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My (new) Skincare Staples

Towards the end of last year and especially this year, I’ve committed myself to upgrading my skincare routine. Maria and I both experienced after turning 25 that our skin changed somewhat dramatically. I’ve finally gotten down to a couple of products I can’t imagine going without ever again!

To give you a point of reference, my skin primarily needs hydration. Regardless of season it just always seems a little dry these days.

Codage no. 1

This serum is a serious lifesaver. It’s ultra hydrating yet so comfortable and easy to use. I find that it sinks in really quickly and the result is fast. I see a noticeable difference in my skin almost instantly. The consistency is somewhere between water and oil. It’s fairly fluent but not so much that it runs off between your fingers, yet not quite heavy and sticky enough to be an oil. In the winter I use it morning and evening but in the summer I find that only using it in the evening is enough. As far as serums go, the price tag isn’t too hefty on this one and it lasts quite a while. I also like that Codage does a mini size (10 ml), which allows you to try out the product first at a reduced price. That’s how my obsession started and I have since then repurchased the big bottle (30 ml) twice! The product should be available all over Europe, as I believe the brand is French.

Boscia Makeup-Break-Up Cool Cleansing oil

Maria and I were just talking about how rarely we come by good makeup removers. This is one of them though, and I’ve been using it religiously for over a year now and struggle to see myself go back to the more water based makeup removers especially because the skin around my eyes is getting more sensitive and dry! I’ve struggled for years to find a good makeup remover, YEARS! Who knew, all this time I’ve been using the wrong formula! So, a gentle reminder if your routine isn’t really working for you, switch things up a bit. I was using water based makeup removers for years and they are so much work on my waterproof mascara, not to mention they require the use of a single-use product (cotton pad) of some sort. With the oil based makeup remover I simply pump one or two pump onto my fingers and hold them over my eyes, then wash the product off with a damp face cloth.

Pudderdåserne alt-i-en beskyttelse

Sunscreen is a must have in any routine – regardless if it’s sunny or not where you live! I doubt this one is available internationally but maybe you’re able to find something similar. The point is to add a separate sunscreen other than the one you find in your moisturizer or makeup. Let the makeup and moisturizer do their job and the sunscreen do its own job! This product is amazing, and I say that even though it’s a fairly new addition to my routine because I don’t see myself ever switching it up. It’s lightweight, evens out the skin and the skin tone yet you don’t feel it on the skin and it lasts forever. There’s no stickiness, no sunscreen smell, no sweat lock, no nothing! It adds a bit of color, just enough to even out the skin tone, but not enough that it qualifies as makeup, BB- or CC-cream.

Ecooking Peel Mask

Finally, adding a peel mask has made a world of a difference to my skin. This one from the Danish brand, Ecooking, might not be available outside of Denmark, but then I recommend trying out another peel mask – they really do work! I use this once or twice a week depending for about 5-6 minutes, and it honestly feels like I’ve got a layer of brand new skin with a healthy glow. Use peel masks in the evening as they can make the skin flare up a bit but don’t worry, it’s normal! I like that it feels like it deep cleanses my skin, taking away all the excess oil and dirt, yet it doesn’t feel tight and it leaves my skin feeling renewed.

What are your skincare essentials you can’t live without?

Empties: Clinique samples/advent calendar [ENGLISH]

In order to make my makeup routine more environmental I have made it a goal of mine to empty everything I have before buying something new. I keep a huge box in my bathroom with a tonne of sample skincare items that I have gotten in various sets, and now I have set out to empty them all. Today it will be all about Clinique samples that I got in last year’s advent calendar.

I think samples are fun because it will let me know if a product works for my skin and I should purchase the full size product and if not, it is not a big waste (financially or product-wise) if I do not like it (I am aware it is a huge plastic waste but it is better to use the products up than to throw them out!).

Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover

I really enjoyed this product. Hands down one of the best and most gentle makeup removers I have used in a long time. It removes normal and waterproof makeup because it has a water and oil base, which also means the product needs to be shaken before use. The only downside with this product was that it would leave behind an oily residue – not a big issue at night but sometimes I will remove a mascara smudge (yes I am clumsy) in the morning and stepping out of the bathroom, my boyfriend would laugh at my panda eyes. The oily residue would make its’ way around my whole eye area and make my makeup smudge before I even left the house in the mornings so beware! I found that this was not an issue once the makeup remover dried into my skin after a few minutes.

 

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense

Just like Maria, I am totally hooked on the entire moisture surge collection. I have used up a bunch of the products in the series, most recently this; a heavy, thick, and very moisturizing cream. I preferred to use it at night to give it sufficient time to sink in to the skin. My skin was so soft in the mornings, and I could really tell a difference in the evenness of my skin when I switched to using this. My skin has been acting up as it is slowly getting colder here in Denmark, and my skin has spent the past 6 months in high humidity air in Spain and Italy. This product totally saved my skin!

 

Clinique 7 day Scrub Cream

I do not think I have ever used up a scrub this fast! Partly it is because I would often mistake this and the facial soap mentioned underneath, but also partly because I finally found a scrub I enjoy. The beads are super fine so they do not irritate my sensitive and dry skin, yet I feel like it gets the job done. My skin feels new, refreshed, and clean after use!

 

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap in mild

I remember using this when I was younger and it was too hard on my skin. I think I had the one for combination skin back then because my skin IS a combination of a little oily, a little dry, a little normal. It is a mess. But as I am getting older, I feel like my skin is getting more sensitive and dry, and I often find that it reacts with heavy chemical products. However, this cleanser worked well for me (note that it is the mild cleanser!). It is not too rough and did not dry out my skin. It gets the job done but it does not do anything “extra”.

 

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

As I said, my skin has gotten more sensitive with age (25 is creeping up on me real fast!) and this is one the products that just does not work for me. It turned my eyes puffy, I was constantly in tears and my eyes were red and itchy. I do not know why. I am sure this is a great product for other people (I gifted the rest to my boyfriend who seemed to enjoy it though he has never used eye cream a day in his life so he might not be the best judge). The texture of the cream is light and easy to smooth out over the skin so if you do not have a sensitive eye area, I would give this cream a go!