Skincare Routine Update, A Ramble, and Some Pics

My skin has continued to improve hugely with my new skincare regime. I talked here about my overhaul and my initial success with it, and I thought two months later that I’d update you on my progress.

To recap a little, here was my skin on day one. You can see that I have fine lines, hyperpigmentation, loss of tone, and some redness:

After one week of my skincare regime I could see results. The lines around my eyes had softened, redness had lessened, and there was some tightning around the eyes:

Two months later there is a marked difference in my skin. Hyperpigmentation is much improved, lines are much less visible, and tone has improved significantly.  Even my eyelid is firmer!  There is a slight flush on my cheek in the photo below because I had just applied some CE Ferulic serum, but normally there is no redness at all:

Yet another angle.  You can see the residual fine lines under my eyes in this shot:

The next photos I’ve lined up show my progress over the last two months. The one on the left is my photo on day one, the one in the middle is one week into the new skincare regime, and the one on the right is after two months of treatment.

What has surprised me most of all is the overall uniformity of my skintone and colour. I find myself reaching for concealer less and less these days, and today, for the first time, I went out with only sunscreen, mascara, and blush on my face. Moreover, I have seen a genuine ‘lifting’ effect, giving my skin a more toned appearance overall.  I couldn’t be happier.

So, onto my regime.

The basic elements of my skincare regime have remained the same, with the focus on active, good quality, and fresh ingredients.

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(morning)

- Cleanser: ‘Easy Rinse’ Oil Cleansing Method using DIY cleanser with Macadamia Oil, Borage Oil, Castor Oil, and Polysorbate 80.

- DIY Vitamin C serum (I have been alternating between my MAP 10% Vitamin C serum and my 15% L-ascorbic acid Vitamin C serum)

- MuLondon Moisturiser

- Marie Veronique Face Screen SPF 30

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(evening)

- Cleanser: ‘Easy Rinse’ Oil Cleansing Method using DIY cleanser with Macadamia Oil, Borage Oil, Castor Oil, and Polysorbate 80.

- Skinceuticals Retinol 0.5% (avoiding eye lids)

- MuLondon Moisturiser

- Raw, Unrefined Shea Butter used as eye and neck cream

- Occasional exfoliation: Microfibre cloth

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Not only is this regime simple, potent, and effective, but it’s extremely inexpensive. My DIY vitamin c serums cost me around $5 for 30mls (as opposed to the $269 that Skinceuticals charges for CE Ferulic in Australia), and everything else in the regime is similarly inexpensive.

If you are hesitant about mixing your own c serums because you’re worried you will burn your face off, don’t be. I may be doing a PhD, but it’s in English. I have no natural Science ability beyond inquisitiveness, and my cooking skills are pretty basic at best. Yet, I manage to make vitamin c serums that have improved my skin sigificantly whilst sticking within the parameters of my paltry student budget. I urge you to do it too!

If you are looking to make an addition to your own skincare regime, the one thing I would recommend to you is a decent sunscreen, worn daily. Not wearing sunscreen is how my skin got into such a state in the first place. All I can say is, thank God I was a nerdy child who spent most days indoors reading Jane Eyre or playing the clarinet, or I’d really be in trouble.

Resist the urge to rely on the SPF provided in makeup or skincare. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever apply enough to get the sun protection benefits from them, and most of them are chemical sunscreens anyway. Chemical sunscreens last an hour or two at best, generate free radicals in the skin, and can release hormone disruptors into the bloodstream. Get yourself a physical sunscreen which – as the name suggests – physically blocks the sun’s rays. The problem with physical sunscreens is that they can produce the dreaded ‘white cast’, but you can consult the EWG website for some ideas on which physical sunscreens are recommended. And get rid of the chemical sunscreens. Seriously.

Also, resist the urge to buy in to the latest ‘anti-wrinkle cream’. Moisturiser is moisturiser – find one that gives you the level of hydration you need and stick with it. I use MuLondon moisturisers because they’re natural, sink in beautifully, give me the hydration I need, and have a lovely fragrance.

Sadly, in order to really get ahead of wrinkles, you need to reduce your sugar in take too. Sugar destroys collagen. Sigh. I struggle with this one most of all. Any tips?

Lastly, use active, proven, fresh ingredients. Retinol/ Retin A/ Tretinoin and Vitamin C have proven scientific data behind them, so they will actually work. There are other ingredients around that have similar data behind them, but the list is small. If you centre your skincare regime around ingredients like this that have proven effectiveness, you can’t go wrong.

 

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53 Responses to Skincare Routine Update, A Ramble, and Some Pics

  1. Angela says:

    You look amazing! Stunning skin. x

  2. Dempeaux says:

    @Angela Thankyou :)

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