My Current Skincare Routine + Other Products I’ve Tried in the Past Month | The Ordinary, Sukin, Paula’s Choice, F.A.B

Morning Skincare Routine

After starting to take my skincare routine more seriously I’ve found that I don’t need to wash my face in the morning. All that does is dry out my face even more. I just let my natural oils help to moisturise my face, and give my skin a little splash to remove anything leftover from the night.

I’m excited for my new hydrating toner from Purito to arrive. After watching Liah Yoo’s skincare routine I was so inspired to start using a hydrating toner in the morning, rather than a cleanser, to remove debris and continue to hydrate.

Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster with Salicylic Acid

Azaelic acid has become one of my favourite active ingredient to use, it has already made a huge difference to my skin. It is good for reducing redness and working on acne scaring, while helping with acne as well.

I was using The Ordinary Azelaic Acid suspension, but it’s suspended in silicone and it felt absolutely horrible to apply. But because this ingredient did so much good, I decided I needed to try another form.

This is a booster, so either you can apply it alone (you only need a tiny bit) or mix it in with your moisturiser to boost that product. I haven’t been using this specific product for long enough to be able to give a really good review, but I really like it so far.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + AH

This is a decent moisturiser – it moisurises and creates a nice dewy look and doesn’t sink into the skin too quickly. This moisturiser is called the “natural moisturising factors” which is a real term used in the science of skincare. It refers to the natural oils that build on the skin to sheild and repair the skin. Also known as the natural skin barrier.

I have a damaged skin barrier and dry skin, so this is helping in repairing my skin with the simulated factors that are in here.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF50

My morning skincare routine is pretty simple. I’m trying to create a simple but effective routine that allows me to focus in on my skin’s specific needs. But in any routine, you can’t forget sun screen.

Now, this Neutrogena hydro boot gel sunscreen isn’t my absolute favourite, but this is the fourth in a month that I’ve tried, after only finding sunscreens that felt like I was either burning my face off or my eyes.

This is a decent sunscreen that sinks in pretty well, creates an only amount of surface hydration that doesn’t feel too greasy, and doesn’t burn my eyes. It’s also tinted blue, so it actually makes my face’s redness look way worse (yay!).

My Nighttime Skincare Routine

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser + Makeup Remover

There’s so much to this cleanser, I’m not sure where to start. Squalane is an oil that boasts hydrating factors. Which makes this an oil cleanser and perfect for the first step in a double cleanse. I also like that this emulsifies really well, and doesn’t leave any oil residue on the skin, so I like to use this as my primary cleanser as well.

It goes on like a cream onto dry skin, but when warmed up with the hands it quickly turns into an oil consistency. I liked this so much I’ve already bought another!

At first I was using Sukin’s Oil Based Cleanser as my first step in my double cleanse, but it is soooo oily it sticks to your skin in a thick buttery paste and to your hands. It doesn’t emulsify which makes it a completely bitch to get off. You have to wash your face two-three times, and even then I could still literally see it clogging my pores.

The Ordinary 10% Glycolic Acid Toner

Now, I’ve been using this every day at night, right after cleaning my face to set my PH and to exfoliate my skin. But I’ve decided to cut that down to once a week, on days when I’m not exfoliating in any other way. It’s a very harsh product, and with my cleanser, I don’t need to be setting my PH because it’s already perfectly balanced as well.

When I do use this I pat it on with my hands, no cotton pads or rounds. I can see almost an immediate effect. When I first started using this at night I would wake up with my face peeling! It works, just need to rein it in a bit.

Also, this is a massive bottle for the price! I won’t use this all up in a year.

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

I’m in my mid twenties, so it’s kind of time I started taking anti-aging more seriously and retinoids are the way to go. Retinoids help repair the skin, help with acne, wrinkles, scars, and generally exfoliate the skin in order to get fresher skin cells to the surface quicker.

5% is a pretty high percentage, as retinoids can be very drying to the skin, and typically stress the skin out at first if they aren’t properly introduced. But The Ordinary claims that their Granactive version that is suspended in squalane oil reduces irritation a lot and helps to hydrate. I’ve found this genuinely true. I use this every night and only have a little bit of dryness.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I first bought this because I wanted something hugely hydrating that I could slather on before going to bed and wake up with really nice, moisturised skin. A lot of reviews of this said that this saved their skin. Personally I think it’s okay.

This is made for super sensitive and eczema prone skin, so it’s super gentle, doesn’t clog my pores, but I feel like it sinks right in and doesn’t do much else.

I’m waiting for another night mask to arrive, the DR JART+ Cicapair Night Repair Mask, that I have really high hopes for!

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

This is a trending product at the moment! It’s for good reason. This is a super inexpensive chemical peel that revivals peels done by estheticians. I had to learn to take it easy though, because this is such a great product, that I wanted to use it far too much.

Just because it says you can use twice a week, doesn’t mean you should!

I use this once a week, after cleansing my skin and follow with a good moisturiser.

That’s it! That was my AM and PM skincare routine for my dry, acne prone, acne scarred face. At the moment I’m using a lot of The Ordinary – I really like that brand, and I still have some products that I’m not 100% happy with, but I’m excited to try new things. Especially some more Korean beauty products!

What is your skincare routine? Do you try a lot of products, or do you have your favourites?

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