Skincare Routine Update – Spring

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I often receive requests to share my skin care routine and a Spring update was definitely due. After a period of trying too many several new products, I recently decided to take a step back and settle for a more “basic” routine. As much as I am fascinated by advanced formulations, I also recognize that sensitive skin like mine may at times just need to keep it more simple. In fact sensitive skin is more prone to breakout and irritation than other skin types (hence it being called sensitive), so with less ingredients involved you can reduce the chances of a reaction (a general rule is to use products with less than 10 ingredients). On top of that, irritating tap water, stress, and the warm & humid climate have made my skin more reactive than usual. Therefore I am slowly reducing the number of products that I use and I am adjusting my routine to fit my skin needs at the moment.

Morning

I love me some refreshing cream cleanser in the morning and I am currently using the Aurelia Miracle Cleanser. It has a soft, creamy texture that allows for a quick massage (you may recall an individual review of this cleanser). I remove the cleanser with my favorite face cloths by Morihata, (which have finally become my only face cloths since I began purchasing a few with every Spirit Beauty Lounge order that I place). They are the softest that I have tried and the most gentle to my easily aggravated skin.

After cleansing, I spritz my face with a toner/face mist. You guys know how much I love this step and could not be without a good mist because tap water is very irritating to my skin. Therefore, after cleansing my skin is always in need of a soothing, hydrating mist. I already wrote about the MV Skincare Hydrating Rose Mist*, while the Maya Water Facial Mists are a newer addition that I am excited about. Maya Water mists only have between two or three listed ingredients based on which one you choose (Pure has 2 ingredients, Goji has 3 ingredients), but they do the job perfectly. I just lightly spritz my face with some face mist and then after a few seconds I apply a moisturizer.

For moisturizer I pick over another based on which type of makeup I am going to wear, (if I decide to wear makeup). Under mineral/powder foundation I like to use the Kahina Facial Lotion*. It makes a smooth, light base that works perfectly with powders on top. If I go for a cream product, like a BB Cream or a cream foundation, and I need a more matte base, I use the MV Skincare Rose Soothing and Protecting Moisturizer. Around my eyes, I am still faithfully using the Pai Eye Cream, which I have been raving about for ages and keep repurchasing.

Sunscreen

I usually get my sun protection from makeup, but when I do not wear makeup I use a face sunscreen product. I am currently getting acquainted with the Pratima Face Sunscreen SPF30, which I only started to use recently and will review as soon as I make up my mind about it. So far, we are in good terms.

Evening

When I am wearing makeup I always use the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Cleansing Oil to remove it. I have tried another cleansing oil for a little while, but went back to this one because it’s super easy to take off and smells divine compared to the other one (review to come). Most days I also go for a second cleanse with a cream cleanser, to make sure that no dirt or makeup traces are left on my skin. I then spritz my face with one of the two face mists I mentioned before, and then apply a face oil. I am still using Kahina’s Argan Oil (I think that I already went through three bottles of this, and I am ordering a fourth one). However, in light of how well the MVO Face Oil worked for me in the past I recently purchased a new bottle and I am now hoping to see the same incredible results I experienced in the past. I also apply my face oil around my eyes because neither of the two oils I am using have caused any puffiness or reaction.

Treatments/Masks

The only one mask that I am using at the moment is the Yuli Pure, once/twice a week. I keep it on for about ten minutes and then rinse it off. This mask is magic to heal breakouts, and improves the appearance of my skin immediately. It seems like it peels off a layer of dull skin off my face, but it is not an actual exfoliating mask. If you’re skeptical about it, order a sample. I am sure you will go back for a full-size.

Except for a new cleanser that I have only used for a couple days, these are all the products that I am using daily. I have to admit that since I started to use this new cleanser my skin looks like it’s clearing out miraculously, but I will give it more time before writing a post about it. In the meanwhile, it looks like the less products I use, the best my skin feels and looks. While doing too little for my skin may turn it into an oily, congested mess (I tried that, and it was a disaster), I think that overdoing may cause it to react. What do you think about that? When it comes to skincare, are you a minimalist or do you like to incorporate a lot of products? I would love to know your thoughts, especially if you have sensitive skin.

**Please note that some of the products that I mentioned were previously reviewed, and by clicking on them you would be re-directed to the review. However if you have any additional questions about any products or would like me to write a ore in depth review, please leave a comment below and I will do my best to reply in a timely manner.

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  • Lovely routine!
    I believe in simple and consistant routine as well :-)x

  • sugarpuffish

    You have some gorgeous products in your routine. I had one of the Maya Facial Mists but I didn’t get on with it, found it a little drying.

  • Julie

    Interesting post, thanks! You asked for comments from people with sensitive skin – here I am, the girl whose bitchy diva of a facial skin reacted to Pai’s rosehip oil. :D My skin is plagued by atopic dermatitis, hypersensitivity and reactions to essential oils, alcohol and various preservatives.Truth be told, I don’t have a proper routine that really works – my skin loves the Martina Gebhardt Sheabutter cream cleanser and I’m trying to get my hands on the lotion from the same series. Pure argan oil is also not bad, though I cannot use it daily; somethow, my skin doesn’t like to be watered/sprayed too often. Other than that, I’m pretty much dependent on my steroid creams and therefore am trying to concoct my own minimalistic face cream, which unfortunately hasn’t worked yet. But I will keep practicing. :D

  • Emily R.

    …and now I have a new wishlist of products to try! I love the sound of all these!

