Skincare – Product Order …

I have had multiple questions about this topic, so I thought I’d do a new, refreshed post, just so that it is really clear. I’ll mention some products for each step too. When I list loads of cleanses/moisturisers/toners etc. you don’t need them all, just a few will do. I’ve tried to keep things as budget/high-street as possible, but there are a few higher end ones as I do use a mixture. Prices are a rough guide – offers/discounts/shopping around vary them.



Cleanse: With a cream/lotion/non-foaming gel. Always apply product to dry skin no matter the instructions. Clean flannel (or muslin cloths if you prefer that – I never use them) and hand hot water to rinse/wipe off. One cleanse is enough in the morning.

  • La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel or Milk £10.20
  • Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk ‎£8.00
  • Soap & Glory The Ultimelt Hot Cloth Cleanser (this is SO much better than Liz Earle!) £10.00
  • Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream £22.00
  • Boots Botanics Hydration Burst Dual Action Cleanser £2.99

Toner: Hydrating toner in the AM, acid toner at PM. I prefer a spritz toner but in the AM you can use a cotton pad – both sides. You can use any toner really, as long as it contains GLYCERIN and there is NO ALCOHOL.

  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Toner £9.50
  • Tropic Vitamin Toner (Now, Vitamin Toner Pore Refining Mist) £14.00
  • Caudalie Grape Mist £10.00
  • La Roche Posay Serozinc (Oily/blemish skin you need this!) £6.40
  • L’Oreal Dermo Expertise Age Perfect Toner (even if ageing isn’t your concern!) £2.99
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray £22.00
  • Clarins Extra Comfort Toning Lotion £17.60

Eyes: I am testing one particular eye cream at the moment. The ones listed below I have tried and are decent. Eye cream is something to spend your cash on (eyes are a major concern of mine, so I spend money on them). Take a small grain of rice per eye on to ring fingers – rub together – firmly but gently apply to whole eye area all around the eye socket, not just underneath.

  • La Roche Posay Pigmentclar Eyes £18.38
  • La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes £11.25
  • Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado £20.00
  • No7 Youthful Eye Serum £19.50
  • Hylamide SubQ Eyes Advanced Serum £18.00 (more coming on this soon)

Serum: This (with eye creams) are where you need to spend your money. Your serum(s) should reflect your skin concerns: dehydration, ageing, pigmentation, redness, balance etc. There are some serums that, for now, while you’re young, will do (Aldi), but later on, money will need to be spent I’m afraid … Serums should be smoothed round the face – I use a 5 pence piece size. I also use two serums – Hydraluron (or a hydrating serum) then an anti-ageing serum.


  • Hydraluron (see my Hall of Fame post – everyone needs this!) £16.66
  • Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum £16.88
  • Aldi Lacura Multi Intensive Serum – Aqua Complete H2O £3.49
  • Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum £20.00
  • Clarins Hydraquench Intensive Serum £43.00
  • Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum £33.00
  • Una Brennan Superfacialist Neroli Intense Facial Serum 30ml ‎£16.99



Moisturiser: If you spend the money on a decent serum, you can get away with a less expensive moisturiser. I chop and change mine depending on the state of my skin. I apply a 5 pence piece size all over the face and neck and I do use more if it is needed. The main thing about moisturisers is that they DO NOT contain mineral oil/paraffin wax/petroleum.

  • La Roche-Posay Toleriane (for sensitive skin) £15.00
  • La Roche-Posay Rosaliac (for redness) £14.00
  • Una Brennan Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream SPF15 ‎£7.49
  • Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser £16.99
  • Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream SPF15 £2.49
  • Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base £39.00
  • Radical Perfection Fluid £60.00

So that is the daytime routine. To summarise:

Cleanse / Hydrating Tone / Eye Cream / Serum / 2nd Serum if required / Moisturise



Eye Makeup Remover: Waterproof mascara is notoriously difficult to get off. I only wear it when I know I’m going to cry (which isn’t usually often, with the exception of these last few months) or on holiday when I’m in the pool/sea and am wearing makeup (which is very very rarely – who wears makeup to a beach?!). A separate eye makeup remover is required. I’ve found very few I like. You generally need an oil based remover to get waterproof mascara off. These are the only ones I can recommend…

  • Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover £16.70
  • Garnier Micellar Water ‎- not amazing at waterproof but decent enough £3.33
  • Olive Oil or Coconut Oil – make sure you remove with hot flannel £5.55
  • Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wearing Makeup Remover £18.00

Cleanse: This cleanse needs to be with an oil or balm cleanser. Sunscreen/SPF/oil based foundation and moisturisers need an oil texture to remove effectively. These are the absolute best I have tried – any of them take makeup off really really well:

  • Clinique Take the Day Off Balm – This is the absolute best £22.00
  • The Body Shop Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil – Followed closely by this £11.00
  • The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter – then this. £13.00
  • Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm £5.99
  • Coconut Oil – Refined, cold-pressed, virgin. I use Fushi. £5.55
  • Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm £38.00
  • Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm £31.55
  • Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm £15.50

