I am so excited to share the products that help me achieve clear, glowy and happy skin!
Let me start off by saying – what works for me, may not work for you. I have used SO many skin care products over the years and I have finally found something that makes my skin happy. So my advice? Use this as a guide to perhaps find some products that you can trial and see if you love them too.
I will paint my skincare picture for you. I have combination skin. My cheeks are slightly dehydrated and I get a little bit oily through my t-zone (forehead, nose, chin). Sometimes my skin freaks out if I use a product thats too strong or just not quite right for me… but all in all it’s pretty cruisy and responds well to most products.
Around 12 months ago I noticed lots of small bumps appearing under my skin. They were mainly concentrated on my cheeks. They weren’t pimples and they weren’t painful. It just looked like my skin was severely congested and it needed a good clean out. I wear makeup most days, and I realised that I wasn’t actually cleansing my skin well enough. When I used my cleanser in the shower of an evening, it clicked that I was only really cleaning the makeup off my face and not thoroughly cleansing my skin. That’s when I started to look for a dedicated makeup remover. After doing a bit of research online I decided to give the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. Oh. My. God. Within a week, the bumps started to get smaller and within 3 weeks, they were completely gone.
This product is the step 1 in my nightly skincare routine. Before I jump in the shower I take a small amount (I’m talking a pea size), warm it up between my hands and massage it into my skin. Instantly, my makeup starts to dissolve away. I then use a warm, wet face cloth in the shower to gently remove the product along with the dissolved makeup from my skin.
Next up I use my cleanser by Paula’s Choice. I am in LOVE with the Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser. It is lovely and creamy so it doesn’t dry my skin out but it still gives me that fresh, clean feeling! I use this cleanser morning and night, without fail.
Once I am out of the shower I use a gentle chemical exfoliator called the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. I only use this product at night, just once a day. This is a salicylic acid based product and according to the website, this product claims to “rapidly unclogs pores, diminishes wrinkles and improves skin tone for unbelievably smooth, radiant skin.” Soooo it’s pretty much a miracle in a bottle. I really enjoy using this – I love the slight tingle on my skin once I have applied it and I love how smooth and glowy my skin looks in the morning. If you are looking to amp up your routine, I HIGHLY recommend you purchase a trial sample of this and try it out.
My next night time skin care step is a relatively new one. I apply the Ultra Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. It is jammed packed with skin repairing ingredients to nourish and protect while fighting the signs of ageing….. wrinkles are inevitable but if I’m gonna do all I can to keep them at bay for as long as possible! This product feels SO luxurious and I can see myself repurchasing this product again.
AND finally, my final step at night time is massaging the Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator into my skin. I feel like this locks everything in place for the evening and gives my skin that extra boost of hydration without making it feel greasy and overloaded with product.
In the mornings I will just cleanse with my Skin Balancing Cleanser and apply the Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 15 moisturiser.
HOT TIP: Wearing a sunscreen can significantly minimise the signs of ageing. I wear this EVERY SINGLE DAY under my makeup, even if I don’t plan on spending time in the sun. What I love most about this sunscreen/hydrator is that it dries to a matte finish and it makes the perfect base for my foundation.
For my once a week, deep exfoliating treatment I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid). This is such a treat to use and on a Sunday night I will apply this after I have cleansed my skin. I don’t layer any other products with it, I just let this baby work it’s magic overnight. This product claims to stimulate collagen product as well as brighten and even out skin tone. Ummm who doesn’t want plump, bright skin?!
So that is it! That’s what I use to keep my skin healthy. Along with these products, I also make sure I eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water and minimise stress where I can. All of these things contribute to the health of your skin. It must seem like I use a tonne of products, but to be honest, I love it. I love taking the extra 5 minutes a night to indulge in these products. I deserve it and so does my skin!
Before I sign off I just wanted to say a couple of words about Paula’s Choice. The main thing that I love about this brand is that there is no bullshit. What you see is what you get. She even writes on the packaging what the product does so you know exactly what to expect. Her products are all clinically proven and if you happen to come across product that you don’t 100% love, she will gladly refund your money no questions asked. How cool is that? The customer service is incredible, and in my opinion, that is really important when I am investing my money in a product where amazing results are expected!
I would love to know what your favourite skin care products are? Leave me a comment!
Love Melanie xo
DISCLAIMER: All of these products were purchased with my own money. I am not getting paid to write such amazing things about this brand, I just bloody love it!