Saturday, 30 March 2013

Current Skin Care

Before my hiatus, being a blogger and reviewing different products definitely took a toll on my skin. Changing skincare products and using ones that were not meant for my skin type meant that it really suffered. Frequent breakouts and the general texture of my skin really got me down, so I have been sticking rigidly to my current routine for the last 6 months and I am noticing a massive difference.

This is my modest skincare routine. I used to have tons of different products and I see now that it was the worst thing for me to do!

Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover 
This is the best eye makeup remover I have ever used- I have bought countless bottles and I always make sure to keep back-ups! It has a very oily consistency and you have to shake it up to make sure the split oils combine. I then use a cotton round (does anyone else feel they need a lifetime supply of these?!) and press it on the eye for a short while to let opt sink into the mascara. I then swipe until its all gone; simple and quick! 

A'kin Rose and Geranium Creamy Cleanser
I absolutely love this cleanser! I am currently on my third bottle and at the moment I don't ever want to stray from it! It's a beautiful medium consistency cream that faintly smells of rose, but its not offensive in any way. It spreads so well over the face; I spend about a minute massaging this into the skin and just simply rinse off with warm water. I do the same again, massaging it in, but this time I remove any left over makeup with a muslin cloth and lightly polish the skin at the same time.

I will continue to purchase this cleanser- it's perfect for my dry skin (that's prone to breakouts on my chin), and does the job of removing all my makeup whilst making sure my skin isn't tight afterwards. It is supposed to be a cleanser and toner in one, but I like to use an extra toner anyway.

Dr Hauschka Facial Toner
This is a good basic toner; I just spritz it on my face and it refreshes my skin after cleansing, and I press it into the skin to give a great base for my serum/moisturiser. It was a long road to find a toner that I really liked that didn't have an astringent effect or dry my skin out too much after cleansing and this is it- it tightens my pores nicely before my moisturiser.

A'kin Rosehip Oil
I love Rosehip oil as a serum; it helps to even out my skin tone and reduces any redness I might have from a spot /scar or dryness around my nose. I have noticed a big difference in the texture and radiance of my skin from using this, and I don't feel horrible with no makeup on! 

Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream
I really wanted a moisturiser that was as natural as possible but wasn't oily or greasy, one that gave me a great base for makeup and that didn't break me out or clog my pores, but also had to ward off wrinkles... Not too much to ask right?! After a looooong search I finally found a perfect moisturiser that ticks all of the boxes. It smells faintly of roses which I love and it has a lovely light consistency which spreads really easily and sinks in quickly but doesn't feel dry or tight.

Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with avocado
At the start of Winter last year I somehow developed some kind of eczema around my eyes. I had no idea why it suddenly appeared when I'd never had it anywhere before, and to make matters worse I was also a bridesmaid at my best friend's wedding! I bought this as a last resort even though I found it quite expensive, but I was at my wits end. It was probably the best decision I have ever had; I love this eye cream! It is light and spreads well under the eye and it cleared up the dry, red skin I had there so quickly. I will definitely repurchase this as it's also a great base for under eye concealer; it didn't roll or make me look greasy.

Alpha H Liquid Gold
I have noticed that the packaging has changed on this product, but as far as I know it hasn't been reformulated. I use this twice a week to stop the pores on my chin getting clogged, it's the bane of my life but this product really helps cell turnover. I will continue to save my pennies to repurchase this! 

Kiehls Soothing Gel Mask
Once a week as a treat to my skin I use this, it is a brown gel and spreads evenly over the skin. It doesn't dry like a traditional face mask so it can be tissued off but I prefer to rinse it off with water then follow with a toner and moisturiser. It hydrates and softens my skin, my complexion looks so clear the next morning. It has chamomile to soothe, dandelion extract to balance and hydrate and great burdock to help with dry skin. I love this mask, I will definitely repurchase it!

What are your favourite skincare products?!


eyelash extensions montreal said...

I love Kiehls, the store sales people are always so helpful! I am definitely going to try the gel mask, I have such an uneven skin tone, it might help with my complexion:)

Amy said...

Wow great post - I'm totally getting into skincare just now - just wish I could find something that wouldn't strip my tan!!!

Nikki said...

Eyelash Extensions -The gel mask is beautiful! It great for a pick me up!

Amy - I know that's the hardest part, I always use a facial tan every other day to keep it topped up!

Gemma Oliver said...

I absolutely adore Trilogy! Their vital moisturiser is one of my favourites, as is their rosehip oil and cleanser. I've heard so many good things about that Akin cleanser so will definitely be purchasing it soon. Also, I know completely what you mean about different products taking their toll on your skin, especially when you have to go through a purging stage with it or your skin simply doesn't like an ingredient.

Gem x

Nikki said...

I love trilogy as well, their moisturiser is the best I have ever tried! The purge is horrendous, I'm finding my skin is a lot calmer now with only using these products!