My Current Skincare Routine: Autumn 2021

My “current skincare routine” feature is back! In typical Crilly fashion, I stopped doing my seasonal skincare videos and posts because I had bored myself with the same format. My skincare routine, four times a year, documenting any notable product discoveries or weird quirks with my skin – I felt as though I could still be turning out the same quarterly update in twenty years’ time. But it turns out that people like a familiar, regular video format and who am I to argue?

So after a brief hiatus (I missed out spring and summer this year) here’s the autumn skincare routine for 2021, focussing on the fact that my face had a brief meltdown and needed some gentle care and attention. This is why the theme of this feature is really; skincare SOS and creams that aid repair and recovery. I go into this more in my previous post – 3 Best Beauty Buys: SOS Skin Creams – so do take glance at that here for more details, but to summarise: I had a weird stomach bug, woke up afterwards and my skin had gone all strange and bumpy underneath. It was then dry and itchy. It felt rather like I’d overdone it with my retinol but I hadn’t done anything new or extreme.

As I mention in the post SOS Skin Cream post, the best thing to do whenever the proverbial shit hits the fan, face-wise, is to just pare everything right back. Gently cleanse and then moisturise with something that will help strengthen the skin barrier as well as deeply hydrate. Let’s do a deeper dive into the complete routine – it’s quite different to my default one:

My normal default skincare routine –

  • Morning: cleanse quickly + antioxidant serum + moisturiser and/or SPF
  • Afternoon: cleanse deeply + a) retinoid (once every 2/3 nights) or b) hydrating serum + moisturiser (other nights)

My SOS skincare routine  –

  • Morning: swipe over cleanse + rescue cream
  • Afternoon: gentle cream cleanse + hydrating serum + rescue cream

My skin sorted itself out over the course of about a week and a half and now I’m pretty much back to the default routine, having cautiously reintroduced the retinoids every few days. Here are the products I pared back to – all of them great at any time, but especially if you’ve overdone it with your peels or intensive masks or retinol product or all of them at the same time (yikes):

Cleansers

I’ve been using a lot of the Kate Somerville DeliK8 Cleanser, £34 here*. It’s a beautifully soothing cream cleanser that’s great for angsty skin. The whole range is gorgeous but this is a particular treat.

You know that I love Emma Hardie’s Moringa Gel – I did a whole raving love post about it here. It gets my vote as best luxury cleanser because it’s so suited to both dry and oilier skin. Those who don’t get on with essential oils, avoid, but for anyone who wants a sense-tickling cleanse with something light then this is it!

Beauty Pie Hot Oil Cleanserhere* – is sumptuous and luxurious but (if you’re a Beauty Pie member) doesn’t come with the steep price tag. This is an unscented balm that removes every trace of makeup and dirt and I have nothing bad to say about it! You can find out more on Beauty Pie in this video I made recently.

SOS Repair Creams

Please refer back to this post for more details on these, but as a quick reference list:

Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Cream*

Dr Jart Cicapair cream*

Murad Recovery Intense*

Eucerin Aquaphor*

Serum

No7 Hydrating Skin Paste (at Boots here*)

I love this “paste” – it’s actually a creamy, lightweight serum. More towards a light moisturiser than a runny, watery kind of serum but great to layer up under other creams and/or your sunscreen for an extra boost of hydration. If you don’t get on with sticky, tacky hyaluronic products then this is a nice change. Comfortable texture, housed in a metal tube like an oil paint (annoying lid), is fresh and cool on application.

Face Masks

Skinceuticals B5 Mask, online here*

I don’t tend to go in for a lot of moisturising masks – most of them just feel like a good, rich night cream except you then inexplicably flannel them off and rinse them down the sink. This one from SkinCeuticals, however, is one of the weirdest (yet effective) I’ve ever tried. It’s feels like what I can only imagine having a melted jellyfish stuck to your face would be like. It’s melted jellyfish in a tube. (It’s not made from jellyfish, calm down.) It almost seems to repel water so when you try to rinse it off it doesn’t just rinse away, you really have to use a washcloth or flannel. Marvellous stuff and the effects are noticeable.

