My skincare routine – 12 products I use daily

My daily skincare routine contains 12 different products. That might sound like a lot, but for a skincare enthusiastic it’s actually not that bad.

My skintype is combination and I’m still recovering from acne. I have acne scars, so that’s one of the things I try to take care of. I also try to be gentle with my skin, because even though it gets oily, it also gets dry and I want my products to balance my skin. Being a beauty blogger means trying out different products quite often, but from this post you get an idea of how I treat my skin.

But one of the things I wouldn’t change are my oils: argan oil and jojoba oil. And my serum!

my skincare routine

my pm skincare routine


First, I double cleanse. It is one of the most important things in my skincare routine. I first wash my face with an oil, because oil soaks off makeup and sunscreen from my face, after which I can use my actual face cleanser to clean my face from dirt and sebum. Washing your face with two different products might sound extreme, but it’s amazing, I promise you – and not drying at all, since the first product is an oil, anyway.

Missha Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil
A great oil cleanser, that removes makeup really well and is quite long-lasting.

Dr. Organic Tea Tree Face Wash
I’m still searching for that perfect face wash and that is the one product, that I do change a bit, but this one I’ve been using the most. It’s inexpensive and very long lasting, so it’s great for a budget.

Chrissanthie eye lid cleanser (mixed with pure water to get a foam)
I use this daily to wash my lash extensions. If you want to know more about lash extensions, check out this post.

EkoPharma Vadelma Moisturizing Toner
I love this toner. It balances my skin, while hydrating it. I think this is my favorite toner so far.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate
This serum would deserve a party of it’s own and I dedicated this post to it. When my skin started to get very bad last Summer, I bought this and started to use it daily. It helped with inflammation, spots, skin texture and dryness. It balanced my skin and was the key factor in making it smoother.

Argan oil
Argan oil my skin’s saviour, when it comes to dryness, but it actually has some other benefits as well. It has anti-aging properties, so it’s great for keeping that youthful glow on. Argan oil is also great for scarring and as you may know, I have pretty bad acne scars. I’ve been using this consistently throughout my acne journey and I’m pretty sure it’s one of the reasons my acne scars have been fading away quite nicely and my skin has stayed smooth. For anyone battling acne scars (or any scars), you might want to try argan oil.

EkoPharma Herukka Cream
This is one of the lotions I told you about in this post. Basically I got to make my own lotions! I’ve been using this one as a night cream. It soothes my skin, balances any redness I might have and nourishes super well, so that when I wake up in the morning my skin feels moisturized, but not oily or sticky.

Vichy AqualiaThermal Eye Balm
A lightweight and refreshing gel, that moisturizes well and suits my lash extensions. I also like the packaging!

my morning skincare routine


Before I put anything on my face, I wash my face with cold water. It’s essential for me, and not least, because it helps me to wake up. I need cold water under my eyes and all over my face in the morning, period. Then I go through these products.

EkoPharma Vadelma Moisturizing Toner

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rose water
This facial spray offers nice lightweight moisture. I like to moisturize my skin using lighter products in the morning.

Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil seems to absorb in my skin better than argan oil, so I like to use jojoba in the morning. I apply oil either before lotion or I mix it with the lotion.

EkoPharma Vadelma Cream
EkoPharma’s Vadelma (Raspberry) line is made for normal to mixed skin and it’s great for my skin. This lotion is very moisturizing, but not heavy. It works well under my makeup as well.

Clarins Multi-Active Eye Cream
This eye cream actually has it’s own blog post! It has a metallic applicator tip, which makes it perfect for eye massage and therefore helps with puffiness.

+ Sunscreen
Usually, my makeup acts as my sunscreen, since my foundations almost always contain a SPF. It’s not that sunny here all year round, so wearing a full face of foundation is enough for my face in Fall and Winter. However, if I’m not wearing a foundation and I’m headed outside in that beautiful winter sun, I make sure to apply sunscreen. In spring and Summer I wear either a sunscreen (I like Eucerin’s Mattifying Sun Fluid) or mineral makeup.

