While I do love makeup, it's important to me to ensure that my skin is radiant and healthy without it. I feel like there's no point in piling makeup on when your skin isn't a healthy base for it. Today I'm going to go through some essential steps & products that help me make my skin the best it can be.

cleanse

First things first - starting with a freshly cleansed face is paramount! After removing makeup with baby oil + micellar water, I remove any remaining traces with a foaming face wash to prep my skin for the next step.

moisture

This toner definitely packs the most punch for hydration in my routine. It brightens and hydrates my skin without feeling heavy or greasy due to the hyaluronic acid content. You can see my full review here. If I'm feeling particularly dry (especially in the winter months) I will sometimes mist my face first with something like Avène Thermal Water for a little extra moisture. It's great for layering under moisturisers too for even more hydration - I like the Hada Labo Shirojyun Milk* for this.

treat

I love using a clay mask once a week to help clarify my skin. I'm a big fan of the Queen Helene Mint Julep mask* because it can help reduce pimples SO quickly due to the sulphur content. I also like using it as a spot treatment if I have a particularly deep pimple. However, it can be strong - a great gentler alternative Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Mask. However, if my skin is feeling too dry for a clay mask I go for a sheet mask - my favourite so far is the My Beauty Diary Black Pearl* masks. 

protect with SPF

A lot of people underestimate the importance of SPF in keeping their skin radiant! UV rays darken and damage your skin, leaving it dull and lacklustre. I love the Biore UV Aqua Rich* because the SPF rating is SO high and it's easy to wear underneath makeup or by itself. It's really lightweight and untraceable on skin plus it wears so well under makeup!

lock

Just because I'm oily-skinned doesn't mean that I'm immune to dry, irritated patches of skin. When I have dry spots, I apply a thin layer of Papaw Ointment over the top to lock in hydration - the next morning, my dry patches are almost always gone. It's also my go-to for my nightly lip treatment! Plain old Vaseline is a great alternative, too.
I hope you'll find this post useful when shopping for skincare essentials! Do any of you already use these products?

Lexie xx

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