Friday, 25 March 2016

Skin Care

Since I’ve been doing the beauty box unboxing, I’ve had a few requests to post my skin care routine. As you guys know I’m not a beauty guru by any means, but I do enjoy my makeup and skin care. And if knowing my skin type and the products I use, help you understand my opinions better… what the heck.

I have dry, mildly dehydrated skin and a bit of rosacea. So obviously moisture and exfoliation is the name of the game in my skin care routine. I am aware most of the products I use aren’t cheap, but they work and I see results, so I don’t mind investing in them…. It’ll save on a facelift later in life.  


Let's start at the beginning; The first thing I’ll do is cleanse my face. I’ll either go in with a cleansing oil if I’m removing makeup or if not I’ll go in with a micellar water. Then I go in with a toner just to make sure anything is off. I’m not brand loyal on any of these steps so I change these up all the time.


Once my face is dry, if I’m going to use a chemical exfoliate this when I’ll use it. Sarah Chapman Overnight Exfloliating Booster and Sunday Riley Good Genes are my two favourites That said, I hands down prefer Good Genes and I actually like using it during the day rather than at night. 
While I’m waiting for the exfoliant to eat away at my dead skin I go in with my eye care. First an eye serum, then my eye cream. I’ll be honest, I’m not in love with either of the products I’m using at the minute. I bought the serum because of retinol in it, but so far I’m not seeing any results. And the eye cream is just ok… not worth the price tag. 

The other thing I do while my dead skin is being eaten away is I go in with a lip balm, you can’t beat Aquaphor for the price, it just does a good job. If my lips are a little more on the chapped side, I’ll use Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid, which does a pretty good job of getting them back in shape. 

If I haven’t used a chemical exfoliator, just after I wash my face and before I do my eyes and lips I’ll go in a facial oil. Which oil I use depends on what my face needs. I tend to do 2 nights Luna, then 1 night Peter Thomas Roth 3% Retinoid Plus, but that’s more just what happens rather than a rule.

Both products have Retinol in them, be it in different forms and strengths. Both are fantastic products and have a fairly clean ingredient deck. My skin likes Luna better but, there’s more Retinol in the Peter Thomas Roth product and that can take time for skin to adjust to. If I had to pick one I’d pick Luna, but I suspect the 3% will be better for my skin in the long run.

Once either my exfoliator is completely dry or I’ve let my oil sink in for at least 10 minutes then I go in with a moisturizer. Either Sunday Riley Tidal or if my skin is in alligator mode First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I only use the First Aid Beauty cream on the bits of my face that are alligator like and only if it’s so bad it hurts. It has a habit of clogging my pores so if I can help it, I won’t use it.


The Sunday Riley on the other hand is awesome, and I haven’t had to use the other since I started using it. My dry skin loves Tidal between the hyaluronic acid and the tamarind (which according to new studies is more effective than hyaluronic acid) my skin feels and looks moisturized after I use it. It also has papain enzymes, which and exfoliate. And we know how much I like them. 


The are 3 other products I want to mention, I don’t use them every day, but I use them often enough to know I loved them. The first is Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Essence. If you can get over the ingredients (snail secretion and bee venom) this product is awesome. I like to use it when my rosacea is bad. I’ll just use it and a moisturizer and call it a day.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir; complete princess product it does nothing for your skin, yet something about the spray and the smell it takes away all my stress and I love it.

The last product I just had to mention is Kate Summerville ExfoliKate. This stuff it’s stupid expensive, but I think I’d sell a kidney for it. It’s magic. I use it about every 10-12 days and it’s not pleasant, but once I’m done my skin is smooth as a baby’s butt. Any dry, flaky patches I had are gone. I’ve tried a lot of these type products over the years and this is the only one that actually works. I just wish the price tag wasn’t so high.

Anyways, you sexy people, that’s my skin care routine, not sure how interesting it was but, I could hear my bank account crying just looking at the products. Before I go I will leave you with this question, what eye products do you use? I'm always on the hunt for a new one. Let me know in the comment box below. And as always stay and play safe.

Love,
The Honest Bitch 
xoxo









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