Welcome back to my third and final skin care routine post! Parts 1 and 2 were my morning and evening skin care routines (check them out if you haven’t already!). Today’s post is all about my weekly skin treatments. I love treatments for your skin – it feels like such a luxury and it’s also really relaxing after a long day at work to just sit for 15 minutes with a face mask on! I highly recommend it!
Quick disclaimer about my skin: I have normal to combination skin (but it’s more on the normal side usually). I get dehydrated/dry areas around the perimeter of my face, and I get occasional hormonal/bad diet breakouts on my chin mostly. I am 25 years old, so I don’t have too many wrinkles, but lines are definitely starting to appear on my skin, particularly in my expression lines (I frown a lot!). My skin is very fair with lots of freckles. It is prone to mild sensitivity but is otherwise fine.
My weekly skin treatments will be broken up into three categories: masks, serums/oils, and spot treatments.
I love using masks once or twice a week as an added treatment for my skin. At the moment I am alternating between two clay-based masks – the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask: Detoxifying and Brightening Charcoal Mask – $19.99 AUD and The Harvest Garden Zeolite and Pink Clay Facial Masque with Pomegranate and Passionflower*- $30.00 AUD. Both of these masks are clay based, so are perfect for detoxing and deep cleaning the skin. I use the L’Oreal mask just on my nose and chin area as it is quite a thick and heavy formula that really draws out excess oil and impurities. You can read my review on it here. This guy is on the back burner recently due to the colder weather here. In summer, when my skin is on the oilier side, I love this mask. But in the cooler weather my skin dries out (surprise, surprise) so I’ve been using it less so recently.
The Harvest Garden Zeolite and Pink Clay Masque is a dry powder formula that you mix water with to create a very thin mask that you apply with a brush to the face. It feels so lightweight on the skin and works to fight blemishes and brighten skin tone. I love this mask so much – it doesn’t dry my skin at all and my skin looks and feels amazing once rinsed away. Instantly my skin looks brighter and more even. The next day, applying makeup is an absolute dream – my skin looks that good! This product is incredible value for money as well – this will seriously last me forever as you only use one teaspoon of product and that usually makes enough mixture for myself and my sisters to use. I use this product weekly and have barely made a dent in the bottle. Not only is the product amazing, but the brand is really inspiring with their ethics – I really love supporting brands like this! If you haven’t checked out The Harvest Garden yet I highly recommend that you do so! I really can’t recommend this mask enough – it is hands down my favourite weekly treatment to use!
The Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask – $24.00 AUD for 50ml – is amazing to use once a week for that added hit of hydration, particularly in the cooler weather (though I’ve been using it for about a year every week). This smells so good and is really thick but absorbs quickly. I usually substitute my evening moisturiser once a week for this overnight mask and I love it. I can’t say anything bad about it. In summer I don’t notice a huge difference when I use this mask, but I can definitely see a difference in winter.
I am also a huge fan of sheet masks, as you may have known already. Usually in the week I will try to do one sheet mask and one of the clay-based masks listed above. Some of my favourite sheet masks are the Garnier Hydra Bomb Tissue Masks and the Skin Republic sheet masks from Priceline, the Patchology and Mizon masks from Mecca, and the Sephora Collection sheet masks. All of these sheet masks are affordable, ranging from as little as $2.00 AUD up to $14.99 AUD, and I recommend them all. I tend to use sheet masks that target hydration and brightening – though I do like ones that target breakouts when needed as well (such as the Green Tea sheet mask from Garnier or the Spots and Blemishes mask from Skin Republic).
With the colder weather finally upon us here in Australia I have been adding an extra hit of moisture into my skin care routine with the Intense Formulas Face Serum* – $74.00 AUD. I mix this clear lightweight oil serum into my moisturiser every other evening for added hydration, and it works a treat. It also helps fight the signs of ageing, so I have been using this serum every evening on my neck, chest, and decolletage area (I often used to wake up with this area looking really creased and aged from sleeping so I wanted to fight that with this serum, and it’s been working well). I really love this serum – I wake up with soft, glowing skin when used in the evenings. I love how lightweight the formula is, and it doesn’t leave you looking or feeling greasy like other oils do. If you have dry or mature skin, you will absolutely love this serum. Intense Formulas is Australian made, cruelty free, and vegan as well. I highly recommend this luxury serum!
I’ve also recently been using Bio Oil – starting at $14.99 AUD – as well, in much the same way as the Intense Formulas serum. I use it on my face mixed in with my moisturiser, as well as decolletage, and the stretch marks on my upper outer thighs. I find it is very comparable to the Intense Formulas serum, but with a stronger scent and a slightly greasier feel to it. For me, I prefer Bio Oil on my body, as it is more affordable so I don’t mind using more of the product. I do prefer the Intense Formulas serum for my face, but the Bio Oil is a good alternative if you cannot afford a luxury serum.
Of course you can (and probably should!) be using these serums and oils every day – I just use them weekly because everyone has a limit, and this is mine. My skin care routine is pretty exhausting at times, and often I just don’t have the energy to add anything more into my routine, which is why I opt to use these products sparingly once or twice per week.
Luckily I don’t suffer with breakouts very often – usually I’ll get a pimple or two if I have been eating really badly or if it’s around that time of the month. To treat these little blemishes I use the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – $24.00 AUD. This little guy is a cult classic, it’s made up of calamine lotion (deposited at the bottom of the bottle) and salicylic acid. You dip your cotton tip all the way down to the bottom so it soaks up the salicylic acid and also gets a bit of calamine lotion on it, then you dot it on any blemishes. If you use this at the first sign of a breakout it will clear it very quickly (over one or two nights). I apply this as the last step in my routine, after my serum and moisturiser. It is slightly drying but the dryness goes away after a day if I use the Intense Formulas serum.
That concludes my last skin care routine post! Thanks for sticking with me for so long – I know there was a lot to get through! I hope you found this helpful or interesting. I love skin care and am constantly on the hunt to try new things, so I love hearing about people’s routines and the products they love to use.
If you know any products that you think I am seriously missing out on, let me know in the comments below!
*These products were sent to me free of charge from the companies. I was not paid to write this blog post and I do not make a commission if you choose to buy these products. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and they are 100% honest.