Autumn Skincare Routine

Since I've been learning a lot about the importance of skincare, and how to choose the right skincare on my course, I've changed up my own routine a little bit. Especially since we're coming into Autumn, and I'm not getting any younger, I've had to try and find the products that best suit my skin.

The first thing I do on an evening is remove my makeup. It's the most satisfying part of the night after a long day (that and whipping off my bra). I use large cotton pads to wipe my Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water all over, and it just melts the makeup off, including waterproof mascara and matte lipsticks! It's so important to note that you should always cleanse your skin after removing makeup, otherwise you risk clogged pores and spots!

My choice of cleanser is The Skin System Foaming Tea Tree Cleanser, which is formulated for Asda! It's so affordable and does everything I need it to do. It's a foam cleanser meaning it's great for deep penetration into the pores. Tea Tree itself is amazing for blemishes and spots, and it includes Salicylic Acid, to help with my oily, clogged pores.

Using a toner after you cleanse really helps to ensure any leftover dirt and oil is removed. I use The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Milky Toner every night after I cleanse. I was very unsure of this product, but after a month of using it, I'm very impressed with the results. My skin feels cleaner and revitalised after using it. 

Now because I struggle with acne, scarring and hormonal breakouts, I'm using a prescribed medicated cream from my GP called Acnecide which is 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, which essentially causes your skin to dry out and peel off, encourage new cell growth, and therefore fewer spots and scarring. This causes some dry patches on my skin, even though I actually have very oily skin naturally. The moisturiser I'm currently trying is the Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser, which I find very light on my skin, and it soaks in very quickly. I haven't noticed any further breakouts from using this, so that's a huge thumbs up from me.  

I've talked about the importance of exfoliation before. Once a week I use the St Ives Apricot Scrub which is aimed at blemished skin like mine. It contains Salicylic Acid again, which helps fight spots, and it's not too harsh on my skin. Exfoliating at least once a week promotes cell renewal and healthy skin.

It's always nice to treat your skin every once in a while with a face mask. My go-to mask, that I always end up using is the Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel Off Mask, which always does wonders for my skin. Again, tea tree is a blemished skin miracle worker, and I find this mask significantly reduces redness within one use. 

For my body wash, I'm currently using the Let Them Eat Cake Strawberry Gateau Shower Foam, which smells divine. I tend to go for the gimmicky body washes and then just use a fragrance-free bar soap like Dove for the more intimate areas. 

I was kindly gifted this Malee Conditioning Body Scrub** and I'm loving it so far. I've been struggling with dry skin on my legs with the change of weather (and probably from ageing), and this worked brilliantly. It removed the dry skin, and I did feel very soft afterwards; so it certainly is quite conditioning. 

The body moisturiser I'm using at the moment is the Soap & Glory Butter Yourself body cream. I've been really enjoying this, particularly for the citrus scent, and it does leave my skin feeling great. It soaks in fairly quickly, which is handy for when you just want to just into bed on a night time.

So that's my current "go-to" routine, but it's not set in stone. I do use other products on and off, and we'll see how good my skin feels in about 4 weeks and if it's worth changing something again. What' are your current go-to Autumn skincare products? Do let me know, I'd love to try them out! 

**Gifted item - not a sponsored ad. 

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