I haven’t done a skincare post in a while, so I thought it was time I did since I’ve added a few things to my regular routine. I try a fairly wide and varied range of skincare products so if it’s made it on here it usually means I rate it. I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll say it again- I’m a huge fan of Caroline Hirons (beautymouth) and fully trust her opinion when it comes to skincare. She doesn’t seem to back brands just because she’s been paid to and I love her honesty. If you’re looking for free, impartial, knowledgeable advice from a blog dedicated to just skincare it’s a great site to check out here.
For this post I just want to talk about what I use on my dehydrated, (well) over 30 skin at the moment! I find it hard to find bloggers that aren’t in their teens and 20’s. Chances are their skincare advice won’t be hugely beneficial to me. When I was younger I used to go for the most natural, gentle products I could find to use on my skin. Now in my 30’s I am the opposite. I look for active ingredients in the hope they might actually do something. If it doesn’t say words like acid, retinol, AHA, BHA, vitamin C etc I’m not interested…. I need all the help I can get at this stage!
Lately my nightly routine looks something like this (I change up certain products which I’ll mention along the way!)
First up I’ve recently repurchased The body shop Camomile oil cleanser to take off my makeup. This stuff is so so good. I featured it in a favourites post a while back if you want to read more about it. Basically it’s a fantastic oil makeup remover and cleanser and the bottle lasts much longer than the balm version of this (that I also really like). There are many more expensive versions of this on the market that don’t do half as good a job. It is not in the least drying nor does it leave a horrible oily residue. The Body Shop skincare range as a whole has some real star products that are definitely worth looking into.
I always use some sort of ‘toner’. I didn’t include any particular one in the picture as they change quite a bit depending on my current skin concern. Some of my favourites are the Clinque mild clarifying lotion and the First Aid beauty facial radiance pads. More recently I’ve been using Pixi glow tonic and I really like that aswell. It’s super handy that they sell it on Asos too. If my skin is feeling spotty or sensitive I’ll use the La Roche Posay Serozinc at the toner stage.
My serum of choice at the moment is Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age advanced serum. It’s a Hyaluronic serum that reminds me a lot of the Pestle and Mortar serum in every way. They are similar pricepoints aswell but i picked this up a couple of times as it was on offer in boots for €29.99. I’ll go back to the Pestle & Mortar again though as it’s a brilliant product aswell with the added bonus of it being an Irish company.
I apply moisturiser straight over the top of the hyaloronic acid serum before it sinks so it can do its job of absorbing the moisture from whatever goes on top of it. The Superfacialist by Una Brennan Tea flower mattifying moisturiser is lovely for me as I’m prone to spots and it keeps them at bay. I also like La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo for the same reason.
If I am applying an oil I sometimes skip the moisturiser and just put oil directly onto my skin. Othertimes I will apply it on top of moisturiser. There seems to be a bit of disagreement online about the stage in your skincare routine to add faceoil. Some say that if it’s applied before moisturiser it blocks it from absorbing. Either way I’m still obsessed with the Retinol based Sunday Riley Luna. I did a full review last year here if you’re interested in knowing my thoughts on it
Finally I’m a huge fan of facemasks as an additon to my skincare routine (too many to mention). At the moment I’m particularly loving the Image ageless resurfacing masque. It’s a microfolient containing both AHA’s to chemically exfoliate and beads to manually exfoliate. Because of that I don’t use it too often (about once a fortnight) but when I do I can see and feel the benefits immediately. It’s so brightening and my skin feels lovely after it. Image have some nice masks, I also still use Vital C hydrating enzyme mask I talked about here.
I hope you found this routine/mini review helpful. Skincare is one of my favourite things so I’d love to hear any recommendations you have??