Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Skincare Routine...

After making the decision to ditch (*ahem* I mean, switch...!) from Clinique 3-Step System to Liz Earle Skin Essentials, my skin has changed beyond belief.

Before, I was using a cleanser to remove my make-up, Clinique 3-Step System (type 3) and then a moisturiser (as Dramatically Different... is not classed as a "proper" moisturiser according to Clinique). In addition, I had to use a separate scrub, eye cream & mask as and when needed. That's a a lot of products! Not just monetary-wise, but time-wise. Despite this routine -which claimed to make my skin "glow" - did anything but. My skin was still breaking out, still oily and my make-up was not being removed thoroughly enough. I would use an EVE LOM muslin cloth to remove my cleanser and the Clinique Liquid Soap and I would still have traces of make-up when I swiped the Clarifying Lotion (toner) afterwards.

Now, my skin couldn't be more different. Here's what I'm using...

I use Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, Liz Earle Skin Tonic, Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser (Light), MAC Cleanse Off Oil, WEI Eye Cream, Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator and Clinique Pore Minimizer Refining mask. Best of all, I use my Clarisonic Classic twice a day! I started off using it on the low speed setting and after 1 week for twice-daily use I switched it up to normal.

To avoid getting the brush head dirty, I decided to start using MAC Cleanse Off Oil to remove my foundation, blusher, concealer & powder and then Cleanse & Polish with the Clarisonic. I use one & a half pumps of the MAC Cleanse Off Oil, massage it in and then emulsify it with water. I then use my Liz Earle Muslin Cloth to remove it. I have have a clean canvas so that Cleanse & Polish and the Clarisonic can work better.

Once the Clarisonic has worked its magic (just 20 seconds on my forehead, 20 seconds on my nose/chin and 10 seconds on each cheek) I then remove what's left of the C&P with the muslin cloth. A splash of cold water follows and then I pat my face dry.

I use 3 splashes of Skin Tonic on a cotton wool ball and then sweep it over my face (avoiding the eye area). Whilst the tonic is still damp, I apply 1 pump of Skin Repair moisturiser all over and really massage it in. Finally, I apply eye cream.

The WEI eye cream was given to me as a free sample when I went to SpaceNK and I love it. It's creamy & moisturising, yet super light.

I tend to use the Gentle Face Exfoliator once a week and a face mask once a week. This routine may sound like a hassle, but it takes just 20 minutes in the morning and again at night.

After just a week and a half of using my Clarisonic my skin has become very smooth, my pores appear smaller and my breakouts have almost cleared up. I am beyond thrilled with this and I love this combination of products.

When I was asked to try Liz Earle products I never thought they would work as well as they do *hangs head in shame* :) The scent is very relaxing and the ingredients are just the thing for repairing damaged/sensitive skin. I am on my second C&P right now and have a third in the drawer (plus 2 more on order!) As I use 2 pumps a day, a 100ml C&P lasts for about a month.

If you're worried about shelling out on a Clarisonic and it not working for you, they offer a 30-day money back guarantee, which is amazing. Needless to say, I won't be taking them up on their generous offer! I couldn't bear to part with it and I really enjoy using it.

What are your current skincare must-haves? x


  1. Every single review of Clarisonic I read is all superlatives. Sadly, I can't afford it atm. But as far as I know, you're in good hands (brushes).

    My skincare routine is based on cheaper products, but I ALWAYS remove my make up before going to sleep (I think I didn't remove it only once in my life, I've woken up in the middle of the night and half-asleep I went to the bathroom to remove it!), use moisturizer at night and sometimes (when I have drier skin days) before putting on foundation.

    I always make sure that daytime moisturizer and foundation are SPF - at least above 10.
    I recently started to use eye cream from Superdrug own brand (Vitamin E) and can't really say it made a huge difference, but it has a nice glow.

    Oh, and I try to use simple products, without any unnecessary chemicals.

    Great post, I love reading about someone else's routines. Can I suggest a hair-routine-post? :) X

  2. The Clinique 3 step didnt work for me either, I've heard lots of good things about Liz Earle though

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