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Basic skin care routine

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Since I’ve started watching youtube videos and reading beauty blogs, I’ve tried many times to actually build up and stick to a skin care routine. I wanted all those pampering serums and oils and 5 different moisturisers and eye creams. But guess what, it’s not for me. Not only it’s exhausting but when you really think about it, how can layering 5-10 different products be good for your skin? Anyway, I’ve finally got together a very basic, quick and easy routine which contains only products that I know actually work.

First thing I always use to take the majority of my makeup off is Bioderma Crealine H2O. You can call me a snob, but I’m not interested in any drugstore dupes of Bioderma. It’s a product I can always count on that it will not irritate or dry out my sensitive skin, it contains no fragrance at all and it takes off every bit of non-waterproof makeup. Plus I always stock up on it when someone from my family goes to France so it’s not that expensive at all. This is probably my 3rd or 4th bottle? I’m not sure but definitely a staple.

When I’m wearing a foundation with SPF that day, I have to make sure to also use the Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm. I’ve mentioned it in one of my monthly favourites post and it’s still going strong. I only use a tiny bit of this hard balm that melts instantly on the skin, massage it in and as I take it off with a warm wet flannel it helps to clear my pores and get rid of every bit of dirt and makeup. It leaves my skin feeling so clean, smooth and not dried out.

The next step in my routine is another staple of mine, the La Roche Posay Serozinc. This toner helps to sooth my skin, fights against infection (my favourite “after-picking-on-spots” remedy) and keeps the oils at bay for longer. I know it’s really hard to get hold of but it’s worth it. But because it contains sodium chloride and it can be a bit drying I don’t recommend it to anyone with dry skin.

If you suffer from clog prone skin, you need to have a salicilic acid (exfoliating purposes and fights blemishes) in your routine. I found the right product for me through beautipedia.com. I chose to pick up theClinique Mild Clarifying Lotion because it contains 0.5% of the acid and a minimum of alcohol. From the moment I started using this exfoliating toner regularly, the bumps on my cheeks and clogged pores in my T-zone began to fade and eventually went away and I knew I’ve found the one. Now my skin is much more smooth and I rarely get any spots.

The last step to take before I can finally go to bed is moisturising. The one I’m using at the moment became already my favourite and it’s the La Roche Posay Effaclar H. I don’t care what they are saying about overly drying skin care. Mine doesn’t do that but it’s the only moisturiser I’ve found that is rich enough for my dehydrated skin, is also recommended for oily skin and doesn’t contain mineral oil. It makes my skin feel so plum and fresh every morning that I can’t stop touching my face. It has a gel like texture and sinks in really quickly too.

And that’s it. My whole routine I do every time I wear makeup.
PS: In the mornings + evenings after makeup free days, I just splash my face with cold water and apply the moisturiser. I really can’t be bothered with anything else and it’s working out for me really well anyway.

But I’m curious, what’s your opinion on exhausting skin care routines? Do you do the whole thing or have you just cut it to basics?

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