I’ve previously blogged about my struggles with my skin and how my skincare routine has changed over time. My evening skincare routine is by far more complex than the daytime, which usually involves the same face wash, a antioxidant serum such as the iS Clinical one below, a moisturiser and – without fail – an excellent SPF (right now I’m using this one by Environ.) so here’s how my skincare routine has developed and how I found the best products for my skin type.
In 2013, I switched my skincare, makeup, hair and pretty much all of my beauty products out for organic and/or paraben-free ‘clean’ versions that would do the same for me.
During both pregnancies my skin seemed to glow and I stopped getting spots, however after my first baby was born I started to get skin sensitivity in certain areas. I also found that as my hormones settled some of those pesky spots returned.
I visited aestheticians about my skin and tried using some cosmeceutical products, which essentially include active ingredients that penetrate deeper into the skin than cosmetic brands do. First I tried Environ and then iS Clinical and for a time I swore by these brands for keeping my skin mostly clear of acne.
Recently, I’ve been experimenting with alternative products to work out what I actually need from my skincare. And I’ve worked out a routine with products which include the ingredients that keep my skin healthy, including salicylic acid, glycolic acid, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, retinol and rosehip oil. Here are the products that make up my evening skincare routine.
I was previously using a paraben-free iS Clinical cleanser which contains salicylic acid to deeply cleanse pores and I decided to try a less expensive version. I did my research and found this salicylic and glycolic acid cleanser by cosmeceutical brand Vichy for less than half the price. I’ve been through a couple of bottles so far and it’s doing a brilliant job of keeping my skin really clean, clear and bright. I’ve not had one spot since I started using it a few months ago.
With glycolic acid this miracle toner is an over-night beauty revolution. It helps to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as spots and imperfections for vibrant and fresh looking skin. I absolutely love it and I have seen a real difference in my skin since I started using it a few months ago.
This is one of the key cosmeceutical products that was recommended to me by one of the facial experts that I consulted. Rich in antioxidants, including Vitamin C, A and E, this serum protects against the elements and heals inflammation and soothes redness.
This amazing product is so inexpensive and as hyaluronic acid holds up to 1000 times its molecular weight in water, this serum plumps and hydrates the skin for a youthful, radiant appearance. The results are fantastic.
I have been using this paraben-free cosmeceutical eye cream with retinol in place of a costlier retinol eye cream by iS Clinical. It’s clinically proven to smooth the appearance of wrinkles around the eye area and so far I’ve seen some really impressive results after using this for a few months.
I started using this retinol serum a couple of times a week a year and a half ago – but not whilst I was pregnant – and noticed an improvement in my skin and the appearance of fine lines specifically. Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are also fans.
Every few evenings I use this gorgeous paraben-free retinol-enriched night oil to hydrate my skin and simultaneously target those pesky fine lines.
I love using this stunning facial oil at night and as a primer to enrich my skin with nourishing vitamins and create a luminous complexion. With rosehip oil this amazing oil also helps to fight fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
So that’s my evening skincare routine. I’d love to hear about the products that you can’t live without.