My Skincare Routine | August 2016

It's been a very long time since I posted a skincare routine, purely for the fact I can't stick to a proper routine. Being a blogger, I am constantly getting new products to try and my routine is constantly changing so it is obviously pointless me writing a post on something which could be completely different in a weeks time. With that being said, I have finally found a routine that I have been using for about a month, some products I've been using for a bit longer, some I have recently added in.

Firstly, I always try to use my Magnitone Lucid Cleansing Brush* at least every other day. (You can find a full post on this here.) This is a gentle cleansing brush that deep cleans your pores without being too harsh on the skin. It really gets into every nook and cranny, and its timer allows you to make sure each area of your face is given an equal amount of love for just the right amount of time. This quickly became a holy grail skincare product after magnitone kindly gifted it to me last year, and it is definitely a staple product in any skincare routine. The one I have linked is actually a new one from Magnitone, as I am not sure the lucid is still available any more. The Barefaced! cleansing brush also tones the skin with the toning mode called Pulselift Toning. This new and improved version is the same price as the old lucid, and you can 20% off of all magnitone products when using my code 'EmilyR20' or clicking on the link that can be found at the bottom of my Affiliate Links page (though this isnt an affiliate link, I don't gain anything from the link and discount code, they are just for your enjoyment!).

The next product goes hand in hand with the cleansing brush, the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk has been a fond favourite of mine for a good few years now (and its on offer in boots at the minute, go get you some). It is gentle on the skin and leaves it soft and supple, as well as being powerful enough to really clean out any impurities and leave my face feeling squeaky clean. This is one of the very few cleansers that I really do get on with, you can tell I love it because this is my third bottle! You also get a whole lot of product for your money, you get 350 ml which is going to last you one hell of a long time!

If I don't feel as though I have got enough exfoliation from my cleansing brush, I will go in with another exfoliator. I am currently trying the Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub which is a veru unique product. It's a powder, which you mix with water and it forms a paste which you then massage into your skin and then rinse off. It does a really good job of scrubbing and brightening the skin without being too rough and harsh, I don't find that it makes my skin red and irritated and I definitely think it's doing my skin some good. My skin is alot less bumpy and alot more radiant than it was before I started using this product, but I will definitely keep you updated as time goes on.

Next up is toner. I have two toners that I alternate between, my tried and trusted Sebamed Clear Face Toner* which I have written about this and the rest of the range here (the links in this post no longer work as Sebamed moved sites, so you can find all of the products through the toner link above) and the La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray which I have been using for a few weeks. I am really loving this  product, the cool mist has been a dream in this horrifically hot weather we have been having here in the UK (that's all gone down the toilet now, currently looking outside to black skies and pouring rain). I also find it really calms the redness down in my skin and really soothes it, as well as making it feel plump and hydrated. I completely drench my face in this at least three times a day, it really helps to wake me up and make me feel refreshed, so I absolutley love it! I actually meant to include it in my monthly favourites but completely forgot about it, so maybe it'll make an appearance next month!

Lastly for moisturising, I use quite a few products that I chop and change, but my most used is the Safa Skincare Daily Moisturiser* which is a lovely, all natural and vegan moisturiser that works perfectly on my oily skin. It is very light and doesnt feel heavy and greasy, and with its main ingredient being Shea Butter, it leaves your skin feeling hydrated and velvety soft. If my skin is being particularly problematic, I will mix a few drops of tea trea oil in with this, and it works perfectly at calming my skin and restoring some order back into my face. For under and around my eyes, I use the Kiko Eye Potion which has sadly been discontinued, but I find this really brightens and eliminates dark circles and really hydrates the area, so that my makeup goes on and blends smoothly and doesnt look caked up. This is perfect on a no-makeup day just to brighten up those dark eyes a little bit, or under makeup as a great base for eyeshadow and concealer. Before I discovered this product I used to use the Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream which I absolutely loved, but couldnt replace because it was so expensive!

What are your skincare must-haves? Do you have any recommendations for me?

Emily xx

*After writing this post, I now realise that quite a few products mentioned were sent to me as PR Samples. I have put an asterisk next to the ones that were sent to me, and my opinions are completely honest and this wasnt sponsored at all! If I didnt like them, I wouldnt have featured them again after they had already been reviewed! :)

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