Having recently talked a lot about skincare, but not really giving into any details about certain products, I thought it was time to further discuss my skincare routine on here. I am in no way an expert of the subject (if you need in-depth expert advice please have a look at Caroline Hirons' blog), but having struggled with sensitive skin for my whole life, I think I can give you a pretty good routine to go by.
First things first, let's start with the big cleanse. Now, the times of face wipes and a quick splash of water are long gone - I still feel terrible about doing that to my skin - and we all know a good cleanse is one of the most important things when it comes to having good skin. I don't really get on with harsh face washes, and according to Caroline Hirons one mustn't buy foaming cleansers, so hot-cloth cleansers have been my go-to product for a year or so.
I currently use the Eve Lom cleanser when my skin feels like it needs a really thorough cleanse (on heavy makeup days for example) and my Pai Camellia & Rose cleanser on any other days. I use a muslin cloth dipped into hot water (sometimes even infused with essential oils) as a compress, then gently massage the product into the skin. Afterwards I use the muslin cloth to remove the cleanser. There is quite a few different techniques of how to use hot cloth cleansers - Eve Lom even goes as far as suggesting you dip your muslin into cold water post-compress to close your pores again - but while the whole process seems like a hell of a lot of effort, I wholeheartedly vouch for its benefits. Nothings sets me up for the day and calms me down in the evening more than cleansing does.
Now onto the next step, toning. A toner basically prepares your skin to take on your moisturiser of choice. Back in the day it was there to remove any last bits of makeup/dirt still left on the skin; nowadays products are much more versatile than that. I always spray my face with the Pai Lotus & Orange Blossom toner and let the toner sink in before applying my moisturiser. However, if I'm struggling with a spout of unclear skin, I tend to use the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner to exfoliate before applying my moisturiser.
Moisturising is key in having nourished and healthy skin; I use the Pai Chamomile and Rosehip Day Cream every day and sometimes (in the evenings) mix it with some Josie Maran argan oil. As you can tell, I'm a big fan of the Pai products; their background and products are great and, having very sensitive skin myself, finding a brand that is focused around it was such a great discovery! I'm currently playing with the idea of purchasing their Rosehip oil, but as I still have a good amount of argan oil to use up, I will have to wait.
I hope this post has been helpful to you, but I urge you not to go to the shops and just buy away. If you have a routine you and your skin are happy with, don't change it - don't fix it if it isn't broken! Buying new, nice-looking products can be tempting, but everyone's skin is different and you don't need to try every cream and balm out there. When you keep changing your products, your skin will most certainly not like it and start playing up; keep it simple and your skin will reward you for it!