MTV Staff Share Their Tried And Tested Daily Skincare Routines
Find out what cult beauty products our editors swear by.
The internet is a paradise for beauty lovers, but if you're into your skincare, you'll probably also know that it can be quite the black hole when it comes time to pick out new products. Becausue with so many hyped up goodies on the market, it can be hard to know just which new regimens are worth investing in and which are worth leaving well alone.
Rule number one for dealing with this is to remember that everyone's skin is different and ultimately working out what works for you and your skin and then sticking to it is generally the best way to keep your face feeling happy.
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Rule two is to do your research with your skin in mind. Whether that's word of mouth or mugging up on reviews online, it's a great way to source skincare heroes - so here's a little breakdown of some faves we at MTV can't get enough of in case it helps you get started.
LUCY, Senior Lifestyle and Entertainment Writer - Combination skin, prone to cystic acne
I usually keep things brief in the morning and use Glossier’s Jelly Cleanser in the shower followed by Glossier’s Solution for a quick tone. I’ll then finish with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser before applying my makeup.
In the evening I start by using a Johnson’s Sensitive makeup wipe to get the initial layer of make-up off, before using Clinique Take The Day Off Balm and then the Glossier Jelly Cleanser in the shower to give me that squeaky clean, double cleanse feeling.
Once I’m done I’ll then sweep Glossier Solution over my face with a cotton pad, before applying The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% acid or, if I’m having a particularly bad skin moment, I’ll add in some of The Ordinary Sacilyic Acid 2% Solution, finishing with my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser before bed.
LINDS, Life and Style Editor - Combination skin, hormonal acne
In the morning my skincare routine is short and sweet: I just slap on a liberal amount of Pixi Rose Flash Balm and Glossier Invisible Shield sunscreen under my makeup. Then it’s the Kiehl’s Crème de Corps on my arms and legs to stop any dry patches and a spritz of the Murad Acne Clarifying Spray to treat any sneaky shoulder spots.
That said, tere is honest to god nothing I love more in this world than removing my makeup at the end of the day, so as soon as I’m through the door, it’s hair up and cleansing game ON. I’ve recently discovered double cleansing and it has done wonders for my naturally tricky combination skin. I’m currently using the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse for ease as it has a solid balm that goes straight on your makeup before you even wet your face that is followed by the cream cleanser to go deeper into pores. I absolutely love it and am a total convert. If it’s a mascara day I’ll have whacked on a load of the Too Faced Mascara Melt Off pre-cleansing as by the time I’ve cleansed, all traces of lingering eye makeup will also then be gone.
I made a resolution to try to be a little less shitty to the environment this year so I've cut face wipe and try to cleanse with a hot cloth, then use a clean cloth to tone using the Glossier Solution - itself a total revelation for anyone lazy like me as it's made such a big change to my skin and is so easy to use that I have no excuse to skip it as I tend to with other exfoliating products. Then it’s the Pixi Rose Caviar Essence to moisturise as it’s a great hit of hydration without any greasy residue followed by a dash of The Ordinary Salicyclic Acid 2% Solution on any areas where it looks like a spot is brewing (mmm, sexy).
If it’s a Sunday night then I’ll probably have had a makeup free day and will pre-game before bedtime with a face mask. The Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque is my go-to but if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll use the utterly divine Chantecaille Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask, which was a gift and I would never ever buy in real life as it’s so £££, but which is honestly the most beautiful product I have ever had the pleasure of putting on my face. Once that’s done I’ll do the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which is really soothing, paraben free and which never fails to give my skin an overnight kick up the arse when it’s looking a bit dull and sallow.
CAROLINE, Senior Features Writer - Combination skin
I keep it quite simple in the morning because I go CRAZY at night, so normally it’s a face cleanser in the shower like St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub or Clean and Clear Blackhead Clearing Daily Scrub, just so I feel totally fresh. If I’ve had a heavy make-up session the night before, I’ll use Pixi Glow Tonic just to feel like everything is gone. Then I moisturise with Glossier Priming Moisturiser because it’s so lightweight yet leaves my skin feeling like it’s really done it’s job. I can struggle with oily skin, so it’s a perfect primer for my makeup so it stays put.
