Since you really wanted to know what my sister used for her Skincare Routine, I thought I would show you her PM routine. I explain her skin type, what she prefers and why and also provide swatches of the products. I also give some insight to some of the key ingredients and I also give her opinion and review on these products.
If you would like to know her AM routine, then do comment!
My sister prefers simple routines and has normal/normal-dry skin.
- Firstly – my sister has pretty normal or normal-to dry skin. She likes very simple routines with few steps. She aims for results from 1 or 2 products rather than layering on the skincare. She’s not afraid of fragrance and she doesn’t mind heavier formulas.
[Extra Step – if my sister is taking off makeup, she will double cleanse].
- So she will use a cleansing oil which is the DHC Deep Cleansing oil (£16 for 200ml) – REVIEW HERE – I’m sure you guys have heard of this, this is a cult favourite. Yes it does contain Rosemary Leaf Oil which is simply for fragrance, but the main ingredient in here is olive oil and a few surfactants (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate) to break down and dissolve makeup. It massages into the skin beautifully and dissolves even waterproof mascara, so she just massages this in for a few minutes and washes it off. The good thing about this cleansing oil is that it emulsifies like the Shu Uemura cleansing oils, so it’s very easy to wash off.
NOTE: She says for better makeup removal, she adds a bit of water to emulsify the oil and rubs that in – she says adding a bit of water removes the makeup better, and then she washes it all off.
[Step 1 – Cleanse]
So for her current cleanser, my sister uses the Pixi Beauty Hydrating Milky Cleanser (£18 for 135ml) – and if you want to see swatches and my first impressions of the whole Pixi hydrating milky skincare collection, then please watch the video below OR – check out the Blog post HERE
This product contains Coconut Extract (to Nourish and condition), Willow Bark Extract (astringent), Probiotics (to protect & balance) and Jojoba (to Rehydrate and Nourish)
My sister tells me that when she uses this, her face does feel tight afterwards, but she still continues to use this cleanser.
She does state that this cleanser seems to last her forever as only a tiny bit is required each time to wash the face and of course the ml for this cleanser is pretty sizeable!
This does contain fragrance but she doesn’t mind.
When adding water, you can see in the video that this foams up a bit – but it’s not incredibly bubbly.
[Second Step – Serum]
- My sister initially uses the Hyaluronic Acid Serum from the Inkey List (£5.99 for 30ml) she’s going from thinnest formula to thickest.
As we know, Hyaluronic acid draws moisture into the skin and helps plump up fine lines. This actually contains 2% pure hyaluronic acid at 2 different molecular weights to penetrate the skin (Sodium Hyaluronate and Hyaluronic Acid). This also contains other humectants to help draw moisture into the skin such as: Butylene Glycol, Propanediol and Glycerin.
She says it absorbs pretty quickly – which is the same of the Niacinamide serum I use also from the Inkey list (Review HERE). So this takes little time to dry and one can move on fast.
This doesn’t contain fragrance or essential oils.
My sister Does use this product to help combat dryness, and what’s interesting is that she LOVES moisturiser. She loves a dense, thick cream – BUT since using this HA, she said that she actually doesn’t require a moisturiser in this routine as the HA seems to be doing the job just fine. She also said that this HA is very light and it is layerable i.e. it doesn’t ball / pill up and does not feel heavy on the skin.
[Step 3 – Serum/Treatment]
- Once this has dried down she moves onto her treatment stage which is a Vitamin C from the Inkey list (£7.99 for 30ml). This product contains 30% L-ascorbic acid – which acts as both an antioxidant and skin brightener and apparently can boost collagen production. She uses this to help fade acne marks and spots of pigmentation. She seems to think it works and likes it because this is her third bottle!
In terms of the texture, in order to keep this product stable, it’s not in a watery serum format, so instead it is suspended in silicone. So that does mean that this has a silicone-y texture, but my sister doesn’t seem to mind it. She does use this in the PM so she doesn’t need to worry about her SPF slipping off or her foundation not adhering correctly.
She says that this does tingle (or did tingle at the beginning when she first used this, and now it doesn’t). Also, this doesn’t contain fragrance or essential oils but this does have that typical vitamin C smell.
By the way, this does tingle if she has an active blemish.
For those of you who like really short ingredients lists, this only contains 4: Dimethicone, Ascorbic Acid, Polysilicone-11, Peg-10 Dimethicone.
She says it feels very much like a silicone-primer i.e. like a pore-minimalising primer.
- NOW THIS IS AN EXTRA – my sister doesn’t do this every day, and she certainly doesn’t use this if she’s using the vitamin C. But if she has a stubborn pimple or mark that wont go away – she recently started trying this
And that is the C-50 Blemish Night Treatment from the Inkey List (£12.99 for 30ml). This is a Night treatment containing Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (a form of vitamin C which helps brighten dark spots). This product aims to prevent future outbreaks and reduce blemishes caused by bacteria. It aims to also encourage the skin to heal itself. This is a mixture of vitamin C and Salicylic acid so it helps lessen pimples and also reduce the PIH marks one can get from pimples.
This is an overnight mask that minimises and prevents potential breakouts. The C-50 (Stable vitamin C serivative) brightens one’s tone to try and reduce the look of blemishes. It also gently exfoliates the skin using the BHA salicylic acid to clear away dead skin so that clogged pores hopefully don’t turn into blemishes. The use of salicylic acid should also help regulate one’s oil production, and the use of vitamin C should help even one’s tone. This is for blemish-prone or oily skin types.
This also contains glycerin, madecassoside and Sunflower Seed Oil, so it does try to be a soothing ingredient as well as an effective one.
In terms of the texture, you can see it’s quite sticky, it comes out in an orange-type gel.
She hasn’t used it for very long – it forms a film on the skin (but it doesn’t peel off), it hardens a little i.e. dries down and then forms a barrier over the blemish. She says it is not uncomfortable.
She said she used this on a bump by her lip and the next day it went down.
She alternates this with the 30% L-AA Vitamin C also from the Inkey List and only uses this on a blemish.
[Step 4 – Lips]
- Now onto the lips – my sister has been using the 101 ointment from Lanolips (£10.99 for 15g) – My Review is HERE – It has a sticky balm-like texture. It’s like a thicker version of vaseline. For her, it’s a great lip balm – she finds it prevents her lips from chapping and keeps them moisturising by providing an occlusive layer on top. This is unscented. It also can be sticky as you can see here. I used this on some dermatitis I had on my hand and made it disappear overnight! This is a multi-tasking balm which contains Ultra Medical Grade Lanolin from Sheep wool. This is supposed to mimic the skin’s oils to restore moisture. This doesn’t contain Petrolatum, mineral oil or essential oils. This is also used on cuticles and skin patches.
She loves this a lot (this is her third tube). She actually is so used to it that she feels uncomfortable if not using it. She also states that this lasts ages on the lips. Its not like Vaseline at all.
And that’s it for my sister’s PM Routine!
Once again if you want to know her AM routine then please comment!
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.