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!
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!
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.
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!