and vitamin C products, I apply a rich and heavy moisturiser to keep my skin moist and to combat the negative effects of using retinol and vitamin C, such a dryness and peeling. This night moisturiser version of Elizabeth Arden’s cult Eight Hour Cream really comforts, nourishes and protects my skin overnight. It also has a relaxing, sleep-inducing Lavender scent.
Strivectin Multi-Action R&R Eye Cream* – £45, Amazon
This is a rich eye cream and you only need a tiny amount. It instantly de-puffs your undereyes, plumps the area to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and has a neutralising apricot tint to reduce the appearance of dark circles. It has a unique peptide complex to firm and tone this area.
Murad MultiVitamin Infusion Oil* – £55, Murad
Once per week I like to do a good facial massage with rollers, and I like to use this new oil from Murad – a brand I love. I then leave the oil on my face overnight as a weekly treatment. This is a light seed oil and it contains Vitamin A (to boost skin firmness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles), Vitamin B (to attract moisture to the skin), Vitamin C (a skin-brightening antioxidant), Vitamin D (to improve skin barrier function and protect against environmental aggressors), Vitamin E (to soften the skin and protect against free radicals), and Vitamin F (essential fatty acids to strengthen the skin barrier and improve skin texture). Thanks My face is always so soft and plump after using this.
Then during the day, I use the same eye cream, along with antioxidant and hydrating skincare (as well as an SPF tinted moisturiser) to protect and nourish my skin.
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads – £25, Feel Unique
After cleansing in the morning, I like to use an AHA acid toner. When it comes in the format of acid pads it’s a lot easier. These chemically exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin, and let the newer more radiant skin shine. They brighten your complexion and even out the surface texture.
Elizabeth Arden Skin Renewal Booster – £45, Elizabeth Arden
This is like the Korean skincare ‘lotion’ stage, as you apply it after cleansing and toning, but before serum. This product from Elizabeth Arden is designed to help any skincare products you put on top work more effectively, and help to keep your surface layer retaining moisture and maintain its natural defenses.
Image Skincare Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler – £69.99, Amazon
This is a great, non-sticky Hyaluronic Acid that plumps and hydrates the skin. I can’t get enough of this. It penetrates deep into the skin as it contains 6 different molecular sizes of Hyaluronic Acid. You get an immediate boost of moisture with this serum and it leaves your skin feeling amazing.
Origins A Perfect World Age-Defense Skin Guardian with White Tea* – £36, Origins
This serum is silicone-based so it has that silky smooth texture that feels as if it’s sitting on your skin. It is designed to ‘sit on your skin’ in a sense, as it creates a protective barrier to the environmental aggressors of the outside world (via antioxidants). Whilst it’s protecting your skin, it is also working to build up its own resistance to these pollutants. The key ingredient is White Tea Leaf, which protects the skin from the effects of oxidative stress. You just need to be careful what products you use on top of this, as many will pil.
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base – £44, Bobbi Brown
This is a luxurious-feeling, Shea Butter-based moisturiser that softens the skin and acts as a great primer for makeup. It’s oil-free and it feels rich and sumptuous. A real saviour for dry winter skin! I prefer my serums to do all the work and my moisturisers to do just that – moisture.
Nourish London Radiance Firming Facial Oil Walk the Walk Limited Edition* – £25, Nourish London
If my skin needs some more moisture, especially in the winter, I like to press a few drops of this into my skin after my moisturiser. It also makes your skin look more radiant and glowy. It’s a blend of several omega-rich oils such as Pumpkin Seed Oil and Macadamia Seed Oil, to reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve skin tone and protect the skin. It also contains French Marine Algae extract to slow down the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, helping to keep our skin plump and firm. £2.50 from the sale of each limited edition bottle goes to breast cancer charity Walk The Walk.
Origins GinZing SPF40 Energy Boosting Tinted Moisturiser* – £60, Origins
This is a universal tinted moisturiser that works in a magic way to adjust to your own skin tone. It’s light and non-greasy, and it helps your skin look flawless by giving it a sheer tint. It contains coffee (caffeine) and Ginseng to awaken the skin, make it look healthier, and balance the skin. This is great as an SPF under foundation, or on its own for no makeup days.
NIOD Hydration Vaccine* – £35, Cult Beauty
If my skin requires extra moisturisation and hydration, I use the NIOD oil cream as an additional step in my morning or night routine, as it’s really heavy duty and works wonders. It has the texture and consistency of Vaseline, but just a bit more silky smooth (from the silicone). It gives your skin a dose of hydration and locks it in there. A wonder product! They just need to include a spoon!
This post contains press samples, but all opinions are my own.
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