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!

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  1. AnneMarie

    Thanks for sharing your routine! I’ll look into the neutrogena moisturizer. I’ve been using ponds but I think my skin can use a change since I’ve been using ponds for about two-three years? Wow, I didn’t realize it’s been so long.

    You should do a make-up routine sometime soon too!

  2. Glad to hear that your skin has improved dramatically since you started taking care of it. Your skin is also a reflection of stress & diet, so make sure you do more than rely on these products to keep your skin smooth & beautiful. 🙂

    I’ve never used toner before haha, but I’ve only had an intense acne problem once & it went away after a few months when I saw my dermatologist. I never broke out like that in my life, it was crazy. The stress, I tell you, the stress. Anyway, I guess I’ll take your advice & start up on some toner! Can’t hurt. 🙂 It’s always important to make sure you have some sort of skin care routine so you can offset wrinkles. Look for products with vitamin c or take up more food with Vitamin C. It’s good for your skin, helps maintain elastin. 😀

    • I think stress is probably a huge factor. Now I have all of my coursework done for this academic year I can start to relax, even though I have a lot of revision to do.

      Using a toner is great. My skin always feels so refreshed after using it.

  3. Cat

    I’m glad your skin has improved and that you figured out a skin care routine that works for you! I’m currently using a Neutrogena moisturizer, but it doesn’t really have a scent. I’ll have to look into the one you’re using.

    I started using an oil cleanser at night, and I’ve been trying out Clindamycin for acne. It’s been working well so far!

    • I think my Neutrogena moisture is from a special range. It’s probably limited edition knowing my luck haha!

      I’ll have to try out Clindamycin. I’ve not heard of that one before.

  4. Kya

    That is so wonderful that your skin has really improved. I know it is really important to take proper care of your skin and I really need to get back into doing that. I just have to try and find creams and things for sensitive skin. There are many out there though. 😀

  5. Sunny

    Hi! Happy to hear that your skin has gotten better! 😀
    I use Neutrogena face wash and Simple makeup remover wipes.. love those two brands! I’ve never tried the Simple toner before though… I’ll have to give that a try sometime.The Simple moisturizing baby wipes also look interesting… is it actually meant to be used on babies? 😛

    • Yep, they are for babies and they work great! They’re a lot cheaper than buying make up removing/cleansing wipes and they do the job just as well. 😉

  6. Wow… that’s a really good routine… get get so bored at times to do so! 😛
    I usually stick to products of Himalayas and Garnier….

    Those baby wipes look useful!

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