/ 16 May 2016 / Leave a comment
SENSITIVE SKIN SKINCARE ROUTINE
I don't normally talk beauty and I've never talked skincare - it's totally not my area of expertise. But I like reading lifestyle content and everybody needs a little break from outfits now and then, so I thought I'd share my current skincare routine.
I haven't mentioned it here on the blog, but I've been undergoing skin treatment with Roaccutane. For those of you who aren't familiar, it's a prescription drug from your dermatologist designed to treat acne. This is my second time on it. Most patients only have to use it once, but I guess I'm unlucky like that. It can have some scary side effects. The most noticeable thing straight away is that it dries out your skin, lips, eyes, even nose. A moisturiser becomes your best friend.
It does have one significant perk though, which is that your hair just does not get greasy. If you have or have ever had oily hair you know how annoying it can be! I wash my hair once a week now and that's only because my scalp starts to get too dry. My shampoo consumption has lowered significantly .
But I've got my skincare routine down now (I'm on the last month of the drugs too) and I've definitely had less dry patches than the first time around, so if you've got dry skin too, this is for you. I gots my routine down!
The products I use are:
Bioderma Sébium Hydra Moisturiser - morning and evening after washing my face. It's a good texture and feels great on the skin. It looks a bit greasy but only for the first few minutes before it sinks in.
Mary Kay Skinvigorate brush - perhaps part of the reason my flare ups were so bad was bad cleansing technique. Nobody told me how to properly cleanse my skin and I never thought I was doing it wrong. Oh boy. This brush, or really any brush of this kind makes your skin feel so smooth and refreshed. I use it a few times a week (the way you'd use peeling) with the La Roche gel.
Biopha Micellar Water - I'm not too familiar with this brand but it's organic which is great. Just a nice micellar water to cleanse and/or remove my makeup with.
La Roche Posay Gel Demaquillant Physiologique - I got this on clearance only to realise that it's been discontinued, however this is the best gel cleanser I've ever had. It's made to remove makeup but I use it with my Skinvigorate brush and it's an absolute beauty of a product. You only need a little bit and it lasts a long time, I've had mine for over 6 months and it's only half gone. I really don't know what I'll do when I run out, the new version isn't nearly as good. I think this is good for any skin type and I find it's the only gel that doesn't dry my skin out. Can you tell I love this product?
Ziaja eye cream - I don't know if this has any effect but it's quite nice so I'm testing it for now. Itś part of my evening routine, I pat it in around the eye and feel really pretentious doing so.
La Roche Posay Gel Moussant Purifiant - This is a sample that I use when I travel. It's meant for problematic skin and smells really nice and not too perfume-y. Perhaps this might replace my big love, the gel physiologique?
So that's it for my current skincare routine. Oh, except for Bio Oil that I got a couple months ago but just now started using every day. We'll see if it improves any of my scars as it says after the recommended 3 months.
What's a skin product you swear by? Do you prefer high end or high street skincare products?
I only fear I'm going to have to change my routine again soon, because after I take my last Roaccutane pill, my skin is slowly going to go back to its oilier stage. So any recs on what works for oily skin and doesn't break it out? Any recs that don't require me to spend all my monies?