I did a post on my skincare routine a while back which was pretty… bad. At the time, I knew the basics of how to look after my skin, but I didn’t really understand how to look after my skin. It’s so difficult to nail down your skin type, despite the number of (albeit useless) quizzes online.
For the longest time I had Normal/Sensitive skin which basically never broke out and was pretty easy to look after, but as soon as I turned 17 it totally changed. My normal routine suddenly stopped working for me, and I started getting super oily and breaking out a lot more. I decided to tackle this by using really harsh products on my skin to try to combat the oiliness, but this just made my skin even oilier whilst also giving me dry patches – something I’d never had an issue with before.
Since treating my skin as Oily made the situation way worse, I decided to go back to my Normal/Sensitive routine in the hopes that it would settle my skin down. Although the oiliness improved a little, I still had really dry patches and had started to get really hard and painful bumps along my jawline. I was starting to get so depressed about my skin and literally never wanted to leave the house – I’d never had any real issues with my skin before so I didn’t know where I was going wrong. I also tried using the No7 face brush, which although I liked at first, it ended up making my dry patches even worse and flaring up my sensitive skin.
Figuring that treating my skin as both Normal and Oily hadn’t worked, I decided to bite the bullet and try to treat my skin as if it was Dry. I was really anxious about this because I was terrified it would make my skin so much more oily and break me out even more, but since nothing else had worked I felt like it was my only option.
I made an investment and got myself a Foreo Luna which is honestly the thing that saved my skin (I’ll talk about this more later), as well as starting to use more delicate products and things that were super hydrating. Around three days later my skin started to really clear up, I had no oiliness and my dry patches were really improving! It’s been about two weeks since I started treating my skin as if it was Dry/Sensitive, and although it’s not completely there yet, my skin is looking so much better than it has done in months.
It’s crazy to think that my skin type changed so drastically in such a short time, but it’s a pretty common occurrence, especially as you get older. The most important thing before creating a skincare routine is definitely knowing your skin type, and sometimes that means treating your skin different ways before you find what works for you.
Before I go into my skincare routine and the products that saved my skin, I just want to clarify that this routine obviously won’t work for everybody as everyone’s skin is different (although there are some products that will work for all skin types, I’ll specify those), but if you have dry/sensitive skin then this routine could be amazing for you.
So after that crazy long story, here’s my skincare routine!
This face brush is honestly one of the best things I’ve ever purchased, and it’s definitely the thing that has made the most difference to my skin – literally after one use of this I noticed improvements. I chose this over the Clarisonic for so many reasons; you don’t need to purchase replacement brush heads (making this better value for money), it’s not as harsh as a rotating face brush, and it’s much more hygienic. This brush is amazing because they actually have different ones for every skin type, meaning that this works for everyone!
The Foreo uses T-Sonic Pulses to gently exfoliate and bring any dirt to the surface, giving you brighter, cleaner skin that’s free of blemishes. It also has an anti-aging side which sends pulses into your face to eliminate wrinkles. One charge lasts an entire year of daily use (which is incredible!), and although this brush is £129, you can get the Foreo Play, which gives you 50 uses, for £29 if you’d prefer to try it out without spending a lot of money. If you’d like a full, in-depth review of the Foreo Luna with before and after pictures, please let me know in the comments!
I use my Foreo Luna every night to cleanse my face, and I love using it in combination with this Philosophy Purity cleanser because it’s really gentle and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, but it also does an amazing job of taking off all of my make up. I love using this to quickly wash my face in the morning too – it’s so quick and easily gets the job done. Since using the Foreo Luna, my skin texture has improved dramatically – I used to have really bumpy skin that no amount of harsh exfoliants would remove (I’m now rolling my eyes at what a clear sign of dry skin that was), but now my skin feels so soft and smooth! I absolutely swear by my Foreo Luna now, and I would definitely recommend it, as although it’s expensive I believe skincare is something worth investing in, as it’s so important to look after your skin – plus great skin can make any makeup look good!
CLEANSE, TONE, MOISTURISE
This 3-step process is one of the most important elements of a good skincare routine. I swear by Liz Earle’s products, they do an amazing job, they don’t irritate my skin at all and their ingredients are all-natural. The Cleanse and Polish is a cult classic for a reason; whenever I’m wearing a full face of makeup I always use this to remove my makeup before using my Foreo because I know this will completely clean my skin. This moisturiser has done amazing things for my skin, it leaves my face feeling super soft and eliminates my dry patches. I also love this toner, it smells amazing! Obviously you’d need to pick the right moisturiser for your skin, but the cleanser and toner would of be great for all skin types.
In order to combat any blemishes I get, I absolutely love the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel, it’s the best blemish treatment I’ve ever tried and I’m on about my fifth bottle of this now! I also am obsessed with this Mario Badescu Silver Powder, it’s amazing for removing blackheads and purifying the skin. Both of these products would work for any skin type, so I’d definitely recommend everyone trying these!
Obviously one of the most important tips when it comes to skincare is drinking lots of water, I try to drink four pints a day and it makes such a difference to how glowy my skin looks. I also swear by using a face mask once a week, I love hydrating sheet masks like the Garnier one but you can choose whatever is best for your skin type. Serums and facial oils are also really great things to include into your skincare routine, I am currently on the hunt for a hyaluronic acid serum to help keep my skin super hydrated, but there are so many to tackle a variety of different skin issues.
There you have it! That’s my skincare routine and tips on how I fixed my skin. I really hope you enjoyed this post, I’d love to see your comments on your skincare routine or if you’ll be trying out anything I’ve recommended! See you next time,