The upshot of it for me is that organic/natural has had to take a backstep. I still love my balms and oils but as treats. For day-to-day maintenance this is my current routine:
I'm starting with the evening because that is the most important stage to me:
Start with dry skin!
1st cleanse with my staple: Emma Hardie
2nd cleanse with Perricone's Nutritive Cleanser.
I alternate this with Alpha-H's Balancing Cleanser - another recent find.
This leaves the skin really soft yet definitely cleansed...
Depending on the day I do one of two things:
Day One: I wipe over the skin with Alpha-H's Liquid Gold and then leave the skin bare for the night as directed.
Hard for me as I am ingrained with covering the skin with something afterwards but no! I am doing as I'm told! This is some serious stuff and has made a clear, definite difference to my skin.
Day Two: Either P50 or a standard toner depending on whether I feel dry or am flaring up.
Eye Cream - currently Alpha-H's Absolute Eye Complex
On days I am not using Liquid Gold I apply toner and then go straight in with Perricone's Cold Plasma
followed by their Face Finishing Moisturiser.
Again start with dry skin.
Cleanse either with Nutritive Cleanser or Balancing Cleanser and a fresh hot cloth
Tone with a toner that suits my skin on the day. Can be anything from Guinot to Dr. Lewinns
Apply Cold Plasma
Apply Perricone's Face Firming Activiator
Apply Face Finishing Moisturiser on top.
Note the above 3 products are used in small quantities and leave the skin feeling soft and hydrated, not greasy and heavy.
Added extras: Vitamin E Serum from Alpha-H, Darphin Purifying Balm, Payot Speciale 5 Drying and Purifying Gel are all in rotation and I use them like a buffet - as and when I need them...
- hardcore - there is nothing organic/natural about my current routine - I still use all the natural products I have at home on my teenagers but for me, at the moment, bring on the chemicals...
- expensive - some of these products are not cheap. In fact they're borderline mortgage payments. But I'm telling you if they keep working the way they are at the moment it's worth it to me. I'll have to do without something else. Some people buy designer shoes/handbags/clothes, not me - skincare is my crack. And I can't just throw any old cream on my skin anymore and get away with it...
- keeping my skin hydrated with spray toners. Treating acne rosacea in any form is incredibly drying when you are used to big fat moisturisers and I have a decanted spray toner on my desk and two at home. It calms my redness. Soon as I feel that telltale 'heat' coming I spritz myself. Bliss.
- Going in with a second round of moisturiser after the first has absorbed. I make sure my face feels comfortable all the time.
- Cut down the spicy foods - sad but true. Jalapenos are a distant memory for me at the moment...
Will keep you posted on my progress.... Here's hoping...
Small print: I received the Perricone and Alpha-H products mentioned in goody bags at recent events. But I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't love them. And I will be purchasing off my own back when they run out. If I recommend something on this site it's because I recommend it - not because I've been paid to.