As part of my skincare search for the Holy Grail, I tend to ensure I intensify the efficacy of my products by having a supporting weekend routine which supports my goal of achieving balanced, even, well moisturised, glowing, ageless, poreless skin
Ha! I hear you say really Honey, poreless…… skin needs pores to breathe, absorb nutrients and expunge toxins. Okay then, I will amend my goal to state the following, I want to achieve balanced, even, well moisturised, glowing, ageless skin with less visible pores, you happy?!
My weekend routine can be quite complicated depending on if it is undertaken during the day or at night. However, as evenings tend to be when I believe I get the best results due to skin repair when asleep. I will describe and discuss my routine below.
STEP 1 – Brightening & Exfoliating Mask
I use Omorovicza Copper Peel Treatment which is a Holy Grail, though I do have to admit it is not as effective as it used to be since I have been using this for nearly two years. What I love about this mask is that I generally tend to see an effect straightaway.
This is a two-phase peel, combining a blue copper paste and a lactic acid activator. The first phase which is the application of the blue copper paste tends to feel more like an sticky exfoliating scrub. You apply this to dry skin on the face and work it over the skin for about one minute.
The second phase involves applying the lactic activator onto the blue copper paste and massaging it all together to form a white lather. This is to be worked over the face in circular motions, for 2 minutes. This tends to provide me more slip and seems to aid the removal and lift off of dead skin cells as it polishes and smoothes the complexion.
I then rinse the above off with warm water and my skin generally tends to look brighter and my pores tend to be more receptive to me squeezing out the gunk in my blackheads. once I do this I splash some cold water on my face to reduce any swelling and pat my skin dry.
STEP 2 – Clay Mask
I apply the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask which I use to absorb oil and helps draw out impurities without drying my skin. What I love about this mask is that it is moisturising and doesn’t dry into a hardened mask rendering my face immovable, I used to use the Erno Laszlo Anti-Blemish Beta Purifying Mask which did just that. Though I like this mask, I am not sure if it does add any extra value, however after application my skin feels soft, hydrated and plump.
STEP 3 – Essence Application
I use the SKII Facial Treatment Essence, this I use because I expect to use an essence, it is the go to product and I notice it adds moisture to my skin. However, I am not sure if this step is needed. This could be primarily because of how expensive this essence is…. £105. I mean I am expecting miracles for this and I don’t see any. I think I have to revisit this stage and analyse if the issue is this step or the effectiveness of the essence.
STEP 4 – Radiance Serum
I use the Zelens Z Luminous Brightening Serum. I have said this more than once, I suffer from hyper pigmentation on my forehead, upper lip and chin, so this is very much needed.
According to the Zelens website, the active ingredients and the benefits of these are:
Niacinamide: Also known as Vitamin B3, this potent cell-communicating molecule provides multiple benefits for the skin: reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentated spots and red blotchiness, evens skin tone, improves skin’s elasticity enhance its barrier function.
Resorcinol: Decreases melanin content of the skin and provides excellent brightening-lightening effect. Reduces the appearance of dark spots and evens the skin tone.
Zinc-Glycine Complex: Demonstrates strong brightening-whitening properties. Significantly reduces melanocyte proliferation and melanin production. Zinc demonstrates anti-inflammatory properties.
Phytic Acid: A naturally-derived acid sourced from rice. Possesses mild exfoliating properties and promotes skin renewal process.
Hyaluronic acid: An important natural component of skin. Zelens uses a low-molecular weight hyaluronic acid (HA) with unique moisturising properties. HA improves skin moisture, helps to retain and maintain skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Vitamin E: An antioxidant with a key role in the protection of cellular membranes from free radicals. It is the major antioxidant in the human epidermis with strong protective effects against UV-induced skin damage.
Bisabolol: An active molecule extracted from Camomile. Possesses strong antioxidant, anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Silanols: Organic silicium-based compounds. Help to reconstruct skin architecture by stimulating collagen production and enhancing cellular communication between keratinocytes and fibroblasts.
Squalane: Derived from olives, this active ingredient demonstrates strong antioxidant properties, helps fortify the skin barrier and improve skin hydration.
Silica: A trace mineral that helps strengthen skin connective tissues resulting in increased skin elasticity. Absorbs sweat and oil and prevents light reflection.
Pearl: Containing 16 essential amino-acids, proteins and polysaccharides, this hydrolised pearl powder helps maintain high moisture level while promoting skin smoothness and radiance. Pearl has excellent brightening properties.
This most definitely provides my skin with a brightening, luminous and radiant effect, it is my Holy Grail, enough said!
STEP 5 – Moisturing Serum
I use the Clarins Hydraquench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, this solves my dry forehead and dry chin issues and also acts as a humectant (retains and preserves moisture) for my skin.
Clarins describes this as an intensive, moisture-replenishing bi-phase and hydrating facial serum that revives ultra-thirsty skin, to restore the skin’s natural appearance hydration mechanisms and maintain moisture levels for newly replenished skin. To leave dehydrated skin soft, comfortable, and radiant, with a matte finish produced by an effective formula.
I co-sign the above and this is a Holy Grail product for me.
STEP 6 – Night Oil
I apply the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil and I find it effective as I wake up in the morning with soft supple and toned skin when I use this nightly and I feel it helps seal in all the goodness and nutrients of the products I apply in step 2, 3, 4 and 5. I still expect more though. I think because my skincare routine is so expensive I always expect not just a miracle, but a choir of singing angels, unicorn dust and the tears of the Greek gods, producing magnificent, gleaming, wondrous skin. Is this asking too much?!
STEP 7 – Moisture Face Mask
At this stage I either apply the Sisley Express Flower Gel which is a very moisturising cream-gel mask specifically designed for dehydrated, sagging, or tired-looking skin and I leave it on overnight or the SK II Facial Treatment Mask which is also hydrating with the added benefit of radiance.
I admit, this is an expensive routine….. actually this is an hella expensive routine. But I have got to say, it works, I think it would work so much better if I improve my diet. I mean if this is so potent and effective with me eating serious junk food, imagine my glow….. IMAGINE MY SKIN!!! if my diet was even marginally better.
Hope the above detailed routine helps with your skin quest for the Holy Grail, I am happy to seek out and try dupes for the above if you are interested in following a similar less expensive routine.
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