Ever wish you could peek into the beauty cabinets of other women? Ask them about each and every product before you gather your notes and make a beeline for the nearest Mecca? We did too, hence our Real Women, Real Routines series. We’re shining a spotlight on actual women, and detailing the ins and outs of their personal skincare routines.
We asked all the questions, from their approach to skincare, to issues they’re dealing with, morning and evening beauty rituals, and the products they’ll keep buying forever. In this week’s column, Who What Wear, Byrdie, MyDomaine and POPSUGAR Australia Editorial Director Amanda Bardas so kindly walked us through every single step in her low-fuss, effective skincare routine. As a self-confessed skincare obsessive, hundreds of products have seen the inside of her bathroom cabinet, so you know that her daily go-to's are seriously good.
Keep reading for all the skincare products our editorial director swears by.
What’s your approach to skincare?
Skincare is very important to me, but that being said, I’m pretty low fuss. Once I have a routine that works, I like to stick to it very religiously. My ultimate goal is to always wear as little makeup as possible—even on my wedding day I did my own (very minimal!) makeup because I couldn’t trust a makeup artist. I prefer to let my skin shine through, so that means taking really good care of it—and not just through skincare. I take care of my skin from within—I exercise and have a 30 ml shot of this coconut kefir probiotic drink every morning, sprinkle The Beauty Chef’s Glow Inner Beauty Powder onto my oats, and drink a few liters of water each day. I firmly believe that when I am taking care of what I put inside my body, it shows on the outside. It’s become ritualistic, and my day doesn’t feel like it’s started properly until I tick off each step.
How do you go about choosing all of the products you use?
Aside from reading Byrdie reviews (!!), I was seeing a skin therapist for about a year, and she helped me learn the ingredients that work best with my skin. Now, I look out for ingredients that have been recommended to me specifically for my skin type. Hyaluronic acid for hydration, salicylic and lactic acid to exfoliate, and a retinol to renew skin cells—I have some leftover acne scarring.
Do you have any skincare issues you’re currently treating?
About eighteen months ago I was right in the middle of an acne breakout, but for now, it’s settled. I don’t want to jinx myself, but following a strict skincare regime has helped keep it in check. Right now, as we come into winter my concern is dehydrated and dry skin. I’m very loyal to this Dermaquest B5 Hydrating Serum ($144) and use it morning and night under a lightweight moisturizer to keep my skin from drying out. As winter ebbs closer, I’ll move to a heavier moisturizer to layer on top.
What products do you buy over and over?
Kate Somerville EradiKate Cleanser ($55)—I’ve been using this cleanser for over a year. It helps keep acne at bay and doesn’t dry out my skin.
Dermaquest B5 Hydrating Serum ($144)—I use this serum morning and night, and to be honest it runs out much faster than I’d like. It’s also pretty exxy but it works, which is why I keep re-purchasing.
Biologique Recherche P50 ($91)—I’m onto my third bottle of this guy—I use this cult exfoliating toner every couple of nights and it helps keep my skin clear. People always ask if I’ve had a facial the morning after I’ve used it.
Anything you’d never use on your skin?
I don’t like anything overly scented—I feel like it can’t really be doing great things for my skin if it’s heavily fragranced.
Talk us through your morning routine.
First thing, I finish the water bottle that I’ve had next to my bed from the night before and use a jade roller under my eyes to help me wake up. Then, I have my 30 ml probiotic shot and brush my teeth (it kind of tastes like fizzy coconut beer which isn’t great at 6 a.m.), and cleanse with Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Cleanser ($55) to keep acne at bay, and swipe the Kate Somerville Goats Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm ($55) under each eye to help de-puff. From there, I’m off to the gym—I’m out the door five minutes after I wake up. It’s like art.
What about your evening routine?
I use my Venustus Lip and Eye Serum ($49) in the shower to remove makeup and massage it all over my face—it doubles as a cleanser too. From there, I wash off the oil and use either the Biologiqe Recherche P50 ($91) lotion or Cosmedix Skin Brightening Serum ($105)—I alternate between the two. After a few minutes, I apply the Dermaquest serum ($155), and if my skin is feeling super dry (like it is right now), I’ll also use the Venustus Antidote Moisturiser ($69), which helps plump up skin. My final step is the Cosmedix Opti Crystal Eye Serum ($149)—it looks like unicorn blood. I just dab a tiny bit under each eye. Right now, I’m following the Fascia Blaster routine pretty closely to improve the surface of my skin. Right before bed, I spend 15 minutes blasting away my cellulite. No use taking care of our faces, but forgetting all the rest, hey?
Which experts do you look to for professional skin upkeep?
I see Jeannie Bourke at Venustus for massages and facials, Oscar Oscar in Paddington for my cut (right now I’m growing my hair out so I’m only going once every four months), and Lien Davies for my brows twice a year.