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29/03/14: Current Skincare Routine

Several months ago, I shared a couple of photos on Twitter.  My skin at that time was playing up, and I was suffering with acne, most prominently on my cheekbones.  Since then, I have tried several new ways to help my skin including finding a proper skincare routine... and I think I've found the one that works for me!  I've taken some pictures today to show you my skin now, and although I still have residual scarring there are no active spots and I'm hoping that the red patches will eventually fade. 

 [November 2013]


[ March 2014]

Step 1 - Akamuti Unscented Body Moisturiser (£8.00/100ml)
I know, it says it's a body moisturiser... but it's creamy and gentle and I have enjoyed using this for about a year now.  I've just finished my third pot, and although I'm toying with the idea of trying something different, I will probably still stock up on this.  When I initially used this I was trying it as a moisturiser as well, but as I've found something to take that place in my routine, this is used solely as a cleanser.  It works excellently with a hot cloth, and removes my make up well.  To avoid contamination with my fingers I use a teaspoon to remove a small amount from the pot.

After I've removed the majority of my make up, I then massage this oil cleanser into my skin, concentrating on the areas that I've had most difficulty with in the acne department - chin, cheekbones and temples.  Although with frustration it is tempting to really have at it, I try to remain gentle and massaging.  Although I liked the EBN Grapefruit cleanser that I was sent last year, when I saw this reviewed on Tania's blog I was intrigued - especially as with the grapeseed oil content it was supposed to be great for blemished skin.  

I dithered between buying the smaller or larger size, and I'm definitely glad I went for the large bottle as I've been using it for four months and have about half a bottle left.  My only concern is whether I will finish it before the recommended use by date.  I decant a small amount of this into a dropper bottle in order to use it, partly for safety (can't be trusted around an open pot) and also to minimise any unnecessary opening and closing of the bottle and introducing fingers and such.  I really enjoy the scent of this cleanser - although I can't discern any raspberry as such I can detect the Mandarin.  After massaging, I gently remove with warm water.

Step 3 - Akamuti Organic Orange Blossom/Rose Water/Facial Mist (between £6.50-12.00/100-110ml)
I've listed three toners here because I've used a combination of the three with this routine.  The orange blosson bottle is pictured, but it's actually cut with some rosewater.  The facial toner that you can buy is simply a certain mix of the two.  Although I like the waters alone, there's something about the two together that is even better.  As I already have a spritz bottle I prefer to just buy the simple bottle of the individual orange or rose and top up my bottle as and when.  I spritz this onto my face after cleansing, and leave it on ready for step number four.

Step 4 - Bodhi Desert Rose Facial Oil (£38.00/15ml)*
I actually won this back in 2013 in a giveaway held by Ana, and I am so glad that I did!  While the toner on my face is still damp, I lightly roll about three drops across my face, using four fingers to gently roll out from the centre of my face.  When I first started applying oils, I was much more haphazard, but after attending the Samasara Christmas party and hearing Jessica speak about application of skincare, I adopted this approach.  I don't know how much it has affected my skin, but I enjoy the routine of it.  I love the scent of this, and I love using it each night.  Bodhi also do a Neroli facial oil which I might try when this runs out as it's aimed at blemish-prone skin.  

It says it's a day cream, but I use this last thing at night as well as first thing in the morning.  I first tried this cream after ordering it as one of my free samples from Lucy Rose with another delivery.  Before this I didn't really have a dedicated moisturiser in my routine as I often found them too heavy, so I bounced between various bits and pieces.  I enjoyed the small sachet while it lasted and when my mother placed her own order at LR, I persuaded her to order another.  This time when it ran out, I knew I was going to have to buy the full size, and I am really glad I did.  It's the most I've ever spent on a moisturiser in my life, but I really feel like it seals my whole routine perfectly... plus the scent is fan-tas-tic.  If you have ever used Dr Alkaitis, then it's not dissimilar to the day and night cream scent (samples were in a SoukSouk box last year).  Very vanilla, but not sickly.  I also mix this in with my foundation in the mornings.

Good for me -
So,  that's the routine I'm using at the moment! I will be doing another post soon about the cloths that I use to remove the products, as I feel that they are a key part of it.  I started with plain cotton wool, but was going through it like crazy!  I wash my hands thoroughly before starting and also use Dr Bronners hand sanitizer in between some of the steps, just in case I've picked up some grubbiness.  I'm really happy with this routine and feel like each step is pretty solid.  I think the only element that might force me to change it would be the cost, as a few of the items are on the more expensive side.  But, having seen the results, I'm inclined to stick with them for now.  

