My Daily Skincare Routine

My Daily Skincare Routine

Choosing the right skincare has always been a mammoth task for me. My skin is so particular - it can be sensitive, it can be strong, it can be dry and it can be oily. Over the years I have tried and tested so many different skincare products that I’ve lost count… I often find it difficult to truly know if something is having an effect on my skin or not.

Despite this, I have been following the same skincare routine for the past two months now and I figured I’d share with you the products I am currently using and why.

I tend to try and go for products that aim to fight acne because even at the age of nearly-23, my skin still has its teenage habits. When I was a teenager though, I really struggled with my skin to the point where I had to try so many different medications and creams (more than once) before being sent to a dermatologist at the hospital. My skin is now so much better than it once was but it is far from perfect.

Below you’ll find my reviews of each skincare product that I use in my routine.

Dr.Botanicals Cleansing Bar - £5.90

For over a year now, I’ve been subscribing to Birchbox, which is a monthly subscription where you are sent skincare and make-up products. In my January box, I received the Dr.Botanicals Cleansing Bar and only starting using this on my face after I had a breakout from another product. I received the coconut superfood ‘shade’, which has a very light scent. I was originally only going to use this product until my acne calmed down but I was actually enjoying the effects it was having on my skin.

As I have combination skin, I find that I can have dry patches around my nose and eyebrows, but oily patches in my t-zone. This cleansing bar is fantastic because it has small exfoliating beads which helps get rid of any excess skin. Usually I cannot use exfoliators regularly because it harms my delicate skin, however this bar is not too harsh. It’s made out of 98% natural ingredients and is actually a nice balance considering I use other quite strong products.

So far, I am loving using this cleansing bar. It will last a long time and providing it still does my skin a decent service in the next month or so, I will purchase another or perhaps try one of the other flavours - lemon or pomegranate. All I have to do is rinse the bar under the tap, rub into my hands and it lathers up so that I can spread across my face. This product is excellent value for money, as I have used so many other facial washes that cost three times the price and make no difference.

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Cleansing & Toning Lotion - £3.99

I have tried many tea tree products in the past and none of them have had a long-term significant effect on my skin. I use this tea tree lotion every day, twice a day and it helps to calm down any spots as well as sweep away any excess dirt or make-up left on my skin.

Initially, I tried several products from this range but found that this one worked best. It does sting when swept across any open wounds. I will only use it on open spots but if I ever have a week where my skin is particularly dry or sensitive, I avoid using this. Generally, it does not cause my skin to dry. This is usually down to other products that I’ve been using. Most weeks though, this lotion is a great every day toner and helps to avoid getting clustering spots. I use this in conjunction with the tea tree oil, which I will talk about below, and they help to keep my spots at bay or at least to reduce redness.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Cleansing Fix - £4.75

After hearing so many good things about glycolic acid, I decided to take the plunge and try one of Nip+Fab’s products. I was missing a good cleanser in my life and decided to try out this one. My initial reaction was that it was having brilliant effects on my skin. It felt cleaner, fresher and clearer. Great, right?

I was using this product for two weeks before I decided to invest in some other Nip+Fab products (although, this is a story for another post) but I soon noticed that my acne was, once again, flaring up. I was astounded - why was this happening? I immediately assumed it was the effects of the new products, not the cleanser. However, after talking to my beautician, she suggested that although the cleanser may work well on my skin, it’s possible that I had too much of a build-up of glycolic acid.

I decided that I definitely didn’t want to let this product go. I cannot use this on a daily basis because, currently, I am afraid to have a flare up again. However, I use this two to three times a week and it seems to have calmed down again. I use this with a gentle exfoliating pad (which I also received in my January Birchbox) and I find that it helps my skin to feel refreshed and exfoliated gently without hurting my skin too much.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil - £12 for 12ml

I’ve actually been using this product for a couple of years. There are two ways that I apply this oil - the first being directly dabbing it on the skin from my fingertips, the other being from a cotton pad. I find that if I allow the oil to soak in before applying my moisturiser, it has a better effect.

Don’t get me wrong, it is not a miracle worker. However, it does help to produce redness and the overall healing time of the spots. If your spots are open, it will sting (although, I always think this is a good thing). I do tend to use this on a daily basis because, sadly, I never really have days where there’s no spots on my skin.

Teen Skin Fix Zero Shine Moisturiser - £9.99

I actually think this is one of the best moisturisers I have ever used. Usually when I try moisturisers, they moisturise too much and I end up with what I like to call a ‘leaky nose’ (where the pores leak throughout the day). I've never been able to find a moisturiser that aids both the dry and oily areas on my skin.

However… my saviour has been Nip+Fab’s moisturiser. Although I am no longer a teenager, I still opted to go for this moisturiser because it’s relatively cheap and my skin still often makes me look like I’m 15 again. For so long I’ve been frustrated that when I put on my make-up, it slides off (despite using setting spray and primer) or becomes patchy due to an imbalance.

This moisturiser is perfect because it isn’t super matte but it’s not too light either. It has a neutral scent and provides my skin with enough moisture without going overboard. The product does look small for how much it costs but a little really does go a long way.

Hopefully that’s given you some ideas of what products might work for your skin, particularly if you have acne-prone skin like me.

Love, Ali x

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