My current skincare routine – winter 2017

Wednesday, August 9th 2017 Beauty, Skincare

Lena Talks Beauty skincare routine - neutrogena, goodness, la roche-posay, seed and soul, clinique, garnier, instanatural, avene, and dermalogica

It has been FOREVER since I’ve written what my daily skincare routine is. This year I have tried really hard to stick to a consistent routine, of using 1 product until I finish it up. When I first started being sent products to try for my blog, I’d be using new things every week. My skin did not enjoy chopping and changing so much, especially considering so many of the products weren’t right for my skin type. Since sticking to a consistent routine, my skin has really looked so much better. People often say that you need to stick to one brand of skincare which I don’t believe in. I use products from La Roche-Posay, Neutrogena, Garnier, Clinique, Dermalogica, Avene, Goodness, Seed + Soul, and InstaNatural. Now, onto my skincare routine:

I typically do not cleanse in the morning as my skin is dry, so I try to reduce opportunities to dry my skin out. I just rinse with water in the shower and move on to moisturiser. Some people say you should wear sunscreen every day but I am honestly outside for about 15 minutes on weekdays and that’s at like 8:30am and 5pm so not exactly peak sun exposure hours. I do wear it when I’m outside for any decent period of time, particularly in summer. My current sunscreen is La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra Light. The formula is nice and light, with great protection. It’s easy to apply sufficient protection when the formula is so ‘cosmetically elegant’ as the experts would say. The moisturiser I am wearing lately is Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel*. I have previously been through several bottles of the SPF 15 version and always loved it. It uses Hyaluronic Acid which holds over 1000x it’s weight in water – truly a wonder ingredient! This moisturiser sits well underneath makeup, and doesn’t feel sticky when worn alone.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL sunscreen - Lena Talks Beauty

Neutrogena Hydro Boost and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL sunscreen

I have a few different options for makeup removal in the evening, depending on what I’ve been wearing and how lazy I’m feeling. My usual go-to is Neutrogena Deep Clean Micellar Gel to Foam cleaner for Dry Skin*. I like that it combines makeup removal and cleansing into one step, and doesn’t require cotton pads. The waste generated by the packs of cottons pads I use, or makeup remover wipes has surely added up over the years, so this makes me feel pleased for the environmental impact.

If I need to remove makeup and don’t like feel like cleansing properly – such as if it’s 2am and I just got home from clubbing – I will use makeup removal wipes. I have Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wipes in my bedside table at the moment, purchased purely because they were on sale. They are not my favourite that I’ve ever bought but they do the trick. I don’t really like how they leave my face feeling so I “rinse” with Avène Thermal Spring Water* because I’m just that extra.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wipes, Neutrogena Deep Clean Micellar Gel to Foam - Lena Talks Beauty

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wipes, Neutrogena Deep Clean Micellar Gel to Foam

In the event I have no makeup on, I use Goodness Every Day Cream Cleanser since it leaves my skin feeling so moisturised and nice. In terms of exfoliating, all I’ve used for ages now is the Seed and Soul Step Up Scrub. I wrote about it more extensively in a blog post, but it’s creamy, gentle, and effective. I ran a giveaway for a few of these, and all my winners have been very happy with their scrubs.

Eau Thermale Avene spring water, Seed + Soul scrub, Goodness every day cream cleanser - review by Lena Talks Beauty

Eau Thermale Avene spring water, Seed + Soul scrub, Goodness Every Day Cream Cleanser

Once my face is clean, it’s serum time. My current pick is InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid + Ferulic Acid, which I bought from iherb. It has Vitamin C, to even my complexion and give me that brightness I’m after, as well as my BFF Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, and Ferulic Acid which is an antioxidant. I had previously used Paula’s Choice Vitamin C serum but their change to an Australian distributor pushed the price up beyond what I wanted to pay. This serum has helped fade post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation which I always seem to have, so I’m stoked.

Some nights I follow my serums with an oil, other nights I go for a more conventional moisturiser or night cream. Lately I’ve been using Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil, which is a mixture of Camellia, Tamanu, Orchid Flower, and Chia Seed Oils along with Sunflower, Rice Bran and Rosemary Extracts. It feels lovely on my skin but it’s also astronomically expensive – $139 NZ for 30ml. I could never justify spending this kind of money on a facial oil when I like Trilogy Rosehip oil just as much for less than 1/4 of the price ($4.60/ml for Dermalogica vs $1.06/ml for Trilogy).

InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum, Clinique Moisture Surge, Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil - by Lena Talks Beauty

InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum, Clinique Moisture Surge, Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil

I do not use an eye cream partially because I don’t think they’re necessary and partially because I already spend long enough as it is on skincare in the evenings. If my skin feels particularly parched I’ll add a night cream over the oil, and at other times I’ll use it solo. Clinique Moisture Surge* is what I have on my bedside table at the moment. I’ve bought this previously, and also the mask version which I wear overnight.  Another thing I always do at night is apply cuticle oil and hand cream – not photographed as I only thought to mention this at the last minute. It’s a good opportunity to use creams that are too greasy for daytime use, to hydrate my hands and those oh-so-important cuticles.

It really wasn’t until I collected all the products together that I realised quite how extensive my skincare routine is! I keep most of my evening products in a little pot beside my bed so that I can go through the steps while sitting in bed, either scrolling through Instagram or working on my French skills in DuoLingo. I hope this was interesting, and useful if you have a similar skin type to me. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below.

*Product sent for review

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  • I love the set-up! 😉
    The Clinique Moisture Surge is so good. I need it back in my life but I’m happy I got your dramatically different lotion


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