Beauty routine? This malarkey can be hard work you know!

Hi All. I hope you’re all safe and well? Don’t forget to keep me updated on how this awful virus is affecting you. I’m interested in hearing how you’re coping. I’ve certainly had my ups and downs. Today I’m talking about the beauty routine. The anti-ageing routine as I call it.

Until a few weeks ago ( I’m currently trialling the new Platinum range by Prai) I was doing the nightly beauty ritual and realised how long it was actually taking me to complete. I’ve been sent many a skincare this or other to try and when I like something I will stick with it. This has certainly made my routine longer but I’m pleased with the results.

I thought I would give you a diary of my morning and night time beauty routine. What I like about it and the difference it makes.

Some items I only use once or twice a week, so I will have to write out each evening for you. The mornings are pretty much the same though. If it changes I will add that day in.

Sunday Pm

I rarely wear makeup on a Sunday. I try and give my skin one full day makeup-free. If I’m out taking photos for the blog, then that will be the only reason I would wear makeup.

if there’s ever a better time to take a good close look at what your skin is doing, it’s now during this lock down. If your not leaving the house for 48 hours, try going makeup free. Don’t wash your face at all during this time. It will give you a good idea of whether you are still secreting any oil from those pores or how dry your skin actually is without any products.

At 57 I’m still surprised when I give this practice a go. I still get an oily nose! Life in the old girl yet! But if your skin is quite oily you might not need such a heavy face cream for night/daytime and you could end up with very congested skin and breakouts.

So, lets say I haven’t worn any makeup. I cleanse with Caudalie’s Cleansing milk. I’m really enjoying using this cleanser. I prefer a foaming cleanser (Caudalie’s is excellent) but when I add water to my face after applying it does actually foam up a little.

Next part of the beauty routine I use the Skin Chemists Retinol 0.1. I mentioned this product a month or so ago and I love it. My skin seems to be clearer and brighter using this. I wondered what all the fuss was about using Retinol but now I can see for myself. It’s like exfoliating your skin really well. working all by itself overnight.

I wait five minutes until I apply a serum. For the last few months I’ve been using Boots Firming Booster Serum and I’m really impressed with this. I will be buying again. Then the final phase I use either, Caudalie’s Resveratrol or Ark skincare Age Defy cream. Both leave my skin hydrated. I love the Neroli in the Ark Skincare.

Finally, I use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream on my lips. I also use Prai Neck And Decolletage serum and cream. Oh, and my eye drops. My eyes have become very dry the last couple of years ( too much Pc) And these have helped a lot. I use these Am and Pm.

Monday Am

As I mentioned in the last beauty post, the first thing I do when I’ve had my morning cuppa is check in the magnifying mirror for any unwanted hairs on my face! Once I’ve dealt with that I use Caudalie’s Gentle Buffing Cream. I find using an exfoliator after the Retinol the night before works well. My skin looks clean even-toned and glowy

I then apply the boots Serum and wait a few minutes before applying my moisturiser & Eight Hour Cream on my lips. I swear this helps with lip lines! And then Some SPF. At the moment it’s a Nivea one for the face and body SPF 50 (I will call this the routine morning cleanse) Apart from the added exfoliator.

Monday Pm

A slight change here. I cleanse as normal, and any day that I’ve had makeup on I pre-cleanse with L’oreal Age Perfect Micellar Water and Simple Eye Makeup Remover. but before I use anything else I use my Tria Age-defying Laser.

I’ve had this little gadget a couple of years now. There’s a full review of how to use and I did stop using it for a while when I moved house. It was only when I stopped using it that I realised what a good job it had been doing!

This takes just under 10 minutes, so it makes getting ready for bedtime a little longer. After that, I use the same serum and then moisturise.

Tuesday Am

The same routine as the morning before but I also use the new gadget that I spoke about recently The Tria Hair Removal Laser. I haven’t written up the full review yet but I can tell you that it’s working! I’m seeing a lot less growth on my chin and upper lip. This takes under a minute to do, so I’m not complaining about time here.

I had a surge in anti-ageing treatments sent to me the past couple of months ( literally at once!) and I've been trying them out. Here are my thoughts.

Tuesday Pm

The same as the night before but no laser.

I had to write a calendar of what to use and when for the beauty routine. What I did when so I don’t get mixed up. I kept forgetting what I had used when!


