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Skincare routine (2018 edition)

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Initially posted in April 2018, revised in March 2019

I feel like finding the right skin care routine is the adventure of a lifetime, especially when you suffer from rosacea or redness in general. Here are the products I’ve been using for a few months (a few weeks for a couple of them) and I’m going to ramble about them because this is what this blog is about. 


  • Redness Relief Dermo-cleansing milk, Avene: this cleanser can be used to gently remove makeup (although it’s not that effective on eye makeup), but I mostly use it to wash my face in the shower (I like living dangerously). I’m not sure about the redness relief part, to be honest. It does the job, doesn’t aggravate my sensitive skin and that’s all that matters. Huge pros: the price point (somewhere under 15 EUR) and the size of the bottle (300ml will last you for months).
  • HydraPlus Cleansing Milk, Naobay: Naobay is a Spanish brand whose name stands for Natural and Organic Beauty and You. They pride themselves on making clean and organic products. I use this in the evening as a second cleanse and the smell is just lovely. I find it better and even more gentle than Avene’s cleansing milk. I’m not sure I’ll repurchase it as I’m trying to use up all my cleansers so I can finally start using the bloody REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk I bought two months ago.


  • Glow Tonic, Pixi: it took me weeks, maybe even months, to realise how life changing this toner was. I was very skeptical of it at first. Despite using it twice a day, I didn’t see much improvement initially. Then it gradually dawned on me how amazing the Glow Tonic really is. It has made my pore less dilated, my texture less apparent and the general aspect of my skin much better. I know that redness often means sensitivity and a lot of people find the word glycolic acid (because this is what it is) terrifying, but don’t worry: this is very gentle on the skin and it is formulated in a way that it won’t cause any damage. Everyone and their mother has talked about and reviewed the Glow Tonic and I have yet to hear someone say it was detrimental to their sensitive skin.
acide glycolique contre les rougeurs


  • Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum, Darphin: this one has been a huge disappointment. I’ve almost used up all of it and, after almost four months of use, I can confidently say that it hasn’t made the slightest difference. It’s very pricey and I won’t be repurchasing it. Come on, French pharmacy, you can do better!
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, The Ordinary: this is the reason why I don’t have any blemishes for my Glow Tonic to deal with: this serum nukes them into oblivion. Definitely recommend this if you have acne and/or oily skin. You can read my full review here
the ordinary niacinamide featured


  • All about eyes, Clinique: Not a mind-blowing product but it does what it says on the tin. Would love to give its ‘rich’ counterpart a go. Donations are welcome.


  • Moisture Surge, Clinique: Hi, my name is Catherine and I’ve been addicted to Clinique for 23 years. This is by far my favourite moisturiser EVER. It is perfect before makeup because it’s absorbed by the skin in seconds, smoothes it and keeps it hydrated for the longest time.
2018 skincare favourites
  • Skin Rescuer, Kiehl’s: I’m unfaithful sometimes. This is the moisturiser I use when I know I’m not going to put on makeup. It feels much richer (almost greasier) than Moisture Surge, but it does give the skin that hydrated glow that only Kate Middleton can pull off two hours after giving birth.


  • Thermal Water Spray, Avene: now, this is the shit. A couple of days ago, my rosacea flared up without any kind of reason (maybe a slight change in the air pressure in South Korea, god knows) and just a few sprays of the thermal water calmed it the duck right down. This is the most successful short-term solution for rosacea I’ve found so far.

I realise, as I’m revising this post that my current skincare routine is very different from what it was in 2018. Click here if you are interested in knowing what products I’ve been using this year.

redness relief skincare routine
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  • Reply
    March 18, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    I need to find a new eye cream, I’ve been using a bobby brown for a while and it’s good, but so expensive.

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      March 19, 2019 at 11:08 am

      Yeah I’ve heard great things about it, but the price hurts 😀

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    Empties June ’18 – Katedaysaweek
    June 24, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    […] wrote about this cleansing milk in my skin care routine for redness relief post. I haven’t changed my mind about this product since last month: it’s fine, it […]

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    June 19, 2018 at 2:57 am

    I love this >.< Your commentary is hilarious and so blunt and genuine it (almost) hurts :D. I am also a HUGE fan of Clinique moisture surge. If I could bathe in it I would.
    Lauren //

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      June 19, 2018 at 3:08 am

      Thanks. My boyfriend tends to dislike the blunt side of my humour haha

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    June 8, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Your commentary on the products was so cute! Ok, seriously, I have sensitive skin and I’m interesting in trying a cleansing milk because I think it’ll match up to my dry acne prone sensitive combo skin. I definitely wanna try the Pixi Glow Tonic and see what the big deal is since I have blemishes. Nice review!

    Natonya |

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      June 8, 2018 at 12:24 am

      I think you can kiss your acne goodbye with the Glow Tonic. It might sting a little at first. Thanks for dropping by <3

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        June 8, 2018 at 12:28 am

        I can’t wait to try it! I’m going to Ulta or Target tomorrow and I will pick up a bottle and invest into something new to clear my skin! So excited <3

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    Empties May ’18 – katedaysaweek
    May 6, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    […] Clinique 7 day Scrub Cream:  I think this will be more effective on people who don’t already use a plethora of skin care products. I used it every day for a week because I’m that literal, but I didn’t see much of a difference. This might be a nice way of easing yourself into the exfoliation craze, but I get more exfoliation just by looking at my Glow Tonic. […]

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