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Current Skincare Routine: Winter 2020


– Hi everyone, updated skincare routine. And I’ve made some quite major tweaks. So I’ve got something
interesting to talk about. I feel like my skin is
feeling really good, which is why I’ve decided to film this now because I’ve been using this routine sort of since Christmas, I suppose, and it’s all really revolving around one central powerful product and the rest of it all just
sort of falls into place. So I’m gonna start off by telling you the tweaks I’ve made, and then we’ll go in and
look at the full routine. So just a little chat about how my skin is feeling. It feels incredibly supple and bouncy and young. Fine lines I had here and on my forehead have really, really diminished, and the ones around my mouth, and I think the ones
to the side of my eyes, the crow’s feet (groans). Although I’m not sure ’cause I haven’t really
been taking that product, do I take that quite close? I’m not sure whether I do. So my skin is feeling
in really good shape. Slightly drier and slightly
more sensitive than usual, but that is a kind of side effect of the product that I’ve been using and to be quite honest with you, the level of discomfort is far outweighed by the
fact that it works so well. So the product that I’ve been using every three or four nights is a very powerful retinol and because I’ve been using that, the other major change that I’ve made is I’ve stepped back on most other actives. So things like glycolic and lactic acid I haven’t really been
using so much, if at all. So those are the two main changes. Very strong retinol and
keying back everything else. One other thing I would
say that I’ve been doing, before we get on to the actual routine and then I’ll tell you step by step which products I’ve been using, is that in the morning I have been very very bad at doing a proper cleanse. I know I always say this, I always do a really good
cleanse in the evening, but in the morning there’s
just something about it, I can’t bring myself to splash my face. I’m really funny about it. I hate it when the water
goes down my sleeves, down my neck, I’m just not up for it. So I’ve been using this loads, you can see I’m about over halfway through. This is the Skinceuticals
Gentle Cleanser Cream. And I don’t normally
use a cleansing lotion but I just really like this one. It leaves my skin feeling
really moisturized but there’s no greasiness to it. So I put it on. This is not a cleansing lotion. Oh (laughs)! Okay. “Massage into a wet face and then rinse.” Oh dear, okay. Well, it worked really, really
well as a cleansing lotion. It’s a dual purpose cleanser. Okay, so this is supposed
to be a rich cream cleanser. Don’t know why I didn’t
actually read the bottle. I’ve got most of the way
through without knowing that, but I use it as a cleansing lotion. So I massage it onto dry skin and then I use my little bamboo pads, which are sort of like cotton wool pads but you can reuse them, you can wash them, to take it off, and then I use either
Micellar or warm water on the other side of the pads to get the residue off. So that’s my cleanse, and then, as I said before, I just go in with my hydrating serums. I’ve been alternating,
really, between a few. They’re from different brands. So La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 Serum, they’re all hyaluronic acid serums, Alpha-H Hyaluronic, and I think I’ve got the what I thought was the
collagen booster actually from The Inkey List, but I have actually been
using the hyaluronic acid. They look identical apart from the wording. I love that collagen booster. They’re both very very nice and incredibly affordable. I think they’re about
five or maybe six pounds, those boosters, and they’re really good serums. So I’ve been using those and then just in with
a normal moisturizer. The two that I’ve been using
at the moment the most, Dr. Sam’s Flawless, which
I really really like, and weirdly The Body Shop Carrot Cream, just a random one that came
into my inbox before Christmas and I’ve been using loads and loads. I kind of like my creams
now to be in things I don’t have to dig my fingernails into. So I tend to go for
things that are in a tube or in one of these or in those moisturizer pots that you press down on and it shoots out rather erotically from
a hole in the middle. So those I’ve been alternating and then if my skin feels a little bit on the sensitive side, then I crack out the Toleriane, which is from La Roche Posay, and it’s just a fluid, non-oily, oil free moisturizer that’s really intensely hydrating. I think that pretty much everybody should have a moisturizer
like this in their kit. Inexpensive, calming, fine on all skin types, and also oil free so that you can add oil if you want to in another step, but it’s just a really nice base effective moisturizer. It’s good for everything. It’s good as my after-sun, it’s good on acneic skin or skin that’s
prone to getting spots but that feels dry, if you’re on Roaccutane, it’s just a really nice all-rounder. So I use that a lot. This must be my, I don’t know, hundredth bottle of this
since I started using that. And then very importantly, if I’m gonna be outdoors at all, my sunscreen. I talked about this a few weeks ago. I don’t know who’s going
to invent one of these that’s going to top this. This is the Great 8 SPF
from Elizabeth Arden. Launched last year. It’s so so lightweight, so fresh feeling, and I enjoy wearing it. It’s not moisturizing
enough for me on its own, absolutely not. So I apply it over my moisturizer. But for some people who have, you know, that aren’t quite so dry, you might be able to
just put this over serum. Smells nice, quite, it’s not strongly fragranced. It’s like green or white tea
or a green tea kind of smell. It’s a very pleasant smell, but it is fragranced. So that completes the daytime. In the nighttime, we’ve
got the balm cleanser. So Emma Hardie Moringa Light
is going on at the moment. I don’t know why I’m using all these. I do know why I’m using these. I have been testing out lightweight, luxurious cleansers for oiler skin, and that’s why these
are all in the bathroom. So I have Pestle and Mortar Gel Cleanser, I have Emma Hardie Moringa Light Cleanser. I’ve got the Ceramic Slip
