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30 December 2018

An updated skincare routine

Having a proper skincare routine never used to be something I deemed important. Two years ago if you'd told me I had to actually cleanse and moisturise my skin I would have laughed in your face and told you that simply removing my make-up was enough for me.

But, times have changed and as I welcomed the oh so dreaded teenage spots into my life, a skincare routine quickly proved necessary. However, that's not to say I didn't struggle with finding a routine that worked for me. 

Whilst my skincare routine has become somewhat of a ritual for me within the last year or so, I would be lying if I told you I wasn't fickle when it came to the products I used. Always swapping and switching them, never settling on one thing. While this was partly down to the fact that I hadn't found a routine that worked for me, it was also because I didn't have a clue what my skin needed or what each product would actually do.

This year one of my New Years resolutions was to clear my skin and find myself a good routine. Being the eager egg I am, I started early and spent December reading up on what products were actually going to rid me of my spots, trialling different products and formulating a routine that worked for me. Now, I think I've got it down to a T, and for the first time I'm actually noticing a real difference in my skin. 


CLEANSE

After removing my make-up, I always cleanse using Neutrogena's visibly clear pore & shine daily wash. Not a day has gone by when I haven't used this, it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and glowy, completely getting rid of that nasty greasy feeling. I do this is the morning and evening.


SCRUB

Face scrubs had never been a must for me until I discovered Neutrogena's visibly clear pink grapefruit daily scrub. It gently exfoliates the skin, however, its firm enough for you to tell that its working. The strong smell of Grapefruit is also perfect for waking you up each morning. 

MOISTURISE

Neautrogena's visibly clear pink grapefruit oil free moisturiser is a product I've recently come to live by. The fact that it's oil free was a game changer for me, seeing as in the past I've felt held back by the  greasy-ness of moisturisers after applying. As its oil free it absorbs much quicker  and leaves you skin feeling completely fresh and ready to go after use. However, being oil free it is harder for the product to reach all of your skin. But, its without a doubt the best I've ever used. 




TONER

Toner is something else I didn't realise the importance of until Pixi kindly gifted me some of their new toners, including the iconic Pixi glow tonic. Seeing this product all over my Instagram feed, I'll admit that I didn't understand what all the fuss was about, but after trying it for myself I've been converted. I am now an avid lover of Pixi. 

As for what the Glow Tonic actually does, it tones, firms and tightens the skin and my god, you can tell its working.

    *Pixi Glow tonic was kindly gifted to me by the team at Pixi.


LIGHT THERAPY

One thing I didn't anticipate would help my skin just as much as it has is Neutrogena's visibly clear light therapy targeted acne spot treatment . This was given to me as a Christmas present, and if I'm honest I wouldn't have even considered buying it myself, as I wouldn't expect it to work just as well as it has. But, after using it twice a day, two minutes on each problem area, for quite a while now I can safely say that it has worked pure wonders for my skin.

There are red and blue lights which use energy to gently filter through the skin and target acne-causing bacteria, reducing the appearance of spots. The blue lights directly target acne-causing bacteria, whilst the red lights reduce inflammation.






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  1. I liked reading about your routine, I use a Neutrogena moisturizer too!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! I swear by Neutrogena, their products have SAVED my skin! x

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