This is a post that I've had in my drafts, ready to write for quite some time now. That's because for a while the condition of my skin was quite transient, it went from good to bad in a matter of days. I've always had combination skin that would only break out with a few spots here and there amongst the month, but then I experienced the wrath of extreme hormonal breakouts and I of course had to switch up my routine and find what would combat it. I still occasionally break out of course, but these four products have helped maintain skin that I'm happy with.
First off, I avoided any harsh makeup removers that would irritate the skin such as face wipes, and opted for Micealler water on a cotton pad, or when I am able to get my hands on it, Liz Earles' hot cloth cleanser, which I reviewed here. These products really ensure that all my makeup is completely off in preparation for the next step.
Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator*
Out of all the products I'm going to mention, this exfoliator by far has made the most significant improvement in the condition of my skin. I had received this as a PRgift and hadn't had any preconceived ideas about it, or the affect that it has. The moment I started to use this exfoliator, my skin sorted itself out very quickly and became a lot clearer, smoother and made my makeup apply a lot more seamlessly into the skin. It is basically a powder that you add water to and apply to your face dry, working it into the skin to create a foam consistency whilst it gently exfoliates. This product is the most integral step in my skincare routine and I would definitely recommend it if you are after a product that both exfoliates and cleanses; its a definite game changer.
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
After I've exfoliated I'll use a little bit of this clarifying lotion on the areas that are more prone to breakouts just to prevent any from reoccurring on the skin. I understand that this product is not a toner, but also a gentle exfoliant, so I only use a little bit of this on the skin after I've used the Indeed Labs exfoliator. Plus, it feels very refreshing on the skin.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
After I've used the Clinique clarifying lotion which smooths the way for moisture, I use a tiny amount of Effaclar Duo on my problem areas, such as my cheeks and chin. The stigma surrounding this product has it for a reason, and that is, it very well might break you out in the first couple of weeks of usage, which makes it quite frightening to add into your routine. However, after the first few weeks it now keeps my spots at bay, whilst also preventing them from recurring. It is great once you get passed the initial break out phase.
Decleor Nutridivine Nutriboost Soft Creme
I'm all for a hydrating, luxurious moisturiser that really sinks into the skin; and Decleors Nutridivine is exactly that. This one in particular is actually formulated for dry skin, which I don't actually have, but it works with my skin so well. I find that very thin moisturisers formulated for oily skin don't hydrate mine enough so I love to use this. My skin always looks hydrated and plump the next morning when I wake up. Not to mention it smells lovely! I can imagine if you have very oily skin you might want to steer clear of this product, but if your somewhere in the middle I'd definitely recommend this as a daily moisturiser.
I hope this may all help you out in some way because finding the right routine can definitely be hard! What have you all tried and tested that worked for your skin? I'm always looking for new products to try so let me know what has worked for you all in the comments!