Monday, February 22nd 2016 Skincare
My skin has never been great, and the last few years that has been particularly true. I’ve been trying every skincare product under the sun, especially because I’m lucky enough to get a lot sent to me, but I haven’t had any great success. Finally, I said enough was enough, and I needed to develop a consistent daily skincare routine. This routine includes products from Skinfood, Trilogy, Cetaphil, La Roche Posay, Antipodes, and Clinique.
Skinfood SPF15 Moisturiser
My morning skincare is very simple, all it consists of is Skinfood SPF15 Moisturiser. With having dry skin, I prefer to only cleanse at the end of the day when I have makeup to remove. I bought this Skinfood moisturiser very cheaply at the supermarket, and I have been enjoying it so far. I work in an office so I don’t get much sun exposure during the day but I do drive to and from work, and often will sit outside on my breaks so I do want some sun protection. It does feel a little greasy which I attribute to the fact it uses Zinc Oxide as the sunscreen ingredient, as it’s a physical sunscreen which aren’t usually as cosmetically elegant as chemical sunscreens. To combat the greasiness I just have to make sure I give it some time to soak in before applying makeup, usually when I’m drinking my coffee.
Skinfood SPF15 Moisturiser is available from supermarkets and Mighty Ape
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser has been a key element in my skincare routine since I was in my early teens and saw a dermatologist for acne. He recommended using Cetaphil products and since then they’re something I’ve always come back to when my skin is playing up. It’s such a gentle cleanser and I love using it. When I haven’t worn makeup, or have only worn a light amount of makeup it’s what I use as my cleanser. Cetaphil is cheap too, around $20 for a 500ml bottle that will last me forever, so I will always have it in my bathroom.
$21.50 available at Countdown in NZ. $10.39 on Amazon.com
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+
There are two different versions of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo around – in the USA the active ingredient is Benzoyl Peroxide, and in the version available in Europe/Australia the active ingredient is Salicylic Acid (BHA). I have the Salicylic Acid version, and it does a good job at keeping my skin under relative control without stressing it too much. It’s always a juggling game for me, to reduce acne without drying my skin out too much. I apply my Effaclar Duo+ in the evening after cleansing, and I find it quite moisturising, sometimes I even forget to moisturise. Currently my skin is decent enough to not need a spot treatment but I was using CocoCare 100% Tea Tree Oil from iHerb
Unfortunately La Roche-Posay isn’t sold in New Zealand, I bought this when I was in Australia visiting my mum, but hopefully I can find it online somewhere.
Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm
I wear makeup to work every day, and I wear it most days in the weekend if I’m going out, so makeup removal is an important step. Like with all skincare products I have a multitude of options but the one I use most frequently is the Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm. It is made with mango butter, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and of course Trilogy’s star ingredient Rosehip Oil. To use, I dig out a bit using my finger and massage it into my dry skin. It slowly softens and becomes almost liquid, and before I know it the cleansing balm has lifted all my makeup. To remove I use a warm wet cloth – it comes with a lovely soft cotton face cloth – and rinse my face off. I mostly use it at the sink but I’m sure you could use it in the shower too. I feel that it’s effective enough alone without following with another cleansing but to be extra clean you could follow with a foaming cleanser.
Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm (80ml) RRP $38.90. Trilogy products are available from selected Farmers, pharmacy, department and health stores nationwide.
Trilogy Rosehip oil
If you have ever read a blog post of mine about skincare you undoubtedly know how much I love Trilogy Rosehip Oil. I know I always bang on about it but just like Miley I can’t stop. In summary, it nourishes and moisturises your skin, leaving it plump and smooth. If you’d like to know more I have a post all about the wonderful Rosehip Oil.
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (20ml) $23.90 NZD is available from the same place as the cleansing balm, or from Amazon
Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil eye cream*
For a long time I didn’t bother using eye cream because most are just over-priced moisturisers in tiny pots. However in the last year or so I’ve become particularly conscious of how dry my under eyes can get, and how that affects the appearance of my skin. I am predisposed to crinkly eyes – thanks dad! – and I find that dry skin makes it look even worse so I’m desperate to stave this off while I can’t afford Botox (kidding, mostly). Antipodes uses kiwifruit seed oil, carrot seed oil, avocado oil, and aloe gel to hydrate the delicate eye area. It helps me to look much more refreshed in the morning after staying up too late blogging or watching Geordie Shore.
Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream can be purchased from Farmers, Pharmacies, and RY.com
Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer was released last year as part of the Revitalizing range, and I have been using it regularly ever since. What I love most about it is the inclusion of essential fatty acids that repair the skin’s barrier. This barrier has a number of important responsibilities but a big one is keeping moisture in, and it’s quite easy to damage with skincare. My desperate attempts to control my acne had really ruined mine, but using this has helped me to repair this barrier and sometimes in the morning I don’t even feel like I need to moisturise!! Normally I’d wake up and my skin would be crying out for moisture but now the main reason I apply it is for the sun protection.
Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer is $94 for a 50ml jar in NZ and is available at Clinique counters nationwide (and presumably worldwide). Clinique can also be bought online from Smith and Caughey’s if you don’t have a local counter, or prefer the stress free online shopping experience.
So there you have it – my skincare routine! I’m sure I’ll continue to adjust and refine it but for now I’m really happy with it. It is hard to resist trying every new products though, perhaps I need to recruit some people to test them for me! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about the products I’m using, and I’ll do my best to answer!
*Product was provided for review