MY SPRING 2015 SKINCARE ROUTINE

It’s been a while since I last spoke about skincare, hasn’t it?

Winter is always a bad time for my skin because it’s so dry and sensitive.

I have to slather it in twenty coatings of rich moisturiser, otherwise I end up a scaley beast. Which obvs is not ideal for foundation application.

But today is March the 20th!

Spring has officially arrived!

I’ve fiiiinally been able to ditch some of the heavier products I was using throughout December and January, and have instead been reaching for lighter oils and soothing gels to help keep my skin clean and (sort of) clear.

And today I’m here to share my Spring skincare routine with you!

Cos I’m nice ‘n kind ‘n stuff like that.

Enjoy!

Skincare Herbalife SKIN Nip and Fab Bio-Oil

Skincare Herbalife SKIN Nip and Fab Bio-Oil Pond's Cold Cream

Skincare Herbalife SKIN Nip and Fab Bio-Oil (8)

(Please excuse my derp face. I took these last night when I might maybe possibly have had a couple of glasses of wine.)

(And a gin cocktail.)

CLEANSING

So starting with makeup remover: I’m still entirely loyal to my Pond’s Institute Cold Cream.

I got sent a sample to try wayyy back in August and I LOVE it.

I’ve actually been repurchasing it ever since.

It’s an oil-based cream cleanser that melts into your face as you apply it and will completely dissolve every single bit of makeup on your face.

Even waterproof mascara! (see evidence above).

It’s completely perfect for dry and sensitive skin, as it doesn’t irritate AT ALL. It doesn’t even sting when I rub it right into my eyes to remove my eye makeup.

And if that’s not perfection, I don’t know what is.

For a full review (and how to use it), you can check out my post here.

After removing my makeup, I then do another cleanse to properly get rid of all the London pollution my poor skin is subjected to every day.

For this I’ve been using the Soothing Aloe Cleanser* from Herbalife’s new SKIN range. I got sent a sample of it about 2 months ago and I really like it!

It’s super gentle, really easy to apply (smooth onto damp face, rub it in a bit, rinse off with warm water) and leaves my skin feeling all fresh and clean.

I use it in the evenings as mentioned, but this one’s also my current morning cleanser.

It’s a nice way to the start the day, especially as it smells AMAZING!

Herbalife SKIN

Herbalife SKIN toner

TONING

So, in the evenings, after I’ve taken my makeup off and cleansed, I’ve then been using the Herbalife SKIN toner*.

I usually just spritz it straight onto my face and wipe off the excess with a cotton pad. It just helps clear away the very last traces of dirt and leaves my skin feeling properly clear and refreshed.

MOISTURISING

I’ve been using the Herblife SKIN Daily Glow Moisturiser* in the mornings. It’s got light-reflecting particle-thingys in it, as well as a whole bundle of healthy oils and vitamins, and it leaves my skin feel soooo soft and smooth.

I’ve actually not even been bothering with primer lately, cos this gives such a great base for my makeup!

And, same as the cleanser, it smells like an absolute dream as well.

In the evenings I’ve mostly been reaching for my pot of Bio-Oil*.

If my face is feeling particularly parched I still go back to my favourite Rodial Stemcell Facial Oil* and Glam Balm*, but most of the time they’re just a bit too heavy now.

(PS. Read my December review of the Rodial Stemcell skincare range!)

The Bio-Oil* is super light. I only need a few drops to cover my entire face, and it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy which is nice!

As an extra, one of the reasons I accepted a sample of Bio-Oil* is because I’d heard that it’s meant to be really, reaaaally good for helping clear acne scars.

My skin is a million times better than it used to be (hooray for regular makeup removal and cleansing!), but I still suffer from hormonal acne quite a lot.

It’s very randomized. Some months I’ll escape with one tiny pimple, other times my face explodes into a hundred painful red lumps and I just want to hide away in a dark cupboard somewhere until it clears.