from Sunday Riley in there. What else have I got? Renaissance Cleansing Gel. I’ve got this Murad hydration one, which is lovely. That’s more of a face wash than a gel balm, but still very very lovely. So I’ve got all of those on the go and that is a proper flannel cleanse. And then again, nothing like dramatically active. I’ve got my hyaluronic acids, so it’s the same routine as the morning. We’ve got cleanse, serum, and then in with the treatments. Now this is only every
three or four nights ’cause I find this so powerful. We’ll get into the crux of things now. On the other nights I would do the same
moisturizers as before. And that says day cream but I’ve been using it at night. So this is just what’s
been next to the sink and I kind of feel like
they’ve been doing their job, these moisturizers, and I haven’t wanted anything more active or more potent or with frills on. I’ve just wanted simple,
basic moisturizers. So the thing that I’ve been doing every three or four nights, drum roll, by the way, this isn’t an ad in any kind of way. I’ve never worked with this brand, I don’t think that you
can even affiliate link to their website so, I mean, I’ll put a little star if I do, but I’m pretty sure you can’t, so there’s no sort of commercial interest for me to say this at all. But this is the R-Retinoate Intense from Medik8. Now mine doesn’t say that. Mine says top secret lab sample, this was something I was sent last year. And I only got around to
trying it at Christmas, and I found it really, really strong. So I stopped for a while, but I had used it three nights in a row. And I’ve sort of found
my happy place with it, which is once every three nights. If I try every other
night it’s just too much. But as I said before, for the little bit of fallout, which is a slight bit of sensitivity and a slight bit of dryness, I feel like the effects of it have just been amazing, and so it’s well worth, for me, it’s well worth that slight discomfort. I just feel now and again the day after I’ve used it, I just feel a slight irritability on my skin. It’s nothing even that noticeable, it’s just a bit like, ugh, a bit like that every few hours or something. It’s not life-changing, I don’t get any peeling, I don’t get any redness. I just feel slightly drier. If I used this every night, I just don’t think that I could. Maybe you could unbuffer it, maybe I’ll work my up. But at the moment I’ve done about six, five, yeah about five weeks at a lower level, and it’s working very very well for me. Very well. As I said before, I feel like my fine lines, there’s been a noticeable difference. This is the most powerful, I think, combination of ingredients
that Medik8 have done. Medik8, a very sort of science-led, I’ve been to their labs
actually a few years ago, they do lots and lots of research and experimentation with retinol. And so they’re kind of like market leaders in anything to do with retinol. That’s what they concentrate on, that’s what they look into and put their efforts into and spend their money on research-wise. And I think it shows. It’s just brilliant, brilliant results. And the formula of the cream is nice, it’s comfortable, it feels luxurious. It is a luxury product but you’re not paying for glitzy packaging or Kate Moss to do the campaign for you. It’s all about what’s inside. They do do other very
powerful retinol products that were at lower price points, but not with quite the same
combination of ingredients. So they’ve found the most
potent forms of retinoid, and they’ve made it so that the irritation level
is as low as it can be, which I think is always the balance that people try and get when they’re formulating
these potent products but that people don’t always get right, and I think that this one is really right and I have noticed a great difference. My face hasn’t fallen
off so it’s all good. Ugh, we’re gonna get on to price, which always makes me cringe. But if we put this one into perspective, you could buy a luxury
cream from a luxury brand for more money than this that would pretty much
not do very much at all to be quite honest with you. It would be a nice face cream and it will have active ingredients, but it’s not gonna make
particularly a visible difference. With this you’re not paying
for the flash marketing, the supermodel that’s
doing the advertising, the packaging that’s in a crystal ball where you open it up and
loads of glitter comes out. You’re not paying for any of that, you’re just paying for
what’s inside the bottle. And so for that reason I feel comfortable, I’ve had great results from this and so I feel, I don’t feel comfortable with the price, but I think that it is worth the investment if you can invest. It’s just over 200 pounds, I think it’s 210 pounds, which is a huge investment. However I do think that it would last a pretty long time, especially if you’re only using it every two to three nights. You’re looking at a good, I would say a good half a year really. This is their top luxury offering. So there are loads of other
products on their website that are strong, potent, have minimal side effects, but they’re at lower price points. I think Crystal Retinal is
something like 50 or 60 pounds for the strong one. But yeah, check out the
website for alternative formulas and alternative price points ’cause it’s worth, well worth looking at. So for people that invest a lot of money or are prepared to invest a
lot of money in their face and they’re looking for that holy grail kind of night cream, I do think that this is well up there with amazing, effective, you know, proper cutting edge formulas. Makes me quite uncomfortable when things go past a certain price point because I know that people are sitting there going, “What the actual, ugh?” And then it’s really
hard, whatever you say, to try and justify something. You know, I’m well aware that that is a lot. So with that out of the way, that is my current skincare routine. And I will list all the products below. Any questions about any of the products that I’ve used, about alternative retinols,
all sorts of alternatives and anything else, I shall list a few, but, you know, they’re not dupes, they’re not comparative
to this one, really. But, you know, just in case
you wanted to dip your toe into the whole more
powerful retinol arena, I’ll give you some little options, all right? Hope that was helpful, and I shall see you in the next video.

