As I’ve been cramming for my exam tomorrow, blogging has lapsed for a couple of days I’m afraid! I thought I’d do a quick post to share my staple skincare routine with you, as I’m always interested to see what other bloggers use to look after their skin. So that you can gauge whether these products may work for you, my skin type is very sensitive and blemish-prone, with breakouts due to stress.
My skin is very reactive, so I try to keep cleansing products as gentle as possible. I’ve recently switched to Avène’s Extremely Gentle Cleanser (£8) which, from the description (click the link), could be made for my skin! It is an oil-free lotion and doesn’t require rinsing, thus reducing further irritation from the temperature of the
water. Just use cotton pads to gently remove from the face! It’s also not bad on (non-waterproof) mascara, and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.
I follow up with Garnier’s Simply Essentials Soothing Toner (£2.99). This is alcohol, perfume and paraben-free. It also contains water lily and Pro-Vitamin B5 to soothe and repair – my skin is very happy with this! It leaves me feeling refreshed, and the cheap price tag is such a bonus.
The Facial Oil
If you’ve read my January Detox post, you’ll know how much I love argan oil! It already has quite a cult following as a hair product, but it is fast gaining a reputation as an excellent skincare product. In moderate quantities it’s perfect for every skin type, providing intense nourishment for anti-ageing as well as clearing up acne and scarring. It’s honestly a miracle product! I use Narson Skin’s formula for Spots and Blemishes (£21) which has added rosewood oil, geranium extract, sunflower seed oil and hemp. A couple of drops under my moisturiser a few times a week really helps to keep my skin under control; can’t recommend this highly enough!
My moisturising regime varies depending on how dry my skin is. I received Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream for Christmas – it costs £32.95 for 100ml so this is definitely one for the wishlist! This is an amazing winter moisturiser for extra nourishment, which soothes and claims to improve skin texture. I can vouch for this – as soon as I apply it my skin looks smoother and more even-toned. I sometimes mix this with Simple Light Hydrating Moisturiser for a slightly lighter skin drink.
I also have Caudalie’s Quenching Sorbet-Crème (£20) in tow, which is a lighter solution designed for sensitive, dehydrated skin. I tried this after receiving it in Carmine’s October Beauty Box – the gorgeous fragrance and pretty packaging are big selling points, I must admit! I wouldn’t say this is as hydrating as it claims, but it is nevertheless an amazing product which doesn’t irritate my skin, and is a real treat to apply. The downfall is the price tag; I probably wouldn’t regularly pay £20 for it!
I take Multivitamins with Cod Liver Oil to look after my ridiculously clicky joints – if you wait for the Tesco shop, these start at £1.69 for 30. I don’t actually take these every day as I don’t want my body to become dependent on them, but if I know I won’t be eating healthily I’ll top up with these to make sure I’m getting some nutrients on a daily basis!
Finally, if it’s been a ‘late night’ and I’m not going to be bothering with my daily routine, I always keep a packet of Simple’s Kind to Skin face wipes (around £3) by the bed so that I’m less likely to doze off in my make-up! These are alcohol-free and oil-free, and by far the best wipes I’ve used in terms of skin sensitivity. They’re also on offer a lot, so keep an eye out for deals in Boots, Superdrug and your local supermarket!
Please share your skin type and must-have products below – it’s my favourite thing to hear about!
(Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway! And I’ve just received January’s Carmine box, so look out for a review on that!)