At night I use Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser on my dry skin to rinse take my makeup off and follow up with Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser for a double cleanse. I then tone with Pixi Glow Tonic before using Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil. When that’s sat for a while I finish my skin with Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream and Clinique All About Eyes Serum.
Lastly I pop on some Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom because my lips can get super dry over night. Once a week I use Kiehl's Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion to exfoliate any dead skin and whenever it’s needed I use Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub. Yum.
CHARLOTTE, Creative Lead - Sensitive combination skin that's also v sensitive to stress
I take my make up off as soon as I get home from work with whatever micellar water I’ve bought as part of a deal in Boots, then before bed I’ll cleanse, tone and moisturise. At the moment I’m using Garnier Micellar Water, Orlane Démaquillant Peaux Normales cleanser, a Whasima Organic toner and a La Roche-Posay Night Cream - although sometimes I’ll mix it up and use some argan oil instead. If I’ve been out and am feeling lazy (or drunk) I’ll use a Boots Essential Make Up Wipe, much to my roommate's dismay, as apparently facewipes are the worst…oh well!
Usually my skin is quite clear but if I have any unwanted friends I’ll also pop a tiny bit of Sudocrem on any spots - a hot tip I stole from my ex, which might sound weird but it actually works!
I HATE faffing around in the mornings so after brushing my teeth I’ll splash my face with water, moisturise and roll on some Sampar Eye Rule. If I have work, I’ll apply minimal make up but if it’s the weekend IDGAF. I love a water mist too, so keep a mini Avene one on me at all times for a skin refresh.
As for facemasks, my housemate is obsessed and will always save me some if she makes a batch. We both have quite sensitive skin so natural is best. Jessica Alba’s Coffee Yoghurt one is my fave - it's just 1/2 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt mixed with 1 tbsp ground coffee and 1 tbsp. coconut oil or lemon juice.
GEORGIA, Fitness Editor - Combination skin, prone to dry patches around the eyes (swimming goggle probs!)
I’m not super high maintenance when it comes to skincare products, but I’ve got a few firm favourites. During my morning shower, I like to get an extra coffee hit by using Optiat Vanilla Velvet coffee scrub, which is made with used coffee grounds and smells AMAZING. I think it’s meant to be used on your body, but I use a bit on my face too. Oops.
I train outside a lot, and running and cycling in the elements can take its toll on my skin. I swear by Bjork and Berries Rescue Cream to soothe any super dry patches – it’s thick and luxurious feeling but it absorbs really quickly, so perfect if you hate feeling greasy!
Before bed, I remove my make-up using Boots Essentials cleansing wipes. They’re mega cheap and they work perfectly so I can’t really justify spending more, though I do love Nip + Fab cleansing pads if I need to get off waterproof mascara. If my skin’s playing up, I use more Bjork and Berries cream, or if it’s fine I use Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturiser. It was given to me as a gift and I love how light it is.
LEIGH, Senior Shows Editor - Dry and sensitive skin
My skincare routine is embarassingly limited as I’m always in a mad rush in the morning to get out of the house and completely exhausted in the evening (even putting solution to a cotton pad feels like an effort). To clean my face I use Garnier Micellar Water, which I find very effective for freshening up my skin in the morning and removing my make up at night time. You can buy a huge bottle for a very little dollar (or pound) – so I don’t feel like I have to be precious with it, because I use at least 2 or 3 pads nightly to clean my face of the day’s gunk and pollution.
In the morning, I follow this with Garnier UltraLift Complete Beauty Day Cream, which is adequately rich without feeling greasy, on top of which I apply my foundation straight away so that the two blend together nicely and give my skin a sort of creamy effect.
At night, I follow my cleanse with Olay Total Effects Anti-Ageing Night Cream, because I feel like I should probably be trying to avoid wrinkles in the future - or so all the beauty editors keep telling me. If I’m feeling indulgent, I’ll use Lancome Galatée Confort on a warm muslin to give my face a more thorough clean. I got a bottle of this as a gift, and it does smell and feel gorgeous, so I will be tempted to buy a replacement when it runs out.