A bit about my skin
When I was younger I had quite bad acne so around the age of 20 a dermatologist put me on Roaccuatane medication. For 6 months I put up with the side effects which included extremely dry & sensitive skin, dry sore eyes and constantly chapped lips. But afterwards my acne cleared and never returned except for the occasional breakout around that time of month.
My skin is usually normal to dry, although at the beginning of my pregnancy it became extremely dry and flaky. I still have flaky patches around my nose and forehead area which I'll need to be careful to hydrate, especially with the colder weather ahead of us here in Australia. I've got some moles and spots on my face and have also started developing crows feet around my eyes, but overall I'm happy with my skin.
So here are the products that I use in my skincare routine... nothing more, nothing less. I also don't get facials (the one time I did get one I reacted horribly) and my philosophy when it comes to skincare is less is definitely more.
Cleanse and makeup removal
Dermaveen Soap Free wash - $15 for a 500ml tub at pharmacies
I started using this when I went on Roaccutane as it's a gentle cleanser that doesn't strip skin of natural oils. It removes my makeup without any problems, and most importantly it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight after washing. It's the only product I have been using to cleanse my skin since I was about 20. The only time I use anything different is if I'm feeling lazy and just use a makeup remover wipe (by Simple) to cleanse at night.
Day: Moo Goo Full Cream moisturiser for fussy skin - $19.95 for 75ml at health food shops
I discovered this moisturiser late last year and have been using it religiously every morning since then. It's quite lightweight, has a lovely milk and honey smell, does not cause any breakouts and it's very budget friendly. Plus I love its tongue in cheek name. Prior to using this I was using QV Daytime Moisturiser ($15) but found it too heavy for my skin.
Night: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate $59 for 30ml at Kiehl's counters
I won this in a competition and it's the only thing I use at night. Two drops is all that's needed to cover my face, and despite being a serum it soaks into my skin very quickly and doesn't leave it looking and feeling oily. Plus I love the calming scent of Lavender and Evening Primrose Oils. Prior to using this I'd been using either QV Nighttime Moisturiser ($15) or Bio Oil ($15) at nighttime.
I either make my own or use St Ives Moisturising Olive scrub ($10 from Priceline) as it feels very gentle on my dry skin. I use it once, maybe twice a week. Most people I know go for the St Ives Apricot scrub, but I find the Olive scrub much more friendly on my dry skin.
I also occasionally make my own face masks out of honey and oats, but that's about it.
But wait... what's this?
And here's a sneak peek at another product I've just started using... more on that after I've used it for a few weeks so I can give you my informed opinion. All I will say now is it costs less than $10 and I look forward to using it each morning.
Do you keep your skincare simple or have you got a well established routine in place?