My Skincare Routine (Updated!)

I realised it’s been literally YEARS since I did any kind of skincare routine on my blog or channel. Infact, I looked at my last skincare post on here from about 4 years ago and cringed so badly! Thankfully things have changed for the better especially since discovering Caroline Hirons and meeting her in the time that has past since that post.

My skin has long been a source of self consciousness for me as it has long been blemish prone whilst being very dry at the same time. Thanks to learning about how to put together a routine and the types of products to use (and avoid!) things have gotten much better and I can now wear less makeup without worrying.

Garnier Micellar Water

I use this to remove makeup to avoid wasting my cleanser and as a brush cleaner. I remove with a warm face cloth and watch the Mrs Doubtfire-eqsue imprint appear on the cloth!

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleanser

One thing is for certain, you better be bloody sure your product really is amazing before printing it on the packaging! EH doesn’t disappoint and this is a wonderful luxurious balm cleanser which is perfect for the winter weather.

I like to let this sit on my skin for a few minutes before removing which is great when my skin is feeling dry due to central heating. I know it’s been around a while on the Blogger circuit but that doesn’t mean it’s any less effective than the newer crazes. Caroline Hirons personally recommended it to me when we met back in 2015 and she was spot on.

Foaming cleansers are an absolute no-no for me. Oil and balm are where it’s at!

Nip & Fab Pads

These are my toner stage and after trying a few other acid pad brands I find these work the most effectively. I use the night version which I find helps keep my skin clear yet aren’t harsh or stripping at the same time either.

I like to sprinkle on a few drops of Pixi Glow Tonic so that I am getting the best of both Worlds, without using Glow Tonic up too quickly as I used to do when I used traditional cotton pads. I now only buy Glow Tonic around once or twice a year yet use it everyday!


One of only two products to survive my original skincare list! This is a product which can hold 1,000 times it’s weight in water. It plumps your skin full of hyaluronic acid and it pefect in between a toner and your other serums and or moisturiser.

I’ve tried competitor versions but I always return to this and it’s very noticeable when I run out as my skin doesn’t feel as supple or hydrated. It’s often on 3 for 2 at Boots so I always stock up when it is! An absolute must to slip into your routine if you suffer from any dryness or dehydration.

Sunday Riley Good Genes

It wouldn’t surprise me one bit that if the Hollywood Walk of Fame was opened up to skincare this would be first on the list. I just can’t even begin to think of adjectives to tell you what this has done for my skin and in turn my confidence, but let me tell you it’s the most incredible thing that even gets me compliments of total strangers…. yes it’s that good!

A lactic acid treatment for when you need your skin to wow and amaze. So good I often ditch foundation when I have this on and this is coming from someone who has had a lifelong struggle with skin issues and confidence as a result. I’m about to finish up my 3rd bottle of this and I have no regrets!

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Light Lotion

Anything Aveda you just have to love, I’m going to be honest! Whether you are visiting their salon or trying out their skincare everything is wonderful and offers something that little bit different to your typical drugstore brands.

Unlike most moisturisers this comes in a huge bottle that will take you months if not over a year to work through. Works brilliantly as a top up if you are feeling particularly dry or find your current moisturiser doesn’t work deeply enough.

Medyskin Vitamin C Oil

This is a facial oil perfect for anyone with dull skin and pigmentation issues. I have alot of scarring from past breakouts, and being pale doesn’t help! This is a product that is affordable yet really works to help combat unwanted marks on the skin and also hydrates well too.

I like to drench my skin in this at night and add a tiny drop in with my moisturiser for daytime use without looking greasy. A fabulous find from the skincare aisles of TK Maxx!

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

Mine wasn’t in the best shape for photographing having being squeezed to death, but that’s only because I love it so!

I first discovered this moisturiser after Pixiwoo used in their videos and I have to agree it’s fantastic under makeup. It doesn’t peel or irritate or make foundation slide off the face. It’s one of those reliable staples everyone should own in their collection.

Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream

Everyone needs an eye cream and with me being pale this is no exception as us fairer folk are more prone to premature ageing including fine lines around the eye area so every drop of hydration helps!

This would make for a great starter eye cream for those not ready for “anti-ageing” yet still want to protect and have something which will sit well under makeup too.

P.S: There are a few more products to mention but I will save these for a separate post!

Author: paleskinmakeup

I am a beauty blogger with experience working on various different makeup and fragrance counters. I believe all skintones are beautiful and I love to inspire confidence within my readership.

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