My Skin Care Routine For Dummies (with Oily Skin)

It probably isn't the best idea to wait until you're on the wrong side of 30 to start a skincare routine, but I've kind of just taken young looking skin for granted. My parents both look amazing for their age, and I have been scared of using a moisturiser because I was afraid of getting pimples. It's like that song parody of Taylor Swift's "22" in which the singer says she's "feeling 32" and has wrinkles and acne at the same time.

While I don't necessary have wrinkles and acne, I'm trying to fight both. I've created a simple system that I think works pretty well and hasn't broken me out, and I'm pretty pleased with the results so far. So, welcome to baby's first skincare routine.


Step 1: Cleanser- Pre-Shower
I was sent this as a PR gift from the Samaya company for their Samaya Ayurvedic range. On the site, you plug in a few details about your skin (known as your Dosha) and then are told which cleanser is the best for you. They have several different types of skincare products, from cleansers to creams. My Dosha ended up being Pitta, so pictured here is the Pitta Hydrating Cleanser. Although a bit pricey, and with a bit of an unpleasant smell (at least according to me), it does help get a clean palette for my skin and make-up. I rub this in my skin before getting in the shower and then massage it out. I then use a washcloth (or flannel as they say here), to rub the excess off.

Pitta Hydrating Cleanser: £59. Available here.

Step 2: In the Shower and Immediate Post-Shower

I didn't photograph these products because they aren't really new, and were part of my very basic skincare routine previously. I rub Lush's Dark Angels on my face and then wipe it off after washing and conditioning my hair (doing it in this order helps prevent acne!).

When I'm out of the shower, I put Clean and Clear on a piece of tissue and rub on my face and let my skin absorb it. Both of these steps are to prevent break-outs.

Lush Dark Angels: £7.50. Available here.
Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing: £3.16. Available here.

Step 3: Before Leaving the Bathroom

I spray this toner on my face to soften my face and close my pores before applying make-up.

Lush's Breath of Fresh Air: £9.50 Available here.

Before Bed

Step 1: Cleanser 

After using a wipe to get the make-up off my face, I massage this cleanser in my skin to help get the rest of the make-up off. I skip this step if I worked from home that day and didn't have any make-up on, as I don't want to waste it. A friend of mine gave this to me, as she's very into Korean Beauty products, which are all the rage at the moment. Really, it's a miracle when it comes to getting the rest of your make-up of and getting your skin back to fully clean. These products are also available on Amazon, which means you don't have to wait for them to get shipped from Korea.

Nature Republic Aloe Vera Foam Cleanser: £8.36 Available here.

Step 2: Clean and Clear Cleanser: Same one as above, just to keep acne at bay. 

Step 3: Moisturiser 
This is the main event. It's a bit on the expensive side, but you really only need to dip the tip of your finger in it and it will even your entire face and make it a great canvas for your make-up. This is a tiny little pot, but it's going to last you a really, really long time.

Lush's Vanishing Cream: £18.95 Available here

Step 4: Toner

For this step, I spray Lush's Breath of Fresh Air on my skin and let it dry.

Step 5: Under Eye Cream
For a work assignment a while back, I submitted my photo to an app that analysed all of your features and found the problem areas. It told me I have under eye issues, and I started to worry since I've never used under eye cream. I was in the market for some, but to spend £25 on just a drug store brand seemed absolutely ridiculous. Instead, I did some more research into Korean beauty products and stumbled on this one from Etude House. It's less than half the price of some more common brands, and you only need a really tiny bit.

Etude House's Moistfull Collagen Cream: £10.29 Available here.

Step 6: Collagen Cream
This is my anti-ageing step, though I'm not necessarily sure it's slowing the hands of Father Time. I was given this from the same friend as mentioned above, and have been putting it on my forehead, the only spot I really see wrinkles. It also acts as a whitening cream, and since it's from Korea where whitening your skin is common, it does make sense. I'm not sure if this one will stay in my arsenal forever, but I'm willing to keep going until it's gone.

Farmstay's Collagen & Hyaluronic Acid: £16.47 Available Here

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