Inside Our Skincare Routines

I spend a lot of time writing about makeup and skincare. I share many of the products I have used and recommend for certain looks and skincare needs. I am now delving into some of the skincare collections of friends. What’s inside their skincare routine and their skincare collection?

Gemma Lovett (21): Politics & International Relations (3rd Year)

Q: What are your favourite products? Why are they your favourites? Can you recommend any products for specific skincare needs?

A: My absolute [favourite] skincare product is Boots’ Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Foaming Cleanser. Since moving to London, this product has become a staple for my skincare routine, as it is both affordable and effective. For years, I struggled to commit to a face wash for more than three months, as I would continue to have bad breakouts and little improvement to my skin. However, I have been using Boots’ Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Foaming Cleanser for two years now, and my skin has improved massively. Also, one bottle of the foaming cleanser can last me for at least four months, despite daily use, as I only need to use a small amount to wash my face. Of course, I still get breakouts from time to time but they are nowhere near as terrible as they were before, and they always manage to clear up in a few days. At the end of the day, Boots’ Foaming Cleanser is a fantastic product that has really helped my skin improve over the years, and I highly recommend it. 

The main problem that I have with my skin is large pores that can become clogged and develop blackheads. To combat this problem, I predominately [use products that detox and refine my pores]. Specifically, I use Kiehl’s Rare Earth skincare line (toner and face mask, as it unclogs and [minimises] pores). Since Kiehl’s is a more upscale and expensive brand I use it sparingly. A more affordable skincare product I use to fight blackheads on a daily basis is St.Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub, which is just as effective as Kiehl’s products. So, if anyone out there struggles with large pores and blackheads, Kiehl’s Rare Earth line and St. Ives Face Scrub are the best products to use!

Q: To finish off, what is your number one skincare rule?

A: As far as skincare rules, I don’t follow very many as I believe that every face is different and no one should follow a set of rules that might not apply to their skin. However, the one rule that I absolutely believe in and follow is ‘always take your makeup off at the end of the day.’ That is my most important rule as it keeps my pores unclogged and prevents breakouts from happening. Even when it’s 4 AM and all I want to do is go to bed immediately after a night out, I still take the time to take off my make-up and wash my face to keep my skin fresh and free of blemishes.

Chang Hui Tze (20): Law LLB (2nd Year)

Q: Can you give the readers at CUB Magazine at little rundown of your skincare routine?

A: I follow Michelle Phan’s skincare routine. It is an evening routine which I change up. The first step is to double cleanse with the “Then I Met You” Oil Cleansing Balm and Face Wash. Then apply Toner using a Pixi Glow Tonic or Quinn’s Witch Hazel. This is followed by a Green Tea Seed Serum after thirty seconds, the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence, the Glossier Super Glow Serum and the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. The routine is then completed with the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask or Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack then finally step the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask.

Q: What are your favourite products? Why are they your favourites? Can you recommend any products for specific skincare needs?

A: ‘Then I Met You’ Oil Cleansing Balm & Face Wash because it doesn’t strip the moisture from your skin and the Laneige Sleeping Masks as they are cult favourites and are always there to save my skin and lips when they are dry or need a pick me up. Also any vitamin C serum, particularly the Tatcha Vitamin C Serum, but the price can be astronomical for many so Glossier does the deed for a cheaper price. These serums brighten the skin and lighten acne scars. It does wonders!

Q: To finish off, what is your number one skincare rule?

A: Wash your face everyday and night without fail, even if you don’t have time to do a full routine, you have to clean your face.

Calvin Cheng (23): Electrical & Electronics Engineering (Graduate)

Q: Can you give the readers at CUB Magazine at little rundown of your skincare routine?

A: Let’s start with the morning routine. My morning routine consists of a low PH foam cleanser to start it off and then a very light setting of toner/essence/serum and moisturiser combo. I also add sunscreen as the [final] layer. You’ll see why my morning routine is very short when [I] go through more in depth with my night routine, also in my lifestyle I am typically not a morning person and usually have no time because we all like a lie-in. Saying that though these are what I would call the bare necessities before your face enters the outside world.

Q: As for your evening routine?

A: Okay, so you’re coming from a hard days work presumably, and your face has been exposed to UV rays, etc. Firstly, I take a shower before bed, I then use an oil cleanser first since sunscreen is very harsh on your skin even though it is used to prevent UV rays [penetrating] your skin, if the harsh chemicals are left on your skin it will make you break out if not removed. This also goes for makeup too! Therefore, an oil cleanser is most suited for tackling this job. Then I use a foam cleanser again to properly scrub out the impurities left behind. Now the next steps will vary depending on what my skin needs, as there are always different products for different steps and people can do them however they see fit, but usually my way would be to use the most watery products first then the thicker ones such as creams at the end. I use a toner first, slap the product on as much as necessary. If I want to exfoliate my face, I do it before using a toner. Typically, I only suggest exfoliating one to three times a week depending on your skin type since it’s literally taking a layer of your skin off, so make sure that your skin recovers well from it. If you opt for the exfoliating path, I would use a mask right after it to sooth the troubles your skin went through.