I’m not sure how much of it has been the Bio-Oil*, and how much is just my natural skin’s healing process, but I’ve definitely not had as many new marks this month. I also think it has helped brighten some of the scars left over from previous months.

So yep. Big fan!

Bio-Oil

Bio-Oil

EXTRAS

Let me introduce you to my holy grail product.

I’ve been using this amazing Clean & Clear 4h spot treatment gel since way back in 2012.

I was away for the weekend and got a MASSIVE pimple right in the middle of my face. In desperation, I bought this from the local Tesco Express, hoping it would help but not really expecting much…

I’ve never looked back.

It works especially well at night and I tend to dot it on generously as soon as a spot starts to loom on the horizon. It tingles a tiny bit but nothing too bad, and by morning it’s usually much reduced in redness and size.

I think this is my 4th tube of the stuff, and I freaking love it!

Clean and Clear spor treatment gel

The secret is out.

As you can see, I look very different without any makeup on (eek so pale!).

I hope you found it interesting!

The products marked with a little asterisk thingy (like this: *) were gifted to me.

As always though, if I don’t love it, I don’t blog it.

These are the actual, genuine products I use every single day on my face, and I can wholeheartedly recommend all of them.

Keep in mind that your skin might definitely not be the same as mine, and what works for me, might not work for you.

Disclaimers over.

What products have you been loving recently? :)

Have a very happy Friday and a lovely weekend! xxx

(And make sure to check back on Sunday for my new weekly vlog feature post!)

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  • I love this post. It’s really interesting reading how different products work for people, and you look so pretty here. Your smile is so infectious xD

  • Where are you that is so pink?! Great post beaut xxx

    • Citizen M hotel :) the pod bathroom lights up in different colours! :D post coming soon xxx

  • reneejessome

    Great post! My skin gets really dry during the Winter also!

    http://www.losetheroad.blogspot.ca

    • It sucks doesn’t it? What moisturiser do you use for it Renee?? xxx

      • reneejessome

        I haven’t found one I really like yet! So i’ve been using a Nivea nightcare one! Its alright for going to bed with but I wouldn’t use it during the day.

  • sam

    Hey, I’ve nominated you for a ‘Liebster Award’! It’s a tag that gets everyone finding other bloggers! Here’s my blog post that explains it all :) xxx
    http://samanthalfrances.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/liebster-award.html

  • These photos are so perfect! You’re so a cutie! I use Bio Oil on my face when I get super dry skin, it works an absolute treat! x

    • It’s great isn’t it?? :D super moisturising but I don’t end up feeling like a greaseball. Winner. xxx PS thank you :)

  • Sophie Blackwell

    Your skin has such a lovely tone and glow to it! I’m the same with moisturisers in winter- my skin gets terribly dry! Scaley snake skin is not a good look xx sophie/ http://www.prettyandpolished.co.uk

    • Thank you Sophie! It’s that Ponds + Bio-Oil combo, I swear. It never used to be in such good condition! :) xxx

  • Haha I love the funny faces you pulled =] great post overall

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

  • ninegrandstudent

    Hormonal acne is the bane of my life – and I could cope if there was some consistency, but no! I can go a month, maybe two, with nothing, then the next my jawline is so painful it actually hurts to eat. About once a year I get a mountain on my forehead too, it actually gives me a three-day headache because of the pressure. Just eurgh!

    But generally my skin is clear, just dehyrated. I have to use a soap bar as cleanser due to a skin condition which dries it out, but rich moisturisers just ball up and don’t absorb – looking for an oil or serum that might help currently.

    And that’s officially the longest rambly comment yet, sorry! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

    • THIS IS MY SKIN EXACTLY. Such a pain in the arse isn’t it?