2nd Cleanse: The idea is to completely get rid of all traces of makeup and the cleanser you used for the 1st cleanse. For this I either use one of the cleansers from the morning list, or:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Miracle Glow Cleanse, Balm and Mask £45.00 
  • Boots Botanics Hydration Burst Dual Action Cleanser £2.99

Acid Tone: This is where the AHA/BHA acids exfoliate your skin without leaving you red and sore. Swipe a cotton pad or pre-soaked pad over the face, avoiding direct eye contact (but I take under the eye). Turn pad over and repeat. Refer to the Aveda Hall of Fame post for more acid toner info. You only need one of these. Salicylic generally for blemishes. Glycolic for all other skin types as a general rule (I use a bit of everything). A slight tingle (or possibly a sting on an open/new spot is normal).

  • Pixi Glow Tonic – Glycolic £18.00
  • Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant – Salicylic £18.00
  • REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner – Glycolic/Lactic £13.00
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads – Glycolic/Lactic £18.26
  • Mario Badescu Glycolic Toner – Glycolic £15.50
  • Clarins Exfoliating Toner – Glycolic/Salicylic ‎£22.85
  • Burt’s Bees Anti Blemish Solutions Clarifying Toner – Salicylic £11.49
  • Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion (ONLY THE MILD ONE! The others will burn a hole in your face!!) – Salicylic £16.50

Hydrating Tone: Same as the morning hydrating, but better to be a spritz/spray toner (you can just buy an empty spray bottle and decant as it is cheaper).

Eye Cream: Same as the morning, but sometimes my eyes need a bit more moisture in the evening as I’ve been tugging at them trying to get makeup off. I sometimes use this:

  • Origins Eye Doctor Eye Cream £29.50
  • Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream £32.00
  • Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment £20.00

Serum and 2nd serum: Same as the morning – hydrating one first (you can use just one if you want – it should suit your skin problem/concern as detailed above in the AM routine).

Moisturiser and/or Oil: Depending on my skin I usually use a moisturiser OR a facial oil. I only use both when my skin is practically falling off (sunburn/wind burn/had the flu etc.). All of the moisturisers below are suitable for any skin type, but most are geared towards replenishing hydration.

Night Moisturisers: 

  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask (ageing concern) £24.00
  • Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask (hydration concern)£23.00
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Mask (hydration) £30.00
  • Origins Make A Difference + Rejuvenating Treatment (general repair and oily/blemish skin) £35.00
  • Origins Make A Difference Overnight Hydrating Repair Cream (repair) £35.00
  • Origins Night-A-Mins Night Cream (no, I’m not sponsored by Origins, I just really rate their night creams!) £35.00
  • Dr Weil for Origins Night Health Bedtime Face Cream (redness/sensitivity) £50.00
  • Una Brennan Superfacialist Neroli Super Lift Night Cream £16.99 (ageing)

Night Oils: These are the ones I’ve tried and rate. Please please please do not think that just because you have oily skin you can’t/shouldn’t use an oil – TOTALLY WRONG! Just try one.

  • Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil for Oily/Combination skin (if you have this skin type – you NEED this!) £33.00
  • Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil for Dry/Dehydrated skin (ditto if you have this skin type!) £33.00
  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil £15.00
  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (general repair) £36.00
  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (serum/oil texture) £50.00
  • Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate £42.75
  • Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil (this is designed to aid the scaring from acne) £22.00
  • L’Oreal Age Perfect Extraordinary Facial Oil (ignore the age bit, if you have oily skin, try this) £19.99
  • Balance Me Extra Care Radiance Facial Oil (100% natural) £30.00
  • Aesop Fabulous Facial Oil £40.00

Lip Care: I never, ever go to bed without some lip balm or another. I’m picky – they have to work and leave my lips soft. I love a matte lipstick so I can’t be doing with flakey lips!

  • Nuxe Reve de Miel £9.50
  • Caudalie Lip Conditioner £5.50
  • Tropic Lip Love £5.00
  • Dr Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips £10.80


  • Origins Super Spot Remover – dab this on the spot only, not the surrounding area. It either takes it away or brings it to the surface for popping the next day. £15.00
  • Avene Cicalfate – for using on especially nasty spots that are red and sore. £7.50
  • Liz Earle Eye Bright Soothing Eye Lotion – for putting on cotton pads and resting on sore/tired/puffy eyes for 10 minutes £13.25
  • Tropic Eye Refresh Cooling Gel Roll-On – for rolling on puffy, tired eyes. £15.00
  • Lush Lip Scrub Mint Julips – for sloughing off dead skin £5.50

And that is the evening routine done! To summarise:

Eye Makeup Remover / Cleanse / 2nd Cleanse / Acid Tone / Hydrating Tone / Eye Cream / Serum / 2nd Serum (if required) / Moisturiser and/or Oil / Lip Care

I hope that was helpful and clear enough – I know it is long, but people get so confused, I thought I’d make it as clear as possible. Any questions, FB me on the page or leave a question/comment on here.





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