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Four-Step Staple Skincare Routine

Skincare is something I can chat about at length. I mean, you only get one face right so it’s worth looking after it. I like makeup, but for me, skincare always comes first…. The best accessory to everything is great, glowing skin and while I’m definitely not the owner of it all the time, I’ve definitely found that I’ve had clearer, brighter skin in the four months or so since I pared-back my routine and stuck to the basic formula of below.

I was going through periods of having really bumpy, angry spots around the corners of my mouth and chin last year as well as finding that my skin struggled to clear blemishes. Throw in fine lines around my mouth and forehead (the perils of resting bitch face and frowning at my computer screen far too much) and I was ready for a skin overhaul. I ended up paring everything back, cleansing less, using lighter moisturisers and relying on products designed for sensitive skin. I’ve found this has really, really worked for me so maybe it can work for you too…. Personally, I love seeing inside people’s washbags and bathroom shelves so hopefully you will too.

First up, my morning routine. I cleanse with either Avene Eau Thermale XeraCalm Cleansing Oil or Glossier Milk Jelly cleanser in the shower after I’ve washed my hair to get rid of any soap scum or anything. Once out and dry, I use Chanel’s Blue Zones serum and the Avene Skin Recovery cream. The latter is a real desert island product for me now, I really can’t remember being as devoted to a daily moisturiser in the same way. Lastly, I use an SPF every day now, Yep, every single day, even the cloudy ones. This Giorgio Armani primer makes it so easy and fuss-free and while it smells like sun cream, it doesn’t leave any shine or white residue. And that’s me done so once it’s all sunk in, I can start putting my makeup on….

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At night, I’m again very simple. I take my makeup off with Garnier Micellar Water and a big cotton pad. I might cleanse after with one of the cleansers from the morning if I’ve been to an event or something wearing more makeup than usual but normally just micellar water and maybe a facial spray by Mario Badescu, or new favourite Lilah B, will do. I’m totally devoted to Skinceuticals Serum 10 vitamin C serum. Vitamin C is my staple anti-ageing weapon of choice at the moment. This one is light enough not to be irritating and is the easiest way to introduce anti-ageing into your routine. I follow up with a really nourishing, natural oil like Darphin’s concoctions. Perfectly sized for travelling, I have a few of these but the 8 flower essence is my current favourite as it has hints of jasmine and gardenia so smells super summery. I take two Colladeen Visage every bedtime pretty religiously too. A dermatologist at an event recently recommended these to me to help with the fine lines I mentioned and I really do subscribe to them. They’re all natural as far as I’m aware and essentially help your body produce more collagen and repair itself more efficiently. I’ve noticed a real difference in my skin thanks to these, the line on brows has really reduced and I reckon these have at least something to do with that.

And that’s me done, eye mask on and I’m ready for shut eye….

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I do mix things in and out of this basic routine. I always like trying new things so this is far from set in stone – I definitely sub things in and out occasionally if I want to find new favourites. But I’m very careful about what I try and for how long now. If I need or want a deeper cleanser, I use something like Soveral Angel Balm (very similar to Eve Lom cleanser) with a warm flannel. It also doubles up as a mask you can steam in the bath – amazing after a long flight. Glossier’s Balm Dot Com is never far from my clutches these days; somehow good skincare doesn’t feel complete without a great lip balm slicked on. At night, I do go between the Darphin oil and these two…. The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Mask in Oil is another amazing start to anti-ageing and a step on from the original hero product that I still go back to from time to time. If I want a cream rather than an oil (sometimes you just do), I love Oskia’s Bedtime Boost. It’s so rich, melts into the skin and really makes you look luminous before you’re even switched the light off.

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  • Great post dear! :)

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  • Thanks for these amazing tips – it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who suffers from very angry spots! I’m going through a bit of a patch right now and it’s really frustrating! I really want to try the Chanel products because I’ve heard so much about them!


  • Jessica

    Love this post – when you mention the bumps around your chin/corner of your mouth, that is exactly what i’m struggling with.