That is it for my daily skincare routine and products. Besides these I exfoliate my skin once or twice per week and use a mask once or twice as well. But I change those products a lot, so I didn’t want to include all of them here. The exfoliator I use is amazing though, so I might give it it’s own post.

How many products do you use daily for your skincare routine?

A serum, that actually makes a difference

If I had to point out one product, which has made the biggest impact on my skin’s wellbeing, it would be this serum – Drops of Youth concentrate by The Body Shop.

I started to use this last Summer, when my skin was going through some rough patch. My acne was quite bad, I had lots of red pimples and the texture was uneven. What I was longing for, was a smooth, balanced skin. Luckily, this serum worked amazingly for me and I still continue to use it. Right now I have acne scars as a memory from the painful acne, but this serum also helps to treat those scars.

Obviously, when it comes to skincare it goes so much deeper than just what it seen on the outside. I’m not saying that this product cured my skin – but it helped with the process. When it comes to acne and skincare, it’s important to treat the skin with the right medication, but a good routine with effective products is just as important.


the body shop drops of youth concentrate

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate review

The Body Shop has different product ranges and this is one of their products from the Drops of youth -range. It’s made to tackle the first signs of aging, like dryness and fine lines. By the way – did you know, that fine lines and wrinkles can form from dryness? When it comes to anti-aging products or preventing aging, it’s all about moisturizing and keeping the skin healthy, so that those fine lines don’t have a chance in the first place.

*The drops of youth concentrate is made from 99% of natural ingredients and it promises to moisturize your skin, while keeping it smooth and healthy. So you might be surprised, that it contains salisylic acid. Salicylic acid is amazing and it’s one of the most effective ingredients used in cosmetics. It’s often recommended for oily or mixed skin, because it helps with inflammation. It’s great for all skin types, because it exfoliates and therefore renews the skin. That’s one of the things, that make this serum so effective.  But it’s not about just that one ingredient. Often I’ve tried these different products containing salicylic acid and they’ve been too drying for me. This serum’s consistency doesn’t feel too drying and it’s successfully used salicylic acid in it’s active ingredients.

Salicylic acid is amazing and it’s one of the most effective ingredients used in cosmetics.

And I know – acids may sound scary and if you have dry skin, you might now be horrified of this product. But exfoliating the skin actually makes all the other products absorb better. It helps to get rid of dead skin cells, so they don’t block the products from helping your skin. Salisylic acid is also considered quite mild and it shouldn’t irritate the skin as much as some other acids. But like any exfoliators and acids in particular, you need to always remember to wear SPF when you use these kinds of products. You might also want to experiment and try which works for your skin – maybe you want to use this daily, or just once per week.

salisylic acid and acne
I’m wearing really minimal makeup in this photo: only a touch of concealer, makeup powder, blush and brow pen. Can you see how smooth and healthy my skin looks (besides the acne scars obviously)?

For my skin, I use it daily – most of the time. It’s great for me in summer, fall and spring. The only time my skin gets too sensitive and dry to any exfoliating products, is winter. Right now it gets to -18°C, so I’m taking a little break from this product as well as from my purifying mud masks. You should always listen to your skin! I apply the serum in the evening and I let it sit for about half an hour, then I follow with my other products.

But to sum it all up: I love this serum and it’s one of those rare products, that actually seem to make a big difference. It helps with my skin texture, pimples, dryness and even oiliness. It makes my skin feel smooth and balanced. When you’re treating a skin, that has a tendency to oiliness and pimples and skin texture (talking about those sebaceus filaments!) –  you need to exfoliate your skin. But you need to do it gently, and that’s when these acids come in handy. Exfoliation is also the key in treating acne scars. I’m speeding up the renewal process of my skin, basically.

This product has been so good, I’m tempted to try the other products from the range.

Shop the serum:

*The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate

Have you tried this serum? Do you use acids such as salicylic acid in your skincare?

P.S. If you want to read more in-depth information about acids and salicylic acid in skincare, I recommend reading this article.

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