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How To Really Nail Your Skincare Routine

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I. LOVE. SKINCARE. So much so that it’s even trickled down to Mark who interrupted a conversation the other day between his Aunty and Cousin, who were discussing how they both use face wipes. Seriously. Apparently he interjected that face wipes were the ultimate sin when it came to skincare and that I wouldn’t be happy when the news got back to me (don’t worry I immediately ordered them both a care package stuffed with Glossier when I heard). Skincare is such a personal thing and when our skin looks it’s best, we feel our best. I’m current harbouring a volcanic blemish that has begun to resemble a cornflake on my chin and it just doesn’t make me feel that great. So nailing our routines gives us our best chance at feeling flippin’ fab, (although we must accept that sometimes our complexions have a mind of their own). So how do we nail it exactly? Well here’s a bit of advice that I’ve learnt over the years since my own face wipe days…

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Do Your Research. If you’re relatively new to the world of skincare then I cannot recommend digging into Caroline’s Blog highly enough. The Cheat Sheets in particular are pure golden nuggets of skincare know-how. I’d recommend using that as a starting point to create your own skincare routine check-list and then heading elsewhere on the Internet to beef up your knowledge of what you need to buy. Everyone is their own special snowflake when it comes to skincare, so no routine is going to work exactly the same on two people – keep that in mind when you’re reading recommendations. Personally I love reading reviews on places like Sephora and Cult Beauty to hear about other’s experiences with brands and their products. Finally if you can, head to counter and see if you can try before you buy. Most brands are generous on the sample front – especially when it comes to skincare.

Test Responsibly. I am guilty of not following this advice, so I’m throwing it in as a reminder to myself to test products in an isolated manner, as to test them responsibly. Skincare routines are great because not only do the products that you’re using get a good couple of months use to truly have their time to shine, you begin to realise what products sit well with your skin; which ones are best to tackle hormonal spots, the dry patches around the edges of your nose, those persistent blackheads on your chin that JUST WON’T BUDGE. It gives you a ‘control’ in a way, which means that you should be able to spot the effects of a new addition – be it good or bad – pretty quickly. This is all well and good when you’re just adding the one new item in, but when you add multiple at the same time, it can become difficult to spot what’s causing you trouble and what has slipped seamlessly into your routine. So try and resist the urge to have a complete overhaul and instead swap new items in one at a time. Ugh – sticking to this one is the worst.

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Make It Simple. Over the years my skincare has changed from a mighty routine that almost reached double-digits, to one that had just three products – and everything in-between. It fluctuates somewhere between those two points as I want to try new things, recommended products and hyped-up items. I usually start off small and then it balloons as all these new things get sucked in, until I realise that my skin just ain’t playing ball anymore and I edit it back to the basics. This process will no doubt be repeated till the day I nod off, but through going through this process again and again I’ve realised that my skin is at its most content when I’ve stripped things back. The less is more approach is often the way to go with skincare and as long as you’re cleansing off makeup and grime, using serums and acids to target whatever it is you wish to treat and then adding SPF during the day and tons of moisture in the evenings, then you’re on the right track.

A Seasonal Shift. Just like your capsule wardrobe, your skincare needs a re-jig when the cold weather makes it’s unwelcome reappearance. Heated inside air and blisteringly chilly outdoor winds make for an interesting climate concoction that makes my nose as red as Rudolph’s and my cheeks as dry as a cat’s tongue. It’s not a good look. When the weather shift occurs, take a week or two to assess what you’re working with and to fully understand what tweaks you need to make to your routine. For me it’s the introduction of an oil-textured cleanser, a slightly beefier serum that really slaps on the hydration and either a rich cream moisturiser that basically feels like I’m wiping butter all over my skin or an oil that does the same thing. These changes help to dim the redness and give a bit of bounce back to my cheeks.

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Be Kind. From talking to friends and fellow bloggers over the years, I can conclude that it’s very rare to find someone who is content with the current state of their skin. We always feel that rogue spot needs to be gone already, or our pores could make themselves less known, or would that crease that’s appeared on our foreheads PLEASE STOP DEEPENING. Please and thank you. We’re all too hard on ourselves, so I’ve vowed to be a little kinder to myself; and that includes not just being my own worst critic, but also thinking more about what I’m actually feeding my skin with. Why is it that when I’ve had a day where I’m pretty sure I’ve barely managed to get in two of my recommended five portions of fruit and veg a day, do I expect to wake up with glowing skin that rivals J.Lo’s? What a noob. So instead of attempting to eat a balanced and varied diet to nourish my body, I’ve been thinking of it as nourishing my skin too, which helps me stomach that side plate of broccoli a little easier. Just like you can’t out-train a bad diet in the gym, you can’t slap on oodles of skincare and expect jaw-dropping results if you’re out frying yourselves in the sun and have a daily penchant for junk food. Yep, I’m craving a burger now too… 

Photos by Lauren Shipley

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  • Ray

    Always love reading your posts. I learn every time.

    http://www.underaytedray.co.uk

  • Great post! I love yhe fact that you’ve even got Mark into it, so funny haha.

