This is really incredible news as my skin used to measure in at dry-dehyrated on my cheeks and dehydrated-oily on my t-zone (dry skin lacks oil, dehydrated lacks water). Essentially what I'm saying is that what I'm using on my skin right now is working, and it's working well, so I figured it was maybe about time I shared it with you all!
Cleansing & Toning
The first step in my routine each night is to remove my make up and whilst Bioderma is great for a quick swipe in summer, it's too harsh and dehydrating on my skin during winter so it has to get switched out for some more hydrating products.
My all time favourite eye make up remover is the Lancome Bi-Facil (currently 25% off at Debenhams - who are also running a spend £40 and get 500 bonus points offer). I've tried many eye make up removers over the years but I always come back to this one. The Clarins one everyone and their mother raves about burns my eyes and doesn't remove all my make up, but most gentle eye make up removers don't burn my eyes and still don't remove my make up. This one doesn't burn but removed everything. I'm also a fan of the No.7 one, which is more budget friendly and you can usually get one of those £5 off vouchers to use in conjunction with it as well.
As for the rest of my face I switch between Lush Ultrabland and the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm (though I am very intrigued by the oil version!) Both of these are really nice hydrating make up removers - the Clinique one has more of a greasy slip to it, which I quite enjoy, but it can irritate my eyes when I'm not super careful so I tend to only reach for it when I've used a separate eye make up remover. The Lush one requires a bit more work to get it spread over the skin and worked in, but it's really gentle and doesn't irritate any of my sensitive skin so it's an easy go-to one, especially for days when I haven't down a heavy eye look and don't feel I need to bother with specific eye make up remover. It's slightly more budget friendly - £7.50 for the small tub or £11.95 for the bigger one, but I do feel like the Clinique product goes a bit further so it tends to last a little longer so value wise I think they're much of a muchness, but the Lush one is less to shell out at a time!
To actually cleanse my skin I switch between three different cleansers depending on my mood and skin that day. In the morning it tends to be the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel I go for - I work this straight on to dry skin then rinse off with a muslin cloth, this freshens my morning skin up and leaves me feeling brightened and hydrated.
The other two cleansers are more more of a lotion texture (though a slightly gel-like lotion, if that makes any sense!) and I tend to go for these at night. They're really gentle so are great options to go for as your second cleanser during a double cleanse. The Kiehls Centella Skin Calming Facial Cleanser* and the La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser* are almost interchangeable - they're both really gentle, calming and hydrating cleansers and both companies come at their skincare from a very scientific, dermatologist background - both brands spend on ingredients and save on packaging and honestly the choice between these two cleansers is really down to budget. I do like that the Kiehls one comes with a pump as opposed to just a normal top (and I've managed to break the top on my La Roche Posay one, which is less than ideal - though broken packaging on a product of mine is really a sign of love, as it means its being carted from sink to shower and used with regularity) but both cleansers are a really lovely option so have a quick swatch at them both and make up your own mind as I couldn't really chose between them!
For exfoliating you've got two options - there's chemical exfoliators, for which I love the Pixi Glow Tonic (not pictured), I've now gone through 2 of these babies and it's something I think I'll forever have in stock just to be safe. I feel like when I use this my skin is just clearer somehow - not of obvious spots, but my skin just seems fresher and brighter and my pores seem smaller. However I can't quite give up on the feeling of a good manual scrub, and my absolute favourite is the Kiehls Epidermal Re-Texturising Micro-Dermabrasion. As you'd expect with a Micro-Dermabrasion product it's super small grains that really get in and give an incredibly effective scrub that leaves you with no dead skin in sight - though as always with a manual exfoliation it may bring up redness in the skin, so I'd always do this the day before an event!
Since this is turning into the longest blog post ever I'll leave it here for now and be back later in the week with my serums and creams that I've been loving!