When I was about 15 - 16 years old, my mother took me to Myer in the city and started me on a skincare routine. My mother worked outdoors earlier in her life and she had sun damaged/dehydrated skin and she was so vigilant about me protecting my skin and having a regular skin care routine.
I was lucky I didn't really suffer from your normal teenage skin issues, so apart from the occasional break-out I have had normal skin to date and I must say that I credit that early training that my mother instilled in me.
I have outlined below my personal skin-care routine and what works for me. I can't say that they will work for everyone but these are my personal favourites at the moment and I must say I am very happy with the result!
So while I leave my conditioner in my hair for a few minute I use about a 10 cent piece of this cleanser on my fingertips and gently rotate the super-fine granules gently around my face. I never put it around my eyes and focus on areas where I am prone to dry skin, like around my nose. I finish it off with just putting my face under the shower.
My next step, when I come out of the shower, is to remove any residual eye make-up again with the Clarins Gentle Eye Make-up Remover. Another must have product in my bathroom cabinet. I try to make sure that I remove my eye make-up at night but inevitably there is always that little bit left over. This product is non-greasy, great for people like me that have sensitivity with my eyes and also for those with contact lenses.
For my night cleanser, there are several I like but my favourite would have to be Philosophy's Purity Cleanser, amazing with taking off make-up. Again a one-step cleanser toner, it melts away make-up and impurities. I find that it works better when your skin is moist and I find if I put a face washer with warm water on my face it actually "loosens up" the make-up and it comes off easier. I generally use a cotton pad which I put the cleanser on, wipe across my face, I then use a face washer to wipe away any excess. In saying that, there have been nights that I only use face wipes and also that my pillow has been my make-up remover... but we won't take about that!
My "desert island" item, I can't live without it! I LOVE MY EYE CREME! I have two favourites and based on my economy is what I have my bathroom cabinet. To apply eye cream correctly you put a tiny amount on your ring fingers and work it around your eye socket. You gently work from your inner eye and press firmly to help reduce puffiness. With eye creams a little goes a long long way!
La Prairie - Cellular Revitalising Eye Gel - Quite exy but believe me it works a treat! It has a cooling, soothing formula that help with fine lines, puffiness, dark circles. The Rolls Royce of Eye Cremes for me!
Chanel Ultra-Correction Line Repair - Again works on my problem areas of puffiness, fine lines and dark circles. very hydrating.
Whatever product I have on hand, I need to have an eye creme otherwise it real shows on my eyes.
My moisturising process is two-step, serum then moisturiser.
When using a serum, you don't go through moisturisers as quickly. The benefits of a good serum is longer lasting hydration as it helps your moisturiser penetrate deeper into the 3 layers of the skin. There are various serums with specific benefits but due to my skin type, dehydrated, and age, I use a hydrating serum and again based on my financials at the time I like 2 different brands
La Prairie Cellular Hydrating Serum - Intense deep hydration, will keep your skin hydrated all day long, also visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkle!
Clarins Thirst Quenching Hydrating Serum - This keeps skin soft and hydrated, not as intensive as the La Prairie Serum but all the same, it helps the moisturising process.
I use two different moisturisers, one for spring/summer/autumn and one for winter
Chanel Hydramax + Active Gel Creme - Not as light as a gel but not as heavy as a creme, its texture is light, smooth, penetrating the skin and leaves it amazingly soft without not greasy residue. You can be economically with it as it goes a long way!
Philosophy's Hope in a Jar - I really like the Philosophy range of products, and this is a favourite, little weight, smooth a little richer than Chanel but perfect for my skin in winter!
I also strongly recommend you use a good face sun protection. I generally react to having sunblock in my moisturiser but I use a tinted moisturiser with SPF.