In the last few months, skincare has been mentioned quite a lot here on emilyloula, but I recently realised that I’ve never actually shared my skincare routine. Today I thought I would talk about my evening skincare routine – one i’m particularly happy with and that has had massive changes on the overall look and quality of my skin.
If you’re a regular reader here on emilyloula, you’ll be aware that I suffer from adult acne, as well as having a lot of redness and scarring on my cheeks and chin. The skincare I’ve mentioned in this post is mainly catered around these problems as well as the fact I have quite an oily T-Zone. I’m aware that there are quite a lot of products here, and for some people it’s way too much. Everyone’s skin is different, but personally, these items work really well for me as I’m actively trying to reduce the amount of blemishes I get as well as clearing up my acne scarring and redness.
If I’ve been wearing makeup throughout the day, the first step in my evening skincare is to remove the bulk of this using a Micellar water of some kind. I’m working my way through the different options that the UK ‘Drug Stores’ offer, so far I’ve tried L’oreal’s, Garnier’s & Simple’s offerings. My favourite has been L’Oreal’s, although truth be told, I find that they’re all fairly similar and do a good job of removing my makeup easily, without scrubbing.
Biore | Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser > £4.99
In the last six months or so, I’ve tried a lot of different cleansers, but so far I haven’t actually found ‘the one’. During my quest for the ultimate cleanser, I began using this Biore one and so far I’m really enjoying it. This has a really fresh, cold, icy feel once applied to the skin, and gives the sense of a proper, deep down cleanse, removing all the nasties from my pores. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling thoroughly clean and really soft afterwards, with no tightness or drying in sight. It contains salicylic acid, which helps with blemishes and acne, and generally works really well with my skin. It’s a total bargain for £4.99, containing 200ml of product, and a pump dispenser for easy, practical use.
Magnitone | Lucid Facial Cleansing Brush > £69.99
I find that using a cleansing brush really gets the best out of your regular cleanser, making it work that bit harder for your skin. My personal favourite cleansing brush, and one that I thoroughly rely on now, is the Magnitone Lucid. I’ve done a full review of the Magnitone Lucid here if you do fancy a read of that. I use my Magnitone together with my Biore cleanser for a 1 minute deep down cleanse, and I absolutely love it.
La Roche-Posay | Serozinc > £8.50
My skincare routine is quite inundated with La Roche-Posay products at the moment, and this is first of the bunch. I mentioned this Serozinc in my Escentual Haul post here and since then I’ve fallen in love with it, and actually just finished my first can. Serozinc is a toning mist spray that targets blemishes, marks and excess oiliness, all of which my skin suffers with. I spritz this onto my face quite liberally after cleansing, as my first tone, and allow it to dry before moving on. I really enjoy using this in the evenings, and it has definitely helped with my skin, in particular the oiliness I get on my forehead.
PIXI | Glow Tonic > £18
After my first tone with Serozinc I turn to my trusty Glow Tonic for my second, but most important tone. I simply apply a little bit onto a cotton pad, and swipe across my face and neck. Glow Tonic is an exfoliating and oxygenating toner that claims to firm, tone and tighten the skin whilst removing dead skin cells. It definitely has it’s cult status for a reason, and I’m always recommending it to anyone that will listen or often in Twitter chats. This toner has helped my skin in such incredible ways, specifically my acne scarring which has cleared up immensely from this. I’ve written a whole review on PIXI’s Glow Tonic here if you want to read more about it.
La Roche Posay | Pigmentclar Serum > £29.50
One of the main issues I have with my skin is the pigmentation that has been left behind from years of acne and its associated scarring. I had been wanting to try out a serum that helps with pigmentation and when I saw that this had a third off at Escentual and was only £19, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been using this after cleansing and toning, and before moisturising in the evening, for about 2/3 weeks, and I can genuinely see the difference already. I simply apply this serum to my face, once dry, and massage it in with my finger tips, it has a nice consistency and doesn’t feel tacky or greasy at all. The pigmentclar serum states that it may take up to 6 weeks to see the full effect, but I’m already seeing some changes in the amount of redness and scarring I have, and I’m really impressed.
La Roche Posay | Effaclar Duo + > £15.50
The next La Roche-Posay product in my evening skincare routine, is the well known, Effaclar Duo +. This is a light weight moisturiser that corrects the appearance of imperfections, while unclogging blocked pores, controlling shine and refining the skin’s texture. This little tube is like magic for me, and I genuinely can’t believe the changes that this has made to my skin. Together with the Pigmentclar serum my skin looks brighter, generally less red and blemished, and for once I’m actually really happy with how it’s starting to look. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who has blemished skin or suffers with breakouts – it’s incredible.
La Roche Posay | Effaclar A.I Breakout Corrector> £10.50
I mentioned this breakout corrector in my May Favourites post here and I’m still as in love with it now as I was then. This little tube is unlike any other spot or blemish treatment I’ve used before. It not only treats and soothes the original blemish, but helps with the pigmentation or residual marks that can often be left behind. I’ve always got a collection of blemishes around my chin and cheeks so this really helps to clear them up and stops them from scarring. I use this after I’ve cleansed, toned and moisturised and just apply it as and where it’s needed, onto those pesky blemishes. I’m so impressed with La Roche-Posay’s products at the moment, they’re doing such amazing things for my skin!
Pharma Nord | Q10 Revitalising Night Cream > £12.95
Usually, just using La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo + is enough for me, but if I find that my skin is really lacking moisture I’ll use this night cream from Pharma Nord afterwards as well. As this is a night cream, it has a much thicker consistency than a lot of my other creams, but it feels really nourishing and intensive once being used. I won’t babble on too much about this, as I’ve written a full review on this Q10 Revitalising Night Cream here, if you fancy a read!
NUXE | Rêve de Miel Honey Lip Balm > £9.50
Another product that I picked up in my Escentual French Pharmacy haul was this incredible lip balm from NUXE. Rêve de Miel is a non greasy balm, that has the most gorgeous, rich and luxurious texture that is unlike any other I’ve come across before. It contains some really great natural ingredients like Honey, Sunflower, Musk Rose and Almond oils, Shea Butter and Grapefruit essence which gives it the most wonderful scent, that I absolutely love. This balm definitely has it’s cult status for a reason, it leaves my lips feeling so nourished, moisturised and healthy, no wonder one is sold every 28 seconds. I apply this liberally on my lips before bed time, and when I wake up in the morning, my lips feel in incredible condition – a real winner from me.
Benefit | It’s Potent Eye Cream > £25.50
I originally recieved a sample of Benefit’s eye cream back in my September Birchbox and I fell in love with it straight away. Once my teeny sample had finished, I knew I had to get my hands on the full sized cream, and I haven’t looked back since. This is the only eye cream I’ve used all year, and I’m so happy with it. It has quite a thick consistency, but it isn’t greasy in the slightest and actually sinks in fairly quickly. Without a doubt this eye cream has helped immensely with my dark circles and the general appearance of my under eye area. The only thing I would say about this, is not to get it in your eye, as it seriously stings! Other than that, I can’t stop singing it’s praises, and will definitely re-purchase after this pot runs out.
So that’s it for my evening skincare routine – what do you think? Do you use any of the products I’ve mentioned – or do you have any recommendations for me? I’d love to hear all of your thoughts in the comments!