    I’m definitely a minimalist when it comes to skincare. Recently my skin has been breaking out and oilier than usual, partly from stress and partly from the weather and probably also because I’d been using some samples I got in my Petit Vour box that didn’t agree with my face, so I’ve cut back to a routine as simple as possible: manuka honey as a face wash, followed with a simple rosewater toner and a dab of argan oil. I love experimenting with new products, but I also really like having my simple, basic regimen to come back to.

  • Nina

    I notice the exact same thing happening with my skin from time to time. I started transitioning to natural products 6-7 months ago (finally all-green about 4 months ago), and my biggest problem initially was wanting to try EVERYTHING I was reading about on fabulous blogs (like yours!). This was completely overwhelming my sensitive skin, and I was noticing more breakouts (luckily very minimal, but still there) and redness. The past month, I’ve really gone minimal with my routine and I’m noticing a big difference. Silly sensitive skin!

  • AttorneyNichole

    Hi Lilly,
    I used to have extremely bad acne in my 20s and now at early 30s I have gotten it under control but it seems that now with the humidity and heat my skin is going crazy. I feel that maybe the moisturizer and products I was using for winter might not be appropriate now? What are your thoughts on this and do you have any recommendations?

    I am interested in trying the Kahina facial lotion (not oil) but I must admit it does make me slightly nervous to use under makeup. How do you like this and how has it worked for you thus far? I definitely need something during the day that will help battle breakouts, not dry out the skin AND that I can wear under makeup. :)

    I just started using MUN night oil…will this help with the breakouts?

  • Laura

    Nice update; thank you. I also believe in a healthy medium; too little is not good and too much is also detrimental for more reactive skins. Have you tried the pai toners? I think you may like them as they also only have 3 ingredients. I’d love to hear how you got on with ‘me skin fuel’? And are you still using panacea? I’d still love to try the pratima spf, but cannot get it here; sigh. (And i think it will not be sold here either as eu regulation does not allow for a zinc only sunscreen! Spfs here need to contain coated titanium…)

  • Sophie

    This post makes me want to try out ED4OLO Cleansing oil and MV Skincare Hydrating Rose Mist. They look so nice. And also the Pai Eye Cream :)

  • Laurie

    Your spring update is seriously drool worthy! Aurelia and Yuli are my jam, seriously luxurious products.

  • shortsmallsweet

    This is a lovely Spring routine! I’m still trying to find the perfect combination of products now that the weather is warming up. I find that if I use too many different things at a time my skin will just freak out, so I like a consistent routine too, with the right products.

  • Simple, yet luxurious! Pinned every single one of your gorgeous photos. Absolutely Glow-worthy in every way, Lovely Lilly. xo

  • Juliet

    I wanted to love the Pratima sunscreen SO badly! Unfortunately, I don’t like the heavy, sticky feeling it leaves on my face! As an oily skin girl, the only sunscreen I have found I enjoy wearing is the Coola matte cucumber!

    I’m definitely open to any suggestions if anyone has a light (almost weightless) sunscreen the like!

    • Laura

      Have you tried kimberly sayer spf? It is really super light; the only con is that it contains lemon oil (phototoxicity issues).

      • juliet

        no, i haven’t. thanks for the suggestion!

  • Sara

    Thank you for sharing the Morihata facial towels, I have been trying to find one that is strong enough and soft and these sound like they are it. I was surprised how smooth and silky the Yuli Pure mask felt when I tried it, it is very cooling, I like it a lot and can’t wait for my full jar to come with my next order.

  • Fantastic routine :) I find my skin responds best to simpler products too.

  • Great post! Loved reading about your routine. :) I agree, sometimes going back to basics is the best thing for my sensitive skin too. I’m really intrigued by the Aurelia Cleanser as well as the Pratima Sunscreen. Both products I need to try!

  • Gorgeous routine, really wouldn’t mind sneaking into your beauty cabinet and borrow some products :D xx

  • Love your routine, Lilly! I love the OLO cleansing oil, Kahina facial lotion and Pai eye cream as well :) So sad I just ran out of the eye cream though! I started using a different one and it just isn’t as good.

  • Chesca

    I have oily/combination breakout prone skin and find that the simpler my skincare routine the happier my skin is. I only really use oil based cleansers and oils, and my skin really responds to not having to deal with a long list on ingredients. I love the sound of that Yuli mask too, it sounds heavenly :) x

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  • Call It Vanity

    Since a nice routine Lilly, I know what you mean about trying to find that middle ground between simple and potent. If I’m using a product with lots of actives, I trying to stick to using it in combination with much less complexed products…that’s generally what I’ve been trying to stick by at least!

    Mayah x

  • Kate

    I’m figuring out my routine too and the Aurelia is good, but I need another cleanser after to make sure it is all cleaned off. Been meaning to try the Kahina lotion. Yuli’s mask I swear by it, so good for pores and improving skin quality.

  • So many beautiful products! Kahina Argan Oil will forever be in my routine, I’m on #3 :-)
    I am needing to try Yuli and have been very curious about the Maya facial mists as well.

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  • All of these sound like such great recommendations! In fact I’ve already added a couple items to my wish list, including the Yuli mask and Kahina Facial Lotion. Since you mention that the Kahina Facial Lotion works well under mineral powders, what powders do you use on occasion? Or what do you recommend?

  • C. G

    Can you do a summer or autumn skuncare routine? And when winter comes are you doing one then? I love you skincare routines and tips!!