Sunday, July 17, 2016

Updated Skincare Routine

I did a skincare routine post ages ago, but so much has changed since then, both my skin and the products I use, so I figured I should write an updated one. I promise this post is not sponsored by Clinique, I just use a lot of their products because they work well on my sensitive skin. Now, on to the good stuff...
I recently got an Ultimate Skin Spa system from Vanity Planet and am totally in love. I have to admit, when the Clarisonic came out, I wasn't buying the hype. I really didn't think they made that much of a difference and they were just so dang expensive that I never really cared to try it. Fast forward a few years and add in a stellar discount, and you've got me hook line and sinker. The one I have comes with 3 brush heads, 1 to exfoliate, 1 for sensitive skin, and one for daily use, and I LOVE it. I use it with my Korres Greek Yogurt cleanser, which I raved about here, and that combination on my dry sensitive skin is like magic. It's such a deep clean, and much more sanitary than washing your face with your hands, and I find that it makes my skin so clean without making it feel dry and tight.
I was worried about the exfoliating head, but the bristles are so soft that it doesn't bother my skin to use it. I think if I used it with an exfoliating cleanser then it might be too much, but with my Korres cleanser it works wonders. I use the exfoliating one once or twice a week, the daily cleansing head daily, and the sensitive one when I have breakouts or when I feel like I need to be gentler with my skin, generally when I'm sunburnt. I love that I have choices and I'm not just stuck with one head for everyday. 

In order, my skincare routine goes like this.
1. Wash off makeup with Clinique Take the Day Off. 

2. Cleanse with Korres Greek Yogurt and my Skin spa.

3. Moisturize with my Clinique All About Eyes eye cream and my Dramatically Different moisturizer. 
I LOVE the Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm. If you've read this post, you'll know that I used a chamomile one in England and LOVED it but never repurchased after I got home because I couldn't find it in stores here. However, after trying cleansing oils and other balms, I found this one and I'm never going back.
It's this weird dry but soft texture at first, but then when you rub it in it turns into an oily gel type of texture. THEN, when you add water, it just melts away along with your makeup and feels so soft and not at all drying. It doesn't leave oily residue, it takes off my water proof mascara without pulling on my eyes, and it make traveling with it a breeze, unlike a cleansing oil. I'd recommend 10/10.
This is my first time using the All About Eyes eye cream...well really any eye cream at all. I never saw a need for one, but I always noticed my concealer would dry up around my eyes and flake off. A lady at Sephora recommended this when she did my makeup and I've been hooked ever since. I don't notice a huge difference in dark circles, but mine were never too bad, BUT I notice a huge difference in the way my makeup applies and stays on my under eyes, so it's definitely worth it to me.
When I went to Clinique to repurchase my Dramatically Different moisturizer, the lady at the counter recommended their new version, in a cream formula instead of a lotion, which is made for very dry skin and is in a pot instead of a pump bottle. Of course, I went for it, as my skin is very dry and it was the same price double the price upon further research, but I don't think I'll stick with it. In the winter, yes, love, but in the summer, it's too much I think. I still feel it on my skin when I wake up, and although it IS very moisturizing, I feel like it's too slippy under my makeup, especially in this summer heat. Plus, I went through it way faster than my bottle with a pump, so that's a factor too. Great product, just wrong season for me.
What are your favorite skincare products? Any recommendations?
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