Grab a cup of tea and put your feet up because you’re in for one big hefty skin care post.
I am by no means an expert but I’m really into my skincare and having had problematic skin in my teens, I thought that I’d share what worked/what does work for me.
Let’s start with the big dog. I’ve spoken about Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish before and I don’t think that I’ll ever stop talking about it. I just reckon that I’ll be using it even In 20 years from now.
For those of you who are unaware of the force that is Cleanse and Polish, it is a cleanser with naturally active ingredients. Those include eucalyptus tone, chamomile as well as cocoa butter to help soften, sooth and moisturise your skin.
You simply fill a basin with hand-hot water, Apply one or two pumps of the cleanser onto dry skin, massage, rinse a pure muslin cloth into water and wipe away.
It works for me as an everyday cleanser but I really notice how well it works on the days where my skin is pissing me off.
P.S. It’s really gentle as well which is never a bad thing when it comes to skin.
Next up, the Enzyme Cleansing Gel by Mario Badescu.
Now, whenever I popped into Urban Outfitters this caught my eye but I was always sceptical. I thought it might be part of some big evil plan that UO had to get me to buy products just to look “cool” even though they aren’t actually that good.
Turns out that I was all kinds of wrong. I had a random discussion with my sister on the phone where I was talking about that niggling part of my brain that wanted to try it. She ended up buying me a large selection of products from the range and my only problem was that I wished that I’d tried it sooner.
This is a gel cleanser so it’s a perfect option for those who don’t really go for the really creamy ones. It includes Alpha Hydroxy Acids that are found naturally in papaya and grapefruit.
The Mario Badescu products are cruelty free and bloody well brilliant.
Whilst we’re on the topic of my good mate Badescu, I wanted to talk to you about the Acne Facial Cleanser. Which is great for those of you with acne (Who’d have thunk it?)
This cleanser clears skin of pure-clogging impurities that are known to cause breakouts. You gently massage it into your skin and then leave it for a couple of minutes to allow the Salicylic Acid more time to break up the dead skin cells that amount to the clogging of pores. I literally nearly vommed whilst writing that sentence but the cleanser is good and does sommat sciency to get your skin looking better (thumbs up)
You can actually pick up the Mario Badescu acne starter regimen kit which includes the cleanser, the Special Cucumber Lotion, an oil free moisturiser and a drying mask.
This article isn’t sponsored by the way. I just bloody Mario Badescu (Why don’t you answer my calls Mario?! Why?!)
Being honest though, I haven’t found products that work as well as this in a good while.
Evening primrose oil is known for many things and one of those is treating acne.
Acne in both teenagers and adults is often caused by a hormonal imbalance and because Evening Primrose Oil is so rich in Omega 6, It can help to rebalance those hormones.
Most people get their Evening Primrose Oil intake by taking supplements but it won’t hurt to apply something directly onto the skin either.
This moisturiser feels really light and whipped. Plus, with a price point of just below £3, you can’t go wrong. I find it so gentle and notice my skin remaining hydrated throughout the day.
My sister received this is one of her monthly beauty subscription boxes and gave it to me. It’s a simple, non-greasy formula that contains 11 Amino Acids and aims to protect and hydrate your skin.
I love this moisturiser for its lightweight and non greasy texture.
The more I seem to use it, the more results I am seeing and it’s the perfect size to have with you in your bag so that you can top up throughout the day if you need to.
There’s not much more to say about it apart from it really does what it says on the box.
Oils, Serums and Gels
This face and body oil by SkinTen includes Tea Tree Oil which is well known for its skin enhancing properties. I picked this up from TK Maxx not very long ago and I’m already down to half a bottle.
It is suitable for all skin types and is perfect for moisturising into your skin morning, noon or night. Lovely.
Next up, another product from The Abnormal Beauty Company. This is a high-strength formula that helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Niacinamide is also known for brightening the skin tone which allows your it to appear healthier and glowing.
Although I don’t use this as much as some of the other products, I definitely notice a change in my skin when I do. At £5 you can’t really go wrong can you?
You just apply it to our entire face in the morning and evening before heavier creams.
Boots are friggin’ brilliant if you’re looking for affordable skincare and the Botanic Super Balm is a small pot of absolute magic.
It’s 93% organic and the blend of Shea butter, Jojoboa Oil and Rosehip Oil ensure that your skin is left feeling soothed, soft and calm.
Rosehip Oil is moisturising, firming, brightening and commonly helps to fade scars. Trust me, you just can’t go wrong.
Aloe Vera is natures soothing gem and I really wanted to feature it in this post.
I picked up this bottle by Om She Aromatherapy in TK Maxx and I’m not gonna lie to you, it was the pump that really sold it to me.
This organic Aloe Vera Gel helps to calm irritated or inflamed skin and it’s one of the best natural ways of helping to combat those problematic skin days.
Congrats on making it to the end of this post. It’s a pretty mammoth read compared to a few of my others but I thought that some of you may find it really useful to know what works for me.
Congrats on making it to mid-week folks!