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My daily skin routine

June 25, 2012

My skin is combination to oily, and after being a pimply teenager, I became quite religious about my skin routine. My normal routine isn't heavily focused on products for oily skin, because oily skin products tend to dry out my skin. However, I have mentioned some products targeted at oily skin/pimples at the end of this post. I am always looking for better products, and that is partly why I am doing this post, I would love for people to comment and give me any recommendations on good products that I can start trying.

Morning routine

My morning routine is pretty simple, I guess its hard to be motivated to spend a lot of time on your skin routine when you also have to do your makeup.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser
I am currently using the Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser, I do really like this cleanser, it has a nice fresh smell to it (that is even boyfriend approved), and it makes my skin feel really soft. It is also oil-free, hypoallergenic and soap free, which is great for oily skin! My only problem with this that it doesn't really foam, so to make it foamier I generally need to use 3-4 pumps. Luckily this contains 200mL, and this bottle has lasted me nearly 6 months, even with using 3-4 pumps each time I use this. I think this cleanser costs around $10-11.

Dr Lewinn's Private Formula Refining Toner
So this is a really random purchase, I never think of buying Dr Lewinn's products, they are quite expensive and remind me of something an old lady will use. I was previously using Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal toner, which was the first alcohol free toner I have used (I have been using alcohol based toners for 10 years), it cost me $28 and I didn't like it, it felt like I was just using green water. So when I was coming to the end of the bottle, I was walking past a chemist and saw this Dr Lewinn's alcohol free toner in the bargain bin for $11 (down from $35), I bought it because I knew I didn't want to repurchase the Kiehl's one, and I wanted give alcohol free toner another go. I'm really glad I bought this, unlike the Kiehl's one, I feel like this is cleaning my skin, which makes me want to use it. It also sort of smells like baby powder, which I like. This toner even encouraged me to buy more Dr Lewinn products.

Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging Anti-wrinkle for oily skin
This is a random purchase, because it was on sale for $13, and is normally sold in Australia for $64.95 (its not worth that amount!). I usually use this under the moisturiser or as the moisturiser if I know I won't be spending much time outside and won't need the SPF. It's supposed to be age reversing and also an oil control treatment. I do love the smell, it's a sweet almost herbal smell that reminds me of something from my childhood. I would repurchase this product for $13, but it's not worth the $64.95 that its sold for at Kit Cosmetics.

Garnier Ultra Lift SPF 15 Day Cream
I bought this the other day to replace the Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 15 moisturiser, which I did enjoy using but felt like I needed a change. I'm not a big fan of spending too much money on day time moisturisers, and my main requirement is for it it contain SPF. I have used this before, and really like the smell, it also isn't too oily. This cost just under $11 from Priceline. I would love to hear recommendations on good moisturisers that contain SPF.

Night routine

This is where my routine starts looking a little obsessive. But I thought I would start by saying that I don't generally use all these products all together. For example I may use the Shu Uemura instead of a cleaner and a makeup remover.

Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Gentle Makeup Remover
This stuff is pretty good. This is my second bottle, so I would repurchase. It is alcohol free and contains a makeup removal oil (blue layer) and cleansing water (clear layer) which you shake together before you use. I used to use this as a whole face makeup remover until I bought Shu Uemura cleansing oil. These days I might use this on my eyes before using the Shu Uemura cleaning oil if I have been wearing heavy makeup. This is mainly because the Shu Uemura cleansing oil will spread the eye make up all over your face if you don't remove some of it beforehand. I would recommend this makeup remover, it is very gentle and I have had no problems with it irritating my eyes. This contains 200mL of product and costs between $10-$12, and you can get it anywhere.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil in Fresh
I love love love this stuff. I honestly feel like this product makes my life better. I use this EVERY NIGHT without fail. This was featured in my May Favourites post, and if I could, I would featured it my favourites every month.

If I'm not wearing much make up then this is my make up remover and my cleanser. This does remove makeup beautifully and better than any product I have used previously, but I will sometimes use the Garnier makeup remover on my eyes first so I don't smear so much eye makeup all over my face while using this oil. I can't praise this cleansing oil enough, it smells fresh, it feels silky, and I almost think this has trained my skin to produce oil at a better rate. I used to use a cleaner which would dry out my skin and make my face feeling tight and then my skin would over produce oil to compensate. This no loner happens. This oil does not leave your face feeling oily, and the oil emulsifies with water so it is easy to wash away. I do still sometimes use a cleaner to help wash this off, but I don's think its needed.
This product contains 450mL of product, and I bought it from I did get it when it was on sale so it cost less than $80. It is pretty pricey, but I use one pump a night and I think it will almost last a year. There are many different types to choose from, but I chose the Fresh one because it is designed for oily skin, and is supposed to help fight break outs.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser 
See the day routine for more about this cleanser. I only use this occasionally after using the Shu Uemura cleansing oil, generally the oil is enough of a cleanser on its own.

Dr Lewinn's Private Formula Refining Toner
See the day routine for more about this toner. I use this toner after I have used the cleansing oil/cleanser.

Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging Anti-wrinkle for oily skin
See the day routine for more about this moisturiser. I have started wearing this at night since I ran out of serum. I used to use the Biotherm Skin Vivo Serum which had great effects, but I used it for about a year and I wanted to try something new. I wanted to try Aplha H Liquid Gold, but it was sold out, so I waited for it to be back in stock and now I am waiting patiently for mine to arrive in the mail. In the mean time I have been using this instead of a serum.

Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream 
This is for normal skin, and smells strongly like lavender (not my favourite scent). It is pretty pricy, with the 60mL jar being $45, and the 120mL jar being $61. It is a great night cream though, its quite thick and hydrating and has a lot of herbal ingredients to help nourish your skin. I do love the glass jar packaging, it looks really nice sitting next to my sink. I can imagine a bathroom full of these products would look very impressive. I know it's not super hygienic dipping your fingers in a jar, but this doesn't bother me so much because I generally have clean hands when I am using this.  This does make my skin feel very hydrated, but it is a bit of a luxury spending this much on a moisturiser. I was first given this as a gift, but I have repurchased since.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Recovery Complex
This is an old product, and I believe the updated version is Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex. Both products contain 15mL and costs $95. I got this as a gift, and I have been using this for nearly a year because I don't tend to use it every night. It's a nice enough product, but I don't have eye wrinkles yet and I have only been using this as a preventative measure. I honestly don't think it does too much for me. The morning after using it, my eye area does feel smooth, but this seems to disappear as soon as I wash my face. So in my opinion, it makes your eye area smooth when you are wearing it, but doesn't have any long term effects.
I would not repurchase this product at the moment, but in a few years when I really need eye cream, I may have a different opinion on this. Does anyone have any recommendations for good eye creams?

Other skin care

These are skin products that I don't use daily. I did state that I have combination to oily skin, and I also tend to occasionally have break outs. My normal skin routine isn't too focused on oily skin products, and this is because I find that my skin isn't super oily, so oily products can dry out my skin. These are products that help combat oily skin when I am having a particularly bad skin day.

St Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub
This is an oil free scrub designed to clear up blemishes, it is $150mL and costs around $12. I love this, and I use it 2-3 times a week. I like my facial scrubs to feel like they are exfoliating, and this one does. It contains finely grained granules, but because is it so densely packed full of the granules, it exfoliates really well. It is more gentle than the apricot scrub by St Ives. The smell is great, it's a fruity sweet green tea, almost a green tea/green apple mix. My boyfriend also borrows this from me and he really likes it too. I would repurchase, and I think this is my third tube of this in a row. When I finish this, I might try something new, but I will always come back to this. Highly recommended

Formula 10.0.6 No Time To Shine Oil-Absorbing Mud Mask
I don't really like this mask, it smells nice, but it stings when you use it. I have had this for a long time and I rarely use it. I think it cost around $10 - $15. I might pull it out when I am having an oily skin week, but I'm not a big fan. Any recommendations for good oil controlling masks?

Lush Grease Lightning
I like this spot treatment, it costs $13.50 from Lush. It's a pretty gentle spot treatment that smells like tea tree, it's not a cream, it's more like a watery gel. I use this when I start to see some early signs of break outs and it does help prevent them without drying out your skin. However if I have heavier break outs this doesn't work. I don't really like the pump packaging, I find mine gets blocked all the time and I often have to take the lip off and pour some onto my finger. I would recommend this if you want a natural spot treatment, but it's only effective on light or early break outs.

OXY 5 Vanishing Pimple Medication Cream
This is the next step up from the Lush Grease Lightning. This my go to spot treatment for bad breakouts. It works miracles, but be careful, after one use it will dry out the surrounding skin area. I use this only in severe circumstances. I wish I knew about this in highschool! Highly recommend if you need a serious spot treatment. It costs $14.95 and can be bought at chemists, I got mine at Chemist Warehouse.

Does anyone have any recommendations for day moisturisers, toners, eye creams etc? Or does anyone use any of the products I have listed?
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  1. I've been hunting for a good night cream for ages. I feel like it's so difficult to find one that's the right consistency (I prefer the thicker, heavier types), and will completely sink into your skin throughout the night. There's nothing worse than waking up with an oily face because the moisturiser refuses to absorb properly. This is why the Aesop one you've got, is so appealing. Once I finish my Elizabeth Arden one, I may move onto that one. Pity about the price though :( You're lucky to have so many generous friends gifting you lovely things!

    Oh, and on the topic of moisturisers, my absolute favourite daily moisturiser (that contains SPF 15) is Sheer Cover's Nourishing Moisturizer. I got it in a Glossybox ages ago, and absolutely fell in love. It's lightweight, oil-free and (practically) fragrance free. it sinks into your skin in a matter of minutes and wears well under makeup. Ebay's a great place to find it for a fraction of the price too.

    On a side note, I always love reading your posts Kat! I can tell you put so much effort into writing them as they're always extremely detailed and helpful. So thanks for that!

  2. Oh wow, that’s a long list of skin care products! I think it’s great that you’ve taken the time to decide on which ones are the best for you. Everyone’s skin is different, so different products will have varying effects on everyone. That’s why it’s important to know exactly what skin type you have because some products have chemicals that may be harmful to your skin. Products recommended by dermatologists are also good choices to consider.

    -- Marc Bryan


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