Category: Skin Care

Skincare Routine

Over the past few months I’ve been investing a lot more money, time and effort into my skincare routine. Recently I’ve been really happy with my skin, I’ve had a lot less breakouts and it appears a lot smoother and brighter. Although it isn’t perfect, I still suffer from an oily t-zone and scarring on my chin, I think these products are really working to improve it!

Morning:

MD Formulations Facial Cleanser (£25) – This gentle daily cleanser is a great way to start the day. I use a small amount on dry skin in the shower, then rinse off to reveal clean and soft skin. Using it on dry skin ensures it isn’t diluted so it is really effective. What goes good with this is a good vitamin c serum with Hyaluronic acid. It contains Glycolic Acid to unclog pores and gently exfoliate away dry patches, leaving my skin brighter and smoother over time! The bottle is huge so I can see it lasting for ages too.

Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion (£10.75) – You know those mornings when your eyes are super puffy and sensitive? This is the perfect solution! I apply a small amount to a cotton pad and sweep it over my eyes. The lotion has a unique cooling property, which feels amazing and transforms tired eyes!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir (£11.50) – I wasn’t sure whether I’d like this – I’d read plenty of rave reviews but it kind of seemed like an extravagant over-hyped product. I am glad I gave in, and will be repurchasing the 100ml bottle! I spritz this over my skin, then wipe away the excess with a cotton pad. I find that it perks up my complexion with a slightly tingly feel, and I find the herbal/peppermint scent very refreshing.

Hydraluron Moisture Booster (£24.99) – Another much hyped product, this gel style serum is applied before moisturiser and it contains hyaluronic acid which holds upto 1,000 times it’s weight in water. This is like a magnet which helps your moisturiser to stick around a little longer, and it has done wonders for my oily but dehydrated skin! I have had less blemishes, my skin is smoother and my foundation sits better. I bought this when it was 1/3 off in Boots, and will be stocking up when it’s next on offer again!

NUXE Crème Fraîche de Beauté Light (£24) – My favourite moisturiser which I have repurchased several times. This is lightweight and provides the right amount of moisture for my oily t-zone, it sinks in quickly without any greasiness and doesn’t break me out. I do still get a bit of shine on my t-zone throughout the day but it’s easily blotted away – mattifying moisturisers often leave my skin dry and dull but this is the right balance!

 

 

Evening:

Bioderma Sensibio H2O (£9.99) – A quick sweep of this over the skin on a cotton pad dissolves almost all of my makeup, although I do prefer to use a second cleanser for a thorough cleanse!

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm (£34) –  Just the most beautiful, luxurious balm which I massage over my dry skin, then polish off with a warm cotton flannel. The result is clean, soft and radiant skin. This is my second pot and I can see myself repurchasing this product for some time as it’s holy grail stuff!

Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner (£17.50) – I spritz this hydrating, refreshing, all-natural toner onto a cotton pad and sweep it all over my skin after cleansing. In the past I thought toners were an extra unnecessary step in my skincare routine, but this is lovely and calming each evening.

Hydraluron Moisture Booster (£24.99) – I always remember to apply this each evening so that my moisturiser has more of an effect overnight!

NUXE Crème Fraîche de Beauté Light (£24) – I don’t use a separate night cream, as most are too rich for my skin.

 

 

Treatment:

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (£16.50) – I apply this once or twice a week to reduce scarring on my chin. A common misconception is that facial oils can increase oiliness in oily skin, but using oils actually helps to reduce excess oil production. A few drops of oil are absorbed quickly, the smell isn’t the nicest but it fades away, and it helps to nourish and repair my skin.

Origins Super Spot Remover Gel (£14) – This is a clear gel which helps to dry out and reduce blemishes. I try to only use this as a last resort as it can be quite stripping on your skin, I’d say it works 9 times out of 10, but it’s great for emergencies!

Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes Makeup Remover (£7.95) – I got this sample sized bottle with a MUFE mascara, and it’s perfect for removing those tricky last traces of waterproof mascara. It’s a thick blue lotion which I apply to a cotton pad. I hold this on each eye for a moment or two then swipe away the mascara. It doesn’t irritate my eyes at all, but does make my eyes a little blurry for a few moments.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£22) – This apricot scented cream is so soothing and hydrating, I love slathering it all over my skin and seeing how it has all been absorbed a few hours later!

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (£15.50) – When my skin is playing up I switch to this moisturiser. The light gel texture is nice and light, and it contains plenty of effective ingredients for reducing blemishes.

REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask (£18) – Now and then I like to give my skin a bit of a clear out, and this mask is great for reducing pore size and drawing out impurities.

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (£30) – I like to use this mask the night before a big event as the fruit acids help to slough away dead cells and leave my skin radiant and glowing.

Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask (£22) – A mask aimed at problem skin which helps to balance oil, reduce inflammation and exfoliate in just 10 minutes. I don’t use it every week, just when my skin is particularly congested.

What are your favourite skincare products? My next mission is to find an eye cream I like!


Facial SPF for all skin types

SPF, or Sun Protection Factor,is a factor that defines how well a sunscreen can protect skin from harmful UVB rays, this kind of radiation can cause sunburn, damages skin, and can cause to skin cancer.

