After you turn about 25 or so, you start to turn your attention preventing wrinkles. However, if you're anything like me, a moisturizer just doesn't cut it because it actually makes you break out. What an awkward age we're at when we've got to worry about wrinkles AND acne.
I've talked about my skincare routine quite in depth before, and you can watch a video on my morning routine here and my night routine here.
However, I'll just quickly go over the products I tend to use, as I'm finding myself following a routine at night less and less. I find I don't really need a huge acne routine to keep it at bay, but following one does help.
Typically, in the shower, I use (in this order):
1) Lush Dark Angels Cleanser. It retails for £6.75 for 100grams and is a solid investment. I was using the coalface before, which is basically the same thing, but I found it was making a mess in the shower and when I travelled. Therefore, this one is a lot better and a lot less messy. It really controls grease and keeps acne from popping up.
2) Forever Living's Aloe Face Scrub. This product retails for £13.44, but is worth every penny (in my opinion). I was using the Lush Ocean Salt, but the grains in this scrub are a bit finer and leave your face feeling amazingly soft. It also helps with facial itching, if you're having that issue.
3) Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub. This product retails for £4.69 and has been a staple since I was a teen. This is the only one on the list really purposed to control acne, and it does a great job doing so. I just scrub my face with this a little every day.
4) Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion with a retail of £3.10, this astringent is not too powerful, but just powerful enough to curb breakouts. I use this after my shower and at night before bed.
So, this one is the tricky part. A few years ago, I started using moisturizer on my forehead where my face tends to get dehydrated. It lessened dehydration wrinkles, but set off a spark of zits. I steered clear of moisturizers for a while after that. I was sent some nice moisturizer by a company to review not too long ago and thought maybe I had grown out of the moisturizer quandary. Turns out, even the best moisturizer breaks me out. So how do I hydrate my skin and keep it young? Well, genes, of course, but other than that....
I use the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray, which tends to deal really well with thirsty skin. It is a bit on the pricey side at £22, but I feel like it is worth it and a great way to prevent all around wrinkles. Clinique also does a moisturizing CC cream, but I haven't tried it, so I can't tell you if it works well or not.
There aren't really any dupes, as most people tend to swear by it. However, if £22 will break the bank for you (it is expensive!), you can try The Body Shop's Vitamin E mist (which retails for £9.50). Those in the States can also try Evian's Mineral Water Spray, which is about half the price of the Clinique version.