Since entering my teen years, my skin has been problematic largely due to hormonal imbalances. This often means I get regular breakouts mainly on my forehead. A solid skincare routine has helped tremendously with particular skincare concerns. At the moment my skin has been behaving pretty well in comparison to a couple months ago. My evening routine focuses on repair, prevention and renewal.
Over the years I’ve learned that to give my serums with active ingredients a chance to work effectively, it’s important to have a cleanser that’ll simply rids the skin of daily grime without stripping or disrupting the skin’s pH balance. Dr Sam’s Flawless Cleanser is a simple gel formula that removes sunscreen and excess oil, while protecting the skin’s natural barrier.
Once my skin is dry, I spritz Juicy Mist liberally to quench my skin with hydration. With orange blossom water, aloe juice and sodium hyaluronate the mist soothes, hydrates and plumps my skin. While it’s slightly damp, I apply Indie Lee’s Stem Cell Serum which contains a conditioning blend of hyaluronic acid, echinacea and alpine rose. This helps trap moisture on my skin and promotes better absorption.
At this point my skin is feeling hydrated and smooth. To hold on to that feeling, I combine Dreamy Skin with CDB Miracle Drops to seal in that hydration and create a moisture barrier. The combination of retinyl, burdock root extract and hemp seed oil help reduce breakouts, pigmentation and soothes inflammation. By morning my skin looks calmer and rested.
After 10-20 minutes of absorption, depending on how my skin feels I’ll usually layer it with Dr Sam’s niacinamide-rich moisturiser. It boosts the production of ceramides which help acne-prone skin become compliant to the use of retinoids. As my last step, I roll What Spot over any breakouts. I find this to be a gentler alternative to other breakout treatments. It contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as black seed oil, calendula oil and mandarin to unclog pores, soothe redness and fight off spot-causing bacteria.
I try to customise my evening routine to what my skin needs but the principle ingredients are always hyaluronic acid, retinyl and niacinamide. This ensures my skin is hydrated, soothed and protected against future breakouts.
Written by brand ambassador Ashley.