Good morning/afternoon/evening (wherever you may be reading this from!)
Following on from my last post regarding nutrition for skin health, I thought I’d share a few of the products I’ve used and still use now, that I’ve found to help my skin alongside adjusting my diet. Funnily enough, I actually work for a private dermatology clinic alongside leading skin consultants which has in turn definitely helped give me knowledge to care for my skin and understand what may suit it more, as well as what I’ve learnt through my own studies and research.
The truth is, I don’t use a whole lot on my skin. Hell yeah I’ve tried a bunch of things over the past few years – desperate to find ‘THE product’ and hoping the promises the clever marketing teams threw upon us were true (the product never lived up to the expectation FYI). In my opinion, keep it simple. You don’t need layers of creams, lotions and potions on a daily basis; more often than not it’ll overload your skin with chemicals or clog up your pores and make it worse.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and being completely exposed to the world, it deals with enough toxins and pollutants from our environment. I aim to keep my skincare natural and simple to protect and give it some love! Oh and always try and wear SPF. Factor 50 on the face, always. I was kindly given samples by La Roche Posay through my workplace which I use – they have a great tinted sunscreen from the Anthelios range which is paraben free and non-greasy.
From an acneic point of view, medicine can of course be a solution depending on the severity and whether you’ve tried other options, too which have perhaps been ineffective. I used to really struggle with spots and experimented with various topical lotions over the years to reduce the appearance of them. I remember going to Space NK, one of my favourite beauty stores, and spending way too much dosh on one little product that unfortunately was so harsh, it burnt my skin and gave me peri-oral dermatitis. It took SO long to heal and looked like a persistent scab. It was also really sore. After reading about the healing properties of pure argan oil, I tried using it on the dry patch every night for about a month and it was incredibly effective. From then I decided to stop wasting my money on ‘quick fix’ products that had no positive benefit (and quite the opposite of a quick fix) and take a more natural approach.
Although the main healer for me *see my previous blog post here*, was through changing my diet (work from the inside out to address the imbalance initially), I found a few products which helped improve my skins texture and maintenance of happy skin, therefore becoming staples in my skincare routine. I feel like I’ve finally found my groove!
Remove & Cleanse:
When I wake up I normally just splash cold water on my face, pat it dry and that’s it (glamorous eh). To remove makeup at the end of the day, I use Micellar Water. It’s gentle and effective, leaving no sting or itch and does the job. I don’t really wear much makeup, I like a fresh look during the day and will jazz it up more in the evening or for a special occasion. If I have worn more makeup than usual (or just fancy a more luxurious double cleanse), I use Aurelia’s Miracle Cleanser; I really love this brand, it has added probiotics and is totally natural and organic with ethically sourced ingredients made in Britain. I’ve been using their products for over a year now and I’m hooked.
I don’t always do this, but when I feel my skin is a little lacklustre, I use the Pixi Glow Tonic. It contains aloe vera, ginseng and botanical extracts, plus 5% glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and give a fresh glow.
I use Aurelia’s day and night creams. Again, it contains only the good stuff and is thick and super hydrating. It also smells HEAVENLY due to the plant and flower essences it contains.
I like to call these my girly extras; not essential, but a treat to use now and then. A good face mask is always fun for a pamper when I have time. I love to use Liz Earles’ green clay mask which is amazing at drawing out impurities from the skin if it’s a little congested. Lastly, one of my favourite products I use is Aurelia’s cell repair night oil, not everyday, but maybe once or twice a week (it’s also vegan, for those interested). My skin can get quite dry as it’s pretty sensitive to our random weather changes here in the UK, and after suffering with acne when I was younger, I find this oil really helps balance out sebum production and leaves my skin baby soft when I wake up! A little goes a long way and I find I really notice a difference when I use it. *I thought I may add that this post is not sponsored in any way – I’ve bought all these products myself because I genuinely love them. An alternative to this night oil is pure Argan oil or even avocado oil – I just use it from my kitchen cupboard! 1 tsp + 1/2 is all you need – really massage this in to the skin to work it’s magic, just make sure to wash it off instead of sleeping in this one as you may want to save your sheets from turning a yellowish-green colour…(previous experience, oops).
That’s pretty much it guys. Now I’m in my early twenties, dare I say it I’m thinking I should probably consider using an eye cream soon (I normally just use the same moisturiser for my face around my eyes too), you know, for preventative measures n all – so if anyone has any recommendations, I’d love to hear it.
What are your favourite skincare products?