      Have a look at the Bio-oil Chloe. Honestly, it’s so light so shouldn’t ball up on you, but it really does a fab job of moisturising :) it’s not expensive either. It’s only like £ for the small bottle :) xxx

  • I have to slather on moisturiser all year round because me skin is like a tiny version of the Sahara desert. I even get scaly peely patches under my eyes #trulygross which makes putting on under eye concealer nearly impossible. (Though also necessary because I’m one of those blessed people with genetic dark under eye circles.) x

    • Ouch :/ what moisturiser do you use Amanda? I haven’t noticed scaly skin on you AT ALL, so it must be a bloomin good one! :) xxx

      • I use a combination of many – Clinique dramatically different all over. Clarins Hydra Quench around the eyes and if I’m feeling extra scaly the Kiehls Powerful concentrate one. Basically enough moisturiser to turn a normal person into a grease pit. x

  • Jennifer K

    I love the photo of you having used the Ponds Cold Cream – that’s exactly how I look when I use! I’ve finally realised that I need to use very rich moisturisers to deal with my dry skin

    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • My boyfriend cracks up every single time I take my makeup off haha. It’s not so bad usually, but when I’ve been wearing liquid eyeliner I look like a chimney sweep! xxx

  • I honestly don’t know how my skin is worse in my thirties… I think a good skin care routine and knowing some tricks is vital. I just read Amanda’s comment, lol mine is the Sahara dessert too!

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

    • I think the problem is that our skin changsm btu maybe we don’t change our routine with it. Everytime I think I’ve got it down and fixed, it suddenly starts erupting again! Silly old skin. xxx

  • Rebecca Lacey

    I loved learning about your skincare, I think I need the Clean & Clear 4 hour spot treatment gel in my life!

    Rebecca Coco

    • A couple of people have said it hasn’t worked for them, and I think it depends on what kind of spots you use it on, and what you expect from it. For me, it doesn’t clear my spots completely, but it definitely stops them from being so red and painful, which is great! :) (and it’s pretty cheap so if it doesn’t work for you, at least you haven’t broken the bank!)

  • I too need that spot treatment – I get hormonal spots on chin every so often and they are so annoying. Might give this a try xxx

    • It’s worth trying Angela! It doesn’t make mine disappear completely, but they’re definitely smaller, less red and waay less painful :) it’s not expensive so definitely worth a shot xxx

  • I always forget how dry my skin gets until I put on foundation and end up looking like I’m covered in scales…. niiiiiice :-/

    Jennie // Scarletscorchdroppers

    xx

    • I went through a phase at uni where I just kept forgetting to exfoliate. I went all flakey and thought maybe it was just really dry but then one day I exfoliated and BAM my skin was 99% better. So definitely worth trying both that and a moisturiser on top to help Jennie! :) xxx

  • Oh Katy, you’re so cute! I also have to lather on the moisturiser. Sadly that spot treatment does nothing for me. At the moment I’m using neat tea tree oil!

    Tara x

    • Oooh how does that work? Do you just dab it on with some cotton or something? I’ve heard great things abotu neat tea tree but have never got round to trying it. xxx

  • I love reading about other people’s skincare routines! The Ponds cold cream sounds amazing, there’s nothing worse than a product that doesn’t remove all your make up and leaves you with huge panda eyes the next day. I’ve never tried Bio Oil before, but I’ve only ever heard about people using it on their body – I had no idea it worked so well on the face too. My skin’s been suffering quite a bit recently so I might have to give it a go :) xx

    Toasty

    • I’d definitely recommend both of them Beth! I love the fact that I can actually SEE my makeup dissolving with the Pond’s. I do usually have to double-cleanse but I always feel squeaky clean afterwards! :) xxx

  • Cake & Whisky

    Brilliant post Katy! Will try the magic Clean & Clear gel, sounds ace!!

    Sandra | cakeandwhisky.wordpress.com

    • It’s definitely worth trying Sandra! Dries up my smaller spots and helps the bigger under-the-skin lump ones go waay down and be less painful :) it’s only about £ as well so worth a shot! :) xxx

  • i really enjoyed this, your pics made me laugh! x

    Bean’s Beauty Blog

    • Haha thanks Georgie!! :D and this is why taking photos after drinking wine is maybe not such a good idea haha xxx