Hello there! I’m back with a new post about my skincare routine, what I use every morning and night and on a weekly basis. Some of these products I have used for at least 4 years now, others are more of a recent addition.
First of all, I should tell you that I tend to have drier skin during winter and combination skin for the rest of the year. It is sensitive and gets irritated easily, especially around my eyes, chin and forehead. It also gets unbalanced if I don’t stick to an appropriate routine. I had a mild acne in the past, but I got rid of that a few years ago, after starting using dermato-cosmetics products.
So let’s see what are my essential products to keep my skin under control.
Step I: Cleanse
I start by cleansing my face with a cotton pad and some micellar lotion to prepare the skin for a new day. Currently I’m using Avene Micellar Lotion for all sensitive skin, because it came as a free sample when I bought the face cream. Unfortunately it tends to irritate the skin around the eyes a little bit. I prefer Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution for sensitive skin, Uriage Thermal Micellar Water for skin prone to redness, or the new La Roche Posay Micellar Water Ultra for reactive skin.
Afterwards, I wash my face with lukewarm water.
Step II: Apply Serums
I apply Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Radiance Smoothing Fluid. This is absorbed quickly and makes my skin hydrated and radiant. If I’m in a hurry I skip the serum and jump right to applying the face cream.
Step III: Moisturize
I apply Avene Hydrance Optimale Riche Rich Hydrating Cream for dry to very dry sensitive skin. I use this rich cream only during winter to boost my skin and give it the amount of hydration it needs. During the rest of the year I apply the lighter version of it, Avene Hydrance Optimale Legere Light Hydrating Cream for normal to combination sensitive skin. Both face creams have a simple and an UV protection version with SPF 20.
This face cream is absorbed quickly and leaves skin smooth and not greasy. I also use it around my eye area instead of an eye cream, but only in the mornings and only the simple version of it, without SPF.
Step IV: Don’t Forget Your Lips
I end with applying a heavy duty lip balm, since I get the driest chapped lips ever. My favorite right now is Oxyance City Rescue Rich Lip Balm for dry skin. It’s also good to apply before putting lipstick on, since it’s not too greasy.
Regarding makeup application:
I apply the makeup as usual after all the products are absorbed into the skin (about 3-5 minutes later). All the mentioned products are a great makeup base and I never had trouble with them.
Step I: Cleanse
I cleanse my face with a cotton pad and the same Avene Micellar Lotion. After getting rid of most of my makeup and dirt from that day, I wash my face with lukewarm water and Avene Cleansing Foam for normal to combination sensitive skin. This is a very mild cleanser, removes all the impurities and the rest of the makeup, but doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry.
Step II: Apply Eye Cream
Every night I apply Oxyance Combat Skin Ageing Anti-Ageing Eye Contour Cream. I find this very nourishing for the eye area and soothing. Unfortunately, I can’t apply it in the mornings, since it tends to get a little greasy and the eye makeup doesn’t stay put very well afterwards.
Step III: Apply Serum
I found this amazing Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate to work great for me. You only need 3 drops of this oil for the entire face, it leave the skin super soft and silky, but not greasy and smells divine (this might not be OK for everyone). This is the only step I skip from time to time, when I feel too bored to put all these products on my face.
Step IV: Moisturize
I use the same Avene Hydrance Optimale Riche/Legere at night also. Just can’t get enough of this one.
Step V: Don’t Forget Your Lips
As mentioned before, the Oxyance Lip Balm is my go to lip balm at the moment.
Once a week, when I have the time, I switch my night routine with this one.
Step I: Cleanse
I use the same cleansing products mentioned above to start with a clear skin.
Step II: Scrubbing
I use the Avene Gentle Purifying Scrub for sensitive skin for years now. It’s mild enough to prevent any irritations but powerful enough to exfoliate my skin, leaving it really clean and extremely soft.
Step III: Soothe
Since scrubbing can be a little harsh for sensitive skin, I take some preventive measures and use the Avene Thermal Water for sensitive skin.
Step IV: Moisturize
This is the time for more than a moisturizing face cream. After scrubbing, the skin is in need of heavy moisturizing products and it also absorbs them better. That’s why I use Avene Soothing Moisture Mask for sensitive skin. I like to leave it on over night, since it gets absorbed into the skin and doesn’t need rinsing. The next day my skin looks fresh, replenished and radiant.
Sometimes these seem like a lot of products, and yes, I get lazy and bored at times to put all these on on a daily basis. But 90% of the time, this is my routine. And I found this works great for me.
Even at this point, I don’t know if I should use a toner after cleansing my skin. I tried a few times and felt like they were just drying my skin too much, but maybe they were just not the right products for me… Leave me in the comments if you’ve ever used some of these products, what are your daily essentials and weather or not you use a toner after cleansing with micellar water.