So I have had a request to post more skincare related posts by a friend, so I thought I would start out by sharing some products that I have repurchased. Please keep in mind that I am in no way a skincare expert, aesthetician or dermatologist. I just have very acne prone skin so I do research on what would suit my skin the best, I encourage you to do the same!
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm is my first step in my night-time skincare routine. The texture is very emollient and when applied and turns into a more oily consistency (similar to coconut oil) after massaging it into the skin I wash it off with warm water. If you wear foundation or even just a fair amount of concealer this is such a nice way to remove it without tugging at the skin. I really like how removes mascara as well, it's gentle and and I can gently massage the product onto the skin for about 30 seconds or so and then all my makeup has melted off my face and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
This cleanser is nice and gentle on my skin and doesn't dry it out. This is the second in my night-time routine; I typically spend about 30-60 seconds to gently massage it on my face to get any excess left over after my first cleanse and then rinse it off, I alternate between using this or just water in the morning as I've noticed my skin feels the best when I do that.
The Pixi Glow Tonic is a good everyday exfoliant, if you have very acne prone skin like me you'll know the pain of having PIH (Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) and/or PIE (Post-inflammatory erythema). This speeds up the fading of the marks I get and keeps my skin a bit smoother so it's a good product to start with if you're interested in glycolic acid (but please remember not to mix this with any other acids!). I use this in the AM after cleaning.
Also as an extra bonus if you ever have to remove fake tan mistakes this is a life saver! On the couple of occasions I get fake tan hands this toner has saved me.
This was one of the products in Caroline Hirons Winter Kit and as I couldn't afford the £300-ish for the whole kit I decided to buy the products that I'm most interested in bit by bit. This was top of the list as I wanted some extra hydration in my skin. This is an amazing serum, it's like giving your face a drink of water. It sinks into the skin and leaves it feeling plump and refreshed. If you're interested in trying this out I've found that its cheapest on the Lookfantastic website.
So I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this serum. While it does help me keep my skin slightly less oily, lessens the appearance of my pores and helps over time to brighten dark spots, now my skin doesn't like NOT using it. When I use this everyday, I do still get some smaller breakouts when using this but they're usually not bad. On the couple of occasions I've stopped using this, my skin gets clearer and about 2-3 weeks, then my skin freaks out and takes the L train to breakout city. So I'm scared to stop using this.
If your skin is combo-oily like mine, this is such a great affordable moisturiser. You get so much for your money and its nice and light on the skin but still it locks in the moisture. I use this both morning and night and it feels very lightweight on my skin and doesn't irritate me and is a nice base for makeup.
This product is the one that I have repurchased the most, I think I've gone through around 6-7 tubes of it. The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is a great all-rounder product for any dry patches you may have. I primarily used this on lips until I found out it contains a tiny amount of salicylic acid in it, so I have started using this more on the face and body so that I don't dry out my lips. This is a life saviour if you get dry patches post-breakout, it can also be used as a brow gel or an eye gloss so its very versatile.
Thanks for reading!