I’ve become more conscious of my skin now that I’m well into my 30s. This is the decade when collagen production and cell turnover really starts to slow down. Everything you do in this decade can be very advantageous (or disastrous) for your skin in the later stages of life. If you haven’t already and especially if you’ve hit your thirties, now is the time to develop a solid skincare routine that you’re consistent with. My skincare routine is straightforward, and in this post, I share some of the products I use to maintain healthy skin.
Before I get into this post, I want to let you know that my skin is by no means perfect. I’ve gone on about it in previous posts, but as a reminder, I have oily, acne-prone skin. It is under control now, but I do have blemishes and some acne scarring. I specifically choose products for acne-prone skin to prevent breakouts. The trouble with products for acne-prone skin is that they can be drying. Now that my skin is naturally getting drier, I need to incorporate products that help with moisture retention without causing greasiness or breakouts. I have seven products in my skincare toolbox, a
- Wash-off cleanser
- Water-based serum
- Oil-based serum
- Moisturiser with a broad-spectrum sunscreen
My Skincare Routine – The Products
Wash-off cleanser: I use the oil balancing plus charcoal purifying gel cleanser from Sukin. I love the cleanser because it doesn’t contain any harsh surfactants or alcohol, and it is very gentle on my skin. It cleans my skin without leaving it dry or tight, precisely what a good cleanser should do.
Toner: Toners should refresh your skin and pores and rebalance the pH of your skin after cleansers. I disliked them for a long time because all they did was dry my skin out, and then make it even more oily. I didn’t know much about products back then, but I realise now that the reason my skin responded that way was that I was using products with alcohol in them. Toners with alcohol are a big NO, especially if you have acne-prone skin. Sure, they mattify your face initially, but after a few hours, your skin becomes an oily mess.
I stopped using toners for a long time until I was convinced to try the Rose Hydrosol from Organic Life Plus. Rose is known to promote moisture retention; it has a soothing effect on the skin, adds radiance and reduces any redness. The Rose Hydrosol from Organic Life Plus smells divine! It is incredibly gentle on my skin and refreshes it. I’ve noticed that my skin feels a lot softer, and it works as an excellent primer for my serums. I use the toner straight after cleansing my skin.
Water-based Serum: Serums are concentrated products that supply nutrients and other active ingredients to your skin. They usually contain anti-ageing botanicals like hyaluronic acid or extracts that boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. I recently started using The Ordinary’s 2% Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid to help me clear my blemishes and acne scarring and to help with moisture retention. I only started using it around two weeks ago after a recommendation from my friend so, its too early to say if it is doing any good. I usually use this in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning my skin.
Oil-based Serum: Just like water-based serums, oil-based serums may also contain active ingredients. Other times, serums are made only with pure organic, cold-pressed oils. I have been alternating between the Maracuja oil and Coffee bean oil from Organic Life Plus.
Maracuja oil, also known as Passion Fruit Seed Oil, is a highly emollient oil. It is packed with essential fatty acids, especially linoleic acid, which is very nourishing to the skin. Maracuja oil is very light, absorbs in the skin quickly and is non-comedogenic. The oil is excellent for oily and acne-prone skin. I love this oil because of its lightness and how soft it makes my skin feel.
Coffee bean oil is another fantastic oil for the skin. It has a high concentration of essential fatty acids, phytosterols and antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid and vitamin E. Coffee bean oil has been shown to increase collagen and elastin production and to protect against moisture loss.
The smell of this oil is just incredible. I’m a coffee lover, and I’m sure that has everything to do with me loving the scent. That said, if you’re a coffee lover, I’m sure you’ll feel the same. The coffee smell doesn’t linger for too long after application, so don’t worry, you won’t smell like coffee all day long. This oil is slightly heavier than maracuja oil, but I haven’t found it too heavy for my skin. Of the two, this one is by far, my favourite. I use it on my body as well as on my face, and I love how soft it makes my skin. I’ve noticed an increase in skin firmness and smoothness, especially around my thighs.
Moisturiser with a broad-spectrum sunscreen: I’ve written about the importance of sunscreens in a recent post. In the same post, I mention the sunscreen I’ve been using for over a year now. You can read the post to find out more about it. I always use my moisturiser after I apply my serums.
Exfoliator: I try to exfoliate my skin two to three times a week with a gentle scrub. I use Dr Organic’s Charcoal Face Scrub, the particles are small enough to remove dead skin cells without causing any soreness, so I love it.
Mask: I use Dr Organic’s Charcoal Face Mask once a week for deeper cleansing and to refine my pores. The charcoal in this is excellent for pulling out dirt, and it always leaves my skin feeling clean and soft.
And that’s it, my simple skin care routine! What’s your skincare routine?