Wouldn’t it be refreshing to have a skincare regime update from a bunch of women without big skincare brands sponsoring it or affiliate links? Well, we think so. And we’ve decided to write it. Here are three very honest rundowns on how my, Charlotte and Becky’s skincare routines are working for us along with all the products we’re using and loving. And whilst here at Rock My Style, we’ve always been very careful to only use affiliate links on products that we’re genuinely loving, in this post, you won’t find any. Just good old links to the products themselves. On with the updates. Tab opening fingers at the ready.
Skintype: Combination Skin with Hormonal Breakouts
Since having Finn, I struggled a bit with settling on a skincare regime that can work for my dry cheeks and oily chin. It felt like everything was either too rich or not rich enough. Then I remembered having a bit of a love affair with The Ordinary (of low priced but complicated -at-first-glance skincare fame) in my pre-pregnancy days and thought I’d give their anti-ageing regime a go. After teaming this with a few old favourites, I haven’t looked back.
My current routine is quite simple in the morning – I cleanse with just hot water and fresh facecloth or if I’m having a breakout, then this Charcoal & Mint Soap (full disclosure, this link goes to my own online shop – because that’s where I get it from – but feel free to Google for other suppliers). Then I apply The Ordinary Buffet followed by The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and top it all off with my favourite moisturiser of all time (spendy, for me, but worth it) – Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream.
At night, things are a bit more involved. I start by double cleansing with Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil. It’s an oil based cleanser that just melts my makeup off but never leaves me feeling slick. Then I follow up with The Ordinary Buffet, The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% and then finish with The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil. I pop a bit of Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream all over my eyes. It’s one of the few eye creams I’ve found that you can apply all over, important for a lass like me with hooded eyelids that need some love. And if I’m feeling like I want some extra hydration (or just feel a bit extra) I mist myself with either (budget-friendly) Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater or (rather luxe) Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist. And on the subject of Mario, his Spot clearing Drying Lotion has saved me from many a hormonal breakout. I just dab some on with a cotton bud when I notice the first inklings of a spot, leave overnight and by morning, it’s usually stopped in its tracks.
Writing that all out does make me feel a bit high maintenance, but a girl has got to have some potions, no?
Skintype: Combination Skin
I am currently using all Beauty Pie products. I’ve lapsed over the last couple of weeks and have noticed a negative difference in my skin. But when I was using the products for a solid 8 weeks it seemed to respond really well. I have combination skin (that is prone to blackheads) and suffer from bad spots and acne nodules around my period but even they didn’t seem quite as bad. I use the £5 a month subscription and have been using: Japanfusion cleanser, Daily super healthy skin for day time Evenings I use super healthy skin anti-aging and also the double vitamin c & e capsules.
Skintype: Dehydrated / Sensitive Skin
When I stopped taking the contraceptive pill at the back end of last year my skin decided to behave like a complete arse. I suffered from breakouts that I hadn’t experienced since my early 20’s – mostly around my chin and forehead. It seemed as though my epidermis couldn’t decide if it was oily or incredibly dry (often it would take a stab at miraculously managing to be both at the same time).
I have always been extremely sensitive which means I am hyper aware of what ingredients irritate (erm…most of them) so my product choice is somewhat limited. If I find something I get on with well and I can see visible results, I’m more often than not very faithful. I don’t tend to chop and change my lotions and potions, and even though I’m generally a marketeers dream, I don’t buy into the ridiculous claims and BS associated with “miracle” creams and the like.
I’m glad to report my skin is mostly back to normal, and I have even received compliments on my “glow” (typically as I type I’m suffering from some central heating/stress-related redness and flaky patches – holiday wine didn’t help either). I’m on my third bottle of Skinceuticals C E Ferulic – it’s spendy but a bottle lasts me 4 months or so, applying 4/5 drops each morning over my entire face. I attribute the aforementioned glow mostly to this and making sure I remove make-up thoroughly each evening with a double cleanse using Boots Expert Cleansing Lotion and a muslin cloth/flannel that has been soaked in warm water. The cleanser is £2.50 – I personally haven’t found anything that suits me better.
Vitamin C has been huge in skincare for the last few years in particular, but it can often be unstable depending on the packaging and irritating depending on the concentration/what other stuff it is mixed with. Make sure you do your research/consult a specialist before using any active ingredients.
My night time routine is very simple – I stripped it right back when I had all of my itchy/lumpy issues and found that less is most definitely more. After I cleanse I use Paula’s Choice Niacinamide Booster, apply eye cream and that’s…it. Niacinamide is a form of B3 that is proven to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines. This has definitely been the case for me. I am on my third bottle of this – it has a serum-like texture that is very light yet I never wake up under moisturised, quite the opposite. I feel it keeps my skin “fresh” and I have noticed my make-up last longer since using it in the morning following application of the C E Ferulic.
When I’m drier than the Sahara I use Aveeno cream sparingly – a little goes a long way. I wouldn’t recommend it for when you are having a case of the chip pan but for eczema sufferers, it works a treat.
And there you have it. An honest, ad free run down on what we’re slathering on our faces. Now your turn. Send us all the links so we can get tab happy with your skincare favourites too.