I know I am very lucky to be able to say that I have been blessed with very, VERY clear skin (I don’t mean to sound as though I’m bragging). Minus my frustratingly-rosy cheeks and huge pores, my complexion is pretty good – that’s if I do say so myself. BUT, just because I have clear skin doesn’t mean I am complacent. When I was younger I didn’t really use much or do anything for my skin, as it always looked fine. Now that I am older, I understand the importance of giving my skin that extra boost every now and then – especially after wearing make-up all day. With the weather being the opposite of skin-friendly at the minute, I thought it appropriate to do a little post about the products I use in my current skincare routine. None of these products will break your bank as they are all high-street brands, making this perfect for those of you who are just beginning to take notice of your skin and want to try something new. So, here is the routine that I find works for my skin type (naturally quite oily, greasy, but dull, with a few blemishes).
The first step to my routine is to take off my make-up. There is no better feeling than taking your make-up off after a long day – am I right? Even if I haven’t had make-up on all day, I still like to use these to freshen up my skin as it gets really oily. These wipes are nothing fancy, but I don’t need anything fancy – I don’t even repeatedly buy the same ones. This week I am using Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Wipes, but I’ll probably end up with a different pack from somewhere else next week – it just depends where I shop! I have really enjoyed using these ones though, as I feel like they leave my skin with that fresh feeling afterwards, but I reckon that this is completely psychological due to knowing that they contain cucumber extract.
Next, I will either hop in the shower or head to the sink – either way, I’ll wash my face. When washing my face, I use the The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser. This stuff does WONDERS for my oily skin. It reduces the ‘greasy’ appearance without making my skin seem dry and dull. It is also excellent value for money as one pump is the perfect amount, meaning it lasts for aaaages. There are other brands that do a similar sort of thing (Boots, Superdrug) but, as a HUGE fan of the body shop, this is the one I use. I ran out of this 2 days ago and threw it away before remembering to snap a photo (DOH), and no WAY was I tackling the snow through town today – so I have inserted a photo from The Body Shop’s website instead (don’t hate me).
Once or twice a week I will also exfoliate, as well as using the face wash. I used to stick to using all of the products from The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Range (this range seems to be INCREDIBLE for my skin type) but now I tend to mix and match so that I can try new things. At the moment, I am using One Smooth Operator Pore Cleansing Face Scrub from 10.0.6. This exfoliator smells AMAZING (so fruity) and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. It reduces shine, but doesn’t leave my skin looking ‘tired’ or dehydrated – it’s perfect. In fact, now would be the perfect time to give a shout-out to my Dad for introducing me to this little gem as I think it may be unisex?! I am really wanting to try more products from this range as they all look so good, and the packaging is also really appealing – if you’ve tried anything from 10.0.6 then PLEASE give me some recommendations!
After singing my heart out in the shower, I’ll dry off and head back to my room to moisturise. The moisturiser I am using at the moment, and is perhaps my favourite moisturiser EVER, is The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser. This stuff is what dreams are made of. It leaves your skin feeling amazing, and its smell – WOW, I wish you could smell this through the computer screen. With the name ‘glow boosting’ you may think that this is a bad idea for oily skin like mine. BUT, this moisturiser gives my skin a natural looking glow without being too greasy (WINNING). It hydrates and refreshes my tired-looking skin just enough, so that it no longer screams SLEEP DEPRIVED. This has been flying from the shelves recently, and it took me weeks to get a hold of more than just a sample (I think the woman in The Body Shop is fed up of me now). It was well worth pestering for as it is probably the best moisturiser I have ever used.
After moisturising my face, I’ll always apply Blistex Intensive Moisturiser to my lips – especially because I have nasty habit of biting my lips. I have been using this for YEARS now and I haven’t managed to find anything better. This seems to heal my chapped lips almost overnight (really, no exaggeration). It’s not the nicest thing I have ever tasted, but it definitely does its job!
Rise and Shine
After a night of tossing and turning in bed, my skin is back to looking a little shiny. This calls for only one thing – toner. I use The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner every morning when I wake up. I tip a little bit onto a cotton pad and gently wipe over my skin to remove any excess oil and impurities. This cleans and reduces the appearance of my pores, and leaves my skin feeling super clean and refreshed.
After using the toner, I apply Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion from The Body Shop, just to give my skin a little bit of moisture after feeling like I have removed it all.
This is just what works for me and my skin, and I am by no means an expert. Give some of these products a try if you haven’t already, and if you have, be sure to let us know what you think and recommend anything that you think works better.
What are your favourite skincare products?
Sundara Karma – Deep Relief