In depth Skincare Routine

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Since one of my first posts being my skin care favourites, I have only added to and improved my skin care routine to suit my skin the best and feel like it’s at a pretty good stage to share with you guys. I have oily, breakout prone, textured skin, and also struggle with pretty big pores around my t-zone. I am continuously trying to find the perfect skincare routine not only to improve the appearance of my natural skin, but also to help with my makeup application as this is hugely affected by the state of my skin. So here is the routine that I generally follow, both morning, night and weekly or treatment products will be mentioned.


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Cleanser: Both morning and night I use my Proactive solutions cleanser, as mentioned in my skin care favourites post. This cleanser is, so far, the best wash I’ve found to help control my acne as many other cleansers I tried didn’t really do much.It is a cream, with very slight grittiness to it (I wouldn’t call it an exfoliant). I find it gently resurfaces the skin, while also deeply cleaning bacteria off the skin in order to avoid breakouts. One thing I really love about this product is that for an intensive cleanser (Proactive is generally an intensive range for acne control) it doesn’t dry my skin out or make it feel too raw or sensitive.


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Mask: In the simplest way to say it, I can’t live without face masks. Especially cream ones that can really sink into your skin! The mask that I’ve been absolutely loving is one that I was surprised with. L’Oreal recently bought out three clay masks, a charcoal based one for detoxifying and brightening, a eucalyptus one for purifying and mattifying, and a red algae one to smooth and exfoliate. I personally have been absolutely loving the Charcoal one as it works wonders on my clogged pores and leaves my skin feeling so clean! As this mask dries I can literally see all the oil being pulled out of my skin which I’m not going to lie, is super satisfying. Really didn’t think this mask would work as well as it does! I also find I can use this mask a few times a week without it having a bad affect on my skin.


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Toner: Recently I heard so many good things about the Sunday Riley Martian toner but unfortunately I’m not prepared to pay $85NZD for something that I can’t be sure will even work, so I was instead suggested by the wonderful people at Mecca cosmetica to try the Ren Clarimatte toner. I can honestly say that I couldn’t be without it now, it makes the biggest difference in my skin care routine and helped clear my skin as well as make it feel less oily within days of using it. I use this toner day and night after cleansing by applying it to a cotton ball and smoothing it over my face, mostly in my t-zone.


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Moisturiser: Another recent purchase, and something I have fallen in love with is the Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic moisture cushion moisturiser. If you have oily skin I would absolutely suggest this! It feels like silk on your skin but is so light I can wear it under makeup still, I originally intended to only use this in the morning as I already had a night moisturiser but for the moment there is no other moisturiser I would want to use on my skin as this one feels so amazing. Literally leaves my skin feeling like its had a new layer added.


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Oil/Serum: Have to admit, for a long time I wasn’t interested in oils or serum because I just saw it as adding oil to my already oily skin. Boy was I wrong, if there’s one thing I could teach people with oily skin it’s that having a light oil in your routine, even if it’s at night like me, will actually help balance out the production of oil on your skin and make your skin super smooth and balanced out. I now use the Josie Maran light organ oil after receiving a tester of it and falling in love with it. It makes my skin unbelievably soft and through using it only at night I’ve avoided any issues of it affecting my makeup application. This lighter version of the oil is specifically designed for those that don’t need as intensively rehydrating of an oil as most face oils are. Also can be used for nails and hair as well, yay for multipurpose!


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Treatment: For special occasions, usually never more than once a week I will use the Biore Charcoal pore strips! I have tried both these and the original pore strips by Biore and personally the charcoal ones works 10x better for my skin, I use the nose strips and found that they really do pull out any dirt I have in my pores. The original unfortunately for me didn’t do much but I would 100% recommend the Charcoal ones! You simply wet your nose and apply the strip after peeling back the plastic layer and let sit for about 5-10 minutes till it dries.


Recently I was put in contact with a wonderful worker at Reviews.com who enjoyed the posts where I delve into the topic of Skin-care. Turns out this website has a really in-depth guide into skin-care products, especially that of acne treatments and even talks about the specific details of some of the products I’ve used and mentioned. So I thought I’d give them a wee shoutout as I know I can only review the products I use on a base level whereas these guides go into details about ingredients, different types of acne, and have produced, from reviews, the top skin care brands for treating acne. The skin-care guide is here. (Disclaimer: This is not a paid sponsorship, always my own opinions). 

Smooth & Clean, Chatterkiwi x

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