Thursday, 9 October 2014

Morning Skin Routine : October 2014

Its been a while since I posted any thing remotely like a proper routine for my skin care, but I assure you, I follow this routine every single morning, even on my gym mornings.

Its all French!

I have been hitting the gym 4 or 5 days out of 7 lately, so on a gym morning I get up, use warm water and a facecloth to remove any excess oil from the night before, slap on a tiny bit of Rooibos Cream my mom sent me, get the kids to school and get straight to the gym to get it over with.

When I'm done with the sweating, I get stuck in, starting in the shower. I start with a pump of La Roche Posay Rosaliac Micellar Makeup Remover Gel (€15.99). I really do like this as a post-workout-cleanser. It is extremely cooling and refreshing on hot, sweaty skin and rinses off easily and cleanly which is exactly what I like, but still gives a really good clean feeling. I absolutely love how refreshing this is on my face and neck. This 200ml bottle has lasted me almost 6 months, you only really need a single pump to do a morning cleanse, so this makes it great value.

Toner is next and I picked up this L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Refreshing Toner on Caroline Hirons recommendation (her Budget Buys video). If memory serves, this 200ml bottle cost me around the €4 mark (it was on special too: score) and its lasted a little more than 3 months but I use it like its free. I decanted half into a spray bottle to mist on my visage before I go to bed, or when ever I feel like I need to " Freshen Up". In my gym bag it is in an even smaller spray bottle, and I mist this over my face and neck after toweling off even before I get out of the cubicle.

Yes, I understand that I am not quite in the "Mature" skin care category just yet, but I have notices the crinkles are getting deeper and I figure I could use a bit of extra help. Age Perfect Refreshing Toner smells lovely and also feels fabulously cooling on my face.

 And if Caroline Hirons says it is ok and she is happy with the ingredients, then who am I to argue. I already use Pixi Glow Tonic for my night tone but I will often spritz this on after I have put on my serum to add a bit of extra hydration before I put on my moisturiser.

A bit of a new kid on the block, This Vichy Idealia Eyes is the latest addition to the Idéalia range and so far so good. It is a bit pricy at €27.99, but you are getting 15ml of cutting edge technology and you only need a little bit!

Idealia Eyes is my first eye cream with a very cool flexible silicone applicator. You squeeze a small amount the tinted opalescent product out and use the  applicator to spread it gently onto the under-eye area and gently pat/massage it in. Use your ring finger to gently pat any excess into the skin.

 As you can see from the little swatch below, the pale peachy tint does a peremptory job of covering darkness under the eyes, and the light reflecting particles start doing their job and start brightening up the area and filling out the fine lines. And a little goes a long way...

I'm struggling with hormonal outbreaks all around my jaw. This is where the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ does its massive job of calming the spots and the bumps and keeping them under control. I have already blogged about its fahbeeeuuuuwlisssniss.

 Then I lash on a pump of the Vichy Idéalia Life Serum all over the rest of my face and give it a little massage and then a bitta Vichy Idéalia Moisturiser (Oily-combo variant) goes on top of that to lock all the goodness in.

 So far my pigmentation is under control and is fading nicely. My hormonal break outs are still hormonal and I'm trying like hell to cut out sugar to help things but dammit man: Chocolate tastes soooo dang good! All in all these products are working fairly well on my skin and I'm quite chuffed with it, apart from the hormonal stuff. I quite like that everything mentioned here goes on quite nicely and doesn't leave me looking too shiny during the day and my makeup goes on nicely.

All in all the whole routine takes me about 4-6 minutes (including faffing with my towel to keep covered). I know I need to add in an acid tone, but I'm using the Pixi Glow Tonic every second morning but my skin seems mostly happy with this combination.

Is there anything I need to try? Is there anything you are thinking of adding to your routine? Lemme know in the comments!


  1. I'm good with a night routine but rubbish with anything in the morning!

  2. I'm also a disaster in the morning, a bit of moisturizer at the most! I still have to pick up that Effaclar after your recommendation. I'm intrigued by the Vichy Serum too!


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