I typically do a face mask when I can since they take a long time, but I generally try at least once a week for the bare minimum. I usually leave them on for no more than twenty minutes unless advised to do so on the package (and for those pesky people who leave them on overnight please don’t). After toner, I use an essence to bind the toner and this is usually where some products may have BHA in them which prevents blackhead growth (for example, the COSRX product lines) or they might balance the skin. If you’ve used a product such as salicylic acid or something slightly acidic due to spots or something else then these products restore your skin PH level. Then you can use your ampoules and serums at this stage (whitening/peptide/vitamins). Then for me, I typically use an eye cream since it is still winter, my night routine finishes with a sleeping mask too for intense moisture overnight.

Q: What are your favourite products? Why are they your favourites? Can you recommend any products for specific skincare needs?

A: I generally don’t have favourites because if it does the job then I’m happy! However, there are some products that I will highlight. The Kiehl’s or Banila Co. Oil Cleanser, since both of these are extremely affordable and get the job done very effectively. The COSRX acne spot patches are an absolute godsend when you eventually have a pimple or two, just stick it on before applying any other products as they sick out the sebum/oil from the pimple. Neogen Exfoliation Pads, blue for toning and green for redness, are very easy to use and require less effort than scrubs. The Laneige Cream Mist is the perfect travel moisturiser. Keep this in your bag and spray when your face feels dry. Kiehl’s Peptide Ampoule is a product that gives me the best moisture and locks it all in. The Dr Jart+ Face Masks are really cheap and there are a variety depending on your skin ailments.

Q: To finish off, what is your number one skincare rule?

A: You should leave your skin to rest after gently patting or rubbing for a few minutes between each layer so your skin can properly absorb each product. Also, make sure you buy products that are suitable for your skin type and depending on the weather or season!

Melissa Owens (21): Politics & International Relations (3rd Year; Abroad)

Q: Can you give the readers at CUB Magazine at little rundown of your skincare routine?

A: When I was in my teens, my skin was always having minor flareups, and [I] always had either dry spots or acne. When I spent a summer in Greece with my mom, however, I got an olive oil face wash that changed everything. I finally had the clear, dewy skin I had always wanted! I read a lot about minimal, natural skin-care regimes and finally took a deep breath and tried cleansing with straight oil. Very scary! But 100% amazing results – for me anyway. Now, I have my regime honed to a minimum: at night, I wash off my makeup with a combination of mostly pure olive oil, with maybe 25% jojoba, and smaller amounts of rosehip, lavender, and other oils (just google ‘oils for skincare’). I wash it off with warm water, then use very hot water on a towel to ‘steam’ it off a bit so it doesn’t feel greasy. Then a light spread of anti-acne moisturiser and that’s in. In the morning, I splash my face with cold water and use sunscreen and the moisturiser or a boosting skin serum if I think I need it. Besides the occasional face mask, especially on long flights, that’s it, and I’ve never had better skin!

Q: What are your favourite products? Why are they your favourites?

A: Oil, oil! Everyone’s skin is different of course, but for me, it works so well to actually wash out and clear my pores. It’s not as simple as oil = clogging = acne, the type of oil incredibly important.

Q: Can you recommend any products for specific skincare needs?

A: As for specific needs, coconut oil works wonders for [dry] spots, and witch hazel (usually in toner form) or tea tree oil for acne-heavy areas.

Q: To finish off, what is your number one skincare rule?

A: The number one rule: more is less! There is a lot of overly-pricey and unnecessary products out there. Try stripping your routine, then trying each product that you’d usually use for a week or two to really figure out which products are necessary and which [ones] are just expensive gunk.

Roma Ramsden-Gupta (20): History (3rd Year) – Head Writer of Style & Beauty

Q: Can you give the readers at CUB Magazine at little rundown of your skincare routine?

A: In the mornings I wash my face with cold water using the La Roche-Posay Purifying Cleanser. I then use a toner from the Body Shop from their seaweed collection to completely clean my face. I will follow this with a Factor 50+ Suncream on my face and neck in order to protect my skin and limit future wrinkles. I also use Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. At night I remove any make up using Garnier’s Micellar Water. Then I wash my face again with the La Roche-Posay wash, but this time using a sonic face brush on the lowest setting for one minute. I then use the Body Shop Seaweed toner again. I finish by moisturising my face and neck. Twice a week I will use a variety of face masks from detoxifying clay masks, tea tree masks and moisturising sheet masks. Once a week I also use eye masks in order to rehydrate my tired eyes. I also use a face steamer once a week to detox my face, cleanse my pores and just generally feel better and have hydrated brighter looking skin. 

Q: What are your favourite products? Why are they your favourites?

A: My favourite product is definitely the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel after using so many different face washes this is a firm favourite, it’s totally cleared up my skin and made it look so much more alive.

Q: Can you recommend any products for specific skincare needs?

A: I recommend the products from Hangsun. The first is the electric face brush which has completely cleared my skin up. Your face wash works so much better if you rub it into your face for one minute, otherwise it doesn’t have the chance to work to its full potential and this brush ensures that. I also recommend their face steamer which is firstly the most relaxing experience ever, perfect for a self-care night in. It’s great for detoxing your skin and your body. It opens up your pores allowing you to easily remove blackheads as well as applying face masks so they can work to their full potential.

Q: To finish off, what is your number one skincare rule?

A: My number one skincare rule is always wear suncream. Protection is key and keep those wrinkles at bay!

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