It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and spoken (written?) all about my Current Skincare Situation… I’ve been trying new products and testing new routines but have yet to officially document the whole thing. Since being pregnant (oh, yeah, I’m pregnant!) I’ve been a little more cautious in my skincare routine as I want to avoid certain ingredients. So, it’s all about gentle formulas focussing on nourishing the skin rather than anything too harsh. Oh, and dealing with some pesky first trimester acne. Fun!
Cleansing = godliness
Starting with the entire beginning of any morning routine would be the cleanser – something I haphazardly smear over my face before jumping in the shower and singing the Hamilton soundtrack, badly. I’ve been loving the Evolve gentle cleansing melt because it’s hydrating but not too heavy and leaves skin suitably soft. Containing baobab oil to hydrate the skin and vanilla, which smells beautiful, and helps to protect the skin in further skincare steps. Then right at the end I put on the Bybi lip plumper, which tingles (that’d be the peppermint oil) and preps lips for any makeup.
A Serum Or Two…
My routine is definitely looking a little Pai heavy currently (sadly not #ad), but the brand is just so good, and one of my favourites to use. Gentle but really effective formulas, their products are ones I go back to constantly and always end up repurchasing. The back to life serum is fantastic for battling any dehydration – it’s watery in texture and sinks in right away. It’s rich in hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin and then tri-berry, an ingredient that helps to repair the skin’s natural barrier to keep moisture locked in.
On the oily bits of the skin I’ve been using the Tropic pure lagoon serum. My chin has been so delightfully spot-prone for the last three months (all those pesky hormones) and this serum has been one of the only things to have made a difference. It’s super gentle so it doesn’t leave the skin dry and yet manages to work on blemishes.
The serum contains prebiotics to keep the skin’s surface balanced which in turn means the bad bacteria that causes blemishes is minimised. Clever, non? Blue spirulina (naturally giving it the blue hue) reduces redness and inflammation. The texture is really light and easily absorbed, drying quickly and sitting well under makeup. I typically reach for retinol when I suffer from spots because it helps cell turnover speed up, but this is a nice alternative that fits into a blemish-busting routine. Plus, my bottle has my initials engraved on which makes me feel oh so bougie.
The Pai eye cream is a favourite for long-lasting hydration – my main criteria for any eye cream is to be as moisturising as possible on my dry AF under eyes. I’m not particularly fussed about anti-ageing claims, brightness or puffiness.
Then I use one of the Bybi boosters patted into the skin. Buriti if my skin feels normal and then Strawberry if my skin feels drier. The cold-pressed Baruti oil is an excellent antioxidants and helps to protect skin against environmental factors, making it ideal for use in the city. The cold-pressed strawberry oil smells sensational and smoothes thirsty skin. Both are fab, very reasonably priced and a great way to customise skincare from one of my favourite brands. Lastly, I always use SPF – my favourite is the Jurlique UV Defence lotion. Smells like lavender and is completely non-greasy under makeup.
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