Here’s the thing – I’ve always considered myself to be fairly ‘in the know’ when it comes to beauty. I’m not saying I’m an expert, butttt I know my cleansers from my scrubs and my serums from my moisturisers.
About a month or two before starting as Content Assistant at Adore, I had conveniently run out of pretty much my entire skincare routine. And full disclosure: I was waiting on the freebies to carry me through so I didn’t have to spend on an entirely new skincare routine. Some may say stingy, but the freelance life will do that to you.
Now that I was going to be working with the experts, I wanted to upgrade my routine to some more serious products. The ones that are working together to get the job done *cue Bob the Builder… I mean Beauty Editor, Joanna*.
MY ORIGINAL ROUTINE:
Face Halo – To remove first layer of makeup & sunscreen
Skinstitut Gentle Cleanser – As the second step in my double cleanse
Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14% – Used about once a week to exfoliate
The Ordinary HA 2% + B5 – Used daily after cleansing my face (AM & PM) for hydration
The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil – My final step at night for additional hydration
Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ – Every single morning without fail
I’d like to point out that there’s actually nothing wrong with what I was using, in fact, I did impress the office with my existing routine – but everything was down to the last drop, so we made some changes for the sake of trying something new.
What Was In My First Order?
Alpha-H Vitamin C – To be used in the morning under my moisturiser and sunscreen to provide antioxidant protection
Aspect Phytostat 9 – Considering I didn’t have a moisturiser in my last routine, I was instructed to use this morning & night
Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF50+ – Had to repurchase this one for daily use, it’s my holy grail sunscreen
Skinstitut Gentle Cleanser – Another repurchase to accompany my Face Halo and provide a more thorough cleanse
Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12% – To be used alternating nights instead of the scrub on my (sometimes) sensitive skin
Alpha-H Liquid Gold – For a once a week chemical exfoliation for brighter, softer skin
asap Super B Complex – I could use this during the day too, but at the moment using it at night to hydrate and brighten
Murad Renewing Eye Cream – I was completely missing an eye serum, so let’s see how this goes
Now, in the spirit of full transparency, I’ve only been using these products for about 2 weeks, which isn’t normally long enough to see drastic results, however, here’s what I found:
Obviously, the whole lack of moisturiser thing in my previous routine left my skin thirsty AF. No moisturiser during a Melbourne winter? Criminal, I know. Upon my first application of both these products (and no I cannot pronounce Phytostat if you were wondering) my skin was noticeably more glowy and plump. Aspect’s Phytostat 9 was probably the standout of my routine. Dehydration? I don’t know her.
I made the switch from Skinstitut’s Glycolic Scrub, to the Glycolic Cleanser after citing that I had more sensitive skin and a physical exfoliant might not be most suited to me. Still, I instantly noticed my skin looked brighter and felt cleaner after the first wash. I could practically feel my cells renewing, but I would suggest using a good moisturiser with this as it can be drying.
This is a must and it was a repurchase. I have never tried a sunscreen like it. Honestly. It is the first sunscreen I have religiously used EVERY single day. Yes, rain, hail or shine you can guarantee this is on my face. And I know, I used to read about these people that applied SPF on the cloudiest of days, or who work inside and think *eye roll*, please. But I really do use it every day, I have no need to lie to you, we just met!
Personally, these 3 products need to be in my life a little while longer to see results. My under eyes are a hard taskmaster. I have seriously dark circles no matter the sleep, eye serum or concealer. I laugh & smile a lot (clearly a joy to be around), so my crow’s feet are present at the ripe old age of 23 – therefore, Murad will be staying until I see results.
I can’t say I saw the Vitamin C work for me in just 2 weeks so I’ll keep this in my routine before I make my final judgement, although I will say I didn’t experience any sort of adverse reaction to this product, so that’s a good start.
I was hesitant to go crazy on the Liquid Gold given my skin can be sensitive and have been using it s-p-a-r-i-n-g-l-y. When I say sparingly, I’ve probably used it once with a fully soaked cotton pad in 2 weeks, but I fully believe in the magic that is Liquid Gold it will not be eliminated.