From seven in the morning to seven at night, this is my daily beauty routine.
I’m constantly having conversations with people, on what I believe is the best daily skincare routine to adopt, and I’m always asked by family and friends what my AM and PM routine is.
Although I tend to cocktail my beauty regularly; meaning I’m always shifting brands and product types, I generally always keep to the same skincare beauty routine for both morning and night.
of course, it’s always important to remember different skincare routines work for different skin types, much like how different products work for different skin types.
I’m always exploring and experimenting new ways of doing things when it comes to skincare. Which sort of comes with the territory being a beauty writer.
Though, I always go back to my regular routine and take comfort whenever my skin goes catatonic from over testing too many products, my regular morning and evening skincare routine, always resets my skin back to normal.
So without further ado, here’s my daily routine.
I always start the day with a good cleanser to wash away any dirt and dust which has collected in my pores over night and a vitamin-rich eye cream which is non-greasy, so easily absorbs into skin and can be worn under makeup.
This is then followed by a vitamin or antioxidant-based serum for helping protect my skin against ageing and free radical damage.
Next comes a facial oil. I have oily to combination skin, which means I only use very light vitamin-based oils which don’t contain almond, coconut or coconut oil; which are often too heavy and clogs pores.
If you have very dry skin, then absolutely use a heavier face oil to retain and boost moisture.
I always use a moisturiser which is light in texture yet rich enough to keep skin well hydration, with ingredients to keep skin nice and soft throughout the day under my foundation. Just because I have oily skin, doesn’t mean I’m not prone to icky dry spots under makeup.
My fave moisturisers right now are Water Drench by Peter Thomas Roth and the Rosehip Hydrating cream by Sukin.
I always allow at least thirty minutes before applying any makeup on after my skin care routine, to ensure all the product I have used has soaked into the skin.
I always start my PM skincare routine by using makeup wipes to remove the initial dirt, grime and makeup off my face. This is normally followed by wiping micellar water over my face using large makeup remover pads.
If I’m showering right away, I’ll use a green tea-based cleanser, of any other which is suitable for both oily and combination skin, to cleanse away any excess dirt.
I also use a cleansing brush every night, which is fine to do. To help remove blackheads which have formed in the day and remove any dead skin cells. Twice a week, I’ll always follow this exfoliation with a gentle exfoliating cream, normally with either black rice or coffee in it, for a deeper cleanse and scrub – it also helps to renew skin.
If I’m not showering right after starting my skincare routine, I use Ted Dickson’s Witch Hazel face wipes to close pores and help treat blemishes
I use masks nearly every third day and depending on how my skin is, I either use ones to boost my collagen or hydration, or to treat blemishes and control oil. So after cleansing (and exfoliating), I’ll apply a mask right after, so the nutrients of the mask can soak through my clean pores.
My fave, which I’ve been using for a while now is the 24K Gold Mask and Rose Stem Cell Gel Mask by Peter Thomas Roth which are both anti ageing masks to boost hydration and collagen, and hide lines. The charcoal Black Mask by Revision and the coffee masque by Body Shop which are both perfect for detoxing and clearing blemishes.
At night, I also like to swap my moisturiser for the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Mask by Youth to the People when my skin is feeling a little depleted of moisture.
After a mask (if I’m not using an overnight mask) I opt for a more natural-based organic night moisturiser, which is non-greasy, loaded with antioxidants to help skin stay renewed whilst I sleep, but heavy enough so skin stays hydrated in the night.
Now, I do use a toner. Though not every day or night. I have a variety of different toners. Some are to use before applying serums and other products, and others can be used throughout the day to keep skin dewy and soft.
I use the new kale and witch hazel toner by Essano, which is part of their superfood range for before using any other products and then throughout the day (if needed) I use the Swisse Rosewater rebalancing spray.
Toners are great for shrinking pores, so can easily be added into your daily and evening skincare routine.