I believe that your skincare routine should be fluid and should be adjusted accordingly based on what your skin needs. It doesn’t make sense to carry on using a product when you can see it’s not working for you. I didn’t always think like this, I’d use all my products till the bitter end because, heck, I bought them with my hard earned money. Fortunately I have changed my tune and now I happily stop using products that I’m simply not feeling anymore. And lucky enough my teenage niece has just gotten into skincare so whatever products I don’t need get donated to her, of course I only give her those that will be suited to her skin.
In mid-November 2018 I decided to streamline my skincare routine because I felt like I was using tew many products and that it just wan’t working out for me, so most of the products that I’m not using anymore I stopped using on that day.
Products that I’m not using anymore
Unforunately, I didn’t take pictures of these products before I gave them away so I’ll be linking to posts/ Instagram posts where I featured them so you can also see my rationale for buying them in the first place.
Nivea Overnight Serum – I really don’t think this product added much to the improvement of my skin. I had wanted to try out a less expensive serum and to hopefully get good results with it but it just didn’t work out for me. I used this product for 3 months.
Mario Badescu 25% Vitamin C serum – I truly just got over this product – I’d had it for a while (over 2 years) and it just wasn’t finishing and I was getting irritated so I decided to stop using it
The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid – I used this product for just under a year, I feel like my skin was used to the 5% strength and it wasn’t as effective anymore.
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics – I stopped using this because it wasn’t a favourite hydrating product of mine so it got the boot.
The Ordinary 10% Niacinamide and 1% Zinc – This also fell off my routine when I wanted to streamline my routine in mid-November 2018. The COSRX BHA Powerliquid that I’m still using has some niacinamide in it so my skin is still getting it but not in such a high percentage as in this product.
And of course giving away products makes space for me to try something new. Here are my most recent additions to my skincare routine. Please note that I’m not using all these products currently – some are in waiting for what I’m using now to finish before I crack them open.
*African Extracts Rooibos Advantage day cream – I decided to try out other day creams this year and this is first contender.
The BodyShop Vitamin E nourishing night cream – A few years ago I stopped using separate moisturisers for day and night but when I realised that the African Extracts Rooibos day cream had SPF I decided to buy a separate night cream because I wasn’t keen on using a product with SPF in the evenings.
I recently received 2 products from Bioderma, the *Purifying Cleansing Foaming Gel and the *Intensive Purifying Care. I’m planning to start using the cleanser as soon as I go through my current one. I think I’ll used the Intensive Purifying Care as a spot treatment.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – I’ve had the sample size of this product for almost 2 years now, it’s been gathering dust in my cupboard until 6 weeks ago when I decided to start using it after seeing it on Pink Bubbles instagram. I’m absolutely in love with it. I’ll chat more about it when I do a post on my skincare routine.
From the world of K-beauty (which I absolutely love) I have the *Tony Moly Panda’s Dream White Sleeping Pack and the *Some By Mi AHA, BHA, PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner. I’ll be testing out the miracle toner very soon to really see if it will perform miracles in 30 days.
What are your new skincare purchases?