Hi lovelies! Hope you have had an enjoyable weekend! Even though the sun is out and shining in Sydney, it is still sooo cold!! The hubs and I came back from a 40km cycle and it did not keep me warm at all!
So recently, I have been on the lookout for natural skincare products. While I absolutely adore MD Formulations and what it has done for my skin, I wanted to try some products that were natural, non-toxic, no parabens, or chemicals. Below is my updated skincare routine that I have been following for a couple of months now featuring some Australian brands!
Step 1 - Cleanse
Clinique "Take the Day Off" makeup remover.
I have been using this makeup remover for a while now and I love it. I haven't found anything that does an equal or better job so I'm definitely sticking with it! It removes my gel eyeliner, mascara (I typically use non-waterproof) and eyeshadow with ease. All I do is apply some to a cotton pad, massage and wipe off. Too easy.
MooGoo Milky Wash
I. Love. This. Cleanser. sooo much! A colleague of mine began using MooGoo and raved about how good it was so I had to try it! I bought this at my local Go Vita store (healthfood and vitamin store) and it is affordable and does the job! The cleanser is glucose and coconut based, it is quite thick and you only need a pea-size amount for your whole face. I use warm water to emulsify in my hands and then apply to my face. While it is a gentle cleanser, I find that it is very effective at removing makeup, in particular foundation, without leaving your skin dry or tight. This is perfect for winter, especially when my skin tends to feel quite dry. I also love that it does not have a strong fragrance (none at all, really). MooGoo is environmentally friendly and has pure and simple ingredients. It's also an Australian company, and has an awesome website that explains each of its ingredients in laymans terms.
Step 2 - Apply Eyecream
Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum
I would say it's quite hard to find a good eyecream, it explains why I've been using MD Formulations for years...I bought Sukin from Priceline and I didn't really read any reviews online so I wasn't sure what to expect. My first impressions of the product, I didn't enjoy it at all. I felt that the lines under my eyes were beginning to show (it could also just have to do with my age :P). But I became more diligent in applying the eye serum, I would spend more time dabbing and applying it on my eye and use more of the serum as well. After changing my approach, the results of the eye serum were just as good as MD Formulations. The skin under my eyes is nicely hydrated. What I also love about Sukin is that it's an Australian brand, affordable and contains no parabens or the nasty stuff!
Step 3 - Moisturise
MooGoo Soothing MSM Cream
This is one of the best value and effective moisturisers. As you can see, it is a pretty massive tub of moisturising goodness. It's very gentle on the skin and has no strong fragrance. In terms of consistency, the closest I can compare it to is Sorbolene. I am really enjoying the moisturiser, it leaves my skin very supple and soft. My only complaint is that during Winter, my skin around my mouth tends to get quite dry, and I will need to apply more of the moisturiser on that area. This did not happen with MD Formulations so I would say, you will need less of MD Formulations to get the same level of moisture. But regardless, I do love this MooGoo moisturiser! It's like a never-ending tub of udder cream! hehe
Step 4 - Apply sunscreen
Ella Bache SFP 30+ Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Cream
I wear sunscreen in one form or another everyday before I leave the house. I typically use tinted moisturiser on an everyday basis but where I want more protection against the suns rays, I use this lovely sunscreen here. I bought this from David Jones and it was interesting because the sales lady from another brand really recommended I buy the Ella Bache one! And I like the formula, it is lightweight, and not super greasy (still is a teeny bit greasy but i can live with that). It also has a sunscreen smell but not an overpowering one. It applies clear on your skin and the best thing about it is that when I sweat during exercise, my beads of sweat are not milky because of the sunscreen! I definitely recommend this sunscreen if you are looking for some serious protection :)