My Evening Skincare Routine: Acne prone + Combination/Oily Skin

After sharing my morning routine, I'm even more excited to share with you how I cleanse my skin after a long day of wearing makeup!
Evening Skincare Routine
I thought I would share my routine with you, not because it will work tremendously for your skin but some of the products may suit your skin type and needs.

For reference, I have normal/combination skin, mostly an oily t-zone and normal skin everywhere else. My skin is also very acne prone but not sensitive.

I first remove my makeup with a cleansing butter or oil. I have two particular favourites which I alternate between that are equally as good!

The Body Shop: Camomile Cleansing Butter (The Body Shop-£10)
https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/face/cleansers-toners/camomile-sumptuous-cleansing-butter/p/p000186
This product has a balm consistency that you can scoop out of the tub and just rub onto your full face of make-up. This is a nourishing, rich cleansing butter which is suitable for sensitive skin. It melts off your makeup better than anything, it even works on waterproof mascara, although sometimes depending on how much effort I put into gently rubbing my eyelashes I do miss some!
I usually purchase items from The Body Shop when they have a promotional offer on, they frequently have offers of up to 40% off which makes their products such a reasonable price!
Simple: Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil
Simple: Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil (Boots/Superdrug-£6.99)
http://www.boots.com/simple-kind-to-skin-hydrating-cleansing-oil-125ml-10216790
https://www.superdrug.com/Simple/Simple-Kind-To-Skin-Hydrating-Cleansing-Oil-125ml/p/709201
Now, when I say this product removes every bit of makeup from your face, I mean ALL of it. This breaks down any liquid lip, brow product and mascara without a trace. It is 100% natural grape-seed oil, enriched with vitamins A and E to leave skin deeply cleansed and hydrated. One thing I particularly loved about this cleansing oil is that when you rinse it off there is no residue left behind. Also, a little bit of oil goes a long way so one bottle will last such a long time!
I usually purchase this from Boots or Superdrug when they have an offer on, there is usually half price or buy one get one free so if you want to give it a try for £3.49 it is an absolute bargain.

I then remove any makeup residue left on my skin with a gentle cleanser. Two that work wonderfully are:
Evoluderm Micellar Cleansing Foam
Evoluderm: Micellar Cleansing Foam (T.K.Maxx-£2.99)
I was originally sent this cleanser from Evoluderm for testing purposes but I absolutely loved it. I have never been bothered with micellar waters as I find them a bit too much hassle to use cotton pads when I will wash my face anyway. I never thought I would love this micellar cleanser so much. If there are any stubborn bits of mascara left over, this removes every last trace and makes my face feel so fresh and clean. As you can't purchase Evoluderm on their website I had to find where I could purchase them. I found that their products are sold on Amazon and in T.K.Maxx.  Their products are very well priced for the quality that they are.
Soap & Glory: Peaches and Clean Deep Pore Cleansing Milk
Soap & Glory: Peaches and Clean Deep Pore Cleansing Milk (Boots-£8)
http://www.boots.com/soap-and-glory/soap-and-glory-skincare/peaches-and-clean-deep-cleansing-milk-350ml-10194620
This is another cleanser I think works wonderfully to clean my skin which helps purify and clarify skin, removing dirt and impurities for a smooth complexion. This does feel slightly heavier on the skin considering it is a cleansing milk, but it works nonetheless.


My next step is a deep cleanse where I use my cleanser with my cleansing brush to ensure that my pores are clean which reduces the chance of developing clogged pores which could lead to breakouts.
Magnitone London: Cleansing Brush
Magnitone London: Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Cleansing Brush (Look Fantastic-£70)
I use my Magnitone Cleansing Brush every time I have worn makeup. I was always worried about investing in something so expensive in case it didn't work but this was one of the best things I have ever splurged on. However, I found this Magnitone London Bare Face Vibra-Sonic Brush (Summer Edition '16) on sale at www.lookfantastic.com when there was a limited time 20% student discount. The brush was originally £70 but I managed to get it for £39.20 (bargain).

