First of all, I hope you’re having a great Monday! 🙂
I decided to change up my skincare routine recently because I was having issues with dryness and breakouts, and my trusty products were no longer working for me. For me, my skincare products need to be deeply hydrating, without being heavy or greasy – too light and I end up with tight dry patches, too heavy and I end up with a whole mountain range of breakouts and my makeup slides right off (I can’t win).
With that in mind, today I have collated a whole load of fab products for you that have done absolute wonders for my skin, which likes to change between dry/combination/oily/sensitive ..whenever the hell it wants.
Cleanser: For years, I have been a big fan of the ease and simplicity of Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water, however, a few months ago I decided I wanted something a bit more hydrating. That’s when I stumbled across Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and MAN. is it good. As well smelling divine, its great for sensitive skin, completely obliterates stubborn makeup and leaves skin so so so soft.
Toner: There are two toners at the moment that have really won me over. Most of the time, I love using Liz Earle’s Instant Boost Skin Tonic after a morning or evening pamper session with the equally amazing Hot Cloth Cleanser. It smells absolutely divine and leaves my skin feeling wonderfully soft. However, three nights a week I love to sweep a cotton pad soaked in Pixi Glow Tonic over my face and neck; I’m slowly getting myself into using AHAs, and this one has been perfect for lightly exfoliating my sensitive skin, leaving me free of the dreaded tomato face.
Serum: As always, I love to use my trusty La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+. It’s just so so good and I must be on my 6th tube; you only need a pea-sized amount, warmed in the palms and patted onto the skin and it provides a decent amount of hydration without being greasy, making it the perfect base for moisturizer. It does a bang up job at keeping pesky breakouts at bay, and it’s also available in SPF and tinted versions.
Moisturiser: Ohhh I could talk forever about moisturisers. Right now, I’m head over heels for Clarin’s Multi-Active Jour, because its beautifully light and super hydrating (there’s a theme here..). All you need again is a tiny blob, warm it in your palms, pat onto the skin and bob’s your uncle. Moisture all day without that greasy sheen. They also have a great night version, but for now, I will save you from my lengthy speech on that and keep it for a future post..
SPF: If there’s one bit of skin care that you buy, make it SPF. When its baking hot outside and the sun is shining, we all know we should slather the sunscreen over ourselves head to toe, however, even when it’s overcast, a good amount of UV rays still penetrate through and can cause skin damage. Being a freckly banana, I need to be extra careful with sun protection, so a good SPF is always on my watchlist.
Now by good, I mean an SPF above 25, with both UVA and UVB protection.
For a while, any product I tried would leave a white cast or would have that greasy tacky texture, and for my skin, a ticking time bomb for breakouts.
At the moment, there are two phenomenal products that I reach for; First up is Clinique Super City Block SPF 40, which is absolutely fantastic for day to day wear. Tinted, very hydrating and non-greasy, it makes for a great summery/bronzey tinted moisturiser on its own, or base for foundation. It also comes in a lower SPF. The only major drawback is there is only one shade, which I very much hope Clinique fixes in the future. The other SPF product is La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ which I love using on very sunny days or when I’m abroad. This one comes in both tinted and non-tinted versions, however even though it says Ultra-light on the bottle, it does have a little bit of a tacky feeling to it so I tend to avoid putting foundation over the top of this one. That being said, it has never caused any breakouts, lasts a very long time, and is also great for the decolletage and shoulders, and quick top-ups when I’m out.
What have you been loving lately?