perfecting a skincare routine

{how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs

beauty is ageless

photo assistance by ALINA CLARK consulted with GERDA MILLER

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Something I struggled with in recent years was understanding the importance of
skincare. After a series of derma logical problems last year, I finally realized
that taking the time to care for your skin-face and all-is the best way to treat yourself.
I continuously change up my routine as I am introduced to new products or lines that
work better for my skin. This post isn’t a sponsored post by any means, but an
informative post for someone who is just now believing in the power of selflessness
and beauty. So, a 5-step regimen you can create to perfect your very own skincare routine…
 

{how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs
{how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs {how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs

cleanse

For me sensitivity reigns. I am very sensitive to a lot of what I eat with pigmentation
showing in my pores. On top of that, extreme weather conditions also has a major toll.
I want something that is extra delicate for my skin when it comes to cleaning, but
also slightly hydrating as over-dry skin tends to make your face uneven, which is horrible
for when you apply make-up. As mentioned before, I do prefer the Avène line, it is
extra soft my skin and tends to naturally leave my skin toned.

exfoliate

Living in London, frolicking from bus-to-tube-to-busy streets, I’m exposed to a lot of
pollution and dirt.I find that I need to exfoliate multiple times a week to properly
clean my face. When I was living in Scotland, where air pollution was next to none, I
exfoliated once-a-week. I exfoliate my lips once-a-week with Fresh Sugar Lip Polish as I
don’t wear lipstick as often and exfoliate with Avène’s Gentle Purifying Scrub twice or
three times a week.
 

{how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs
{how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs
{how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs

tone

I think this is one of the most important aspects to cleaning your skin and often
neglected. I say this in almost every beauty post here on c&é, but I believe in the
healing of rosewater. It has gotten me through my worst skin problems and helps with
toning my skin today when I’m stressed or fatigued. It revitalizes and energizes your
skin. I simply use Cortas Rose Water as it is made of 100% rose petals and without extra
alcohol extracts. I live by this stuff by placing it in a spray bottle and then using a
cotton pad to just dab off the excess.
 

{how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs
{how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs
{how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs

hydrate

This was a very confusing aspect for me. I was struggling with terribly oily skin
just a little over a year ago and the dermatologist told me that no matter what my skin
type was, I still needed to hydrate it. Some need to more than others. I use Crabtree &
Evelyn Body Souffle
for my arms and legs as it is nourishing and not overwhelming.
Rituals Miracle Hand Balm right before bed. For my face, Avène Hydrance
Optimale Light with SPF
for the day and L’oreal Rebalancing
Extraordinary Oil
at night.
 

{how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs
{how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs {how to perfect a skincare routine} via chevrons & éclairs

treat

And just like any human, your skin needs to be treated at times. I like to do different
DIY masks like my winter grapefruit mask and my toning face mask. For the weeks I don’t
have very much time to put together my own mask, I prefer to use Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down
Detox mask
. It’s surprisingly hydrating and not drying and leaves my skin feeling extremely
clean and rejuvenated.

  • Such a good post! It’s very important that you take care of your face and these are very good products. Thanks!
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  • N. Sax

    You are killing it on the blog posts lately, Supal! Loving this post and it’s perfect for the now cooler season! xo

  • hena tayeb

    thank for sharing… will be checking out some of these products.

  • love how you pictured the steps and the products seem very interesting as well
    xoxo

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  • These editorial photos are spot on 🙂 A rose toner sounds really nice. I’d love to get my hands on one, hehe.

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    • You NEED to, Dreasy! It’s seriously life changing 🙂 Thank you so much for the kind words and for stopping by! x

  • Trang Do

    Love these products!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Hugs,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • *sighs* My acne is so bad I’ve started on Accutane which is mildly frightening! But I do the exact same thing as you with the rose water! Interesting thing, I was looking into Korean Skincare (which is really capturing people’s attention worldwide now) and the routines have a lot of steps sometimes (10-17, at times!) and include multiple cleansers, moisturizers and essences

    • I’m so sorry to hear that, Sabbie 🙁 But yes, Korean Skincare is very in! Also, try to decrease your inner body temperature a bit. It’s a very indian thing. If you’re curious as to how to do that then just email me. I went through something very similar to you not too long ago. <3 Hang in there, lady xx

  • Jenessa Sheffield

    ohhhhh thanks for sharing I am need of some new skincare products!

    XO JNESS
    jenessasheffield

  • Windowsill Writings

    lovely. can I ask you which nail color are you wearing in this post? it looks so elegant. thanks http://windowsillwritings.com/

    • It’s called Eternal Optimist by Essie! I only wore that all of last year basically. Such a stunning color 🙂 x

  • OK, so this is the secret to your amazing skin! Well, one of them 😉 I never knew what toner was before? I feel like a complete idiot! Writing these down for reference! xoxo

    • Rosewater is a great toner and it helps evens the skin tone and mitigate risk of future blemishes! Be careful not to get anything with too much alcohol or ingredients you don’t understand as it can be super drying!