Nothing feels better than glowing, healthy complexion. As a make-up lover I was underestimating skin care role in my life. I was a 2-step cleanser+moisturiser beauty routine kind of girl who was covering herself under tones of make-up, laughing at others at the age of 20 starting to use anti-aging skin care products. And here I am now, still in my early 20’s being overly excited with new products and formulas.

With my, now, 7-step both morning and night beauty routine (it’s been a loooong journey), here are my top 5 products that I’ve tried and have seen amazing results on myself*.

*I have a combination and sensetive skin with tendency to clogged pores.

1. Sunday Riley Good Genes Glicolic Acid Treatment, 30ml, £85

Glicolic acid is basically a solution to every nightmare and mistake you have made during your youthful period – bad lifestyle choices, acne, sun over-exposion, and unavoidable pollution. This amazing serum made my skin radiant, firm and visibly brighter. I use it every morning before moisturiser, after washing and toning my face.

2. Pixi Retinol Tonic, 250ml, £18

I mentioned this product in my October favorites (link) and I got so obsessed with it that now I can’t believe how I managed to live without this tonic. Retinol is a super-multitasker – it’s essential in acne treatment, brightens and evens the skin tone and is anti-ageing. Added jasmine flower extract protects and neutralises irritation that can appear during retinol use. I use this tonic daily after cleansing.

3. Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream, 15m, £65.00

A little goes a long way! This moisturiser changed my make-up game – I use a tiny amount of this cream after applying serums in the morning and night. The Rich Cream is rich in Argan, Avocado and Evening Primrose Oil to leave your face hydrated and glowing from within.

4. Tata Harper Clarifying Cleanser, 125ml, £63.00

If I would ever consider myself proud of ‘discovering’ a 100% and autentic brand, it would be over Tata Harper. Previous oily/combination skin type focused cleansers I used, left my skin feeling tense, dehydrated and slighly irritated, but since I started using this Clarifying Cleanser, I don’t have this problem.

5. Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-clarifying face oil, 35ml, £68

Yet another mulitasker on my list – this Sunday Riley U.F.O. Face Oil rich in salicylic acid not only exfoliates, helps with acne and blackheads treatment, but prevents from spot causing dirt and bacteria causing future break-outs. I use it instead of Good Genes Serum during my night time routine after toning.

6. Tata Harper Clarifying Mask, 30ml, £68

Salicylic acid is my becoming my favorite ingredient! This 100% natural and nontoxic mask is also powered by AHA peeling formula, so you will definitely notice pore visibility and redness reduction. I use this mask once or twice a week, depending of my needs, leaving it for 15 minutes and then massaging for exfoliating and peeling effect.

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Selfies with face masks on, instagram posts capturing the cover of favorite book or instastories taken on the weekend hike – we’ve all either seen #selfcaresunday, touched this topic with friends or came across the interview with influencer sharing his or hers tips on self-care routines.

Self-care routine plays very important role in my life – it helps me with creating space for myself and allows to de-attach from my work and personal problems. It doesn’t make them dissapear, but helps to take a break, look from different perspective and come at them 5 times stronger and more focused.

I’ve been thinking about self-care and its stigmas, which I, myself had, and decided to share my opinion on this as well as the self-care routine I’ve been unconsciously practicing since I remember (and it wasn’t that cool back then).

Self-care is a trend.

Well… Yes, it is. And as much as I love the fact that something that has a significant and great impact in our life, I’m sometimes overwhelmed with some kind of a race and pressure for longer and more luxurious and complexed self-care routines.

You need x amount of time a week for your self-care.

I never liked rules. Especially when it comes to something so personal, like self-care. I came across few comments like ‘I don’t have time for that!’, ‘It’s time consuming!’ or ‘I have work and family to take care of!’ and I’m not surprised. I don’t have time to take 30 minutes long baths, go for massages and yoga and read a book in silence 3 times a week. But I can dedicate 10 minutes of my TV time to meditate every day, or wake up 10 minutes earlier to actually make my tea just the way I love and contemplate about 5 things I’m grateful for while enjoying it without rushing through the morning.

You need to spend money on self-care.

You DO NOT need a £200 massage, nor £30 manicure. It’s okay if you want to and have money to spend on that. Self-care can cost as much as a price for the journal and a pen or a box of organic green tea once per month or a bag of espom salt for your bath (skip the rose petals if you don’t want to end up cleaning your bath tube for another 30 minutes). Breathing, walking, talking with your friend, meditating and many more is for free. All you need is time and effort.

What’s my self-care routine?

It’s very simple! I take crystals and dead sea salt or espom salt baths for 30 minutes once a week and journal or read while taking them (multitasking is my key for EVERYTHING). I try to put more attention to my skin on Saturdays and do masks. I also started to listen to myself more by doing check-ups with my feelings few times a day and in the future I would like to add meditation for 10 minutes a day to my routine.

What is your self-care routine? Share in the comment section!

Love, A