My New Skincare Routine

Hi hi you beautiful person! I hope you're doing great. Here's a little story about my skin. When I was 12 years old, I got my first pimple. I was afraid other people would judge me because of that pimple, or would perceive me as less attractive - so I covered that pimple up with some concealer. Nothing wrong with that, until I got more pimples, and started to be more and more afraid of the response people would have to my imperfect skin. So I bought a bottle of foundation, and started using it on special days. Until every day began to feel 'special', and on one day I realized I was afraid to leave the house without a full-face makeup look. That was the day I decided to stop using foundation - unless the day was special, I wanted to feel extra confident or had a party or gathering.


That also was the day I realized my skin showed a somewhat allergic reaction to foundation. I have now been 'foundationless' for about 9 days I believe, and my skin looks so much better. A lot of redness has disappeared and my skin just looks healthier.

The first bare-skinned day was super tough and I still feel very, very insecure about my skin - but I think it's something psychological. My skin isn't terrible - it's just that I've been trying to conceal my face for the last 5 years and without my mask, I feel so naked. But I just couldn't do it anymore - I didn't want to be that girl who couldn't do some grocery shopping without at least 8 makeup products on her face anymore.

So - let's get back to what this article actually is about. An updated makeup routine requires an updated skincare routine, and I currently am using products I feel my face is loving.

in the morning
I try to use as few products as possible - I don't want to irritate my skin with chemical mixtures and I don't feel like my face needs a lot of cleansing in the morning. I splash my face with some water and then apply the lotion shown in the picture below: the Vitamin E Moisture Lotion SPF 15 by The Body Shop. I love the Vitamin E range by TBS and I don't recall it ever irritating my face. I like that it has SPF because I think sunscreen is very important and in this way you moisturize and protect your face with one product. 


in the evening
Whenever I wear makeup - facial but eye-makeup as well, I always remove it with micellar water. I do feel like it does leave some makeup on my face, so I recently bought the Olaz Regenerist Cleansing Brush - I've always wanted a Clearasonic but it was just too pricey for me! So when I saw this one I knew it was a perfect alternative. I splash some water onto my face, put some Creamy Foam Cleanser by Rituals on the brush and massage my face with the little machine. As a moisturizer I use coconut oil - I love coconut oil but not for the day, because it leaves my face very greasy. When I don't wear makeup, I leave out the micellar water and just clean my face with the Rituals cleanser.



Here's the Olaz Regenerist Cleaning Brush - I'm not going to write a full review on it because it basically is a fancy electrical toothbrush to clean your face, but that fancy toothbrush really does a helluva good job.

My most recent post have been more life(style)- and food-related, and even though writing a 'skincare routine'-post feels a bit unnatural as I haven't written about beauty for the past few months, I wanted to post this because this skincare routine is quite the victory for me: I used to put so many creams, lotions, butters - you name it - on my face, until I realized I wasn't being good to my skin and I minimized my routine, just like my makeup. Quitting this heavy routine really feels like recovering from an addiction - I am happy I am finally able to leave the house without makeup: I still feel very insecure, especially when I talk to people - but it is possible and I'm motivated to make it better. <3

Let this post be an inspiration for those who feel so insecure without makeup, too - people won't judge you once they see that red spot on your cheek, or those dark circles. I've actually noticed people didn't look at my cheeks, or forehead, or chin at all - people are used to looking at your eyes. You see the things you're insecure about worse than other people see them - feeling very conscious about something will make it a bigger issue for you, resulting in more and sadder looks in the mirror. So leave that bottle of foundation on the shelf and try to let the beautiful, natural you be just as happy as the the adjusted and more cosmetic one. <3


have a beautiful day

36 comments

  1. This productis are great! Nice post!

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  2. lovely post dear, i tried going foundation less for 2 weeks and my skin looked amazing! i am using foundation now, ut i think that now and then i will just have a week off :) I wan one of those brushes for your skin, i think i might ask for one for christmas :) x

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  3. This Body Shop moisturizer sounds great, I love the Vitamin E range :)

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  4. Interesting that you like the Olaz brush, I have the Foreo one but I don't use it as often as I should

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  5. Interesting that you like the Olaz brush, I have the Foreo one but I don't use it as often as I should

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  7. My skin definitely isn't the best, it's actually worse than it's been for years. It's still no full-grown extreme acne but my skin just isn't very good. I know it's hormonal though and you know what - it's my skin why should I cover it with make-up all the time even when I don't feel like putting so much effort in it in the morning - or don't even feel like wearing make-up at all? I realise this can be quite challenging though - but it's your skin and you're beautiful with or without make-up. And I'm sure you see your skin as worse than it actually is. :)

    By the way, if you want to irritate your skin as little as possible, you should avoid products that contain alcohol denat. or irritating scents (e.g. geraniol, citronellol, linalool, coumarin, cinnamal etc.). Harsh surfactants can also cause irritation. Hope, this helps you. :)

    Lots of love, Isa
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  8. I don't wear foundation everyday, i try to use it as less a possible because I really hate it. But I use it when I am taking pictures or when I go to school or some other special event.

    Lots of love!

