Recently, I've been experimenting with new beauty products. I used to be so worried with how my skin would react to new products and I never wanted to upset my skin. Since venturing out of my skincare comfort zone, my skin has never been clearer which has boosted my confidence. No make up days are more regular than make up days now! My routine is split into day and night with the occasional use of face masks and retinol when I feel my skin needs a boost. Everyones skin is different so your routine may differ from mine but if you're looking to switch up your products or try something new, I live by these products!
For me, moisturising is key after a warm shower in the morning. I use Aveeno Positive Radiant Daily Moisturiser which turned out to be one of my favourite buys after running out of my original moisturiser whilst in California. I knew I didn't want to spend a lot on a moisturiser I hadn't used before but I still wanted it to be effective. So after searching on Pinterest for the best drugstore moisturiser, Aveeno was popping up everywhere and now I can see why! It soaks into your skin instantly making it smooth without leaving an oily residue like some moisturisers. It has become the perfect base coat for my make up and a daily essential with SPF 15 protecting my skin from the sun.
Before bed, I cleanse, tone and moisturise religiously. I start with the Mario Badescu Seasweed Cleansing Soap which is my favourite product of all. Within a week of using this product my blemishes cleared up and my pours had noticeable reduced in size. I then tone using Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner to even my complexion and remove dead skin and finish as I started the day with Aveeno moisturiser. Once a week, I use Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub in the shower for a deeper cleanse. It's important not to over exfoliate which I've learned from experience. I used to exfoliate daily which made my skin overly clean resulting extremely oily skin - not cute!
For a little boost...
When my skin is looking tired or when I have break outs I like to give a little extra love! For break outs, I swear by retinol to reduce swelling and redness overnight. Shani Darden Retinol Reform will always be part of my beauty routine (Check out my post on this magical solution here). The Ordinary 2% Retinoid has a similar effect but at a more affordable price (£8...can you believe it?!). Retinol/retinoid tends to dry out my skin if I use it too often/too much so I try to only use it when I need it and the areas where I need it. Another Mario Badescu product (have you gathered I love this brand?) which I use all year round but especially in summer is the Aloe Herbs & Rosewater Facial Spray to keep my skin hydrated. I've also used this to set my make up which adds a dewy finish!
After a hard week I like to spend my Sunday evenings relaxing with a face mask on whilst listening music...bliss! I love the H&M face masks because they are affordable and they actually work. When buying these, I recommend to buy for your skin type for the best result! Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment is another face mask to help clear up break outs. I like to use this product on the problem areas and occassionally all over to brighten and refresh my skin.
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