I was browsing a skincare site the other day when I came across product reviews I’d written years ago. I’d forgotten I’d used those products, much less what I’d felt about them!
I figured I’d write about my current skincare routine so I don’t forget. I don’t have a solid routine down because (1) I’ve been trying to fix my skin and (2) I haven’t found my Holy Grails yet. I think I should at least try to remember which products my skin liked, even if they aren’t HGs, in case I need to fall back on them.
Truth is, I don’t think I’ve ever really gotten skincare. If my skin ever looked halfway decent, it was probably due to luck. As I mentioned in my last post though, I’ve been getting into The Beauty Brains and Lab Muffin. I’ve also been browsing /r/SkincareAddiction and /r/AusSkincare for tips and localised knowledge.
I’ve since discovered that my oily skin was, in fact, dry and dehydrated, and that all the harsh products and masks I was using had destroyed my moisture barrier. So, late last year, I cut down on those products and focused on fixing my moisture barrier instead.
It’s been working pretty well for me. My skin is definitely a lot less dry, dehydrated and sensitive.
So here’s my daily routine for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin:
MooGoo Milk Wash (PM). This cleanser is super gentle and doesn’t irritate my skin at all. However, when this runs out I’m looking for a more actively calming one, instead of one that just doesn’t irritate my skin.
Side note: I’ve also changed how I cleanse my skin. I use cold water and reusable rounds to pat dry (no more using hot water on my face or scrubbing it with my towel).
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic (AM). To be honest I’m not too sure what this does, but I read an article before saying this was great for anti-aging and brightening.
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense. This has been a godsend this winter.
While I do want to keep using a Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid in my routine, I’m on the search for Aussie-made, hopefully more affordable brands.
Laroche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense Anti-Redness Serum. I have redness on my cheeks and an annoying patch in between my eyebrows. While concealer can cover it, I’d rather fix my skin instead. I’m not sure if this serum is doing much, so when it runs out I’ll be on the lookout for other products.
Special mention: Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Calming Serum. I loved this, but it was expensive. It cost $338 for a 30ml bottle here in Australia. And while it made a huge difference when my skin was red and angry, I’m not sure how effective it was for the last stubborn bits of redness, which made me hesitate to repurchase. I’d go back to this though, if my skin freaked out as much as it did late last year.
Emu Ridge emu oil. I love how moisturising this is and how it calms my skin. Despite being thick, it doesn’t clog my pores. I use this all on my body too whenever I get sensitive, dry patches.
Natio Daily Defence Face Moisturiser SPF 50. I love how this feels on my skin, it doesn’t feel like sunblock at all. It’s a combo moisturiser-SPF though, so if I find a moisturiser I like, I might want to look for an SPF-only product.
An acceptable second: Cancer Council Face Daywear Moisturiser Matte SPF 50+.
Though I haven’t been wearing a lot of SPF lately after watching Lab Muffin’s “Should you wear sunscreen indoors?“
I’m currently on the fence about:
I really liked Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Moisturizer Cream. However, it came out to a pot a month – over $100 here in Oz – which meant it ended up more expensive than the Sturm serum! I’m currently trying different brands to find one that’s more affordable, but the last few moisturisers I’ve tried have irritated my skin.
I’m still on the fence if this is necessary. I’m lucky my eye area isn’t really a problem area, so I’m not clear if I need a separate eye cream. Nothing I’ve tried yet has wowed me though, including the cream I’m trying now.
Given my skin’s improved, I’d like to focus on improving texture and congestion next. I’d like to bring back exfoliation into my routine and hopefully add a Retinol in the future.
I’d have to say though that the biggest change to my skincare is…
Giving less of a f* about what other people think of my skin. Why was I putting all that pressure on myself that I needed to have flawless skin all the time? It’s not like I actively look at people’s skin when I’m out and about – it’s unlikely they’re paying close attention to the imperfections in mine.
I’ve always said I’d like to be able to go out without make up. I mistakenly thought the only way to do this was to get perfect skin. While it’s good to make sure my skin is healthy, I’ve learned there was another way to get there – and that’s by being OK with my imperfect complexion.