A little while ago, when I wrote about what I got in my Adore Beauty haul, I mentioned that I picked up some products from The Ordinary by Deciem. Many of you were interested in how the products were performing, so I thought I’d write a post about them. Then I realised that I had actually switched up a few products in my skin care routine in the past couple of months, so I figured I may as well kill two birds with one stone and include my product review in my current skin care routine post.
I started writing out my entire skin care routine (complete with in-depth product reviews) and the post was almost 3000 words long. So, I’ve decided to divide the posts into three separate ones: my morning routine, my evening routine, and my weekly treatment routine. Stay tuned for the others throughout the week!
Quick disclaimer about my skin: I have normal to combination skin (but it’s more on the normal side usually). I get dehydrated/dry areas around the perimeter of my face, and I get occasional hormonal/bad diet breakouts on my chin mostly. I am 25 years old, so I don’t have too many wrinkles, but lines are definitely starting to appear on my skin, particularly in my expression lines (I frown a lot!). My skin is very fair with lots of freckles. It is prone to mild sensitivity but is otherwise fine.
Of course, you should all be drinking plenty of water, eating healthy(ish) meals, and getting a good amount of rest – these are the building blocks of healthy skin! You can use the most amazing, brilliant, expensive skin care products in the world, but if your body is dehydrated or unhealthy, it’s going to show on your skin first.
So, let’s get into my morning skin care routine with some product reviews!
- Cleanse with The Harvest Garden Gentle Facial Scrub with Calendula & Goats Milk* – $16.00 AUD
The Harvest Garden is an Australian owned and operated family business that produces hand-made natural skin care products. They believe in natural ingredients without the nasty additives. This gentle facial scrub is a dry mixture that you can create a paste with using water, honey, or facial oils. It is designed to “gently remove dead skin cells, improve skin tone, and leave your skin glowing and healthy”. I use this cleanser with water added on most days; however, I have used my rosehip oil as a mix-in for this cleanser when my skin is feeling a little on the dry side. This cleanser does exactly what it says – and it’s gentle enough to use daily. I enjoy using this in the mornings as it clears away all the dirt from the night before, leaving my skin feeling smooth yet hydrated (thanks to the goats milk!). This is one of the only manual exfoliators I enjoy – usually I steer clear of them as I find them to be too harsh.
2. Tone with Mario Badescu ALPHA Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion – $22.00 AUD
Toning supports the cleansing process by returning the skin’s pH levels back to normal. This particular toner also acts as a second cleanser/exfoliator and has the added benefit of brightening the skin. Before this toner I was using the Skin Fresh toner by Nutrimetics, which contained citric oils and therefore claimed to have a brightening effect. I used that toner for roughly one year and didn’t see much of a difference in my skin’s brightness. I’ve been using the Mario Badescu toner for about one month but the results were instantaneous – some mild scarring from past breakouts faded in a matter of days. This toner is not irritating at all, it is very mild and gentle with added aloe vera and seaweed extracts. The brand claims this is suitable for all skin types, and I would have to agree. I really love it, and can see myself repurchasing when it runs out.
3. Treat with The Ordinary Buffet serum – $24.90 AUD
This is one of the newer products in my routine. This serum is fantastic. It is a multi-technology peptide serum that claims to fight the signs of ageing while correcting skin texture and providing surface hydration. It is an alcohol and silicone free formula. I have been using this serum twice daily for over a month now and I have been loving the effects. It has definitely smoothed my skin texture and it has also reduced the appearance of some of my fine lines that are beginning to develop. This hasn’t dried out my skin or made me react badly in any way – it’s really cooling to apply and it dries down quite quickly. It’s a very lightweight formulation with no overpowering fragrances. I will definitely be repurchasing this product. The price is amazing and more places are now stocking The Ordinary (such as Myer!), making it quite accessible.
Another new product from The Ordinary is the Natural Moisturising Factors + HA. This is an oil-free moisturiser, which is why I opt to apply this guy in the mornings. It replenishes naturally occurring amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, et cetera on the skin. It is quite a thick formula and because it is oil-free it dries down quite quickly, sometimes making it difficult to apply. I just have to be extra gentle when applying this so I don’t pull my skin too much. Other than that, this moisturiser is fantastic. I particularly think people with oily skin will enjoy this moisturiser. It has definitely helped hydrate my skin and it doesn’t compromise makeup application – it’s a great base because it is smoothing and mattifying. As this moisturiser does not contain SPF, I only apply it on mornings when I know I will be applying my BB or CC cream with SPF 30 in it.
On days when I am not planning on wearing makeup, or I want to wear foundation with no SPF in it, I use the Olay Complete Defence UV Moisturising Lotion SPF 30 – it is lightweight, non-greasy, does not leave a white cast (despite being white and not offering a tint), and is super affordable. I have already repurchased this lotion. I like that it feels more like a moisturiser than a sunscreen – I have tried other products that are similar to this one, but they feel and smell like a regular sunscreen, which is not what I want as a makeup base.
5. Treat under eye area with Simple Radiance Brightening Eye Cream – $18.99 AUD
Before this eye cream, I was using the Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream, which I really enjoyed. As it is on the pricier side though, I was keen to try a more affordable option for my morning eye cream. In the mornings I want something lightweight, brightening, and moisturising. Unfortunately there are not too many affordable options – this Simple eye cream was one of the only ones I could find that seemed to tick all those boxes. It is nice and lightweight and does provide hydration, but I wouldn’t say that it brightens all that well (which is a shame, seeing as that is its main claim). This eye cream is just OK, it’s not mind-blowing. I think the Clinique did a better job at brightening and hydrating, but it is double the price. If you know of any good affordable day eye creams let me know!
6. Apply a lip balm that contains SPF sun protection
My favourites are the Ego QV Face Lip Balm with SPF 30+ – $4.99 AUD, the Hurraw! Tangerine Chamomile SPF 15 lip balm – $6.45 AUD, and the Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF 30 – $14.99 AUD. All of these balms are ultra nourishing and provide excellent sun protection. I like layering these underneath lipsticks to make them more comfortable as well.
That concludes my morning skin care routine. I will admit it took me a while to get into doing this routine in the mornings, because the 5 minutes it takes for me to do this every morning is 5 extra minutes of sleep I could be getting, but it is worth it. This routine ensures I start my day the right way – with clean, healthy skin.
Stay tuned for my evening skin care routine, and my weekly skin treatments posts coming soon!
*These products were sent to me free of charge from the companies. I was not paid to write this blog post and I do not make a commission if you choose to buy these products. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and they are 100% honest.