My current routine is all about thoroughly cleansing pores without pissing off my skin with harsh scrubs, foams or acids. It’s the result of testing SO MANY different products over the years. Like you, I started by reacting to acne by punishing my skin with harsh products aimed at teenagers and slowly over time realising that less is more.
Here’s my tried and true skincare routine.
- Remove waterproof eye make up with Neutrogena oil free eye make up remover.
The best, with no oily residue. Gentle yet effective.
- Remove make up with Bioderma Sensibio Micellair and cotton pad
It’s so important to remove all traces of make-up before using an actual cleanser, because chances are your cleanser won’t be able to the oils and waxes in most foundations and sparkly bits from blush and eyeshadow. My theory is that these clog your pores that cause pimples.
- Wet my Skin Physics facial cleansing brush (similar to Clarisonic) with warm water to soften bristles
- Put some Antipodes Juliet Cleanser on the brush head and foam up with fingers
By far the best cleanser I’ve used for acne-prone skin. It’s lovely and gentle without feeling like a meh~ cleanser which is what I feel about Cetaphil. Can be a little drying in winter, however foams up nicely without any SLS or harsh-sounding chemicals. Apparently it has grape extract and black fern extract which are great antioxidants.
- Turn on the facial brush and gently move around my forehead, temples, cheeks, chin. Avoiding eye area and cheek bones. The aim is to get your skin vibrating so that your pores cough up all the stuff inside from the day.
- I only use the facial brush at night after work, generally in the shower. In the morning I will use a bit of Juliet with just my hands.
- Rinse and pat dry
- Tone the face with Antipodes Amanda Toner
Beautiful soothing toner with rose oil and some sort of magical New Zealand mineral water. It calms my skin without stripping with alcohol and feels refreshing without irritating ingredients like menthol.
- I’m currently experimenting with rosehip oil. My eyelids and under eyes have become quite dry (maybe from old age!!) so I gently pat a few drops around my eyes and on my cheek scars.
Feeling quite unsure about this one. It’s organic cold-pressed rosehip oil, but in the past when I’ve tried as a scar treatment it’s broken me out, so I’m quite cautious. Watch this space!
- Calm and moisturize face with La Roche Posay Toleriane
This is supposed to be for sensitive skin. It doesn’t clog the pores, has no fragrances, no preservatives, no parabens
- In the morning I also use Antipodes Immortal SPF15+ moisturizer
Fantastic matte day cream to put underneath your foundation or powder. It’s the first SPF moisturizer made from natural ingredients that doesn’t break me out! I tried the Aesop version and some other ‘oil-free’ types from the chemist but they broke me out in a matter of days =( It’s not THAT hydrating, so that’s why I wear it on top of Toleriane
Then I’m ready for make-up or bed!!
A few callouts:
– You can obviously tell I’m a bit of an Antipodes fan. I haven’t been incentivised by their PR team (though I wish I was!) and discovered and bought all their products on my own. This stuff ain’t cheap, but it’s not too exxy either. I originally found out about the brand via my travels on google – many beauty bloggers were talking about the Juliet Skin Brightening cleanser and I was convinced. I’m on my third bottle so far. I’ll be sure to dedicate a post just on it, trust me.
– The game changer for me in my cleansing routine has been my cleansing facial brush. Absolutely recommend if you have cystic, hormonal acne, and you just can’t seem to get your skin texture smooth. More about this later.
– Ingredients that I’m pretty sure my skin doesn’t like are: menthol, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, benzyl peroxide, sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), silicone, any kind of alcohol….I’m always reading ingredient lists on products so I know it won’t react to my skin
Do you have a killer skincare routine to control your acne? Let me know!