I’ve been wanting to write this post for a very long time, and since it’s currently my summer break I finally have the time to do it – get yourself a drink and a snack, because this is a long one. I’ve done seasonal skincare routines in the past, but I really wanted to do a post encompassing everything I use on my skin throughout the year.
As you’ll know if you’ve read my blog before, I’ve really struggled with my dry/sensitive skin in the past and it’s taken me a good couple of years to really find products that work.
Over the past two years, I also developed stress-related eczema on my eyes and back of my neck – which is definitely not the most fun thing to deal with – so I wanted to share the products I use to treat that. Here is the entire list of every product in my skincare rotation.
My cleansers are one of the few things that never change – I’ve really found my staples and stuck with them.
I always use the Dermalogica Precleanse* and 3INA Makeup Remover* to remove all of my makeup – the Precleanse melts my makeup away and I then go in with the 3INA Makeup Remover around my eyes to remove my mascara, as I don’t like rubbing at my eyes with my fingers.
Once I’ve removed my makeup, I use my FOREO with the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel* to get a really deep clean and make sure every last bit of makeup is gone from my skin. I’ll then go in with my Simple Micellar Water – which is the only one I’ve found that doesn’t irritate my skin – to just make sure my skin is extra clean.
I also like to use the micellar water with a face pad in a morning to quickly cleanse my skin if I’m feeling too lazy to properly wash my face. I’ve just recently picked up the reusable bamboo pads to use in place of cotton pads, they work so well and are great for the environment!
What I really love about all of these products is that they cleanse my skin really well but don’t strip away any natural oils. I’ve had absolutely no issues with irritation, although all skin is different, so I’d recommend doing a patch test if you have sensitive skin before trying any products.
I used to think all exfoliators would be too harsh for my sensitive skin, but the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant* totally changed my mind. The rice-powder exfoliant leaves my skin crazy smooth and bright, but it’s gentle enough that it doesn’t irritate my skin at all. Although this can be used daily, I only use it a couple of times a week so that I don’t dry my skin out, and it helps to prevent my skin from looking dull and keep it feeling soft.
When my skin is looking really congested, I like to use the Yes To Tomatoes 2-in-1 Scrub and Cleanser Stick*. It contains charcoal which is amazing for drawing out impurities, and my skin always looks a lot clearer and brighter after using this. I would only recommend using this once a week max if you have dry/sensitive skin as I find this can be quite drying if I use it too often – I prefer to just use it when my skin needs a good detox.
I definitely don’t use masks as often as I should, but I tend to go for brightening, detoxifying and hydrating masks. My favourite hydrating mask is the GLAMGLOW Thirstymud – which I just ran out of hence why it isn’t included in the photo – my skin drinks that stuff up and it’s perfect for using whilst travelling,
I cycle through detoxifying masks depending on my mood, but one of my favourites is the Mario Badescu Silver Powder. It totally clears impurities and it doesn’t irritate my skin at all – it is quite drying, however, so I only use this about once a month.
I love charcoal-based masks, and the Dr Botanicals Charcoal Mask* and Wow You! Mask and Chill are really great ones for sensitive skin. They aren’t super drying like a lot of charcoal masks, but they work really well at detoxing. I also love the Dermalogica Clear Start Fizz Mask* to clean my skin and draw out any impurities – it’s especially great to use after travelling when my skin feels super congested.
When I want to brighten and tighten my skin, I always reach for the GLAMGLOW Gravitymud – it’s a cult favourite for a reason. It helps to decrease any fine lines and is perfect to use before an event. I also love using the Wow You! Z’est La Vie Enzyme mask* when my skin is looking dull which gives me a nice glow without being too harsh.
Toners are so important for rebalancing your skin’s PH after cleansing, but I find so many to be really drying and irritating to my skin. The Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner* makes my skin bright and glowy without making it feel irritated or tight, plus it smells really nice too!
I’ve also been using the Dermalogica Redness Relief Essence* to calm my skin whenever it gets a little irritated, and it definitely helps to reduce redness and even out my skin tone. I also find that it brightens my skin, and it feels cooling and soothing too so it’s great for depuffing.
I’m fortunate enough to not have massively blemish-prone skin, but when my skin is acting up (usually anytime I’ve slipped up and had sugar) I have two products I always reach for.
The Dermalogica Clear Start Booster* is awesome if I feel my whole face is looking pretty congested – I can mix this in with my moisturiser and treat my skin without drying it out. It’s not too harsh so it’s great for using on a daily basis.
