My skin care routine (round 2)

5th February 2015

MySpa Brush

In April last year I shared with you my skin care routine that had significantly improved my acne.

Since then I have been working on my routine, trying to perfect it and kick acne in the butt! Today I’m going to talk about my new improved skin care routine which, not only works, but is also super affordable.

MySpa Cleansing Brush

My parents gave me a MySpa facial cleansing brush for Christmas, and while I was slightly skeptical about it working I was prepared to give it ago. I will literally try anything to stop the spots.

I’m so impressed with it and have noticed a real change in the condition of my skin. Immediately after use my skin feels soft and glowing. I use my cleansing brush first thing in the morning and then in the evening when I want to remove my make-up.

I highly recommend this as a cheaper alternative to the Clarisonic or the Clinque one. I’m convinced it works just as well.

I’m currently alternating between two facial washes that I use with the brush these are…

Simple Moisturising Facial Wash…

This is a gel that I apply directly to a wet brush head, and then move in circular motions across my face. This gel takes a while to foam up but once it does, it feels really soft and gentle on the skin.

… and The Body Shop Aloe Facial Wash

As this is already a foam when it leave the pump, it gets to work a lot quicker than the Simple Face Wash. I feel like this product is on par with the Simple one, and although this once activates quicker, I would probably stick to the Simple one purely because of price.

Simple Cleaner and Toner

Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Lotion and Facial Toner

These two products featured in my last skin care routine post and I still use them everyday. I have tried cleansers and toners from The Body Shop but I feel that they don’t work as well as these two products. And that’s great news, because they’re also cheaper!

I use both products morning and night after using a facial wash on the cleansing brush.


Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturiser

This is my favourite moisturiser ever. It’s oil free and so it’s great if you suffer from oily skin or acne. It’s quite a thick cream to apply buy it is an excellent base for applying makeup that smells wonderful too.

Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser

Nowadays, I sometimes wake up with dry skin. I never thought I’d say that, and I never thought I’d be so happy to have dry skin. On the rare occasion that this does happen I used a moisturiser from Simple. I don’t think it makes a very good makeup base but it does quickly bring the moisture back to your skin.

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Night Cream

This night cream is the most expensive facial product I own (Β£12) and I am quite happy to pay because it’s amazing. I use this on evenings when my acne isn’t too bad, and apply it just before I go bed. You really only need to apply a small amount as it goes a long way. I can guarantee that the next morning my face will be soft and moisturised.


Okay, so having had acne for 7+ years I’ve tried a lot of prescription spot creams and solutions. A LOT. What works for me won’t necessarily work for everyone, but for me Epiduo (adapalene) has been the best. I only apply it to the exact area where the spots are appearing because it will dry out the skin a lot.

Mask and scrub

Simple Deep Cleansing Face Mask

I feel like this face mask gets deep into the pores. It’s soft on the skin and leaves it feeling smooth. Once I have removed it I apply Epiduo to any areas that are particularly spot prone, and I find that it helps to prevent the spots from developing the next day.

I use this product just once a week, typically before I cleanse and tone.

Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator

Now, this exfoliator is something else. It is really coarse and so I’d only recommend using it once a week, using the smallest amount possible. It leaves the skin soft and glowing, as well as smelling amazing. I think this product is great if you suffer with acne, but it might sting a little if you get it in any open cuts.

I use this product just once a week, typically before I cleanse and tone.

What’s your favourite skin care product?

You can read about my old skin care routine here, and my makeup routine (which hasn’t changed in years!) here.

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  1. I love Simple! I have very sensitive skin, and it’s one of only two brands that doesn’t make me flare up. πŸ˜€

  2. If I’m having flare ups, I will always go to Simple products for two reasons. The first is that every make up / sfx artist I’ve worked with will use Simple on the cast to prep them and to remove their make up which can happen up to four times a day. The second is that when I went to the Harry Potter Studio tour and saw their make up tables, they had Simple products! I love the toner they do.
    Your cleansing brush sounds amazing!
    I love Sanctuary products. You’re completely right about the coarseness of the exfoliator though! I tore my face up a bit with it, so I swapped to whatever their blue range is!

    • Holly

      The fact that Simple products are used by professional really highlights how great they are. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get great results.

      The exfoliator is pretty harsh, but it does a great job. I’ve recently invested in a Simple face scrub which is a lot gentler to use.

  3. Susanne

    Body Shop makes some great stuff – for anything. I use their facial wash with Tea tree, I have a weird skin type that can get greasy and at that time of the month I always get acne breakouts. Some people think Tea tree dries the skin but for me it has been perfect.

  4. I think I’ll try the aloe face wash, I finished mine and I want to try something new.

  5. Andrea

    I’ve jotted down a few of these to try since I don’t really have a skin care regime and really should. The winter’s played havoc with my skin so it’ll be good to replenish it with some attention. πŸ™‚ Ty for the recommendations!