Amping up your skincare routine

So, we covered our No Fuss Skincare Routine many weeks ago and now it’s time to amp it up to make your skin as gorg as it can be!

If you missed our post talking you through a simple routine, have a read HERE!
Acids, masks and serums all may sound a bit scary at first but stick with us for your simple guide.

Acid toners

This is one of the easiest ways of incorporating acid into a routine. Acid toners provide not only surface but also deep exfoliation that encourages cell turnover, revealing a smoother and more even complexion (making it my fave step in my routine).  
The most popular ones include Glycolic or Lactic Acid and are aimed at spot prone skin, to reduce breakouts and help hyperpigmentation. Due to the way acid toners increase cell turnover (particularly Glycolic Acid) they are also great for a more mature skin, as they help maintain collogen production for plumper, bouncier skin.

How to use: on dry, freshly cleansed skin morning or evening.

Be extra vigilant with SPF when using acids.

Use a few times a week at first to get your skin used to the chemical exfoliation. Build up to every night if you feel necessary for your skin type and condition.



Hydrating mists are now an essential for me in my skincare stash! The give such a lovely layer of hydration in between other steps and are great for all skin types. Oily skin often benefits from light layers of hydration to regulate oil production, while dryer skins drink up all forms of hydration, so a mist is great for top ups throughout the day.


How to use: use on bare skin or after acid toners to provide an extra layer of moisture before applying any serums/moisturisers. If you’re extra dry, throw one in your bag to mist during the day!




Some would say THE most important step in a skincare routine. They pack the most punch and you can generally see results pretty soon after your first use. They come in many different forms and textures so it’s important to do your research before buying.

Some of the most popular ones are:

Hyaluronic Acid: helps pull in moisture from the surface of your skin. Great for dehydrated and dry skins.

Vitamin C: linked to bright and juicy skin.

Niacinamide: reduces uneven skin tone, lines and dull skin


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How to use: morning and/or evening when appropriate. After acid toner and mist (if used) and follow with a moisturiser.



The original problem solver in the world of skin. The traditional clay-based mask is still a classic and can be used to combat breakouts on spot prone and oily skin. I use a lot of masks that contain acids to give an intense exfoliation, which are great on that time of the month or after a weekend of chocolate and alcohol. You shouldn’t rely on masks in your routine for ‘good’ skin, but they are a great thing to have in your collection to…give your skin a kick up the arse, basically.

How to use: All masks are different so use as and when required. If I use a mask, I tend not to use anything too harsh afterwards, so I follow with a mist and a moisturiser!


Retinol (Vitamin A)

In the skincare world, this one is known for being the ultimate anti-ageing product! You can get them in your local chemist or through prescriptions services depending on your age and skincare concerns. Due to how active Vitamin A based products are, it’s important to take baby steps. Start with lower percentages and work your way up, as some irritation can occur when your first add it to your routine. Retinol is also great for acne/spot prone skin, to reduce any uneven texture.

How to use: it’s advised you start in your 30’s around 3 times a week, 4 times a week in your 40’s, and so on. If you’re younger than the suggested age but struggle with texture and/or acne, use a mild formula a few times a week! Use in the evening and wait around half an hour before following with a moisturiser, if you feel your skin needs it. As all formulas are different, make sure you read the directions on the back of the bottle or on the brands website before using.

Also, did you know, the Gaia&Vie Nourish face oil is a natural retinol, helping to give you all the same benefits without the harsh chemicals


Hope you enjoyed this one!

See you next week!


By Rachel Smith

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