In my beauty writing days I used to test pretty much a new set of products a week and my skin definitely paid the price. It got to the point where I didn’t know what was working and what wasn’t, so I used to give bits and bobs to my friends and family to test for me.
Then I had the facial that ruined my skin. I won’t name the brand as I know that a lot of people adore their treatments and it could have just been that it was too much for my skin, but following what was meant to be a luxury treat, I contracted eczema and found that I could no longer use half the products I loved.
Anyway, a year later and things seem to have calmed down a bit. I’m also really very happy with my current routine….. my skin has finally come back to life after months of looking grey and ashen (That’s what having a new baby will do to you :0)
You’ll notice that I use quite a lot of products from The Ordinary in my routine. I am a bit late to the party with this brand but in a nutshell the products are as high performing as many very expensive alternatives. Deciem who are the company behind the brand, use top scientists and experts to formulate their products. You won’t find any heady fragrances or luxurious experiences here. What you will get though is bloody good skin for a small price tag.
Cleanse with Liz Earle Hot Polish Cleanser which is an old, reliable favourite that I always return to. It does the trick whilst leaving your skin feeling moisturised and happy.
Pat on The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 which floods your skin with moisture and costs a mere £6.
Apply The Ordinary Buffet which is a multi-peptide serum that costs £13 and is great for targeting signs of ageing.
Follow up with a moisturiser to seal the deal. (Current favourite is Emma Hardie Amazing Face Age Support Cream £44 which contains a plethora of beautiful ingredients and leaves my skin glowing)
Cleanse with Emma Hardie Maringa Balm £39 for 100ml). Use sparingly as this stuff is blimming expensive but just SO good. I have never found a cleanser that beats it and trust me I have tried loads of the things! It also smells incredible.
Every 2-3 nights use Alpha H Liquid Gold (£40 200ml) which is the ultimate multi-tasker. It exfoliates, re-surfaces, reduces pigmentation/ scarring, moisturises and leaves your skin all a-glow. I usually pat this on with cotton wool and leave it to do its work rather than following with a moisturiser. (Don’t use during pregnancy)
Apply The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% (£8) which is anti-ageing. Always use SPF if using a Retinol based product and don’t use during pregnancy or when breast-feeding.
Follow with a layer of The Ordinary Buffet (see above) or Alpha H Vitamin E Serum which is great for sensitive skin and with continuous use will fade scars and marks and make your skin sparkle.
Finally, I like to use a nice face oil. I love Trilogy Rosehip Oil.
Eye Cream wise it depends what I have available at the time but I always apply this prior to anything else.
If you’re pregnant then I would definitely recommend Liz Earle, Rosehip Oil, Vit E Serum and Maringa Balm. Steer clear of the stronger stuff as your skin will be super sensitive.