Clean Skincare Routine
'Cos there is no room for nasties in 2019
This must be the most requested article I have ever written. Ever since I started posting photos of myself on Instagram, more and more people would ask me about my skincare regimen. Coincidence or not, I actually changed my entire routine five months ago; I decided to stick to brands and products that were "green/clean" and interestingly enough - you guys were the first to point out the difference. If you have noticed lack of skincare content on this blog, that is because from now on I only choose to support and feature brands that I personally trust and love. Everything you are about to see - are products that I swear by and have happily repurchased over and over again.
Now, before we move any forward, I have to put a disclaimer: no one has 100% perfect skin (well maybe except JLo and newborns) and that includes me. Please remember that I still wear a light layer of foundation/concealer on my photos and [like all mortals] I go through inevitable bad skin days. While I stepped up my skincare game, I have also improved my eating habits. After finding out that I was both lactose- and gluten-intolerant, I have switched to 90% bio diet, which is also lactose/gluten-free; I exercise regularly and drink plenty of water. From my experience - all of this contributes to a healthy, clear and happy skin.
My Skin Type/Concerns
I have dry, sensitive skin and can get easily dehydrated. My biggest concerns are: dryness, texture, clogged pores and hormonal breakouts.
One of the biggest mistakes I used to make in the past - was not using cleanser in the morning. I would just wash face with water and move on to other things. Eventually I started noticing more clogged pores that would lead to pimples, specifically on my chin and nose.
These days my mornings begin with Hydra-Restore Cream Cleanser by Grown Alchemist (49 USD; Made in Australia). It is a mild, creamy and plant-based cleanser that effectively removes any residual skincare/oils from the night before. It purifies the skin, without making it feel tight.
To balance the skin and add more moisture to it, I then use Balancing Toner by Grown Alchemist (38 USD; Made in Australia). It is a watery blend of various plants including rose, ginseng, chamomile and green tea, that feels and smells amazing. It does not leave a sticky residue on the skin, which is a drawback often associated with some other "hydrating" toners on the market.
I never (ever) skip on my eye cream and lately I have been enjoying Premier Cru Eye Cream by Caudalie (99 USD; Made in France). I do not know why good eye skincare is so expensive, but I have read multiple reviews written by people, who have been religiously using this eye cream for 10 years and could not imagine finding a better formula. Speaking of which - this eye cream indeed feels magical and lightweight; it contains hyaluronic acid, caffeine, peptides, avocado oil, polyphenols, resveratrol, viniferine and even soft focus powder (for that added instant radiance effect). Personally speaking, I would not call it the most hydrating eye cream I have ever used, but it still does a great job at keeping the delicate under-eye area looking smooth and never puffy. It did not get rid of my pandas (mine are hereditary, so that's okay), but if yours are not that bad - it might actually help.
I then use Vinoperfect Radiance Serum by Caudalie (79 USD; Made in France), which is an absolute must-have if you suffer from post-breakout spots (also known as "scarring"). It effectively erased mine in no time and I actually do not get as many dark spots anymore now that I am religiously using this serum every single day. Skin looks brighter, more radiant and overall juicy. It is also quite hydrating, so I can't recommend it enough.
After the serum, I always apply Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet by Caudalie (39 USD; Made in France). I must have gone through ten or more tubes of this magical moisturizer - and you know what? I am not even remotely interested in anything else. Rich in antioxidants, this gel-cream is a perfect warrior against free-radicals and pollution; it helps strengthen your skin's natural defense barriers, so that it becomes more resilient as you continuously use the cream. And what is even better - it works for all skin types!
Finally, the very last step is sunscreen and my absolute favourite discovery of 2018 was Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 by Supergoop! (32 USD; Made in USA). As a makeup wearer, the last thing I want is for my sunscreen to peel off or leave an odd white cast. This product is genius, because it is clear and has the most velvety silicone-esque texture, which means it also doubles as a smoothing primer. It feels quite hydrating as well thanks to shea butter, red algae and meadowfoam seed oil.
While my morning routine stays pretty much the same, I do like to switch things up a bit when it comes to what I use in the evening. There are days when I feel like I crave more hydration, but there are also times when I just have breakouts on my chin (hello hormones) or my skin peels like crazy. To avoid unnecessary stress, I opt for "prevention" strategy, which involves using various acids to either calm or gently exfoliate and renew my skin.
At first I will make sure to remove every bit of makeup on my face following a two- or even three-step cleansing routine. I remove eye makeup using either Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil by Boscia (32 USD; Made in USA) or Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil by Caudalie (28 USD; Made in France). Both are great for people with sensitive eyes; I do prefer Caudalie a bit more though, because it does not blur my vision as much as Boscia does. I then use a liquid cleanser and finally, if I feel like I had a lot of makeup on that day, I might also use Micellar Cleansing Water by Caudalie (28 USD; Made in France) to make sure my skin is as clean as possible.
I also use a special deep pore cleanser at least once a week to prevent any skin disasters. I am talking about Osmoclean Deep Pore Cleanser by Institut Esthederm (Made in France). It has quite a pasty consistency and the more you massage this product into your skin, the thicker it becomes. It then sinks deep into your skin, lifting and absorbing impurities all at the same time. You need to rinse your face at least two-three times after using a cleanser like this and the long-lasting effect is absolutely amazing. Additionally you can also use the brand's Lightening Buffing Mask to eliminate dead cells and refine your skin in one go.