Current Skin Care Favourites

great skin doesn’t just happen

So I recently went through a bit of a crisis with my skin, and I developed a lot of texture and spots on my forehead and temple area. It was completely terrifying to me because I’ve always had really good clear skin, so I had no idea what to do. This was the reality check I needed in order to start taking proper care of my skin, therefore I went digging into my abandoned drawer of skin care products and decided to fish a few out. I also picked up a couple of items while on a trip to Superdrug.

After using these products for about a month and a half I can confirm that my skin is in better condition than ever, even after taking a battering from pool chlorine and sea water last week. With the exception of the face cream, and face mist I only use these products once a day in the evening, as I find this is when my skin needs the most care. Plus it’s the time of day in which I can actually take the time to pamper my skin, as I just often roll our of bed and head to class in the mornings.

On occasion I like to treat my skin to a real pamper and use a facemask, however, I have a small feeling that these are actually what cause me to breakout more often than not…or it could be the large amount of coffee I consume. I typically have very dry skin, although a couple of products that I use are targetted towards oily/combination they are just what I’ve found that work best for me. As well as this I try to lean more towards using unscented products, or if they are scented then I’ll opt for something that is naturally scented opposed to highly perfumed since I find they dry my skin out less.

So one item that has been a complete and utter life saver for my skin is the Nip+Fab Teen Skin Fix Blemish Treatment (£7.99) which I picked up from Superdrug when I got my first hint of a breakout, and although it states on the packaging it only needs to be used a couple of times a week, I’ve been using it daily and having no issues. I apply this product before layering on my face cream as it cools the skin (since it’s a metal roller ball) this also keeps it hygienic as you can’t constantly apply the same brush or wand etc to the infected area like with some other blemish treatments. Another product that has changed my skincare game completely is the Soap and Glory The Fab Pore Purifying Foam Cleanser (£8.00), I received this product in a giveaway bundle and I was slightly hesitant to use it but I had no choice when I ran out of the cleanser that I was previously using and holy crap this does an amazing job of removing my makeup at the end of the day. This product has a home in my shower as I find this is the easiest time to take my makeup off, plus it means I don’t have to worry about wasting cotton pads or using a face cloth. The second item which has a home in my shower is the *Gatineau Activ Eclat  (£30.00) which is a gel exfoliate and I tend to focus this product on the end of my nose as this is where I find I get dry skin the most (especially at the moment while my sunburn is peeling off). This item is rather pricey but a pea sized amount is more than enough to exfoliate my entire face so this 75ml tube is going to last you a long time, plus you don’t have to exfoliate every day if you don’t need to.

Skin care has never been a strength of mine but one thing I have gotten good at is moisturizing my skin (something you would have thought I’d do in the winter months but apparently not) and my favourite cream to use is the *Amphora Aromatics Neroli & Aloe Face Cream (£6.90) it’s a nice light cream which sinks flawlessly into the skin. This product is aimed at all skin types as it is hydrating but I’ve also found it minimises the size of my pores on my nose, as well as creating an even base in which to apply my makeup onto. I do personally use this product twice a day, in the morning when I wake up and after I’ve taken my makeup off in the evening and it takes a very small amount as it isn’t an overly thick cream, which means it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin in the slightest. The final product I have been loving is the *Health Factory L’Or des Pharaons- Face & Body Mist (£40.00), now this is a bit of an unusual product, it’s very similar to a priming spray except it doesn’t leave my face feeling sticky or tacky. Despite this I find it helps keep my skin hydrated even after having makeup on for quite a while, it sort of creates a barrier between my skin and my makeup. It is an anti-aging product and even though I’m only 20 I have noticed I’m developing fine lines under my eyes, as well as smile lines around my eyes and I’d rather begin targeting them now than leaving it too late. Once again this is a rather pricey product, but I find three sprays are enough for my face to feel significantly covered and prepped.

Are there any skincare products which you couldn’t live without? I’m keen for you to let me know down in the comments below.

Love you lots like jelly tots x

Photography & Disclaimer

All photos within this post were taken by myself on a Fujifilm Finepix S4240 in natural lighting and edited on VSCO. Any product marked with an asterix (*) was kindly gifted to me.

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