Good for you -
Each item's ingredients are down below for you to check out - I'm happy with each of them and don't feel that I'm compromising my "green" preferences for results.  If you're looking for a different product to try, maybe one of these is worth investigating.  If you do try one, let me know what you think!  The only downside is that it does take about half an hour from start to finish, so if you need something quick and easy, then the first two steps are definitely out.  

Have you got a set skin routine - what do you think of the products in mine?  
Let me know down below!

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* This item was a gift/prize - I was not paid or compensated for this review, and all opinions are based on my use of the product!

Akamuti Body Moisturiser:  Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armenica), Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europa), Organic Beeswax (Cera alba)

Eden Be Natural Cleanser: Organic Grapeseed Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Raspberry Seed Oil with Vitamin E, Organic Mandarin Essential Oil

Akamuti Toners: Orange Blossom - Organic Distilled Orange Blossom (Citrus aurantium), Rose Water - Organic Distilled Rose (Rosa damascena), Facial Mist - Organic Distilled Rose (Rosa damascena), Organic Distilled Neroli (Citrus aurantium). 

Bodhi Desert Rose Oil: Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, aleurites moluccana (kukui) nut oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, triticum vulgare (wheatgerm) oil, rosa canina (rosehip) seed oil, fragaria ananassa (strawberry) seed oil, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, citrus aurantium var. amara (bitter orange) flower oil, santalum spicatum (sandalwood) oil, commiphora myrrha (myrrh) oil, tocopherol (vitamin e), citral*, eugenol*, geraniol*, linalool*, citronellol*, farnesol*, limonene*

Antipodes Day Cream:  Aqua, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Xanthan Gum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol & Wheat Straw Glycosides, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) See D Oil, Tocopherol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Leptospermum Scoparium.

20 comments:

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  1. It's nice to see that your skin problems have been improving. A nice selection of products I'm a fan of antipodes rejoice and bodhi desert rose

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    1. Thank you :) I really like the scent of those two x

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  2. Lovely routine, thanks for sharing what has worked for you! I had a bad breakout last year and I totally understand how it can affect your self-confidence. The toners sound awesome, and I've seen so many bloggers rave about Bodhi!

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    1. The Bodhi crew have a great sense of what scents works well together :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing the love of Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream. We find many people using the Rejoice at night time as well as during the day, with amazing results. It is the manuka flower oil and avocado oil combined with macadamia and jojoba that balance and moisturise. Very glad you had great results.

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    1. You're welcome - thanks for stopping by. :) I like to use it throughout the day, but will probably have to rein it in a little for it to last! x

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  4. All of these products look fantastic, I actually haven't tried any of these! Putting them on my wishlist xx

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    1. Definitely would recommend each of these products - hope you like them too :)

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  5. Glad your skin issues are getting better, it can take such a long time to find the right combination of products, can't it? You see, to have found a good routine with some lovely products x

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    1. Thank you Annie :) I'm planning on a post discussing the other elements that I think are helping my skin, but I am definitely pleased that I have got the skincare routine sorted for now! x

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  6. That's really such a great improvement, good to see you've found a routine that works for you :) Glad you're liking the EBN cleanser, it really worked so well for me during winter :) The Bodhi rose oil sounds amazing and I would love to try that soon. I also hear so many rave reviews for Antipodes, but when I tried their products (for sensitive skin) I unfortunately had such a bad reaction! x

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    1. Oh, that's such a shame that they didn't work for you :( Which products did you try? If you're not sure about the Bodhi oil, I think they still do the mini sizes which are then redeemable against a full bottle. x

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  7. Wow your skin has improved so much!! I would definitely recommend the Bodhi Neroli Luce for your skin, I have blemish-prone skin too and it's worked wonders!

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    1. Before I won the Rose oil I had wanted to try the Neroli one for that reason - but as the rose has worked so well I don't know if I dare try to pull a switch! Glad to know it's worked well for you though, that's encouraging :) x

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  8. It looks like your skin has improved so much. I can't be trusted with an open bottle either, it's guaranteed I will spill it x

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    1. Oh gosh, me too - I've lost count of the number of glasses of water I've knocked over in my room! Thank you for stopping by :) x

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  9. Hi Hephzibah! I'm a new reader! Your routine looks wonderful and your skin looks incredible. I always love reading about products that have made such a difference for someone :)


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    1. Hi Addison! Lovely to have you here :) I'm so glad you enjoyed reading my routine. Will definitely come across and check out your blog!

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  10. Your skin looks great now!! I absolutely adore the Antipodes Rejoice Day Cream, it's so lovely and I love the scent! I've yet to try anything by Eden Be Natural but I've been eyeing up that oil cleanser for a while.

    Gem x
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    1. Hi Gemma! It is a beautiful scent - reminiscent of the Dr Alkaitis creams that were in a Souk Souk box last year, I think? I'm sure you'll love the cleanser if you go for it. :) x

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