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Current Skincare Routine - AM Routine

Hello there! I am Laura. You might remember me from the days that I actually used to blog consistently....but it's been a while! I lost a bit of motivation for the blog and needed a break. But I am back now, with a blog post that has been heavily requested recently - my current skincare routine.

While I am very fortunate to receive a number of skincare products to trial and use, I tend to stick to a pretty consistent routine. The only way you can find out if a product works is to use it consistently and for a decent amount of time. Which is exactly what I try to do. If I plan to use a product then you better believe I am going to use it for a decent amount of time (until it is empty if I don't get distracted by another product first). While I recently introduced a couple of new products into the routine, the rest of the routine has been in place for over a month. Anyway, enough chatter, let's get into it.




step 1. micellar water cleanse

Truth be told, I am not the biggest fan of micellar water. While a lot of people rave about it, I don't find it is the best way to cleanse your skin or to remove make up. HOWEVER, I love it for a morning cleanse. My go-to and current micellar water is the Bioderma Sensibo H20 Micellar Water. I have tried a number of different micellar waters, but nothing really beats Bioderma for me. It is soothing, but also helps to remove any little residue left on your skin without drying it out. I use this in the morning to help remove overnight masks, or any residue from the nights sleep and helpe prepare it for skincare. I put a small amount on a cotton pad and swipe away.



step 2. tone

This step always depends on how my skin is feeling. If my skin is feeling pretty good or is having a breakout, I will use a glycolic toner. Currently I am using the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid Toner* which is 8% glycolic acid. I have been loving how it gently exfoliates the skin, helping to clear up blemishes and reduce pigmentation, while also leaving my skin looking glowy and gorgeous. 

If my skin is feeling a bit sensitised, as it has been recently, then I go for a hydrating toner. Lately I have been using my favourite face mist, the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. It is a lovely and SUPER hydrating skin mist. It just helps to give the skin a super quick hydration boost when it needs it!

step 3. serum

My serum step changes depending on my skin needs. Currently, my focus is on brightening the skin (for the morning anyway, PM is slightly different). The Drunk Elephant C-Firma* is my current morning serum. It is a daily brightening serum packed with vitamin C for your most luminous skin yet. I have used a number of different Vitamin C serums and I do find them a bit hit and miss. I have been using this one consistently in the morning for about a month now and it's lovely. A slightly thicker than water consistency, it blends in the skin really easily and I would say I am starting to see some brightening in my cheeks. It definitely takes a while to see any results, but I have found it to be worth it in the long run!



step 4. moisturise and sunscreen

It is ALWAYS imperative to wear SPF. It is not a step that you can miss. I have started combining my moisturiser and SPF in one to ensure I never miss applying my sunscreen. Yes, it means that I have to apply more moisturiser in order to ensure I am covering my skin in enough product to make the SPF effective (it's half a teaspoon for your face and neck). I recently bought the Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ (Hydrating) and I am obsessed with it. It is a lightweight SPF, with no white cast, it isn't thick and hard to massage in and feels literally just like a moisturiser. Yes, it is only 30+, but it's better than nothing right (for winter at least). I have just discovered that they have an SPF 50+ that I will definitely be purchasing for summer, I love it so much. It also comes in a Mattifying and Sheer Tint formula as well if you'd prefer.




That is all my AM Routine consists of. It is quick and it is efficient (if you ask me). I like to get as much sleep as possible, so it has to be quick. I typically forget an eye cream in the morning, mostly because the one I am currently using doesn't always sit great under my make up, but I also don't feel it's an essential product at the moment for me anyway.






My night time routine is quite different to my morning routine....like VERY different. 

step 1. make up removal

Note: make up removal, not cleanse (YET). The first step of my night time routine is always to remove my make up. I am the kind of person that wears make up every day, I wish I wasn't some days, but I do. I am currently using a cleansing balm for this step, specifically the Drunk Elephant Slaai Cleanser, which is a oil based cleansing balm that is heavenly to use. I just get a small amount in my hand (a little bit goes a long way) and the massage on dry skin, before removing with a cloth. It has definitely become one of my favourite cleansing balms.

