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My Skincare Routine

As a teenager, I was pretty lucky with my skin. I had the odd breakout but nothing worth complaining about. Fast forward to 25 year old me and I developed the WORST skin of my life. I’m still not sure how or why this happened, my diet is pretty good and drink plenty of water. (I still think it was payback for having decent teenage skin!) I developed breakouts ALL over my face, dry patches, oiliness, blackheads. My face was covered and make up only helped to hide it a little. 

Five months on and my skin is finally pretty much clear. I get the odd breakout but nothing like before. For the first time in a long time, I have a skincare routine. SIGH. I’m fairly low maintenance to be honest, so the idea of having any sort of routine makes my eyes roll. I found it hard to stick to at first, but it’s definitely becoming more of a habit now. Here’s my skincare regime and a few of my latest favourite products.
*Please note these may not work for everyone. If you’re unsure what you need, try a skin analysis or consultation with a beautician. I had mine at Aqua Sana Spa and it was only £10! Which I got back when I bought two products. Bonus. 

1. Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask – twice a week


I had my skin consultation and analysis at Aqua Sana Spa in Elveden Center Parcs and learnt a lot about my skin – I’ll put a whole review up soon. Firstly, I need to give a shout out to Olivia who carried out my analysis. She was so good and I can’t thank her enough for the product recommendations! When she told me about this repair face mask, I knew I had to get it. It’s a calming and soothing face mask to be used twice a week, perfect for blemishes and sensitive skin. The one tip Olivia gave me, and that I literally swear by, is to dot this on to blemishes like you would with a spot stick. I leave it for 5 minutes then wash it off and my spots calm right down. They don’t necessarily disappear but the redness and soreness goes, and I’ve found they go down in size too.
2. Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser – daily


HELLO HEAVEN. I’ve stopped using face wipes to remove make up after reading they can be the sole cause of bad skin. Since then I’ve used a number of products but they’re so fiddly and take ages, and I love a quick fix. This cleanser removes all make up and pollutants by simply rubbing on to your face whilst dry, leaving for a minute and then wiping off with a mitt or face cloth. So quick and effortless – my type of skin care! It literally removes all layers of foundation, face powder, you name it, and leaves my skin radiant and glowing.
3. Elemis Hydra-Balance Day Cream – daily


For all you combination skin girls, this is a dream. I can’t tell you the faff I’ve had trying to find a decent moisturiser. They’re either too oily, too drying, too greasy or too thick. The Hydra-Balance moisturiser is super light and literally melts in to the skin. It contains oil-regulating properties to combat and regulate oily skin, whilst also hydrating and locking in essential moisture which is perfect if you also have dry patches. 10/10 on this one, Elemis!
4. Decleor Phytopeel Natural Exfoliating Cream – once a week


Well, this Decleor exfoliater is just wonderful. It’s unlike any exfoliator I’ve tried before in the sense that you apply it to the face, allow it to dry and then you start exfoliating once it’s dry. I found that a bit weird, I’m used to exfoliating with creams or wet skin! However it buffs away perfectly, literally peeling from the skin as you exfoliate and getting rid of any impurities. I’ve found it leaves my skin incredibly smooth, it’s very calming and sensitive, and helps to get rid of dry patches.
Have you tried any of these products or have any to recommend for my skincare routine? I’m still on the hunt for the perfect primer! These products are also available on sites like Feelunique and at many spas. Also, let me know if you would prefer these sorts of beauty posts as a video. I know they can be a bit too text heavy sometimes and it’s harder to swatch them for a photo as they all look very similar in consistency! 
Katie x

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