I use a stronger exfoliator. I use Arks Skin Perfector. This really gives a good deep exfoliation but it’s oily, so I cleanse after. Other than that it’s the regular daily routine.

I forgot to mention that I’ve also been using Boots Dark Spot Correcting Serum down each side of my neck. I used to have bad pigmentation there. It’s really faded a lot after using this. It’s the first serum to work for me. It says to use daily but I only use it twice a week. I found it irritated me on a daily basis. This is brilliant stuff and if you have dark spots (mine looked like a rash) I really recommend this

Wednesday Pm

The same night time routine other than one different treatment and that’s Skin Chemists Salicylic Acid 2% I’ve been using this to shrink my enlarged pores on my nose and chin area.

I’ve only been using this for a couple of weeks twice weekly. I haven’t noticed much change as of yet but I think it’s early days. I will let you know! I’m not using any of these products at present while testing the Prai regime.

Thursday Am

The same routine as the regular morning but I use the Tria Laser Hair Remover again.

Thursday Pm

The normal routine but with the Tria Age Defying Laser. I try and use this in between the Skin Chemist serums. I don’t want to sensetise my skin. Both the Age Defying Laser and the Laser Hair Remover heat the skin.

Friday Am

A regular morning cleanse with the light Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream. This really is the barely-there of exfoliators by the way and would be great for anyone with sensitive skin. I also use the Boots Dark Spot Correcting Serum on my neck for the second time.

Friday Pm

The same routine cleanse but I use Retinol for the second time this week.

Saturday Am

A simple routine cleanse and moisturiser.

Saturday Pm

A simple cleanse and the Tria Age Defying Laser

In your 50’s skincare takes more time and effort!

It sounds a lot doesn’t it? This fight against ageing is certainly taking up more time as I get older! I do feel that it’s worth it though. I don’t have any fillers or Botox due to allergies, so I have to work that little bit harder.

I would have fillers and Botox if I could. I’m interested in hearing if you do and if you feel you can get by without it? Are you still able to get your fixes during this time?

I do have the odd late night and tend to skip a longer bedtime beauty routine too. I try my best all the rest of the time. Do you have any recommendations? I would love to try a teeth whitening system but I can’t, again due to allergies.

So that’s my beauty routine. I sometimes use an Espa oil every now and then. I only leave it on for around half an hour for a hydration boost but other than that, that’s my routine done. I think I work hard enough at it anyway!

Keep you and yours safe and well xx

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  1. July 30, 2020 / 3:24 pm

    I think it is well worth the extra time because you have beautiful glowing skin, my friend! I think I need to start exfoliating more. Thanks for sharing your skin care routine and linking up.


  2. July 25, 2020 / 6:03 pm

    Great routine, love to hear about other peoples. Thanks for sharing on the blog. Jacqui x

  3. April 25, 2020 / 7:39 pm

    You’ve got an amazing beauty routine, Laurie. I’m afraid I’m quite a bit more basic than that! xxx

    • laurie
      May 6, 2020 / 7:16 am

      It sounds like a lot doesn’t it Ann. But in reality, it doesn’t take long and I’m loving the results xx

  4. Fiona
    April 17, 2020 / 6:17 pm

    That seems like a lengthy routine to me but it obviously works because you look fab and I look like an old hag, ( or I did yesterday) and we are the same age. 😂 35 years of shift work have taken their toll ….that’s my excuse anyway. Teeth whitening is good, shame you can’t try that, I also use EA 8hr cream on my lips…it’s the best and use a retinol day cream which has really reduced age spots. I hate my jowls but would be too scared to do anything about them.

    • laurie
      April 19, 2020 / 9:23 am

      Hi Fiona. Aw, I bet you don’t. Retinol has been my new best friend. I’m certainly seeing good results from that. SPF is key I think and the Tria is very good for Jowels or a course of Microcurrent can give amazing results. Lovely to have you stop by and comment. Thank you xx

  5. April 16, 2020 / 1:55 pm

    I myself have been thinking about doing a similar post to share what I use on a weekly basis. There are some products here that I haven’t used that I am very interested in, such as the retinol serum – I am going to look through your recommendations more thoroughly and do some shopping! Thanks for letting us into your bathroom!

