13 Jul 2018 19 comments

My Stripped Back Skincare Routine.

My 5 product face…

Skincare is, and probably always will be, a tricky one for me; I love it so much that I want to try everything! Creamy cleansers, exfoliating peel drops, overnight resurfacing masks, eye serums, clarifying oils… my bathroom looks like the Selfridges Beauty Hall, and you better believe I want to apply a different ten-step skincare routine every night!

Sadly, I’ve come to realise that my skin wants a regular, consistent and low maintenance routine that is going to work but not overwork. No longer can I go in hard with whatever gold-topped bottle catches my eye that day, I have to stick with a few products that work together to make an impact.

Saying that, I’ve got myself an infallible lineup of products that are simple, incredibly effective, and work for my confused, blemish-prone complexion – and I’m sticking to it!

My Holy Grail Cleanser

Where would I be without this little number? I’ve been using the Oskia Renaissance Cleanser morning and night for as long as I can remember, I’ve been through countless bottles and I can’t imagine ever being without it.
I love the texture of this, it melts in to skin and rinses away makeup, leaving my skin feeling super soft and nourished with every use.

An Exfoliator With A Difference

As part of my ‘less is more’ skincare journey, I came across the Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains – the perfect addition to my routine as it’s not technically adding anything else in to the mix. I mix these in with my aforementioned wonder worker Oskia cleanser, and all it does is create a scrubby version to slot in to my routine.
I always feel like my skin needs a bit of exfoliating action once or twice a week, and these are a non-abrasive way of sloughing off dead skin cells and revealing a much perkier complexion underneath!

My Go-To Treatment

I was really struggling with spots recently, and I opened up a parcel that Pai had sent me and their wonderful Rosehip Oil was inside – something I loved so much at one point, but forgot about over the years.
One overnight application and my skin was the clearest it’s ever been come morning, I was in disbelief! Ever since then, I’ve been using it nightly after cleansing and my skin is looking and feeling incredible. I usually don’t find oils quench my skin like a moisturiser would, but this ticks all the boxes.

The Do It All Moisturiser

Up there with the Oskia Renaissance Cleanser is the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I don’t think there’s been a day in the last three or four years that I haven’t used this, it’s my ultimate everyday staple.
I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been on roaccutane, but my skin often feels parched – Ultra Facial Cream is the only moisturiser I’ve found that actually nourishes my skin and keeps it feeling hydrated all day. Plus it has a bit of a priming effect so my makeup applies like a dream too.

A Little Somethin’ Extra

Origins is one of those brands that just speaks to me; I know with absolute certainty that I will adore everything I try! Their masks are some of my favourites, and the Drink Up Intensive should be in everyone’s pamper routine!
A quick application of this on a Sunday night and I’m good to go for the week ahead, it really does make a big difference to my skin overall. My entire complexion just glows, and it feels so hydrated and plumped too. I slap a thick ol’ layer on at bedtime and wake up to dreamy skin come morning!

There’s something to be said for having a strict and stripped back routine – my skin is definitely feeling a lot less confused without all the lotions and potions I used to apply.
What do you think of a five product routine?

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  • Lisa Autumn

    After reading this I feel like I need to update my skincare routine.. thank you for the inspiration Kate!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • Haven’t tried these yet

    Candice | Natalya Amour

  • I haven’t tried any of these products yet. Thank you for the recommendations Kate xx


  • Origins is one of the best skin care products on the market. They have a lot of my favorites too such as the 10 min out of trouble mask and their moisturizers!


  • Simply the best skincare routine to have … simplicity is everything! 🌷👍🏼🌷

    🌸🍃ROSES FOR FRIDAYS 🌸🍃| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Ahhh, skincare! I most definitely could talk about it, read about, and watch videos on it all day everyday! There’s something about it that is so calming and relaxing, and might I even say, inspiring! My dad always makes fun of how much time I spend taking care of my skin, in the morning and night – but I walkways just go back at him saying, well now by skin won’t have wrinkles when I’m 40! (We’re hoping for that but that may be biting the bullet lol) I think you’re officially convinced me to try the Oskia cleanser. Mine is currently SUPER low, so I think it would be perfect timing to try a new, and well recommended one ‘D


  • Loving all of these skincare staples! Really need to try the Kiehl’s moisturizer! Also, do you have any eye cream recommendations, Kate? I’ve been trying to look for a lightweight one that still does the job 🙂 <3

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Growing up I was definitely fortunate to have good skin and back then I only used a handful of products. I love experimenting and testing out new products and sometimes I think “too much” stuff going on my face actually makes my skin freak out. Sometimes when I’m really tired or sick and don’t get to doing a whole routine but just use one or two products, I usually end up waking up with glowy skin. I’ve definitely been cutting back on the # of products and I think it really works! I’m with you on this “less is more.”

    The Pai oil has also been on my list for forever and this is making me want it even more! Once my current rosehip oil runs out, I may need to finally pick this one up.

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  • I’ve also found that less is more when it comes to skincare! My skin gets confused as all hell when I’m trialling a bunch of new things at the same time, so I really try to introduce one or two new things every few months on a trial basis. And if they don’t work I just go back to my holy grail setup.

    The Pai oil looks so thick and luxurious!

    Sharni | http://www.agirlandgrey.com

  • 炎热的夏天,看到这样的博客瞬间清凉了许多!

  • Mehdi Didi
  • I have been loving a more basic skincare routine and just LOOOOOVE the sounds of these!


    Ellie xx

  • Pai rosehip oil is my ultimate holy grail product!

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_


  • The oskia renaissance cleansing gel is a product I’ve had on my wish list for years now, I really must give it a try!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Natalie Redman

    Ooo the Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains look good!


  • Jacqueline Elliott

    I so want to try all of these! I recently discovered Origins, Love it!

    Jackie | Jackieomy.com

  • It is always nice to read and run through some posts like this. These are amazing simple and easy to follow ways. The products are all awesome.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • Riffat Ateeq

    Does anyone know what age appropriate they are ?

  • clare⭐

    love the drink up intensive mask!