The Skincare I Keep Going Back To – My Daytime Routine

There is such an abundance of skincare to choose from –  all promising us the most amazing results. I have learnt the most effective skincare we can apply is a good moisturising sunscreen, which I use all year round and, Retinol, which is known as the gold standard of skincare.

I started to use Retin A (Tretinoin) in March 2016 – which helps with cell renewal and lots of other things. You can read my detailed post, here.  When choosing skincare, I always look for magical hydrating ingredients that will be effective on my dry, midlife skin, such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and glycerine. Before my purchase, I also like to hear what the customers are saying by reading trustworthy reviews, and finding out if the product is a “dud”, or not.

Skincare has become so much more accessible, now, as brands become competitive for our business – which is great for us consumers. Brands such as Aldi, Revolution and others are attempting to replicate the ingredients in expensive pots of cream – some, with impressive results.

When I was young, my mum voiced the importance of decent quality skincare, hence, following her lead, I have road-tested serums and moisturisers, over the years. I am not a skincare expert but I know the difference between a poor and effective product.

In today’s post, I am giving you an update on the products I still believe are effective, and why – as well as a few new additions for you to ponder. I would say that my skin is normally aged for a woman of sixty-three. I wish I had known the damage that the sun did as a young girl. Instead, I went for the “burn”, back then. Saying that, I soon worked out the ageing effects of the sun, hence, I have protected my face from the sun for over thirty years, now.

Of course, overall self-care helps us to be healthy and well. It makes sense at any age, and contributes towards good health, both mentally and physically. I am not perfect and, on occassion, succumb to my never-ending craving for anything sweet, Plus, I enjoy a glass of fizz, though, post menopause, my tolerence for booze has slumped and I really pay for any indulence in that area, the following day. But, overall, I watch what I consume and, if I have gone overboard with the treats, I am careful, afterwards.

I eat a varied, healthy diet and exercise, frequently. I/we are foodies. So, boring cuisine would not cut it in my life. I enjoy an array of fish, fruit, and vegetables (no meat). Food is an occasion in my family – my family enjoy dining together, and sampling new things. So, nibbling on a lettuce leaf would not fit, though, we mostly eat healthy cuisine.

I have managed to maintain my weight loss from a year ago, give or take a few pounds, and I weigh myself every few days. I know this is usually frowned upon, but it keeps me on the straight and narrow, so works for me. I continue to do my walks, outside, not so great when it is icy or raining, or both! However, I still try to get outside as it is mentally good for me. And, I enjoy it, which is the main thing. I wrap up well in my waterproofs and layers and go off with my podcast into the fresh air. I can guarantee a mood lift on returning home if I am feeling a little down.

Unfortunately, in life, we don’t always have control over the illnesses life may throw at us, whether it be ourselves or our loved ones. Lately, two of our dear friends have become ill with debilitating diseases (Alzheimer’s and Cancer) despite  living stimulating, healthy lifestyles. This kind of news always makes us stop in our tracks and reassess life more.

Treating ourselves is important. It does not have to be a big expensive outlay. It can be as simple as going for a coffee, or performing a rewarding task that you have been putting off – just doing something which lifts and improves the day.

Before I go on to my skincare post, I will share these two quotes which I love.

Ageing is an extraordinary process whereby you become the person you always should have been” … and

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” David Bowie.

My Morning Routine

First of all, I wash my face with Cerave Cleansing Lotion. This product is a little more than I usually pay for a cleanser. But, it is not drying, and great for sensitive skin. And, this size lasts, forever. It leaves my skin feeling soft rather than tight and dry – so worth the outlay.

While waking up, I use my Current Body LED Mask. Ten minutes on both the face and decolletage. This is my second year of using this mask, most mornings. I have found the mask has given my skin a glow and I can see the difference if I do not use it. It makes my skin look more radiant and healthier and it has helped with the crepey skin on my decolletage. You can buy an extra attachment for the neck and decolletage, but the mask does the job for both – as it is flexible and flat. So, cost-effective to use it there as well. One of the downsides of using the mask for both areas is it can run out of charge, easily. I won this mask on Instagram. Before this, I had read great reviews about it, so I was going to save up to buy it myself.

I then apply Glycolic toner (Lacura, Aldi) on a cotton pad. This brings my tired skin to life, and does the job! I have tried the Pixi Glow Toner which is also good – though a tad more expensive.

Followed by The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% – I have used this for around three years, now, and, as you can see in the pic, I am on to my new refill. This product is so reasonably priced. It gives my skin a mild exfoliation and is effective in eradicating the build-up of dead skin cells, which can result in dullness on the skin. It is also effective with clogged pores, hence, it is still on my list. The only downside to this is my clumsiness. It is a very watery consistency so I have spilt quite a bit from the bottle (usually, still half asleep)! It is effective in the overall look of my skin appearance.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% & Zinc 1% 60ml £10.00 – the claims stipulate that this serum improves the look of the skin’s radiance and luminosity. I have kept using it, hoping I would see some improvements. But, there is nothing dramatic. So, it may be time for me to try something new, though I will continue to use it until I find a good replacement. Maybe, a good Vitamin C serum will be the answer – I’ll report back!

