Today I thought I’d give you a little rundown of my skincare routine and a review for some Avène, Elizabeth Arden and Clarins products. By now you all know that I’m meticulous with my skincare and actually really enjoy the few minutes alone, morning and evening, catching up on YouTube videos and doing my skincare routine. It’s not an extensive 12-step routine but it’s simple and it works for me. Ofcourse with this being my job I’m always trying out new products so I thought I’d share my Avene-heavy current routine.
I’m a firm believer in skin first and makeup second – it’s Glossier’s tagline and my beauty motto. When your base is good anything over the top to perfect or conceal will make all the difference. If your skin is glowing, heathy and hydrated a tinted moisturiser, foundation or any product of the sort will help the skin to look more perfected and even toned. That’s why I’d much prefer to spend time caring for my skin so that I don’t have to wear as much makeup – I genuinely love that naturally beautiful look.
So here’s a rundown and review of the skincare products currently on rotation.
Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Milk Cleanser (R229.95): I’m pretty sure this was in my last skincare post which tells you how much I love it. I haven’t worn proper makeup for over a month so this has been the perfect cleanser for morning & evening. It’s light, unscented and leaves my skin feeling clean & not at all tight. Usually I would use this as my second cleanse after removing makeup or as a morning cleanse.
Eau Thermale Avène Spring Water Mist (R149.95): This is a bit of a shock on freezing cold mornings or evenings but I weirdly like it. This mist can be used to sooth any skin irritants and although I don’t think my skin is actually sensitive I enjoy using it. I said this the last time I wrote about this but I just love the mist this nozzle gives – so fine!
Eau Thermale Avène YsthéAl Eye & Lip Contour Care (R349.95): I’m surprised at how much I love this product – it sinks in quickly but still hydrates for the entire day, even in Winter. It plumps fine lines around the eyes and slightly reduces dark circles (ever so slightly). It’s a light creamy formula that works well under makeup and since using this, I find that there aren’t as many lines for concealer to settle into so if that’s a struggle for you, try this and let me know.
Eau Thermale Avène Hydrating Serum (R299.95): I can without a doubt say this is my favourite Avène product. It’s a completely different formula to what I’ve used before. This serum is extremely light, sinks in within seconds and you can’t feel it on your skin at all, but it still does a wonderful job at hydrating my skin. It doesn’t feel sticky or tacky or oily – all I feel is soft, plump skin. Okay I’ll stop, but just know this is WONDERFUL!
Claris Bright Plus Day Lotion SPF 20 (R775): This was in my April Favourites video and I’ve now used it for close on two months and I like how creamy it is and that my skin still feels moisturised at 10pm. I like the natural glow that this gives without making me look sweaty – I can always appreciate that. Only thing is that this pills quite badly and I’ve tried a few different ways to apply it and the only way that works is to just press my palms onto my face. As in I can’t rub it in at all which becomes a bit of a mission around my nose or in-between my brows.
Eau Thermale Avène Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector SPF 30 (R199.95): I initially tried using this by itself and didn’t love it because it was too thick and I found that it just didn’t spread evenly enough. But since then I’ve been mixing it with the Clarins Day Lotion and I’ve been loving that. I’m essentially just creating my own tinted moisturiser and this is the product is the tint/pigment. You guys know that for day to day I don’t wear much makeup so this is perfect for me. It has SPF 30, gives my skin a healthy looking glow and adds an extra bit of hydration.
Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream Lip Balm (R235.00): I’ve used this for probably longer than I should have but it’s just so damn good. I know the Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream has a cult following but I haven’t heard much about this lip balm and it deserves a lot more love. I love winter but I dread my dry winter lips and this has been a huge help with that. I wear this during the day if my lips feel tight but mostly I just wear this at night and usually my lips are good for the entire day. It almost has a thick gel formula rather than a cream.
So that’s the lowdown on my current skincare routine. My skin has been happy for the most part – I have has a few breakouts but those are probably hormonal and I’ve been a bit lazier with cleansing morning and evening so that could be it too. I want to keep doing these current skincare posts because I change up my routine every 2 months or so.
Let me know if there are any products you think I should use and review for you guys.