(You can see a full review of the brush here: http://www.sophieannmorrow.com/2016/10/magnitone-barefaced-vibra-sonic.html)
Garnier: Pure Active Deep Pore Unclogging Gel Wash
Garnier: Pure Active Deep Pore Unclogging Gel Wash (Feel Unique-£5.10)
https://www.feelunique.com/p/Garnier-Pure-Active-Deep-Pure-Unclogging-Wash-200ml
Alongside the cleansing brush, I use this Garnier cleanser which contains Salicylic Acid, an effective anti-bacterial ingredient, to help fight spots and fade acne marks. This is the best cleanser to keep spots at bay, I have been using this for the past year and it has worked wonderfully. I love it that much that I'm starting to stress out that it hasn't been in stock for a while, I NEED this in my skincare routine!
Once my skin is clean and fresh I begin to apply my skincare saviours!
If I have any breakouts, which is very rare recently (hallelujah!), I begin by applying spot treatment.
Acnecide: Benzoyl Peroxide
Acnecide: 5% Benzoyl Peroxide (Superdrug-£9.99)
https://www.superdrug.com/Acnecide/Acnecide-5%25-Gel-Benzoyl-Peroxide-30g/p/374606
I only ever use this directly on a spot and I mean those ones you can feel under the skin that you know are going to be painful. I only started to use this in the past 6 months and it has helped reduce any of the hormonal spots I get. It doesn't matter how good your skincare is, you can't prevent those hormonal breakouts. If you suffer from severe acne then I would definitely recommend speaking to a doctor before using this product all over your face as you cannot be sure what reaction your skin may have but for targeted spot treatment it works amazingly.


A product which I have absolutely fallen in love with for my skin is Vitamin C. I have tried a few variations, some more potent and better than others. Two which I am still using and will keep using are:
Alpha H: Vitamin C
Alpha H: Vitamin C with Grapeseed (BeautyBay-£39)
https://www.beautybay.com/skincare/alphah/vitaminc/?ctyid=gb&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwa_TxKPE2wIVEOMbCh0znAm0EAYYAiABEgJWD_D_BwE
I was bought this as a Christmas present because it is quite a pricey item but boy does it work. It is a clear serum which sinks into the skin effortlessly and doesn't feel heavy. Vitamin C helps to stimulate collagen production in the skin which helps to improve skin radiance, elasticity and texture but most important to me, it reduces pigmentation. Even though I rarely get breakouts anymore there is still some slight pigmentation left behind. Every product I have used containing Vitamin C has worked amazingly to brighten the dark spots and my skin in general.
Nutrient Wise: Vitamin C
Nutrient Wise: Vitamin C serum (Amazon-£12.95)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nutrient-WiseTM-Vitamin-Hyaluronic-Collagen/dp/B06XWY4RNB
This is a much more affordable Vitamin C product that also contains hyaluronic acid, to help retain skin hydration, and collagen. This is one of the better formulations I have used. Sometimes you can experience a slight tingling sensation when you use Vitamin C products, however, I never experienced it with this product. It works just as well as the Alpha H serum to brighten the skin although I do feel it takes slightly longer to reduce pigmentation. 

Another saviour for my acne-prone skin, which I believe is the reason I have such a small amount of breakouts is Tea Tree.
The Body Shop: Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution
The Body Shop: Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution (The Body Shop-£13)
https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/face/view-all/tea-tree-anti-imperfection-daily-solution/p/p001103
I cannot live without and will never stop using, product. The Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution has made THE most dramatic difference in my acne. It is a light serum which absorbs straight into the skin so you can't even feel it. It contains tea tree which helps purify and clear the skin, it also helps soothe any imperfections and reduce the size of them overnight. I use this every day without fail.


A key step I felt that I was always missing when trying to clear my skin was hydration and moisturisation. People think I am mad when I tell them I use and oil on combination and acne-prone skin but it honestly worked amazingly for me.
The Ordinary: Rose Hip Seed Oil
The Ordinary: 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (Feel Unique-£9)
This product is enriched with vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids which help to hydrate and promote a smooth even complexion. I love how soft and supple my skin feels in the morning, perfectly hydrated and restored.

Finally, if I could see or feel a breakout about to rear its ugly head then I would apply spot treatments.
Lush: Grease Lightening
Lush: Grease Lightning (Lush-£6.95)
https://uk.lush.com/products/spot-treatment/grease-lightning
This contains anti-bacterial tea tree and witch hazel that helps to soothe and reduce the size of spots overnight. If I ever feel an under the skin spot coming on, I apply this before I go to sleep and the spot is significantly reduced in the morning. Definitely a skin saviour!


That is my evening skincare routine, I hope you find some products that may be useful for you!
Are there any products that you cant live without?

Let me know!

Sophie
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