3 skin-vestments for a routine with results

Looking for some skin-spiration? These three products might just revolutionise your routine.

Leanna Thomson
16th November 2022
Image: Instagram @theordinary
Call me sad, but my skincare routine is my favourite part of the day. Spending some time at the end of my manic day, where my sole purpose is to take care of myself, is the most simple yet effective form of self care in my everyday life. I'd even venture to say that it's played a huge role in how I've learned to cope with my depression, as it gives me the motivation to look after myself in more substantial ways.

This is the first piece of advice I'd give; a good skin routine should have its emphasis placed on feeling good, rather than looking good. Blemishes, redness, visible pores, dryness, wrinkles, texture, hyperpigmentation; these are all completely normal, and any face you see without these is either a.) highly made up or airbrushed, b.) can afford to splash hundreds of pounds on weekly facials from professional dermatologists or c.) having an exceptionally good skin day and certainly doesn't always look like that. However, if you invest in some high quality products (and this doesn't have to mean expensive!), you'll see enough of an improvement in your particular skin concern that will give you a refreshing sense of motivation and confidence.

This is the first piece of advice I'd give; a good skin routine should have its emphasis placed on feeling good, rather than looking good

Here are 3 skin-vestments that you may not have thought of yet, but will benefit every skin type.

1.) Sunscreen

You may be gazing up at the grey, November sky and thinking I must be having a laugh, but our skin can still be penetrated by UV rays on dull days, as they are not blocked by clouds. The risks include premature aging, sunburn and most importantly, skin cancer, so taking adding a minute out of your day to apply sunscreen is absolutely worth it. I'm a full face of makeup every day kind of girl, but La Roche-Posay's Anthelios Dry Touch Tinted SPF 50+ (£19.00) has a tinted, anti-shine formula that avoids a white cast and a greasy finish, allowing my foundation to sit over it nicely.

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2.) Niacinamide (pronounced NYE-A-SIN-A-MIDE, to save you from the embarrassment I suffered when I first asked for it at Fenwick)

This ingredient has taken the beauty world by storm recently, because of its multi-tasking abilities. It can help with:

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  • Excess oil and blemishes
  • Protecting your skin barrier
  • Scarring and hyperpigmentation

Niacinamide has worked wonders in reducing the scarring on my face and I've also noticed a significant reduction in spots since I started using it. I use The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1% (£5.60) - the brand as a whole offers all the best ingredients at all the best prices, very much dominating my skincare drawer.

3.) A skincare fridge

Yes, believe it or not, this is a thing! I like to refrigerate a lot of my skincare products, as it helps active ingredients stay in-tact and applying cold creams and serums just feels so refreshing. I also use a lot of tools such as jade rollers, gua shas and eye masks that work so much better when cold. Applying cool temperatures to your face can do lots of good, such as reducing dark circles, decreasing puffiness, improving circulation and treating inflammation. I used to wrap everything in cling-film and put it in my kitchen fridge, but it made everything smell slightly like spring onions, felt less than hygienic and probably annoyed my flat mates. So, for me, my Primark Skincare Fridge (£40) was a good investment. Plus, seeing an adorable, tiny pink fridge whirring away in my room just makes me very happy.

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