My skin care routine
11th April 2014
I spent so long on trying to find and prevent the underlying cause of my acne that I forgot that I actually needed to take care of the skin too.
My mum has been fantastic in helping me to develop a skin care routine for my face for me to carry out each evening. I don’t use any fancy or expensive products so it’s the perfect routine for anyone on a budget. It’s worth getting into the habit of taking care of your facial skin even if you don’t have spots or acne. It keeps your skin soft and healthy.
I carry out my routine morning and night, although it varies slightly at each time. I’ll explain my reasoning as we go along.
If it’s the evening and I want to remove my makeup, I start by using Simple Moisturising Wipes. It’s a good way of removing the bulk of the makeup but there will still be a lot left on. This is where my skin routine use to stop. No wonder my spots were so bad!
Next step, for morning and night, is to cleanse your skin, and for this I use Simple Kind to Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion. I apply quite a large blob to a large cotton wool pad and gently apply it into my face and move the pad around until all the cream has been absorbed into my skin.
Cleansing should always be followed by toning. I use Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner, and apply it just like I applied the cleanser.
Note: You will probably use two or three bottles of toner to every one bottle of cleanser. The toner is a liquid, while the cleanser is a cream, so you just end up using more toner.
The next step depends on whether it’s morning or night. If it is the evening I don’t apply moisturiser, but instead I apply my acne cream. I’m currently using Epiduo, but you’ll have to see your doctor for that. If it’s morning and I’m about to apply makeup then I will use moisturiser. For this I use Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Moisturiser, and it’s fantastic! I use it because it’s oil-free, which is exactly what I need to stop my acne from getting worse. According to my doctor, the oil ‘feeds’ the bacteria that causes acne. It’s quite a thick cream to apply but it smells lovely, and the thin applicator means you don’t waste any.
Once I’ve applied my moisturiser I’m ready to start using my makeup.
I follow this routine every single day, without fail. My skin has improved so much since I started using these products, and that really is saying something!