A new year, a new skin care and beauty routine.
Since I finished many products in one go last month, I thought I would start the new year fresh with a (slightly) new skin care routine.
Rosewater and Glycerin toner | After a quick rinse, I spritz this on for a quick hit of moisture. Refreshing!
Coconut oil | My substitute eye cream.
Missha Super Aqua Snail Cream | This is my second jar and I still love it. It’s lightweight and incredibly moisturizing. It absorbs quickly so I don’t need to do wait forever for my skin to absorb it before moving onto the all-important step of SPF and makeup.
Nature Republic UV Lock Non-chemical Sun Liquid | Every time I use this I gush. This sun liquid is amazing and weighs nothing on my face. I’ve gone through a couple bottles of this and am probably going to go through many more. For someone who usually goes on to a new product, this is an anomaly.
Missha All-around Safe Block | I shouldn’t harp on winter so much; it could be infinitely worse. I can still wear flats and go without gloves most days. With that said, I keep a small tube of SPF with me to take care of these bits as well as my neck and chest, for insurance. It’s a true sunblock (physical as opposed to chemical sunscreen) so my hands look even paler when I first apply it. It’s not drying and it gives me adequate protection when I’m out and about.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm with SPF | I’m almost at the end of this tube, squeezing as much as I can out of it before I go on to its replacement from my latest Sephora haul.
Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil | Last month, I was all about oil cleansing. I’m usually all about oils year-round, but I really embraced DIY and OCM. Unlike last month, this version is slightly better with only two ingredients: sweet almond oil and some Vitamin E.
Washcloths for oil cleansing
Rosewater and Glycerin toner | Originally I was going to use this strictly as an ingredient for my DIY serum. It’s really good as a toner – delivering some extra moisture to my skin prepping it for the rest of my routine. The slight rose scent is an extra bonus, reminding me that spring is just around the corner. Thank goodness.
DIY Vitamin C serum | This is something that I’ve used for a while and I love it. Moisturizing and brightening without the heavy cost of store-bought serums. And it makes me feel like a mad genius scientist mixing up this concoction.
Facial oils | I couldn’t decide between just one so I’m going with two of my current favourites: argan oil and marula oil.
Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm | I got this forever ago, but I’ve only just hit pan on it recently. Don’t worry – it’s got a 30-month shelf life, so it’s not going to expire any time soon. I’ve used this when my lips were so chapped and cracked, they were almost bleeding. Super hydrating and perfect for nighttime use.
Cure Natural Aqua Gel | I love this stuff so much. So much so I brought three bottles from Japan with me. It’s so gentle and effective. It’s wonderful to use. I use it once a week to help shed dull and dead winter skin, but it’s good year-round.
The Face Shop Blackhead Clay Nose Pack | Oil cleansing really has helped cut down on my blackheads, but a couple of stubborn spots hang around. I notice them even more now that there are so few of them. Once a week I can’t take it and slap this on for 20 minutes while I zone out to some Netflix.
An episode of Friends is roughly the amount of time it takes to fully dry. It does the job of plucking the survivors out and it’s incredibly fun peeling this off my skin.
Missha Super Aqua Snail Sleeping Mask | There are times when I need to up my hydration game. Enter this sleeping mask. I have yet to try it, but I’m hoping it’s as good as the snail cream from the same line.
Lush Mint Julips scrub | Lip scrubs for occasional sloughing of dead skin. Because lips need some love and scrubs too!