For the majority of my day’s of being a teenager, I had typical spotty skin. I had no skincare regime, no products, no interest in caring for my baby smooth skin…oh how I wish I could go back to my thirteen-year-old self and scrub my face with an exfoliator. Moving on to present day twenty-one year old me, I now have a full routine and whilst this does not always go swimmingly *when it’s 1am and all I want is a face wipe* I do try to stick to it as much as possible including rest days within the week to allow my skin to breathe. This post is showing all my current favourites I use in my new routine!
The first step in removing my makeup is to use a small amount of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton pad for the whole of my face just to get the majority of my makeup off before washing and cleansing my skin. Generally, I find this gets a lot of grime and a lot of my foundation off leaving my skin bare. My eyes however are another matter, my mascara particularly is a little more stubborn than the rest of my makeup so I switch between using the Simple Eye Makeup Remover and Simple Face Wipes as neither of these are fragranced and are gentle to my tired skin.
As for washing my face I switch between two products, Neutrogena’s Spot Stress Control Foam Wash and Clean and Clear’s Deep Action Cream Wash. When my skin is going through and oily patch and protecting a multitude of spots, Spot Stress Control is my go to. As a foam it lightly washes my face focusing on reducing oil, for anyone suffering from spots; foam is the way to go.
However on the other side of the spectrum sometimes my skin becomes sensitive or oily dehydrated *worse type of skin ever* this is where Clean & Clear’s Cream Wash comes in, as not only is it oil-free its cream based so helps your skin calm and moisturise whilst leaving your face clean and fresh.
A newer addition to my collection is the Pixi Glow Tonic. After seeing nearly every blogger rave about this product I wanted to give it a go and test it out, and I finally managed to get my hands on it when Asos had 20% off *thank god for student discounts*. The glow tonic is an oxygenating and exfoliating facial toner which helps to remove dead skin cells, it’s alcohol-free and contains soothing aloe vera. Toners are excellent for removing any last traces of dirt and grime whilst helping to make your skin to glow. During the summer when my skin is a slightly oilier, I use this around 2-3 times a week just like a normal exfoliator but during the colder months, I only use it once a week. As while it doesn’t leave my skin stripped of moisture it does minimise and control my facial oil.
Another product which is a saviour for my spotty skin is my Wilko Skin Therapy Facial Scrub with witch hazel and tea tree extracts to help fight those persistent spots. I’ve gone through many exfoliators including LUSH’s Ocean Salt and Liz Earle’s Facial Exfoliator, however, Wilko not only is considerably cheaper it also does the job perfectly fine. The beads are not too harsh and after a bit of buffing, the tea tree helps calm and treat my skin, specifically my spots.
My skin had been feeling rather lacklustre and tired recently so I decided to try out the Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Moisturiser from The Body Shop. This has helped my skin feel youthful, plump and fresh which is a perfect base for my daily makeup. Moisturiser is a big essential in my skincare routine as not only does it rejuvenate my skin it also provides SPF protection perfect for protecting my skin against summer rays. As I’ve got older I’ve started to develop tear ducts which can make my face look tired and older, to counteract this I have heard Avacado Oil is a great way to plump the skin. I use a pea sized amount on my finger and massage this into my tear ducts.
Well, that’s it for this post let me know what you thought in the comments below.
What is your skincare saviour?