Saturday, 28 November 2015

Daily Morning Skincare Routine

I'll be honest, it took me years to find the right products that actually suit my skin type.

I took after my mother in the break out department and used to have a full face of acne, and I didn't know better, nor did my family, so I popped everything and used a lot of wrong products. This left me a lot of scars and dilated pores.

At 23, I like to think I know my skin fairly well. I have an uneven skin tone, acne prone, enlarged pores and an oily t-zone, although it isn't the shiny type of skin. They call it a Type 3 Skin Type.

My skin definitely isn't the most perfect, but with the help of certain products, I feel that it is better. I find it smoother, less oily, acceptable of make up, cleaner, with smaller pores, less break outs, and above all, healthier.

Having a good skin care routine is almost a rule nowadays and like many of you I have sat down for hours looking up reviews of products I want to buy, only to sometimes, after reading so many good and bad reviews of the same products, to be as confused as I was before searching them away.

I'm a firm believer that for skin, if it suits you and is actually GOOD for your skin, price shouldn't be the main concern. There are always products that do the exact same thing and are a lot cheaper than the high end products some of us want to buy but can't. All we have to do is search and search well. And understand our skin.

Although the right products sometimes work magic on our skin, don't forget that you can't expect actual miracles if your not taking care of yourself. As silly as this may sound to some, food does affect our skin. Being healthy sometimes is the main key to having a pretty darn good skin. My before and after choosing to take care of myself and my body has done wonders for me.

After so many years on the wrong though, these are the products I use on a daily basis and that agree with me:

Since I have such enlarged pores that clog up quite easily, I need to keep them cleared out so they don't end up breaking out. For that, for the past year, I have been using the Clarisonic Mia 2 combined with the deep pore cleansing brush head (you have to buy this one separately). While I use this everyday, I do so because my skin isn't the sensitive type. For those out there with a sensitive type skin, I'd be more attentive and careful and perhaps only use this every other day.

Albeit there is a lot of controversial on the Clarisonic, personally, it has done wonders on my skin and I have never felt my skin cleaner than when using this product.

I use this along with the Dr Brandt Pores No More cleanser nettoyant. (According to the product it uses tea tree oil, willow bark and salicylic acid to dissolve impurities and decongest pores) On my skin it does just that. I feel like it also helps controlling the oil on my skin without actually drying it up like some products do.

After cleaning out my skin, I like to use either the Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water or The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner to make sure I've taken out every bit of dirt off of my skin. I use the latter more frequently but it's usually what's most at hand as I love both products immensely. The Tea Tree collection of TBS is tremendously good for oily type of skin and I own almost all products of that range.

When it comes to a moisturizer I go back and forth between two products, the Dr Brandt pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion, and the Clinique Superdefense Daily Defense Moisturizer (Combination Oily to Oily Skin).* The first is nice and light and lasts quite nicely on my skin without making it oily at the end of the day and it's a great moisturizer. The latter - it's a love hate type of relationship. I used to love it, until they updated the formula. It's still great on the skin but it doesn't control the oiliness as much.

I've actually been curious on both the Origins GinZing moisturizer and the Origins Perfect world moisturizer so if you use any of those let me know what you think.

On the days that I'm breaking out, I like to use The Body Shop Tea Tree oil, under the moisturizer as I feel it helps and 'attacks' better the area, as opposed to putting it on after the moisturizer. It's honestly the kind of product that's easy to use (in the sense that you control how much you use), doesn't dry my skin and it's anti bacterial.This does not by any means, 'remove' already existent zits, but it takes out the redness and helps prevent it's growth / future zits.

Because I'm very insecure about my pores, and even though this isn't at all a make up daily routine, after applying my moisturizer and before applying either my BB Cream or Foundation, I like to use the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector. There isn't much to say about this product other than it does exactly what it says and even smoothes out my skin, allowing the makeup to be applied easily. It works wonder for me. It also doesn't leave a shininess that most products that do the same, leave

* Product not shown in the picture above as I've ran out and have yet to buy one.

What type of skin do you have? What's your favourite product to use on your skin? Let me know in the comments.

Ella x



  1. Eu a fazer contas de comprar a máquina venho aqui e tens uma xD
    Compraste-a em Portugal ou mandaste vir? >_<

    1. Tenho sim! Já tenho desde o ano passado e se queres / precisas de uma, aconselho-te vivamente Tixa (apesar de a tua pele não ter tantos problemas como a minha).

      Comprei na Sephora, na altura como fiz uma compra grande (com os cremes) ainda me fizeram um desconto grandinho.

      A maquina é um pouco cara, mas é realmente boa. Tens é sempre outras marcas, igualmente boas. Posso te dar mais marcas se quiseres!

  2. tenho o mesmo tipo de pele, essa agua da garnier é perfeita! Adoro-a :) estou usando um creminho para os olhos tbem, muitas olheiras :p
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    1. Não fazia idea que eras Brasileira, mas acabei de me apaixonar ainda mais por ti! É verdade, a água é mesmo boa. E comparando com aquela da Bioderma, sinto que fazem praticamente a mesma coisa e esta é muito mais acessivel.

      Ella x

  3. I definitely don't use micellar water in the morning, but that's an interesting concept. I use that at night to get rid of my night makeup! xx,

    1. That makes sense. I really feel like it takes those annoying tiny bits of make up that like to stay on the skin. I like applying it before the moisturizer just to make sure the skin is as clear as can be, but I get why you only use it at night!

      Ella x


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