    LoneTeenTraveller | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

  • Great post! I believe a good amount of my skincare knowledge comes from Caroline Hirons’ blog, and this is always the blog I recommend when someone wants to know more about it as well! I love the last section about being kind to our skin as well!

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

  • Isabella
  • Rebecca Jenkins

    The second point is definitely the hardest to follow, sometimes you just want to test everything at once. I feel like every time I have my skincare routine near perfect the weather changes (or I move) which is just a little frustrating. I’ve been trying to get my family more into skincare, so far I’ve been successful with my mum (although the main reason she didn’t was because she kept forgetting about it). I think my dad & brother may be slightly harder to convince.

  • Alex L

    I think it’s great to have a simple routine to make sure it’s sustainable !
    https://bookslipsticksandtravels.wordpress.com

  • I am the opposite, once I find a product I use it constantly and repurchase too much! What I do need to train myself to do though is to be consistent and do it daily, or at least only let the nights out days be the days I skip it.

    Charlee || Rose above the Thorns

  • I just got into the skin care routine lately, and I feel better!

  • The one I struggle with is actually taking my nutrition into account… I would so love to just undo the side of fries with an expensive serum and call it a day!

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

  • It’s so hard for me to only change one product at a time.. I’m more a throw it on kinda gal and when it’s new it’s so hard to resist the urge to not start using it right away (I have three toners right now so I’m being good and using them up before I crack open the third one… which is the Ordinary’s Glycolic toner!)

    https://thedianaedition.com

  • Lucia Juchova

    Yes Anna, always enjoying your videos even i’ve seen it million times, its always fun, really ;D and i like the idea of evening look & your winter skin routine, cant wait 😉

  • I think with the amount of products on the market now, theres no need for bad skincare routines especially when some are so cheap etc. Skincare to me is now soo important and I dont think I’ll ever use a makeup wipe again nor not take my makeup off!

    http://www.thebeautytype.com

  • Em

    Love this! I could talk about skincare all day. Such good advice – the less is more approach and being mindful of what we eat! It has such a tremendous impact!!
    Xo,
    Em
    http://www.organicallyemily.com

  • Would love to learn about your favorite Kiehl’s creams and masks if you ever feel like talking about that! They recently opened here in Argentina and would love to test the brand. Thank you!
    Alina X

    http://www.eclecticalu.blogspot.com.at

  • Tiana

    Looove this video! I so enjoy seeing your natural/everyday makeup videos because most days I don’t have events to go to so it’s nice to see different ways to work a no makeup makeup. Can you please bring back the empties videos too? They really inspire me to use up my own products :).

    • Challenge Danika

      Try the midnight recovery oil, it is incredible!

  • Except some days I’m just too lazy to go through the whole process :p

    http://www.theeyetraveler.com/gjusta-in-venice-beach/

  • Jimmy

    Therapeutic Organic Sulfur OS is an effective, affordable solution for skin cell related problems. http://Www.organicsulfuros.com

  • The Midnight

    Sad thing i have a good skincare routine but i am lazy sometimes…my mom doesn’t believe in a good and advanced skin care routine, i am 13 and i feel like that doing what my mom tells me to do like only using water and a normal cleanser isn’t enough because i sticked to that routine for 1 week and had a few breakouts.I have combination skin and it is kinda hard because it can be dry ,oily and sensitive at the same time it is tough.I didn’t use sunscreen before since it makes me sweat and feel like a grease ball,i have layers of tan and i get tanned frequently because of where i live in.My mom purchased 2 types of sunscreen and Tysm this did help me a lot 😊

  • I tested and tested and tested and at 27 I finally found my skincare routine that consists of Dial soap and Cocokind Organic Matcha Face Moisturizer. After dealing with acne all my teenage years and the majority of my adult life, this all natural moisturizer has been my saving grace.

    http://brittharris.co/

  • I’m a huge huge fan of makeup alley for honest reviews! It’s a great tool for finding unsung beauty finds!
    I love my skincare bits too but often find it’s hard being a beauty blogger as I’m constantly testing new things that can disrupt good skin days!

    Life of EllieGrace | A lifestyle & beauty blog for the everyday

  • HarrisonBeach

    So tempted to try the Glossier serums but i’m completed addicted to The Ordinary serums!
    http://www.byharrison.com

  • Imran Munawar

    This is really an awesome post. Thanks for sharing these tips.
    http://www.dazzle.com.pk

  • Hey Anna,

    I completely agree with your points above! The only thing I would add which is really helpful in getting a really good routine is checking ingredients and making sure they’re right for you!

    I’ve been using http://www.skincarisma.com ever since I found it! (before I was using cosdna.com) It does a cosmetic ingredient analysis for any product and gives you an understanding of what the effects the ingredients can have on your skin!

  • Hey Anna! Great tips – especially being kinder to yourself. I would also recommend a proper amount of sleep!

  • Cory Hitt

    good advice, thanks so much!

    x Cory http://www.coffeespoonsblog.com