My Streamlined Skincare Stash

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My skincare stash used to barely fit into its designated drawer. Things spilled out each time I reached for something new and bits and bobs gathered dust in the back. There was a lot of ‘just in case’ stuff going on and 99% of the time, the case just never occurred. Since my downsize, my skincare drawers now close easily without me having to grunt and groan to open them and I’ve streamlined down drastically. Me and complexion, we get on these days – kinda. I know what it likes, what it doesn’t and so now aside from a few travel-sized items I use when I go away and a handful of masks, back-ups and alternatives for when my current favourites run out, there really isn’t too much going on. Seeing as I’ve used the same stuff for around three or four months now, I thought it was time to update you lot…

TO CLEANSE: In the morning I go straight in with the OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gelyou know me. I’ve actually graduated to two pumps per use because I just love how it feels on my skin that much. In the evenings though, if I’m wearing makeup I’ll whip it off with the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, a.k.a) the only thing hardy enough to wave goodbye to waterproof mascara.

TO HYDRATE: Next I move onto some kind of hydrating spritz which is probably my favourite part of the routine and the bit that causes Mark to roll his eyes if he ever witnesses it. Right now I’m using the MV Organics Rose Hydrating Mist, but I just recently finished up the Kate Somerville Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist. I’m a bit of floozy when it comes to spritzes. Anything light in texture, spa-like in scent and refreshing on the skin – I’m in.

TO ‘EYE CREAM’ UP: There’s only one eye cream out there for me – Estée Lauder’s Revitalizing Supreme Eye Balm. It’s thick, but not puff-inducing and hydrating, but not greasily so. I’ve gone through three tubs and will no doubt work my way through many more.

TO NOURISH: Here’s where things get a little experimental. Every morning and night I go in with KYPRIS Antioxidant Dew which is just the most dreamy serum ever – silky, smooth and it leaves you skin feeling like you’ve given it a drink. The ingredient lists for all products from this brand are ridiculously clean, so it’s pricey, but you’re getting the good stuff here. Every other night, I use the KYPRIS Moonlight Catalyst. It’s a less-irritating take on your typical AHA-based product, using fermented pumpkin enzymes instead. Caroline’s got more info on it here, but I find that it’s helped keep any textural issues at bay.

TO MOISTURISE: For the daytime, I’ve been topping this little routine off with Estée Lauder’s Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector in Light. It brightens things up, providing a smidge of coverage and an SPF 30. Though in the evening I go in with the KYPRIS 1000 Roses Beauty Elixir I can you tell I’m a convert to the brand? This stuff is d’bomb. I go in heavy taking four or five drops all over my face and neck and my skin just glows. This is pricey stuff and was a press sample, but let me tell you – I will happily pay full-whack for it when it runs out and take the hit of eating baked beans for a month. Again Caroline has more deats here, though if you’re looking for a less wallet-walloping product the MV Organics Rose Plus Booster will always have a special place in my heart.