Basically it is used for your skin which would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, so after application of an SPF 15 sunscreen can help you to stay in sun without burning for approximately for 150 minutes (a factor of 15 times longer).

This is a rough estimated value that mostly depends on skin type, intensity of sunlight and amount of sunscreen used.

SPF10:

Clarins Sun Care Cream-Gel UVA/UVB (£19 for 200ml) – best for combination skin
Neutrogena Ultimate Moisture Day Cream (£7.99 for 50ml) – best for dry skin
Simple Sun Sensitive Protecting Suncare Lotion UVA/UVB (£5 for 200ml) – best for sensitive skin

SPF15:

Antipodes Immortal Natural Sun Protection UVA/UVB (£28.99 for 60ml) – best for dehyrated skin
Lovea Sun Care Protection UVA/UVB (£11.99 for 125ml) – best for organic beauty fans
Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Touch Face Fluid UVA/UVB (£12 for 50ml) – best for under makeup
Soltan Face Moisturising Suncare Cream UVA/UVB (£9 for 50ml) – best for dry skin

SPF20/25:

The Organic Pharmacy Cellular Protection Sun Cream UVA/UVB (£36.95 for 100ml) – best for dry skin
JĀSÖN Sunblock UVA/UVB (£10.20 for 128ml) – best for natural skincare fans
Green People Sun Lotion UVA/UVB (£17.05 for 200ml) – best for unscented

SPF30:

Ultrasun Face Anti-Ageing UVA/UVB (£18.50 for 50ml) – best for mature skin
Eucarin Sun Fluid Mattifying Face UVA/UVB (£15 for 50ml) – best for combination/oily skin types
Korres Yoghurt Sunscreen Face Cream UVA/UVB (£16.50 for 50ml) – best for sensitive skin
John Masters Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen UVA/UVB (£28.50 for 59ml) – best for dry skin
Murad Oil-Free Sunblock UVA/UVB (£24.30 for 50ml) – best for a matte finish

SPF40/45:

Clinique Face Cream UVA/UVB (£18 for 50ml) – best for sensitive skin
RMK UV Face Protector UVA/UVB (£23 for 35ml) – best for a lightweight formula
L’Occitane Angelica UV Shield UVA/UVB (£26 for 30ml) – best for dull skin
Jack Black Oil-Free Sun Guard UVA/UVB (£14.50 for 118ml) – best for sweat/water resistant
Laura Mercier Daily Face Shield UVA/UVB (£27 for 30ml) – best for under makeup

SPF50:

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced UVA/UVB (£12.99 for 200ml) – best for sun-intolerant skin
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL UVA/UVB (£16.50 for 50ml) – best for a lightweight formula
Ole Henriksen Protect The Truth Sunscreen UVA/UVB (£31 for 60ml) – best for repairing existing damage
Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid UVA/UVB (£15 for 30ml) – best for a matte finish
Bioderma Photoderm Max Ultra-Fluid UVA/UVB (£15 for 40ml) – best for combination skin


REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

REN started teasing the beauty world with whisperings of this product back in October 2013, it was probably one of the most hyped releases of the year when REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial finally went on sale in July 2014. The REN team took their time making sure the product and packaging were right and it has paid off because Flash Rinse feels chic and polished. Of course I waited patiently until I found a discount code I could use to buy it!

The reason this has been such a highly anticipated product is because it contains a high concentration of stabilised Vitamin C, 10% to be exact. Vitamin C is a tricky thing to work with because it is chemically unstable and pretty much everything causes it to break down – it is becomes useless after contact with air, water and light. The clever people at REN have managed to make it work through, and Flash Rinse is designed to help transform your skin in just 60 seconds by neutralising urban grey (i.e. trapped sebum and pollution), removing dead skin cells and boosting collagen. Flash Rinse also contains frankincense to smooth fine lines and magnesium to boost radiance.

 

REN products are always luxurious and Flash Rinse is no different. The product is a pale mint coloured grainy paste – the suspended Vitamin C gives it the gritty texture. You apply the product onto your dry face and neck (with dry hands), then add a few drops of water to activate the Vitamin C, massage for one minute then rinse thoroughly. The scent of the product is a cross between sherbet and orange juice, which I quite enjoy!

The idea of Flash Rinse is fast results, and after trying it out myself I am happy to say that although it’s not a miracle worker (you won’t become J.Law sorry), it does give my skin an instant boost which is perfect for a treatment before a party or big event, or to perk up tired, “morning after” skin. If you’re after toned, radiant and smooth skin (who isn’t?) then this is one to try – Marie Claire UK and Space NK are teaming up to give away free 15ml samples so check the December issue out!

Of course this is REN so you can be sure there are no parabens, sulfates or other nasties. Flash Rinse is not suitable if your skin is prone to sensitivity. It can be used every three days and gives immediate results as well as improving skin in the long term. It is a bit of a pricey up front cost at £32 but you should be able to get around 20 uses out of the tube.

 

 

Ingredients: Coconut Alkanes, Ascorbic Acid, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Silica, Sodium Cocoyl Glytamate, Mannitol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Yeast Extract, Copper PCA, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Glycogen, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Limonene.