When I need something more intense, I always use the Clinique anti-blemish solutions gel for spot treating. This instantly reduces any blemishes I have and gets rid of redness overnight. I’ve been using this for years now and I honestly couldn’t live without it.
My moisturisers change seasonally, but I’ve been using the products themselves for about a year now and I can’t see myself changing them anytime soon.
During winter, when I need the most hydration, I use the Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance* as a day cream and the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream in the evening. The Dermalogica moisturiser is super hydrating but still light enough that it works well under foundation. The Drunk Elephant is a moisturiser that truly changed my life: it’s the only product that has ever stopped me from developing dry patches during the winter, it’s so incredibly hydrating.
In spring I tend to opt for something a little lighter, so I’ll usually use the Intensive Moisture Balance as an evening moisturiser and use the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream* during the day. The Skin Smoothing Cream is super hydrating, but it’s a little less heavy so it’s perfect for when the weather begins to warm up.
I still need a lot of hydration during summer, but I can’t use anything too heavy as it starts to clog up my skin. I love using the Skin Smoothing Cream during the evening as it’s hydrating but still pretty lightweight, and I’m obsessed with the Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream for the daytime. If it gets really hot, or I’m on holiday somewhere warm, then I’ll just use the Cloud Cream for day and night – it’s a gel formula so it’s light and cooling, but it’s also packed full of hyaluronic acid for deep hydration.
Come autumn, I’ll go between my spring/winter routine depending on how cold the weather gets. I keep my eye cream the same throughout the year: I only ever use the Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment as it’s super hydrating and great for sensitive skin.
I make sure to always use the Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer* as it contains SPF 30, so I know I’m keeping my skin protected from the sun. It’s also really hydrating and leaves my skin looking glowy!
Changing up my moisturisers seasonally means that I can specifically cater for my dry skin no matter the weather, and since beginning this rotation my skin has been better than ever. I would definitely recommend checking out these moisturisers if you struggle with dry skin.
Facial oils have made such a huge difference to my skin, and I really think they should be an essential part of any skincare routine no matter your skin type. The most amazing facial oil I’ve ever tried is the Drunk Elephant Marula Oil, it’s so hydrating and leaves my skin looking plump and dewy. I also don’t find that I need more than three drops, so a small bottle of this lasts me a pretty long time.
I also fell in love with the Rosehip Plus Rosehip Oil*, it’s incredibly hydrating and leaves my skin feeling so soft. The Green People Damask Rose Facial Oil* is another favourite of mine when I want my skin to look really bright and healthy.
Depending on the season, I’ll switch up which one of these I use and how many I use at one time. I generally use the marula oil in every season, then add the rosehip oil for spring and use all three during autumn and winter. I’ll occasionally use the marula oil in the morning if my skin is looking really dry, but generally I just use my facial oils in the evening.
If you suffer from eczema then I’d definitely recommend that you go to the doctors so they can suggest you a treatment that works best for your skin, but these are just the products that really help me.
Hydrocortisone is a must for treating my eczema, it helps to reduce the redness and itchiness and allows whatever cream you’re using to penetrate deeper and truly moisturise the skin. I’ll use this twice a day when my eczema is really bad, or just once a day when it starts improving.
Zerobase cream is the one moisturiser that really made a difference to my eczema. I use this multiple times a day when my eczema is at its worst, and then every morning and night on a regular day as if it’s a basic moisturiser. Even when my eczema has pretty much cleared up, I’ll use this on the areas that it typically appears twice a day to make sure those areas stay hydrated.
I thought I would include my favourite lip balms in this post, because I’ve had some real problems with lip balms in the past and these are the only ones I’ve found that work for me.
The Burt’s Bees lip balm is basically my holy grail – I’ve gone through so many tubes and pots of these and it’s never disappointed me. It’s all natural so it helps your lips rather than dry them out further (the way so many lip balms do), and I love the metal container because it’s so much better for the environment.
The Glossier balm dotcoms are also some of my favourites – they’re super thick so I love using them as a lip mask before I go to bed so that I can wake up with really soft, smooth lips. The coconut scent is one of my favourites because it’s so summery!
I really love the Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm, it contains marula oil so it’s incredibly hydrating, and it works to reduce fine lines. It can also be used as an eye balm, so it’s a great one to travel with to keep your skin hydrated during dry plane rides.
If you managed to get to the end of this then you seriously deserve a prize or something. Hopefully you found this post at least a little helpful, and it introduced you to some skincare products that could be your new favourites!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what your skincare holy grails are! See you next time,
*Products marked with an asterisk have been sent to me in the past for reviewing purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more in my disclaimer.