53 thoughts on “Current Skincare Routine: Winter 2020

  1. Am I the only person who doesn't get on at all well with hyaluronic acid? It seems to dry me out. Great video, Ruth!

  2. I have been using Crystal Retinal 10 for the last 7/8 months and love it. I turned 40 in the last few months and have been looking at the Intense and you have just tipped me over the edge with a really informative helpful review. Thank you x

  3. Hey there! I have a lil request: it'd be really useful to see any body care videos, I'd like to here about effective body care products somehow the topic is poorly discussed ..

  4. I read a comment on a you tube video about retinol recently. Commenter had rung a company producing retinol products with a query and got put through to scientist in the laboratory by mistake. He told her than when using higher/medication strength retinoids – not retinyl palmitate etc – there is absolutely no benefit in applying them every night. He said the time it takes to do what it does (sorry I'm not being very scientific!) means you only need to apply it two to three times a week as there is only so much it and your skin can do at a time. All you're doing using it every night is just irritating your skin unnecessarily with no added benefits. Please don't shoot the messenger anyone, I'm just passing on what I read. Sticking at your current number of applications might be just as effective Ruth and you won't have to fork out that eye watering amount of money quite as often! Fiona x

  5. Ruth,my mum was commenting on her new moisturiser that was sorting out her dry scaly shins, when I asked to see it, it was hair conditioner 🤣she seldom reads labels, I think she saw the word conditioning and went for it!

  6. I am looking for something great to get rid of dark undereye circles (with some puffyness). I mean it looks as if I have bruises under my eyes! Do youhave any suggestions at all? Thank you!!! Great video too (as always!)