Then, it is The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%. This targets textural irregularities, dullness, uneven skin tone, and that look of redness. I use (every third day). I read in the reviews that some were experiencing irritations. Luckily, I don’t!! My skin only needs this every third day as it is fairly concentrated, and I do not want to “overdo” with products. I certainly will keep on with this because it is helping with my open pores around the nasal area.

Then, on to the all-important SPF50 moisturiser, which I wear, every day. It can be tricky to find the correct one. Luckily, there is an abundance of them to choose from. I look for one which does not leave that white hue, penetrates my skin well, while giving sun protection….and can be worn underneath my makeup. It must have an SPF50, no fragrance, with active moisturising ingredients for my dry-aged skin. Years ago, I used to mix sun lotion, with my everyday moisturiser as it was difficult to find a good facial sunscreen. I have tried quite a few, this year. My two favourites are still the very inexpensive Nivea Sun UV suncream SPF 50 and Cerave SPF 25 or 50.

Tanning Drops – I apply every three or four days, mainly to disguise my white ghostly alabaster skin! I tend to use these, all year round. This is an old one (Primark) left-over from the summer. It cost £4.00. I tend to buy any ones which are on offer. However, I like the glow and shade this one leaves on my skin (not too orangey). There is a varied selection of these tanning drops on the market, and you do not have to pay a fortune. I have tried quite a few expensive ones and I found that there was no difference, so, save your money and check which ones are on offer, while checking the reviews.

Thank you for reading my post, which is not sponsored – all products are my own.  This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through to the products, there is no cost to you. If you purchase anything, the small commission I receive will contribute to the running of my blog.

I hope it has helped to give you a few skincare ideas – I will be back shortly.

Alison xx



  1. I’ve been using tretinoin since summer and really like the results! It is drying though. I haven’t tried The Ordinary brand yet but you seem to have had mostly good luck with it. I will have to check it out. SPF is so important and I hope my kids start using it daily before I did! Thanks for sharing these!

    • Tretinoin is so time consuming, getting your skin aclimatised to it. I had a break from it earlier
      in the year when as I had my eyebows microbladed and I’m still not fully back in the swing. And yes to SPF
      wish i had known to use it as a young girl. xx

  2. Candice

    Your skincare routine is goals! 🌸 Inspires me to revamp mine.

    Candice x

    • Thank you so much Candice. I’m so pleased you enjoyed my post. i’ll be posting the nightime routine
      shortly. Enjoy your week. x

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    It’s good to read what other women use, I can learn from the products you use. I use The Ordinary because they’re are no sulfates etc in it. And always a spf! And very little sugars otherwise my face explodes, lol.

    • Oh no! I find The Ordinary such a quality, budget friendly product and yes to always wearing an SPF! Wish i’d
      known that as a young girl. xx

  4. I love The Ordinary and just started using the hair serum in hopes of some hair coming back near my hairline. I don’t leave the house without an SPF. I know some people say you should wear it even in the house. But, then, I think, they also tell us to wear hats so wouldn’t a house be better than a hat? I keep thinking about getting an LED mask but haven’t done so yet.

    • Thank you for that tip Marsha – I didn’t know The Ordinary did hair products too, love their products and
      thay are so budget friendly. The LED mask is costly, but I have found it to be effective. xx

      • There is a good hair drops by The Ordinary that you massage into your scalp overnight. I do recommend it.

  5. Some good products Alison. I’ve used The Ordinary moisturiser and quite like it. The consistency is very good. Will be checking out some of the other products too. Thanks for sharing. Have a super day xx Jacqui

    • I haven’t tried any of The Ordinarys moisturisers, just their serums – so may give this one a try. xx

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    I really enjoyed your product overview. That mask sounds interesting so I’ll have to look into that a lot more! I have used Ordinary products and they serve me well. I think maybe I am coming to terms that all of these products wont turn back time but are good nourishment for my current skin.

    I was sorry to read about your friends and their declining health, that’s always extremely difficult.

    • Thank you. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed reading my post. I love trying new products, to see if they will
      help my skin to feel and look the best it can at my age, great when the skincare is budget friendly too as “The Ordinary
      certainly is. x

  7. You picked an excellent list of products to use. CeraVe is an excellent product, and it is pretty affordable. It is one of my favorite products to use.

    • I always aim for effective, affordable products such as the CeraVe moisturiser. Thank you for
      reading my post and popping by.

  8. Sue from Women Living Well After 50

    Skincare is something I’ve tried to make a priority since I was younger. I’ve tried different brands over the years as our skin can get used to the same one. You’ve mentioned some products which are reasonably priced yet do the job and that’s a win/win in my book. I’ve not tried an LED mask and good for you being consistent using it daily. Your skin is glowing. Thanks for sharing the products you use. I’m visiting from WOW and have a lovely week. x

  9. Emily Martin

    I’m in love with the lightweight feel of this product on my skin. It’s like a silky-smooth veil that primes my complexion for makeup. click here to experience the magic!

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