SKIN MOMENTS 7 : all about the essentials

My skin care routine has never been so clear and uncomplicated. Ever since I decided to give Retinol a serious go, I’ve been working my way up to getting my skin used to a “full-strength” (although non-prescription) Retinol.

Exuviance it is, like I told you last week. The Super Retinol Concentrate, a time-released, micro-encapsulated formula. I adore this product. PLUS : I start seeing the results on my skin. Pores are better (I’m an ex acne patient), skin is smoother and looks brighter. I still think I look a bit tired around the eyes, but retinol might not be what I really need there. PLUS : you can’t go too near around the eyes, because the stuff is just too strong for that sensitive part.  We’ll see about that later. For all the rest : I’m in love with this product.

I apply it almost every evening now, after a mostly fragrant-free cleansing & toning. Retinol is known to be a bit irritating to skin, so I prefer to keep the cleansing as innocent as I possibly can, although I’ve also been sneeking in my (also) Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Cream, which does have fragrance. Otherwise it’s Ceravé Cream Cleanser and Klapp Cosmetics Bèta-Glucan Cleansing Milk (and toner).

For extra moisture, I sometimes apply the fragrance free Klairs (Korean) toner, which is in fact a “gel-toner” and is really, really moisturizing. I’ll do an article on this type of product (also called “essence”) soon.

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Apart from that, it’s been only retinol. At night time, that is. During the day, I’ve now been working up my routine with a daily dose of Vitamin C serum, either from Nazan Derma Care or Mad Hippie. The Mad Hippie also has some Kojic Acid, which is good for hyperpigmentation spots. Both products are great and are non-sticky (very important to me).

On top of the vitamin C serum, I usually put some Hydraluron or Nazan Derma Care Hyaluron serum. Like the others, both are absolutely non sticky and absorb into skin perfectly.

On top of this : SUNSCREEN ! Your one and only TRUE anti-Ageing daytime product. I personally love the Heliocare Range, they offer every possible texture and are good value for money.

So you see how simple I got ? Just the essentials ! I might add some more anti-oxidants next week, or start using an eye cream,  but so far, so good, I love my actual routine !

 

See you next week !

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