Beauty Without Fuss

Wednesday 9 March 2011

My Current Skincare Routine

It's been a while since I mentioned skincare, I think - which is mainly because I have a rather settled routine at the moment, which I'm a bit loathe to change before the weather does!

And the title's a misnomer too, as I actually have two skin care routines, one am and one pm!  So here's my evening routine first:


Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex, Absolution La Solution + Controle, Absolution La Creme du Soir and Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel.

Taking these in reverse order - as that's the order I use them in.  Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel is a very recent addition to my cleansing routine, but I'm a big fan already.  I'm usually a bit scared of gels, as they tend to contain high levels of alcohol, but this is a thick oil-based gel, and is almost a balm.  It's unusual to use, as it liquifies as you massage it over your skin, getting runnier the more you rub, in fact.  It's perfect for removing heavy makeup, and even removes your eye makeup, which is great.  The lightly citrus scent might be better suited for morning cleansing, being a little invigorating, but I prefer a deep cleanse at night (with my clarisonic) and a light cleanse in the morning, as you'll see.  I said this was a recent addition, but before this, I would use an oil-based cleanser anyway (either Shu cleansing oil, or the Nude cleansing oil I've been using on and off for a couple of years now)

Absolution  La Creme du Soir - Up until recently, I tended to use the same skincare for both morning and night, thinking night creams were a waste of time.  This, from my very first use of it, changed my mind totally. It's rich, it's thick, it's nourishing, it's organic, and whenever I use it, I wake up with smoother, hydrated and plumped up skin you can see the difference in.  It's amazing.  It's so amazing, I tried to use it during the day too.  Ironically, that little experiment didn't work, it was far too heavy.

I use it alongside the La Solution + Controle which is a balancing complex that you add a drop of to the night-cream and helps control blemishes and oil production.  My skin has been going through an oily phase this winter - I'm contrary, I know - and this has helped keep everything in check.

Absolution products are 99% natural, and these two items are around 65% organic.  I love the packaging too, the "cylinders" the products arrive in actually unroll to form the instruction leaflets, which is a cute and environmentally sound use of the packaging.  Also, the product packaging is both air-tight and protects the creams from the light, meaning that there are few, if any, preservatives used in the creams.

Then I use  Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex all over the eye area, including the lids.  This a cooling, refreshing and moisturising eye gel which I can't get enough of.  It's worked wonders on my bags and dark circles, and it's all I can do not to apply it twelvety times a day.

In the morning, this is what I use:

(L-R) Absolution L'Eau Soir et Matin, Alpha H Balancing Moisturiser, Alpha H Age Delay Facial Oil, and sneaking in there, Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex.

I mentioned that in the mornings I prefer a lighter cleanse (and in fact, sometimes I just have a rinse with water, if I really can't be bothered), so the Absolution L'Eau Soir et Matin works a treat.  Micellar waters are massive in France (indeed, Absolution is a French brand), and they're great for sensitive skin.  You merely wet a cotton pad with the water - and I can't tell you how much I LOVE the bottle for this, as you can pump it onto a pad with one hand - and run it over your face to remove the remains of your night creams. You don't need to rinse it off. It also works admirably well as an eyemakeup remover.  One thing, it smells - rather strongly - of lemon balm so if you're sensitive to strong scents (or indeed, you're not a fan of Thai food) then this might not be a good product for you.

I then follow this up with Alpha H Balancing Moisturiser, to which I add a drop of Alpha H Age Delay Facial Oil.  I like this combo, because the moisturiser is very light (though it contains 10% glycolic acid to help with signs of aging), but then I can add a drop - or two - of the facial oil, if it's a particularly cold or windy day for an extra drop of protection.  I really enjoy the little tingling sensation I get when I use this moisturiser, too.  And I think I can actually see the benefits I'm getting in my skin at the moment too.

Well, I could until I started using a primer that's given me zits, but more about that next week.

Then, as in my night time routine, I finish off with the eye complex.

So, what's your routine?

The Fine Print: As usual, this is a mixture of stuff I've bought, and stuff I've been sent by PRs.  It's all great, wherever it came from though, half of this is repurchases.

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  1. I always find skincare routines fascinating. In one go you have reminded me that I wanted to give the Eye Complex a try and introduced me to Absolution which I've not come across before.

    My routine currently is: TBS eye makeup remover, Alpha H balancing cleanser at night (just finished it last night) and a spray of Sjal energy tonic.I'm trying out a MU London moisturiser now that my samples of Elemental Herbology are finished. I use the moisturiser on the nights that I haven't used the Alpha H White Gold.

    In the morning I tend to use a foaming face wash, again spray with the Sjal and then apply Shiseido White Lucent moisturiser. Sorry, that turned in to an essay. It seems there's no quick way of writing these things!

  2. Hmmm If I confess I've gone back to shower gel followed by a coating of Aveeno, will you be disappointed in me?

  3. oh dear, my routine is a bit crap really: erm, we start off with boots botanics facial wash, then time delay anti ageing wrinkle reduce moisturiser spf 15 and that's pretty much it really. once a week, i use time delay exfoliating stuff, i think it's called micro dermabrasion kit, (the moisturiser with that is so nice, very light and has spf in it) and about once a in a while, bleach my top lip with boots stuff. haha xx

  4. The Absolution products look fab - their website is fantastic, the music has sort sent me into a trance! I now want to try all their products! I use Botanics cleansing balm, Elemis melting gel or Avene gentle soothing cleanser (depending on skin trauma) with Botanics facial brush (love!) then Organic Surge night cream maybe with a bit of Avene anti redness or rich recovery cream, if needed. Morning swish a bit of avene about, avene soothing serum, anti redness and rich compensating cream in varying proportions til face stops feeling like its going to fall off. Oh and a dab of Avene eye cream am and pm too - its not anti aging and my eyes are about to crash and burn so need to up my game, going to check out the product you use! Love these posts and sorry for hyowge comment!


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