Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Skin Care Routine | Dry & Sensitive Skin

I made a post called 'My Skin Saviours' back when I first started blogging, and I thought I would show you my whole skin care routine. From the age of about 13 to early 16 I suffered with really bad skin which used to affect my self-confidence. I set out to find the right products for my skin type (dry/ sensitive skin) and try and fight back! I've only just 'perfected' this routine within the last year or so and since then I have had reasonably clear skin. I also take Bassetts Soft & Chewy Early Health vitamin tablets, which are for children but they taste so good and have actually helped my skin, and a Cod Liver Oil tablet (any brand) everyday. I also drink as much water as I can which works out well because it's usually the only thing I drink.

Morning
Cleanser - Every morning I exfoliate my face, back and chest in the shower with the St Ives Sensitive Skin Gentle Apricot Scrub. This stuff is amazing, when I suffered with spots on my back and chest, (a real confidence knocker - and a bit gross) this exfoliator cleared them within a week at the most! I have used this everyday since. After this I then cleanse my face with the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Cream Wash. This featured in My Skin Saviours post as one of the main products that really cleared my skin. I love this and it's great for dry skin as it's a cream so doesn't dry out your skin as much as other cleansers.

Toner - The Simple Soothing Facial Toner is a relatively new instalment to my routine. This is my second bottle and I'm really liking it. Before trying this I never saw a point of toner, but after using it my skin feels cleaner and as it dries my pores feel like they're getting smaller. I apply this with a cotton wool ball (the ones in the picture are from Boots, but any one will do) all over my face and neck. I then spray about 5 pumps of the Savlon First Aid Wash before my toner dries. This may seem like a weird product to use but it does say it can be used for spots and I like to think it kills all the bacteria off my face before I apply my makeup.

Moisturiser - As I have dry skin, moisturiser is a key step in my routine. I use the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser as it is the richest moisturiser Simple make, so I'm getting more moisture into my skin in one go. I then use my eye cream and at the moment I'm mostly reaching for the balance Me. Wonder Eye Cream. I suffer with dry eyelids which can make my makeup look cakey. Using this has kept my eye lids soft and hydrated.

Night
Cleanser - If I wear makeup I will use a Johnson's Daily Essentials Face Cleansing Wipes for dry skin. These are great and remove all of your makeup, even waterproof mascara, and leave your skin feeling soft. For an extra clean I use the Neutrogena Cream Wash again.

Toner - Again, I use the Simple toner and 5 pumps of the Savlon spray in the same way as in the morning.

Moisturiser - Again, I use the Simple Replenishing moisturiser and the balance Me. eye cream.

Spot treatment - I only treat my spots at night as it can dry your skin out or look weird under makeup. The first treatment I do is my Freederm Spot Treating Gel. I've gone through loads of these and it helps fight and prevent spots. I place a light layer on any blemish and allow it to dry. Next I use the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Face Mask as a less-concentrated version of tea tree oil. As it's in mask form it'll be much more gentle, so I place a light layer over the oilier areas of my face (chin, nose and sometimes forehead) plus over any bad blemishes. This product is meant to be a weekly mask, but I find it works fine like this. Finally I use some Sudocrem, mainly on any dry areas of my skin plus on top of spots. This is a great product to have because it has so many uses! This may seem a lot on my skin, but it all works well for me.

I don't do anything weekly to my skin, unless I have a face mask or two laying around. So that's it! I hope that if you're suffering with bad skin you can take some tips or products out of this post. It's really the case of researching and trying out new products, and eventually something positive will happen.

What is your best tip/ product for healthy skin?

Amie

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17 comments:

  1. Brilliant post Amie, I've also a skin care one I'm going to post on my blog. I love to see what other products people are using and what works for them. I have exactly the same sort of skin as yours - dry / sensitive with the occasional spot and found Sudocrem works wonders on spots because it doesn't dry them out too much :)

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    1. Thank you :) Yes it's such a great product to have, works on just about anything! xx

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  2. Great post, I love St Ives scrubs, I use the normal one but want to try out the gentle one.

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    1. I find them really goo, but I've also hear that they're really rough for some people! Will do :)! xx

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  3. Thinking of trying that St Ives Scrub x

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    1. Go for it! i'd go for the sensitive/ gentle one as that can be used daily and it's not too rough :) xx

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  4. I find The Body Shop face mask too harsh for my skin though I use to love ti about 4 years ago... must be getting old :)
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    1. Oh no! Haha, I think it's a great product :) Maybe give it another go xx

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  5. Hi, Amie :) I'm a new reader and found your blog just recently, but I really can't get enough! And this post is just what I wanted to see, when I opened my browser this morning, so thanks ;)
    It's very informative and simple at the same time
    I have to admit though of skipping most of these steps, but I'm also quite lucky with patient and modest skin; I would just love to learn more about treating it better, so it's not neglected until it's too late.

    To answer your question, for me and mu dry skin - definitely - moisturizing. I go as far as to use good old thick and dense NIVEA in the wintertime, but lately been really into finding a face cream, that's lightweight, but still greatly moisturizes and nourishes the skin. Also, when my skin rebels, I go makeup free for a few days. Although, feeling even more insecure at first, it's really the fastest to help, followed by tons of water and an oldie - not touching my face with my fingers or hands throughout the day! Really makes a difference.

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    1. Hi thank you for following :)! Glad you enjoyed it! Ahh I have quite bad skin if it's left to its own devices so I need these products! I agree, moisturiser is essential for any skin type! And yes I also have a lot of makeup free days too :)! xx

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    1. Thank you :)! Just to let you know your questions for the Liebster award will be up in the next couple of posts! Sorry it took so long! xx

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  7. I feel like trying the Tea Tree mask! Does it treat only active breakouts or scars as well?
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    1. I only use it on active breakouts, I don't think it's ever benefited my scars! xx

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