Bare Bones Skincare Routine – Did I Like It?

Some time last year I decided to strip my skincare routine to the very basics of washing, toning, moisturising, and occasional peeling and masking. It was not so much out of boredom/ for fun, as it was because I didn’t have the money to spend on anything extra. One could argue that skincare is not a necessity at all, aside from basic hygiene and sun protection. One would be right, but one would also be wrong.

So here are my basics.

Chapstick Hydration Lock Lip Balm

Over the years I’ve accumulated quite the collection of lip balms. I’ve been slowly going through them all, and this Chapstick was just next on the list. It certainly did not give enough moisture and protection during winter. Chapstick did OK in the spring time, and now that it’s summer, I don’t see much difference. The ‘day’ end has SPF, which is good. But I don’t feel like my lips are conditioned and soft unless I actually have this balm on my lips. There’s no comfort in between wears, so to say. I hear that’s an issue with nigh all Chapstick products. Once it’s gone, I will not buy it again.

Oriflame LoveNature Purifying Oily Skin Face Lotion

This is a basic oily skin moisturiser. I’ve been using it on and off for years. It’s no miracle worker, but unless your skin is especially dehydrated, it moisturises a decent amount. I like its light texture, and I really like its slightly medicinal herbal scent. I will buy this again, as it’s pretty much a staple.

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Eye Lifting Serum

This was a gift, and a next (and last!) one in my stash of eye creams. I have sensitive eyes, and Olay Regenerist Regenerating Eye Lifting Serum has some microglitter in it. I thought I would not be able to handle it (e.g. I couldn’t handle Avon’s Anew one), but it’s fine. This cream (serum?..) is lightly yellow in colour, but I noticed no colour correcting properties. I suppose it does diffuse the light just a bit and it moisturises a decent amount, but I noticed no effect on my fine lines.

Faberlic Botanica Face Tonic with Cornflower and Pomegranate

I was broke and I needed a face toner, and this one was free with my purchase of other things, so into my basket it went. I can’t claim this Faberlic Botanica Face Tonic does a whole lot, but it does something, so to say. I can’t skip the toning part more than two-three days in a row, as I begin to break out. Faberlic Botanica Face Tonic is, like the rest of my current routine, basic. I find it non-drying, but it’s not hydrating or particularly refreshing.

Avon True Nutra Effects Micellar Cleansing Water

I think this is the… fifth? Maybe sixth micellar water I’ve tried. Avon True Nutra Effects Micellar Cleansing Water is scentless, gentle, and fares up rather nicely to, say, the Garnier one, which is my favourite budget micellar water. I’m almost at the end of this bottle, and I already purchased a huge-arse 400 ml bottle as back-up. Good stuff.

Neutrogena The Transparent Facial Bar

I bought this recently as a replacement for my beloved Pears. Unfortunately, I don’t like it as much, though usually I am inclined to quite like Neutrogena. Neutrogena The Transparent Facial Bar has a strong perfume, which is also of a kind that I have come to associate with male-oriented cosmetics. I suppose these are the remnants of sexism in me, but yes, I’m a bit particular when it comes to scents. But that aside, Neutrogena Facial Bar is much more drying than the Pears soap I’ve been using prior to that. I’d buy a Pears bar in an instant, but unfortunately it’s not usually sold where I live. I snatched two bars on the grey market by pure chance. There’s a tiny bit left, but it doesn’t give me enough suds for a proper face wash.

Yellow Sponge Thingie

I’m pretty sure it’s not its proper name. 😀 This is a generic one I bought for like 60c per two. I like using it, but next time I’m going to pay a bit more and get a softer one from, say, Oriflame. This one is a little harsh on my skin, so I only tend to use it on my nose and my forehead.

The Grand Question: Do I Like This Routine?

You may have already guessed the answer, but… No. There are certain things that I enjoy about the basic skincare routine. It’s short, straight-forward, economical, and more or less efficient. Also, since I haven’t been experimenting with different moisturisers and cleaners that much, I’ve been getting less breakouts.

Actually, that could be the Pears soap. If you suffer from acne, do give Pears soap a go.

But I’ve also noticed that my skin isn’t as plump, and there are many signs of dehydration beneath its usual oiliness. Also, the frown line on my forehead has become much more prominent. There are, of course, other contributing factors to less plumpness and more dehydration. Three prominent ones are stress, the office AC, and the fact that I’ve aged about a year. However, my epic multi-layer skincare routine that I’ve adhered to before helped me keep the effects of those factors on my skin at relative bay. The bare bones one I’m doing now is fine, but I want more from my skincare. Step up that retinol, mate!

I’m still at an awkward point financially, so it’ll be another several months at best until I’ll be able to go back to my multilayered long-arse day and night skincare routines. I’ll still be using the basic skincare routine described above with light variations of moisturises and lip balms and toners, and once I’ve finished the Neutrogena Bar, I’m going to switch to a different face washer. Aside from that, I’ll be relying on masking for hydration and cleansing in the interim.

Regardless, it’s good to know that I could fall onto a basic skincare routine like this one and still be more or less satisfied with the appearance of my skin.

What’s your skincare routine like?

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