I recently realized that I have never done a post about my skincare routine before. This is not really all that strange considering I have never been much into skincare in the past: I had a few products that did the trick – eye makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer – and never really saw any point in advancing my routine any further. However, around this time last year I started using a brand new (for me) skin care range, and I also discovered a few other products that worked really well for me. I have noticed a massive difference in my skin, and now that I have used the same products regularly for nearly 12 months I thought it would be time to share!
A small disclaimer at first: What works for me might not necessarily work for you. My skin is very dry and sensitive, so someone with oily or combination skin will probably have different needs than mine.
The Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery range
You might remember my review of the Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery range that I posted back in January, so I won’t repeat everything in this post. In summary the range consists of a cleanser, a toner, an 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant, a serum, an SPF 30 daytime moisturizer, a non-spf nighttime moisturizer, and a moisturizing mask. That’s five products in the morning and five products in the evening, which might seem excessive, but once you get into the routine it really isn’t that bad and the results have truly made it all worth it for me. My skin tone is much more even, the skin feels much less dry and irritated than it did before, the black spots on my nose have been reduced drastically in size, and after about 6-9 months even the big red broken blood vessel on my nose was completely vanished. Also, I hardly ever get those annoying hormonal breakouts around my chin and jaw anymore. I used to get them all the time, and they left scars that would last for months. All in all, I can’t praise the Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery line enough. They also have similar lines for other skin types, so shoot them an e-mail if you are curious and I’m sure they will help you find the right one for your needs.
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Other skincare staples
I don’t use Paula’s Choice exclusively though. For example I don’t like to use cleansing milks on my eyes (although the one from Paula is supposed to be gentle enough for it), so I use Bioderma’s Crèaline H2O micellar water to remove my eye makeup. I think I first came in contact with this product when a makeup artist used it on me years and years ago, and I forgot all about it until Lisa Eldridge started mentioning it in a lot of her videos. It was a pain to get hold of for a while, but you can now get it from a good handful of places online.
My next product is La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast. This one was a recommendation that I got from Maria of Lost in a Spotless Mind one winter when I was suffering from extremely dry skin around my nose. You know how it is – you get a cold, you blow your nose a hundred times a day, and you completely ruin the skin around your nostrils. It is supposed to accelerate reconstruction of the skin barrier, and is great on irritated and chapped skin. The formula is also quite light, so it is appropriate for daytime use.
However, if you need something even more heavy duty then I suggest you give the Decubal Lips & Dry Spots Balm a go. This stuff is so thick you have to use physical force to get it out of the tube, and it sinks into the skin so slowly that I would only recommend using it at night if it is going on your face. It really is great stuff though. I have used it a lot on the aforementioned dry nose, and I also use it religiously on dry winter elbows.
The last product I want to recommend to you is La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar H. I don’t use this very often, but when I do it is a godsend. It is originally formulated to help people with chemically dehydrated skin (for example from using Accutane for acne), but I have found that it is excellent for when I see emerging spots, or for when my skin is affected by allergies in one way or another. It doesn’t replace my antihistamines (nothing could ever replace my antihistamines), but when I wear this as my nighttime moisturizer I almost always see a drastic improvement in the look and feel of my skin. It doesn’t do much for me when my skin is its usual well-behaved self, but it is great for when I need to soothe some kind of reaction.
And that’s it. You can probably tell that the skincare shelf in my bathroom is pretty full, but I can honestly say that every one of these products is well worth both the money and the bathroom shelf real-estate. When it comes to body care I am a simpleton – body butters all the way. These day’s I’m loving The Body Shop’s shea body butter, but that changes all the time.