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  9. Fab post! I would also love to be able to afford a clearisonic brush...I hear they do a wonderful job at cleansing the skin. I am also a fan of the Body Shops Vitamin E range, I adore the eye cream. Thanks so much for visiting my blog :)

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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  10. Such a great post. When I read the first paragraph, it just felt like someone wrote what I went through when I got my first pimple :)

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  11. These are lovely photos and this seems like a very solid routine! As a side note, I really like your tattoo :) Great post!
    xo Kiki
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  12. great post! I now want to try that moisturizer from the Body Shop. Thanks for sharing!

    lifeisashoe

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  13. sometimes its great to just dial it back to the absolute necessities regarding your skin. I love Body shop stuff as well, I'm currently using the aloe cleanser and its lovely!
    Mantenso xx
    She's AbouThat Life

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  14. Yay for the body shop, I use the same cream every morning before applying make up and really love the texture and SPF!

    Tanya
    www.StripesNVibes.com
    BlogLovin

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  15. Thank you, this is interesting and shows me that I maybe should also overthink my skincare :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  16. Love this Vitamin E range by TBS. Great that it has SPF 15 (:
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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  17. Such pretty pictures, lovely to have found your blog!

    Makeup Monster

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  18. I love your photos! I always use micellar water on an evening too

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  19. Your tattoo is pretty cool! I'm really happy to hear you say you're trying to reduce the make up on your face! I don't wear make up myself aside from concealer, mascara and some lipstick when there's something special happening. I don't feel insecure about my skin because I have a pretty good one with barely any pimples and black heads that look like freckles instead (which might not sound too good but you really can't tell they're there unless you look really closely), but now that high school started for me I feel so much more pressured to wear foundation or bb cream or concealer, even when I feel lazy and don't want to put anything on my face. However, my lack of make up is not because I don't care, on the contrary, I don't wear any face make up because I'm pretty sure that if I start using it my face will be covered with spots and my skin will just get worse and why mistreat it when it is already really good? I only cleanse my face with an Avène Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin that works really well and a manuka honey face scrub that I only use twice a week and I don't normally moisturize my face as it can get pretty oily if I do.
    Have a lovely day!
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  20. I swear by Nivea. I have sensitive skin and I have never had any problem with their products.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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  21. I love The Body Shop products and especially the Vitamin E range but I actually haven't tried this particular lotion and I love that it comes in a tube, because all my past vitamin E creams have been in a tub x

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  22. Great routine - I heard some great things about that Body Shop Vitamin E lotion. I'm going to go check it out now!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  23. Great post!! I love the Nivea 3in1 micellar water, better than all the rest and leaves my skin feeling amazing!!

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    x

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  24. gorgeous photos and thanks for the recommendations :) you have a lovely blog! xx

    je suis cat

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  25. Thank you for this post, it's great to see other peoples skin routines, so important to find the right products for the perfect routine.

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  26. Oh very great pics
    That brans are really goods
    xx

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  27. I love how uncomplicated and simple your skincare routine is! Some people think putting on too many products is the key but I believe otherwise. Putting less means less allergic reactions to products, right? Also, I know how it feels to be super insecure with your skin that you can't leave the house without a foundation. My skin isn't that bad but I have a lot of acne scars - red ones and indented ones. I can't leave the house without BB cream to hide all the imperfections. But lately I've been going out makeup less. I am trying to love my skin more and I am also having less breakouts these days, I noticed. We just all have to accept that we are not perfect but we should be confident and love our own skin. :)

    Jenn
    The Pink Lemonade Girl

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  28. You're right that breaking out of commanding habits can feel like you've had a weight lifted!! About your makeup story, I had no idea that you were self-conscious of your skin. That's terrible, because from what we see on the blog photos, it looks great!

    I'm happy that I've never been a person to rely on makeup. Some days I can feel pretty crappy about my skin, but for the most part I have never needed to rely on foundation/concealer to get me out of the house. Very thankful for that!!

    I'm glad you've been giving your skin a more simplified treatment. I love wearing just lotion/sunscreen, mascara and a highlighter across the tops of my cheeks for every day. It's a really basic no makeup, makeup. Unlike a lot of other bloggers who whip out twenty products and call it minimalistic ;) ;)

    Much Love!
    -Stephanie Eva

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  29. Great post and so informative! That Body Shop moisturizer sounds really nice.

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  30. This is such a brilliant post! I'm actually really happy that you're pushing yourself towards something that used to make you feel uncomfortable and you're succeeding! I rarely use foundation now because I want my skin to simply breath and I want to keep my acne away and it has been working wonders! Xx

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  31. I really need to get a cleansing brush, I've had to do a skincare overall because my skin was getting worse and my products were doing nothing to help

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  32. Wow. I'll try the products from the body shop. Sounds great.

    X. Audrey ❤
    Audreyordonez.blogspot.com

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  33. You write so beautifully!
    Did you know though, that Nivea and Body Shop are not cruelty free, which means they support animal testing..? That's such a shame, because both brands DO have amazing products!

    Cheers
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  34. I also have one of those Olay cleansing brushes and really like it. I use it with my Clarins scrub but the cleanser from Rituals also sounds lovely :)

    Renata x
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