I’m pale. I’m one of those people who glance at the sun and ends up with a sunburned nose. (Gotta love that Irish ancestry)
When I was younger I hated my skin I hated how pale I was, how no one on tv or magazines seemed to have skin as fair as mine. I always wanted to have a gorgeous sun kissed tan (and had my fair share of self-tanning disasters as a result), but as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to love and appreciate my pale skin. I’ve also learnt how to look after my skin on a budget. As much as I would love to be always able to splurge, most of time it’s just not possible.
Now before we go any further, as well as being pale, my skin is also sensitive and a little bit on the dry side. I’ve had eczema on and off my entire life (it runs in my family) and as a result there are entire brands (both high end and drugstore) that I won’t go near as I know I’ll probably end up having a reaction. This includes brands that are designed to help people with skin problems like mine (yep, I’m one of those awkward people).
With all of this in mind, my routine is something I’ve perfected over the years and I know works for me. Leaving me with clean and fresh skin, so without further ado my skincare routine for Summer.
Soap and Glory is one of my favourite drugstore brand for skincare, I never had a reaction and their cleansers always work wonders on my skin. The facial wash is my favourite to use in Summer, as it sorts out my t-zone (which tends to get oily in Summer) without drying out the rest of my face.
I find that Soap and Glory is often on offer, either with money off or 3 for 2, so it’s always good value for money, and even if it isn’t this facial wash is only £8 full price, bargain.
I use this instead of a toner/serum. I find serum too heavy and toner tends to sit on my skin. Whereas Micellar water sinks into my skin without leaving my pores feeling clogged.
Also it’s great value for money, this huge bottle is only £5.99 from boots and is often on offer. It’s last ages as well, I’ve used this nearly everyday for six months and am only just coming to the end of the bottle.
Stage 3: Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub
I do this stage twice a week. I only exfoliate my t-zone, as if I exfoliate my cheeks they get very dry and my skin becomes flakey.
Simple is a great budget brand for those with sensitive skin. I never had any reaction and I find with this exfoliate it’s not too rough on my skin. I’ve found that many of the exfoliators I’ve tried in the past have left my face feeling raw, but with this one leaves my skin feeling all nice and smooth.
I’m very particular about my moisturiser, I often find them to heavy on my skin, making my pores feel clogged. Over the years I’ve tried many moisturisers and I found the ones that are gel like often work better with my skin than those with a thicker consistency.
This one has been a firm favourite of mine for a number of years, it’s incredibly hydrating without making my t-zone worse, seriously one of my favourite drugstore finds. To the point where I tend to stock up when it goes on offer, which is quite often.
This is the final step, it’s the most expensive and the most important. I used to use just a standard sun protection but I found it caused my makeup to run, so in the last few years I’ve been using sun protection designed for your face.
I normally use this five to ten minutes after I’ve put on my moisturiser. This one is great as it has a slightly tackiness to it, so it works really well as a primer, which is an added bonus.