Settle down with your favourite beverage and slice of cake because today post is a bit of a long one, but first up I feel I need to write a disclaimer. I haven’t really got the foggiest when it comes to skin care products, I don’t get this whole serum thing nor do I own thousands of products. I have owned a fair few products over the years that don’t agree with my dehydrated combination skin at all and cause acne breakouts that would rival any teenager. In fact I feel my skin often forgets I am now 28 and not 14 years old and it constantly throws acne my way on the daily, so much so that I was once told by a Clinique employee that my skin was in such a mess their products would never work and I should probably go see a doctor. I went home and cried.
However, recently my skin has been playing ball and has cleared up dramatically which I think is partly due to the skin care products I am currently using as well as cutting out dairy from my diet. So what am I using? Here we go.
On a morning I have been using The Body Shops Vitamin E gentle face wash followed up with both the Hydrating Toner and the moisturizer Cream from the same range. Since I have been using these three products from the Vitamin E range I have noticed the redness in my face has dramatically improved! Also the moisturizer is both lightweight and fast absorbing which is wonderful and also leaves a non greasy / shiny base meaning that it is the perfect thing to apply to my face before I apply my makeup in the morning.
Furthermore, before I apply my Kat Von D Lock it foundation I give my face a quick spray with the PIXI makeup Fixing Mist which contains both rose-water and green tea. This is quite a pricey product at £16 however I do find that it helps to hydrate my skin and stops the foundation from being sucked into any areas of dry skin that I may have. Also I am barely through 1/3 of the bottle after 4 months so it does seem worth the money in the long run.
Tada! Morning routine is done!
Night Time Routine
My night-time routine has a few more products thrown in for good measure, as you would expect. I swear by Lush’s Ultrabland cleanser and I use this every night as a makeup remover as soon as I get home. I just gently massage a small amount of this all over my face (I end up looking slightly like coco the clown as all my foundation, eyeshadow and lipstick mix together) and then use a warm damp cloth to remove all traces of makeup from my face. The best part of this product is that due to the almond oil, rose-water, beeswax and honey that is found in the ingredients list, this cleanser won’t strip your skin of its natural oils and defences but will remove all traces of make up! Fantastic!
After removing my makeup I switch up my toner and use PIXIs Glow Tonic which removes dead skin cells and leaves my skin looking healthier. It also contains no alcohol so this toner doesn’t dry my skin out or aggravate it like other toners have done in the past and I have also noticed a visible reduction in the size of my pores since using this product.
This is where my routine changes on a night depending on how my skin is looking and feeling. 9 time out of 10 I tend to just go straight for my No7 Protect and Intense Advanced night cream which is quite a thick moisturizing cream and it feels incredibly hydrating on my skin.
If however my skin is feeling really parched and is looking very dull I will pop on another No7 product. This one is the Heavenly Hydration Moisture mask which is a combination of a gel / cream that is meant to hydrate, lift and brighten your skin. I very rarely use this product as a mask though and instead I just apply a thin layer to my face before I go to bed and I always wake up the next day with healthier, plumper happier skin. What more do you need?
(I did get this mask in a christmas gift set a while back and I think it has now been discontinued and replaced with No7 Instant Results Nourishing Hydration Mask).
And that is that! Somehow this little routine I have had for the past two months has dramatically changed the appearance in my skin, leaving it softer, more toned and healthy looking and a lot less angry red with crazy acne. I am not sure if this post will help anyone find new products or help with your skin needs but here it is in any way! Please let me know what your holy grail skin care product is to see if I can find some more gems to add to my collection.