  7. I always get a bit confused when people say they dont like splashing the face or water running down the arms, i just use a wash cloth/flannel and never have that problem 🤔🤔

  8. I have to say that on the ‘what’s new pussy cat’ vid I was wondering if you’d had a little nip of something – we’re the same age and my skin is just tipping into looking a bit tired and not as perky so I’ve been thinking about it. Although I’m still completely reluctant to start down the path of jabbing my face – but I’ve just been starting to think about it. Now I’m going to give this a try instead as really the price tag becomes much less shocking when you think about it in terms of other skin treatments like injections that aren’t Botox or fillers but activate collagen production or whatever. Thanks Ruth, yes price tag is a bit 🔥 but definitely preferable to jabby face 😵 – and it’s vegan and cruelty free too. I’ll be investing, it’s absolutely worth a try!

  9. Thank you for this – i do enjoy watching your videos. I’m currently using medik8, a low strength for my sensitive skin.
    ps i’d love to know what nail polish you have on ? It looks very pretty on you. 😊

  10. Who had the giggles at 4:50 lol I will never see a pump jar the same again, never mind having to rub it on ones face 😂😂😂😂

  11. You could easily spend £30 ten times over on something for your face that doesn’t do very much. I’ve only had to justify to myself forking out £100 for an eye cream. (Spent plenty £20+ on eye creams many times while the lines deepened!)

  12. I have used the white packaged r-retinoate, which i found to be pretty good but I think I'm ready for something stronger. So this video came at the perfect time. Thx Ruth

  13. Holy moly Ruth, £210!! 😅 I’ve just started on dermatica, tretinoin 0.025% with hydroquinone for my pigmentation. You sign up and pay £20 a month plus postage. Nothing fancy about it but it’s the actual ingredient that’s proven to work. Just as an alternative for anyone screaming at the price 😂

  14. Ruth, if you haven’t had Botox… how come the area between your eyebrows and lower forehead doesn’t move? 😏

  15. I was pleased to see the B.S. carrot cream as that's what I've been using and I like it better than almost anything I've used in years!

  16. hi, if you read the ingredient list of la roche posay B5 line, they almost all containt alcohol, and third ingredient i think..and i believe this isnt good for your skin in the long run..i even contacted the brand to ask them why on earth products designed for sensitive skins contains alcohol, but never got an answer..they are so cautious as not to list the ingredients on their website, which is deceitful in my opinion..like the brand has nice products but this is not a good thing in my opinion..
    anyhow always a pleasure to watch you !

  17. You mention the fine lines on your forehead and around your eyes have dissipated, but you don't mention your botox? How can you categorically know what is the skin care and what is the botox?

  18. Thanks for the video Ruth, very informative. I'm currently using Paula's choice which I've had very good results with. I would love to know the eyeshadow colour you're wearing? It's very pretty.

  19. I like medik8 but why would someone pay £210 for that product when you can get tretinoin for much cheaper? x

  20. I had Medik8 3TR intensive from a beauty box and used exactly as per instructions (working up to nightly over 3 weeks) it lasted exactly 5 months. Not certain it was better than LRP’s retinol which I think is brilliant and made a visible difference. About to start CeraVe’s.

  21. I’m not convinced that you are seeing results from the retinol if you’re using it just since Christmas. It’s more likely good moisture levels.
    I’m using tretinoin 0,5% since late October and I haven’t noticed any substantial results yet. Of course this is my anecdotal experience but the studies on tretinoin support what I claim. Results are usually noticed after 4 months.

  22. I have reactive skin and my rosacea flare up often. I feel very frustate when I keep listening to the benefits of retinol or active acids that I can not use.

