It’s no secret that I love my skincare, so it is a bit odd that I haven’t written this post before. But a few months ago, I had a reaction to something (not really sure what) which made me break out rather badly. So I stripped back my skincare to the absolute basics, and re introduced back into my routine one by one, so now I can be certain none of the products irritate my skin.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish: This cult product is a creamy cleanser that I use in the mornings. As with most of my cleansers I use a face cloth to wash it off. It smells rather strongly of menthol, but it fades after a bit to a nice herbal scent.
Bioderma: This is a micellar water that I use to take off most of my face/eye makeup in the evenings before moving onto my proper cleanser. I have tried a few others, but I really like this one as it doesn’t sting my eyes or irritate my skin.
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm: Yes, I am still going on about this. It’s a balm that melts into an oil to remove grime/makeup. It emulsifies on contact with water, and I remove this with a face cloth to properly get the oil off. Also, it smells amazing. Since it takes a minute or two to massage in, I use this in the evenings.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray: I use this spray as a hydrating toner after cleansing to soothe my skin. It doesn’t contain alcohol like many toners do, and smells quite nice to boot.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair: When I finished my previous bottle, I thought I could get by fine without it. Bad move. I use the serum in the evenings, after my toner and before moisturiser. I don’t know what sorcery this bottle contains, but after I use it, my face feels smoother, those annoying under the skin bumps are reduced and everything just looks…better. If possible, try to pick this up at duty free, as it’s much better value that way.
Nivea Light Moisturising Day Cream: I have had this for a while now, and I am using it up. It has a very slight scent to it, but otherwise is a cheap, non offensive day cream with a little SPF to protect me during the 5 minute walk from my apartment to the Physics building.
No.7 Essential Moisture Night Cream: Again a nice, non offensive night cream. It’s quite thick, so I only need a little bit for each use. It also has not caused any allergic reaction, which is my main concern with moisturisers.
The Bolt Ons:
I typically use these items 1-2 times a week, in rotation depending on what my skin needs.
Superfacialist Rose Brighten & Refine Facial Scrub: This is a creamy cleanser with scrubby bits to exfoliate in it. It can get a bit scratchy if you apply too much pressure, but otherwise it does the job. It does contain polythene beads that are non biodegradable, so I won’t be repurchasing this once it’s finished.
Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant: This is an exfoliating toner that uses acids to exfoliate rather than beads. While that might sound scary, it’s actually a lot gentler than manual exfoliants that can tear the skin. I used to use this everyday, but it was a bit too much for my skin, so I now use it weekly. Just remember to wear sunscreen the day after using this.
Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti Blemish Masque: This clay mask is specifically made for reducing blemishes. Unlike most other clay masks, you only need to apply a thin layer. I use this either all over the face or as a targeted treatment on spots, leave on for 15 minutes and wipe off with a face cloth.
Clarins Blue Lotus Facial Oil: I have dry/dehydrated skin, so when my face is in some desperate need of a good boost of moisture, I apply a few drops of this oil either before or after my moisturiser. This is an absolute life saver in winter.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask: I have a few hydrating overnight masks, but this one beats them hollow. I only need a tiny amount, but this is essentially a souped up moisturiser that leaves my skin feeling very soft in the morning. And yes, it does smell lovely. Sometimes (like after a long flight) I’ll mix the mask with the Clarins oil to sort out that tight, itchy feeling.
Origins Super Spot Remover: Spots happen. When they do, I dab a tiny bit of this onto the spot with a cotton bud and I can usually feel it get to work immediately. I only apply this at night however, as it tends to flake and peel when it dries.
These are the products I reach for the most often. I do have other products in each category and chop and change depending on what I feel like using.
What are your skincare essentials?
Until next time, Love, Me 🙂