    • laurie
      April 19, 2020 / 11:01 am

      Hi Andi. The Retinol has been the gamechanger for me. I’m tempted to try a higher grade. And that’s one of the reasons that I wrote the rota. So that I don’t overdo it with items that could sensitise my skin. Thank you so much for stopping by. Please let me know how you get on if you try the Retinol xx

  6. April 13, 2020 / 11:55 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing the details of your beauty routine!


    • laurie
      April 19, 2020 / 11:19 am

      Thank you Michelle. Glad you enjoyed reading xx

  7. April 13, 2020 / 10:09 pm

    LOved this! I don’t find your routine long…probably cause mine is just as long! I do find that now that I’m getting closer to 60, my skin needs all the pampering it can get. So, are you using Retinol every single night? I’m still at 3 to 4 times a week and a bit scared to dry out completely (as I need so much moisturizing I find). not sure if i should be doing it every single night..
    Great post!

    • laurie
      April 19, 2020 / 11:21 am

      Hi Lucy! Sorry for the delayed reply here. I’m using it twice a week at present, I use the salicylic acid also. I personally think every night is too much and your skin will really dry out, or you could sensitise your skin which could open a can of worms! xx

  8. April 12, 2020 / 4:57 am

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Pleas stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    • laurie
      April 19, 2020 / 11:49 am

      I will be there Marilyn xx

  9. April 9, 2020 / 3:20 pm

    I love seeing other skincare routines! Your skin is beautiful! I’m a huge fan of Caudalie products – need to check out some of these others!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    • laurie
      April 19, 2020 / 11:50 am

      Thanks Jill. I’m a huge fan of the Caudalie Exfoliators xx

  10. April 8, 2020 / 6:53 pm

    These all look like great products I would love to try. Thanks for the information 🙂 Caudalie is very nice!

    • laurie
      April 19, 2020 / 11:51 am

      Hell Sherry! I’m really happy to have found a routine that works. Thanks for stopping by xx

  11. April 8, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    Phew, I’m feeling better about the number of products I use! It certainly is harder work when you’re in your 50s and beyond to make your skin and makeup look good. You look great. Some of those products have been on my radar for a while. I use Caudalie’s micellar lotion, and very impressed with it. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday

    • laurie
      April 19, 2020 / 11:56 am

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one Gail! I thought readers might think “How much!” but this is the best my skin has looked in a long time xx

  12. April 7, 2020 / 7:17 pm

    I can see why you need to write it all down. It is certainly a lot of work, but worth it obviously. You look great.

    • laurie
      April 7, 2020 / 10:37 pm

      Aw, thanks Hilda. I don’t think there’s much else I can do other than go under the knife. I’m not ruling that out xx

  13. April 7, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    That is definitely a lot of work and a lot of products, but totally worth it because your skin looks amazing! I try to go a day or two every week without makeup as well. But I basically only wash and moisturize my face and take some multivitamin supplements and my daily dose of flaxseed oil which all help my skin. Thank you for sharing your skin care routine and linking up with me.


    • laurie
      April 7, 2020 / 10:42 pm

      I love oils but I can only have them on my skin for around half an hour. I just puff up! I’m really enjoying the retinolShelbee xx

  14. April 6, 2020 / 7:53 pm

    That’s quite a scedule. But it pays off! I do use botox once every 7/8 months between my eyes. I’m very happy with that. I also wanted to white my teeth, but can’t because my dentist made some cosmetic changes to my teeth and now I can’t use whitener. I do find that Colgate is a very good toothpaste to whiten your teeth a bit.

    • laurie
      April 7, 2020 / 10:49 pm

      I’ve been looking at the Colgate Nancy. I have to have my teeth cleaned regularly because my teeth overlap. Now I can’t go to the dentist unless absolutely necessary! xx

  15. April 6, 2020 / 10:59 am

    You do work hard, but it’s obviously working!
    You have lovely skin Laurie xx

    • laurie
      April 7, 2020 / 10:52 pm

      Thanks Ashley. Comments like that make the hard work worth a while! xx

  16. April 6, 2020 / 7:56 am

    I probably need that laser hair removal…yikes!

    • laurie
      April 7, 2020 / 10:53 pm

      Hi Lydia. Grab one while on sale! It’s really worth it. I love getting up in the mornings and seeing less prickly hairs on my chin! Thanks for stopping by xx