SPFs

SkinGenerics SPF30 – at Superdrug here

This sunscreen requires its very own post because it’s so groundbreakingly lightweight, but I want to do some comparison tests first with other weightless SPFs. Quite honestly, though, I doubt any will come out topping the Niacinamide + Osmo’city Moisturising Cream SPF30*. It feels like a water gel (nothing like a cream) on application and then simply disappears. No residue, no tackiness, and – equally as important – no feeling of tightness or dryness. It’s as if you haven’t applied anything at all, yet you have. Admittedly if it was SPF50 then it would be absolute perfection, but for those who want something for incidental exposure or who just hate the feel of other sunscreens so much they are willing to drop down to a 30, I can’t imagine you can beat this for invisible look and undetectable feel.

Retinoids

Just as a by-the-by, the retinol products I’ve been using since returning to the default routine are the Skin + Me (ultra powerful!) daily dose Tretinoin (find Skin + Me here) and the Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream (find the range here*). Not together, I hasten to add!

Skin + Me Tretinoin

This one is specifically for me – Skin + Me make creams specifically for you once they know your skin type and skin goal. Which is ascertained via online questionnaire, filterless photos and any additional questions from the team. I’ve been doing some AD work with Skin + Me and so have tried them quite extensively – it’s a great idea and they make it very easy to form a simple, massively effective skincare routine. (Use code RUTH2 to get your first month for £3.50 instead of £19.99.)

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream

An old favourite, this is pokey as you like in terms of effectiveness and is hydrating enough that you don’t need to use any separate moisturiser over the top. There’s also a serum and eye cream in this range but I like the cream for its all-in-oneness for lazy nights! Find the whole range here* – at time of writing there are some good discounts going on!

I’ll be back in a couple of months with my winter skincare routine – until then, if you’d like to browse the historic back-catalogue of skincare routines then they are all here.

 

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12 Comments

  1. Candice
    October 31, 2021 / 4:43 pm

    Ruth, you are a treat to read! I adore you and your sense of humor! On another note, I have fine hair (but lots of it!) and I have a suspicion that you have the same kind of hair? If so, what is your go-to method for styling your hair? And when you don’t style it what do you do? I have to wash my hair every day so it’s really a mission. So look forward to reading your reply. Much love!

    • November 3, 2021 / 7:46 pm

      Oh God I’m so bad at doing my hair, it’s sheer fluke when it goes well! I will do a video! x

      • Candice Boshoff
        November 6, 2021 / 9:56 am

        Hahaha no way, but I can say that your hair always looks amazing! A video will mean the world to me. <3

        PS. Thanks for taking the time to answer me. Mwah!

  2. October 30, 2021 / 12:55 pm

    I am going to have to treat myself to some of these items!

    Danielle | thereluctantblogger.co.uk

  3. Chloe Woodland
    October 29, 2021 / 4:15 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I’m currently looking at starting my own beauty blog, as a third year university student interested in the beauty publishing world. I love the style of your blog and wondered if you were available to have a chat about some blogging tips and getting started!

    Thank you!

  4. Cher (not the singer, sadly - although I too wish I could turn back time and find a way)!
    October 29, 2021 / 3:16 pm

    Hello! Thank you for this, I have a question about the Skin&Me, I’m also using this and wanted straight forward Tretinoin, but I was prescribed Tret with a Niacinamide and Azelaic Acid combo, have you tried that combination?

    Also, have to tried the Skin&Me Niacinamide Night Cream, and if so do you know the percentage of Niacinamide in it as it’s not on the website info? xx

    • October 30, 2021 / 6:20 pm

      Yes I have the same combo of ingredients. I imagine it is formulated this way to help skin barrier function and maybe reduce side effects? x

  5. October 29, 2021 / 1:54 pm

    I feel the same way about my routines – do they change enough to warrant a dedicated video? But people seem to love them, so I try and do them at least twice a year, wondering when everyone except myself will get bored.

    • October 30, 2021 / 6:21 pm

      Hadn’t thought, either, that new people watch all the time and would never have seen the previous routine videos, so there’s that! x

  6. Kate
    October 29, 2021 / 9:42 am

    Hi Ruth, it is very helpful to read your usual routine. Do you ever use a vitamin c serum as your morning antioxidant serum or do you forgo this? And another question while I’m at it – do you intend to move to a daily retinol routine to max the benefits of retinol once your skin can take it or do you think every other night is enough? Thanks very much and hope you are surviving half term (3 critters on the loose here)!

    • October 30, 2021 / 6:22 pm

      Yes, I do use a straightforward vit C quite a lot! I must do an updated post on the ones I like…

  7. Naomi
    October 28, 2021 / 9:55 pm

    Hooray, routine videos are my fav I’m glad you’re doing them again Ruth. Thank you!

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