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Skincare Diary #9

Skincare Diary #9

Well, it's been a long time since one of these posts graced the homepage of TGG [almost three months!] - the reason being that my skincare routine has remained fairly constant since my last diary. Aside from a few recent additions, I've been sticking to products which I'm familiar with and which work well with my skin - calming, hydrating, and [most importantly!] not aggravating.

MONDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel Cleanser, Clarisonic Aria*, La Roche-Posay Serozinc*, Radical Restorative Moisturiser*. Evening : Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser, Pixi Glow Tonic, Hydraluron, La Roche-Posay Serozinc, Racinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc Treatment*, Verso Night Cream*, Dior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

A makeup-free day calls for constant application of Serozinc and moisturiser - what can I say, my winter ravaged skin is in serious need of some TLC. I'm adoring Serozinc - it's been the perfect antidote to the inflammation and redness currently blighting my complexion so I don't miss an opportunity to apply it [as you'll see below].

TUESDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel CleanserLa Roche-Posay Serozinc, Sisley Tropical Resins Complex*. Evening : Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, Radical Hydrating Cleanser*, Pixi Glow TonicHydraluronLa Roche-Posay SerozincRacinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc TreatmentVerso Night CreamDior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

A long day today, so this morning's skincare was all about creating a sound base for my makeup. The Sisley serum is light, silky, and formulated with a powder blend which absorbs excess oil - ideal if you have a long day of makeup wear ahead of you and don't trust your foundation to survive intact until evening.

WEDNESDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel CleanserClarisonic AriaLa Roche-Posay SerozincSisley Tropical Resins Complex. Afternoon : Garnier Micellar Cleansing WaterRadical Hydrating CleanserLa Roche-Posay SerozincJurlique Purely Bright Spot Treatment. Evening : Aesop Exfoliant Paste*, Eve Lom Rescue Mask*, Radical Instant Revitalising Mask*, HydraluronLa Roche-Posay SerozincRacinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc TreatmentVerso Night CreamDior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

Wednesdays call for a mid-week facial - I don't think I've actually used any masks but these two in recent weeks, they're both ideally suited to counter the skincare concerns I'm battling, and do so with a serious A-game. The Eve Lom mask is amazing at calming redness as well as giving my complexion a really thorough deep cleanse and overall boost. Followed up with Radical's uhh-mazing offering [seriously I'm smitten with this guy] my skin is left super soft as well as noticeably brighter and calmer [for real, I usually spend a good 5 minutes marvelling over just how good my skin looks after these two skincare powerhouses].

THURSDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel CleanserLa Roche-Posay SerozincRacinne Ultimate Hydra Advanced Luminous Gel*. Evening : Garnier Micellar Cleansing WaterRadical Hydrating Cleanser, Pixi Glow TonicHydraluronLa Roche-Posay SerozincRacinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc TreatmentVerso Night CreamDior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

A new number today - this light gel from my new favourite skincare brand Racinne, is ticking all the AM skincare boxes for me. A 2-in-1 skincare miracle-product, it gives intense hydration whilst simultaneously providing my skin with the smooth, matte surface required before makeup application. If you find that primers aggravate your skin/clog pores etc, then this would be a brilliant alternative. One use and I'm hooked.

FRIDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel CleanserClarisonic AriaLa Roche-Posay Serozinc, Radical Restorative Moisturiser. Evening : Aesop Exfoliant PasteEve Lom Rescue MaskRadical Instant Revitalising MaskHydraluronLa Roche-Posay Serozinc*, Racinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc TreatmentVerso Night CreamDior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

My evening skincare is ALL about fighting redness and reducing blemish scars, and between these carefully collated picks I'm really noticing a difference. The Racinne treatment is a silkily textured serum which absorbs instantly and works to brighten pigmentation - it has an instantly calming effect and smells tantalising. The Verso night cream is an old favourite which contains a super powerful dose of retinol [the good kind] and antioxidants to calm and repair damaged skin. Just what I need.

SATURDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel CleanserLa Roche-Posay SerozincRacinne Ultimate Hydra Advanced Luminous Gel. Afternoon : Garnier Micellar Cleansing WaterRadical Hydrating CleanserLa Roche-Posay SerozincJurlique Purely Bright Spot Treatment. Evening : Aesop Exfoliant PasteEve Lom Rescue MaskRadical Instant Revitalising MaskHydraluronLa Roche-Posay SerozincRacinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc TreatmentVerso Night CreamDior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

Another brightening/scar-fading wonder-product comes in the form of the above Jurlique spot treatment. Firstly, thumbs up to Jurlique for producing a product which not only prevents blemishes, but also deals with the after-effects [we need more products like this!]. Formulated with a blend of Niacinamide and Citric Peel [powerful anti-inflammatories] it is quite strong so you really don't need to apply a lot, but after just a few weeks of daily use it has made such a difference.

SUNDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel CleanserClarisonic AriaLa Roche-Posay SerozincRadical Restorative Moisturiser. Evening : Aesop Exfoliant PasteEve Lom Rescue MaskRadical Instant Revitalising MaskHydraluronLa Roche-Posay Serozinc, Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight FacialDior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

Ending the week with another makeup free day and a facial - my skin LOVES days like these. If you're in need of a serious skincare boost, I'd really recommend using two masks in succession - follow up a deep cleansing one with something a little gentler/more hydrating, and you'll notice a real difference. A note on the Dior eye cream : if you have sensitive eyes and seek a cream which soothes ad de-puffs, then here is the one.

Which products make up your staple skincare diary these days?

G x

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