This post is created in partnership with Dermalogica, as part of their Skinfluencer campaign.
This week, I’m officially halfway through my current freelance contract! *insert party poppers* And it’s been so good. I mean it.
I’m three years into my small business ownership life and it can be tricky, as I’ve oft-documented on Daisybutter. I noted back in January that it was beginning to affect my mental health and I felt as though I was simply coasting, just surviving instead of thriving. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I just personally felt as though I needed a small shake-up.
Well, shake-up it did! I landed myself an awesome contract producing digital copy and content for Molton Brown, which means I’m out of the house from 9-5 and have a 3.5-hour round trip commute on top of that. Plus, all of the existing client work I had before that, some exciting new projects I’ve been working on AND the blog. I must be nutz.
My new routine is as follows: wake up, stumble around in the dark for clothes, fuel myself with coffee for the day… I’m kidding. Sort of. New routines are a minefield to navigate. It takes 21 days to form a new habit, and I’ve managed to do.
Dermalogica are one of the world’s leading skincare experts, so I’m incredibly proud to be part of their Skinfluencer programme. I’ve previously been a fan of their products and am so excited to be introducing more of their skincare essentials into my everyday routine. Completely cruelty-free and vegan, here’s how my skincare routine complements my new routine:
Special Cleansing Gel
When it comes to cleanser, I’m pretty fussy. Cleansing is easily the most important step in any skincare routine: get that right and the rest doesn’t need to work as hard. To that end, it takes something genuinely special (teehee) to stay in my daily edit.
The Special Cleansing Gel is a light and refreshing cleanser that lathers up beautifully, not too much, and wipes my skin of any impurities. I find this to be the case whether I’m wearing makeup or not. It’s gently fragranced and leaves my skin feeling clean, soft and bouncy.
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Long-term Daisybutter readers will know that I once swore by this exfoliator. I used it religiously for about 3 years until I moved to Hong Kong and started from scratch with a new routine. And I’m so thankful it’s back in my life!
Prior to this, I’d been using the slightly controversial Glossier Solution which I still adore, but the Microexfoliant™ feels like a dream to use. Wet the hands, tap a little into the palms and work into the face. The powder-light formula buffs away at old cells and leaves skin looking dreamily radiant, an absolute saviour during these late-winter, early-spring days.
This is the only real dud of the selection I was kindly gifted. I typically wear heavy-duty waterproof mascara, otherwise my lashes don’t cope well, and this oil-based pre-cleanser does almost nothing. It feels silky but gloopy at the same time, and doesn’t generate much of a lather. Then, it simply smudges my eye makeup around my face and doesn’t really get rid of anything.
Skin Smoothing Cream
After hearing Jaye rave about this moisturiser, I was super excited to trial it. The packaging is familiar: an easy bottle that squeezes from the top. Simple to dispense a small blob. But I’ve found that this cream doesn’t do much for my skin. Sure, it hydrates but it doesn’t necessarily smooth or even out the complexion and I find that my skin gets dry patches partway through the morning, when ordinarily it wouldn’t with my usual go-to moisturiser.
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Solar Defence Booster
I LOVE this little bottle of SPF goodness. Infused with SPF50, this can be used alone or with your moisturiser of choice. I add a little to my moisturiser. It envelops skin easily and feels soft and silky, and is a dream to wear. I can’t vouch for its’ sun-blocking properties just yet because, well hello Storm Gareth, but so far, so good.
I’d really love to try some of Dermalogica’s targeted treatments in the future, particularly as their core collection works so well for my skin. Their ethos and approach to skincare is impeccable, and their site is a dream to navigate, whatever your skin concern.