    Skincare is by far the most important, but it is a minefield out there, and so expensive to just experiment! I like how you have stripped it back.

    Your skin is looking lovely!

  • Your skin looks beautiful. I struggle with the same areas. My chin has a lot of phases but lately, it’s been breaking out and has a lot of bumps. I figure it’s from food but it can’t all be from food. Definitely trying a few of these – some I already have. Thanks so much for the tips Lucy ;) xx

  • The Gold Lipstick

    Absolutely love it!!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Samantha Serbus

    I just read your piece on – brilliant! It’s so inspiring for me…someone who suffers majorly from low self-esteem. I always think that other people “know something I don’t” or “have some special skill” when it comes to success. But the older I get – and the more I read articles like yours – I’m starting to realize that we’re all suffering from self-doubt. And that it’s okay. It’s okay to fee like a fraud, but still try things anyway! Thank you for putting it in a little better perspective for me. I might not hold you on that pedestal I was before, but that’s probably a good thing – for myself & for you! Keep up the good work :)

    • Caroline Jean

      I just read the article shared- Lucy, I love reading your blog and I love how real you are. It comes across in your Insta stories, interviews, and posts. I’m so thankful that there are honest, passionate bloggers out there still! Thank you for being so real :)

  • I love this post. I was never interested in fancy skincare at all until The Organic Pharmacy came to our work and now I’m a total covert. Their carrot butter cleanser is miracle stuff for taking off make up and I love the antioxidant gel and herbal toner too.

    Ellie x

  • Kim

    Do you use an eye cream?
    Does anyone have any tips for oily skin? Have tried lots of serums and oils because people said that it’s still good for oily skin to use them but they massively broke me out!
    I love reading bloggers tips on skin but feel most have tips for only dry skin help!

  • Kay Nguyen

    I love this post, it makes me realize how simple my skincare routine is haha! Will try some of these products out for sure <3

  • Jayne Mattingly

    This post is gold! Thank you! I so appreciate the varying options provided! I am looking forward to trying the balm dot com! Seeing that my blog is all about self-care, I greatly appreciate this post! Much love!

  • ohjulcor

    I absolutely love this post! Since I moved to California am I taking a lot more about my skin than before. And I am definitely more a skin care person than make up person myself.
    I also have oily skin like Kim. My current skin routine is – Bioderma Micellar Water for Oily Skin, Origins Zero Oil Cleanser, Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil Free Toner and Roche Posay Effaclar Mat Daily Moisturizer for the day and Boscia Oil Free Nightly Moisturizer. Every now and then I go for the InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask. This had helped me a lot. If anybody else has tips for oily skin – let me know.

    • Kim

      Thanks for this! Definitely will look into the products you have mentioned!

  • I need to get another Milky Jelly cleanser. It feels and smells SO good. And the Chanel Blue Serum is also amazing, I think it really does work. I use it every day and layer some other serums on top sometimes. Also addicted to Micellar Water, I use Bioderma’s. We seem to have similar routines :)

  • Kelly Pryor

    I love this post, I recently made a pledge to spend more time on my skincare (something I have really neglected). However, I found all the different products really overwhelming, but I just love this simple guide.

  • Megan Wesley

    These look great, Avene is one of my favourite brands. Need to try the blue serum!

  • Natalie Redman

    Great routine! Puts my lack of one to shame!

  • RachelPoo

    I really enjoy products that work and are cheap. Really kinda simple, but its true. I’m not a fan of cleansing water because I go though them in a week. I use Albolene for all my makeup cleanser toner and moisturizer needs. It comes in a huge tub and last me for months. Its really gentle on my extra sensitive skin and keep it moisturizes it better than most other moisturizers that I have used in the past. Makeup remover face wash like this one gets the job done and have to be my favorite thing that I use for my skin. I tell people to find a product that works and is cheap because its not worth it to pick something that is expensive because the up keep of continually buying that product will be expensive in the long run.