I’m going to be honest here and admit that my skin is by no means the best around. I’ve gone through so many skin type cycles I can hardly count. As a teenager I battled oily skin and bad acne. This resulted in chronic dry skin from my topical acne cream and scaring. I now battle uneven skin tone, large pores and hormonal based acne flare-ups. However, I think that’s what makes my opinions on skin products potentially helpful. I know what works and what doesn’t, and this is definitely what works for me. Bear in mind all skin is different, so don’t take this as gospel, but here are the products that I swear by for my skin care routine.
*Prices and products correct at the time of writing.
There are two makeup removers here for a reason. I always used to use the body shop product-I found it to be really gentle on my eyes and lashes, and really did the trick. This is great if you have sensitive skin or eyes but still need reliable makeup remover. However, I then started using a new liquid eyeliner which was so good it practically tattooed my eyes. I couldn’t find anything that took it off, and no amount of scrubbing would make it budge. Great for a night out but not so great for after it. So, I came across this oil based product from Garnier which works wonders. It is enriched in Arginine and practically melts any makeup straight off-no rubbing required.
I next use this skin gel cleanser, also from Garnier. The great thing about this cleanser is it is opthalmologically tested, meaning it can be used on the eyes no problem. You can also use it on the lips to remove stubborn lipstick stains, which for me is a godsend. It has no perfume, and feels nice and natural on the skin.
I use it with the Konjac sponge, which contains mineral rich charcoal powder to absorb oils. This is the number one beauty product in Korea, and contains a natural antioxidants that specifically target acne bacteria. Because it’s 100% natural plant fibre it can be composted and each sponge lasts a good few months. I simply soften it with water, rub the cleanser into my face with it in circle and then wash off. You can let the sponge dry and harden again for it’s next use!
This product is slightly on the pricier side for a toner, but with No7 you know you’re getting a quality product. It is fragrance free, alcohol free and Ph balanced, so doesn’t as feel harsh on your skin as I’ve found other toners to be. Skin feels firmer and softer, and you only need a small amount each time, so despite the price tag it lasts a long time.
(I promise this is not meant to be an advert for Garnier…)
Again, this could be seen as being quite expensive for a small bottle of moisturised. However, I swear by this product. As I mentioned in the introduction, the topical cream I was prescribed for my acne really did the job, but left my skin dry and flaky as anything. It got to the point where I could barely wear foundation because it would end up flaking off. I was recommended this by a friend, so gave it a try and I couldn’t be happier. If you need a super moisturiser, this is the one for you. (It’s also SPF 10!)
While I was sceptical about an own brand product for this cheap, this has been one of my skin care staples for years and years. While I’m sure you can find better quality face masks elsewhere, this does the job for me when I get flareups. The cucumber and clay leave my skin feeling fresh, and the mask can dry up the flareups pretty much overnight.
I like to pop this on any big spots I have and leave it on overnight. It’s a gel made from tea tree, which I’ve used before in it’s oil form on spots before. The applicator wand makes it easy to use, and it smells and feels really natural.
*Talk to a healthcare professional for advice on how to take this product*
Vitamin D is vital in skin cell growth, repair and metabolism, and can even be seen to help premature ageing (along with a whole host of other benefits). If you live in the UK, it is safe to say that you are very likely deficient in Vitamin D. While you can find it in most foods, it’s quite hard to get the amount you need in food alone, so most people rely on sunlight. I am very deficient in Vitamin D, which is why I take the 4000iu strength capsules (the highest level recommended), but 1000iu is the average recommendation but talk to your GP or a healthcare professional before you do anything.