step 2. cleanse

Then (let's be real, only some nights, not every night) I cleanse the skin with another cleanser. Currently I am using a new (to me) cleanser from Skinstitut. It is the Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleanser*, which is a lightly foaming cleanser and light exfoliator. Formulated with the chirally correct form of lactic acid, L-lactic Acid is the purest form of this type of alpha-hydroxy acid which makes it safe for sensitive and delicate skin types to exfoliate and decongest the skin. I have been really enjoying this cleanser, despite only having it in my routine for a couple of weeks. It doesn't dry out my skin like a lot of foaming cleansers but leaves it feeling so soft and has been definitely helping with my blemishes.



step 3. tone

This step doesn't change from the morning, so see AM routine?

step 4. serum

My current serum is the Skinstitut Even Blend Serum* I have only been using this for a couple of weeks as well, but I am really enjoying it. Well, I am enjoying all aspects except the packaging. It is a small tube that you squeeze the product out of, but I always find that it ends up giving you extra serum as you try to close the lid, which feels a bit wasteful (particularly as it's not a huge product...AND because I am loving it so much). While I have only been using this serum for a short time, I have been so impressed with how my skin is looking. It has definitely been helping to clear up my acne scarring, and help my current spots heal faster. I think this could be a real winner for my skin...

step 5. eye cream

Truth be told, this serum sometimes comes before my serum, it depends what I remember to do first... My current eye cream is the Clinique Moisture Syrge Eye 96-Hour Hydro Filler Concentrate*. I have been really enjoying this serum, like I love the rest of the Moisture Surge range. It is a light weight, gel type consistency that melts in to the eye area easily. I love how light it is and how hydrating. Most winters I usually end up with super dry and flaky eye areas, NOT THIS WINTER! And I am attributing that all to this guy.


step 6. moisturise

Because it's winter and winter in Canberra is SO drying on the skin, my night time moisture has definitely focused on rehydration. The Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator* is absolutely perfect for that. It doesn't feel thick or heavy on the skin, but I don't need much to hydrate my skin intensely. 




Every week there are a couple of extra products I through in, exclusively in my night routine, to help boost it or target different needs in my skin. There are four particular products that I have been using regularly that I quickly want to talk about.


exfoliation 

This takes the form in two separate stages. The first one is my physical exfoliant. I have a new physical exfoliant that I am currently testing. Again I have only had it for a few weeks so can only share my first impressions, but it is the Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14%*. I think of this almost being a chemical exfoliant too, because of the glycolic acid (though not completely because you do wash it off). It contains Jojoba Beads to gently buff away dead skin from the surface as well. It leaves my skin feeling super soft. I can't comment on how it is going for my acne yet, but I am excited to see how it goes. I pull this guy out when I am breaking out particularly bad, focussing on the break out area rather than my whole face.

The other product I have brought back into my routine is the Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment*.  I use this once a week to help rejuvenate and perk up my skin when it's looking dull. I also find it helps with my break outs - both while they are active and to help them heal as they're fading. I spoke about this guy in a full blog post not too long ago, click here if you are interested in the review.

overnight masks

I LOVE a good overnight mask all year round. There have been two that I have been using regularly at the moment, which I'll be doing a full blog post on soon, but I'll mention them anyway. The first on is the Glow Recipe Avocado Sleeping Mask*. I use this once or twice a week, often the same night or the night after I use Good Genes (which occasionally leaves my skin feeling a bit dry). I find this mask SO hydrating, nourishing my skin deeply. I mean it has Avocado and Manuka Honey, both of which are dynamite for the skin, for hydrating, while also containing PHA to gently exfoliate the skin.
The other night time mask I have been loving is Glow Recipe's Glow Sleeping Mask*, which is honestly heaven. My go-to whenever my skin is looking dull or flat (particularly around that time of the month) and just needs a super quick pick me up. It is one of the most interesting masks I have ever owned (texture wise) and I can't wait to share more about it soon. It is deeply hydrating, but also just somehow transforms your skin overnight, like a magician, to look glowy and refreshed come morning. 




Ok ok ok. That's enough rambling from me. This is probably the longest welcome back post EVER, but I hope that you have enjoyed reading about my current skin routine and learnt a thing or two. I have a review of the whole Glow Recipe range (exlcuding the mist) coming out very soon and will be doing a review on my five Skinstitut products once I have tried them out a bit longer, so stay tuned for that.

As always, let me know below what products you are currently using (and if you are loving or hating them). If you have any blog post or review requests, leave them below as well! 

Catcha on the flipside *insert peace emoji here*


*DISCLAIMER – Products with * have been sent for trial/review purposes. Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice. **This post contains affiliated links.

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