  23. Hi Ruth yes I am using Retin A , and my gosh yes I agree I have just increased the concentration, my neck felt a little sore but that’s settled now , I have been religiously taking care of my skin , I have a series of serums and my gosh the difference in six months it’s amazing ! I love taking care of my skin , yes I love my makeup, and have done a mega declutter and passed on all my high street makeup including skin care my family are enjoying but I have three brands. And my first one just a little tale, my mother took me to the Estée Lauder counter and bought me skin care I was 16 yrs old then when I started nursing it was easier to buy my makeup too , all those years I was a one brand lady but I retired early and I loved the look of Charlotte tilbury so I bought again skin care mixed with my Estée Lauder and then smitten by charlottes makeup so yes I have spent a fortune but my gosh now I can see my makeup , select what I want to wear that day and I have got interested again and enjoying my makeup , I hare to say which I have a lot but I adore my time just selecting and wearing my favourite makeup. I do enjoy your videos thank you regards liz x

  24. I use Tretinoin 0.05 and am happy with the results. Here in the US Tretinoin is by prescription only and my insurance doesn’t cover it, but it is still less expensive than what you are using. I just got a 45 gram tube for $66.0O which will last me about 3.5 months using it every night.

  25. Thanks Ruth! I've been wondering what you've been using. No antioxidants? No Niacinamide? Vit C? Peptides? Etc Etc that everyone seems to put up there as 'essential'. I looked at the ingredients for this product, and I don't see this as a retinol I'd use. Phenoxyethanol is much too high on the list, and what are all those EO's about? Literally every citrus oil imaginable? And, of all things, canola oil??? Highly, highly unstable and inflammatory. And then more EO's! oh dear. I will never understand that concept. hmmm. Those are realllllly curious inclusions. Not to mention that horrible red hue from the dye. Not necessary, Medik8. Save on your raw materials cost, pass those savings onto us poor, glowing-skin-seeking souls, and don't order those unnecessary oils and dumb dye anymore! lol. You could cut off a good 20% (at least) of the product cost. That said, your skin has never looked better Ruth! I'll try to get there with PC's retinol booster – so far so good for me. :))

  26. Has anyone used the Crystal Retinal series products? I'm so curious about them. They have dye in them, which I think is completely unnecessary, but at least they don't have unstable oils and EO's. Thanks friends. 🙂

  27. Thank you for the gorgeous content. Love your approach Ruth, do you have any advice for facials outside of home care. I’m turning 27 and I really want to start caring my skin in a whole new way xxx

  28. EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT HAD AN ASTERICK NEXT TO IT! That kind of kills the validity of this video. Just another sales pitch via YouTube. So disappointing

  29. I read all the comments to see if someone else had asked what eyeshadow you wore in this video and nobody had. Please tell!!!❤️

  30. Tarte BabaBomb moisturiser is A1! brilliant! No fragrance, airless container,& tons of anti-oxidants.Makes dryish skin feel so comfy.

  31. I have found the cheapest (so far) tretinoin in Spain (nad Spanish islands); you can buy it over the counter at their chemists, one tube costs about 14 euro, two tubes are more than enough for a year for the face, neck, chest and hands. Beware, it is powerful and should be used really sparingly in the evening, and don't forget about SPF 50 in the morning. Use it every other day, it might turn out drying the skin.

  32. Love your vlog. Could you consider commenting very briefly on the scent of your reviewed products? Presence/absence, and how strong and persistent? I'm not allergic, but can't stand strong scent lingering on my face. I can't use Chanel products or cosmetics, for example, because they are so heavily scented.
    I also can't stand splashing first thing in the morning.

  33. Oh, also: what do you think about rotating products versus keeping a consistent routine? Being a beauty products fanatic, I do always seem to be chasing after new things because it's fun. But in your experience, is it best to keep that flitting about restricted to cosmetics?
    Major hell yes on products that don't require digging fingers into a jar. A dermatologist once told me that's a good way to court skin problems, because fingers (especially under nails) introduce bacteria that contaminates the whole lot. If something's in a jar, I use something I can wash off like a little plastic spoon, or in a pinch a cotton swab I pitch after.

  34. Dermatica!! £22 a month and it’s Tretinoin! Works a treat and based on proven, unbiased research over many years. Online dermatology assessment and great results!

  35. Perfume in sunscreen , ughhh. Playing with the devil. I know you are friend with this Arden and maybe when you see her next time, tell her about all her crap products with fragrance.I would, but i don t know her.

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