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Updated on Feb 6, 2019. Posted on Mar 31, 2017

13 Products That'll Help You Start Your Skincare Routine

Because it's hard to know where to even start with this stuff.

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Okay, skincare is kind of scary and intimidating and not quite as fun as playing with makeup.

It's really hard to know how to build up a skincare routine. It's a lot like baking; the ingredients are important but so is the order in which you apply them, and how you apply them. I'm by no means an expert and I'm still working on building up my own personal ideal skincare routine, but here is a non-exhaustive list of stuff that'll hopefully help get you started.

Obviously you don't need to buy all of these products and follow all of these steps immediately (or ever, I'm not your boss). But your skin is an organ, and it'll appreciate any little positive thing you do, just like your body will appreciate the occasional pizza-free evening.

1. If you wear makeup, the first thing you'll need is a decent makeup remover, like the Garnier Micellar Water.

2. If you don't like micellar water, try the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover.

3. Next, you need a decent cleanser, like this Elemis balm cleanser.

4. A milky cleanser is necessary for your mornings and can work in the evenings too, if balms are a bit too much effort. This one from REN is great.

5. After cleansing, your next step should be toning and Pixi's Glow Tonic is a cult product for a reason.

6. The next step is to apply a second, more nourishing toner, such as the La Roche-Posay Serozinc spray.

7. Next, you'll need an eye cream, and this one from Boots is under two quid and works a treat.

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Okay, a lot of actual skincare experts will probably shake their heads at me, but moisturisers is where I scrimp and save. Maybe I'll regret that when I'm old and my eyes are hidden deep within wrinkled folds of my own skin, but in all honestly I think their job is to moisturise and I find it difficult to imagine what more they can do. For that reason, I really love the Boots Simply Sensitive eye cream. I also like the REN eye cream, which I'm using right now, if you feel like this is an area worth investing in.

Buy the Boots Simply Sensitive Hydrating Eye Cream for £1.99.

Buy the Keep Young And Beautiful Firm And Lift Eye Cream for £28.

8. You should add a serum at this stage of your night time routine, and I'm currently on my third bloody bottle of Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil.

9. If retinols don't sit well with you, try cold-pressed rosehip oil, like this one from The Organic Pharmacy.

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It's still expensive, but serums are the products with the purest and most potent ingredients, which is why you're shelling out so much for them. Melissa Alatorre gives a really great summary of various rosehip oils in this video. My co-worker (and dare I say, friend) Gena swears by cold-pressed rosehip oil and says that it's cleared up all her scarring and hyper-pigmentation within weeks. If you're not sure what serum would work best for you, then Renee of Gothamista will clear things up for you in this very informative video, far better than I ever could.


Buy The Organic Pharmacy Virgin Cold Pressed Rose Hip Oil for £29.95
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10. After this, you need to moisturise, and I love this Argan du Maroc moisturiser.

11. For mornings, get yourself a moisturiser with SPF in it, like the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser.

12. Add a detoxifying mask treatment to your routine, like the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask.

13. And finally, treat yourself to a regular sheet mask, like these Tonymoly ones.