Current Skincare Routine

Whilst I don’t have the money to lash out on high end skincare, me like everyone else, am in a constant battle to improve my skin. A few words on my skin history: I went through a patch of having quite a few spots during my teenage years, but these have mostly cleared up now and I’m left with very slight discolouration and the odd spot here and there. The main issue I have is that my skin is dry and dehydrated, but I also get quite bad congestion around my chin area and blackheads on my nose. 

Cleanser
My favourite cleanser I've ever tried is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. Whilst it’s pretty expensive, I try and ask for it at Christmas. It’s gentle on my sensitive skin, and the formula is really great for when my skin is particularly dry. I simply apply it to the skin with dry hands, melting the cleanser with the warmth of my fingertips and then run warm water over my muslin cloth and 'polish' the cleanser away gently. It gets rid of really stubborn mascara, and removes all the makeup on your face. By using the cloth its easy to ensure all your makeup has come off- something i don't like about other cleansers as i'm never really sure if all my makeup really is off. The other cleanser I've been trying is the Garnier Micellar CleansingWater. Whilst i like the concept of this product, I do find it takes a lot of it to get rid of my mascara and all my makeup. I also feel like my skin has a slight film after using it which I don’t really like. The only time I really use it is when I can't be bothered going to the bathroom and using the Liz Earle.

Moisturiser
I’m quite fussy with my moisturisers. My go to moisturiser is the Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream. It’s free from fragrances, preservatives and emulsifiers and fuss free, and does an excellent job of moisturising my face. I’ve been using this for years now and find it particularly helpful during the winter months. The other moisturiser i use if i’m in a rush to apply makeup is the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer for dry and sensitive skin. Whilst it doesn't penetrate my skin very deep with its moisturing qualities, it does act as a good primer and can notice a difference to the base of my foundation with this. Ideally i would like to try out a moisturiser from the Origins range but i'm a little hesitant to splash out yet. If anyone has any recommendations of moisturisers for dry/sensitive skin, please let me know! 

Treatments
I’ve only been using the La Roche Posay Effacla Duo+ for a few weeks but found it has helped with my congested skin on my chin. I had a particularly nasty cystic spot and found applying this in the evenings really helped. I also use the Boots Botanics Organic Facial Oil when my skin is feeling particularly dry and dehydrated. I get a few drops on my fingertips and massage it into the areas my skin is suffering. I only apply this as an overnight treatment as it does take a while to sink in and don’t think it would do too great with makeup applied over it.

What i want to change
Whilst i'm mostly happy with my current skincare routine, i do want to try and introduce a toner that contains salicylic acid to try combat my blackheads and spots when i get them. Whilst the moisturiser I use is good, I do want to dabble in the Origins range to see if the grass is greener. If you have any good recommendations please let me know!

Do you have any suggestions for products that contain salcytic acid? What are you holy grail skincare products?

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  1. I like to use the Micellar for just my face, and then the Garnier Eye Make Up Remover (the one with the two colours) for just my eyes. Rubs off mascara like magic! Well worth a try! Toner wise, I really love the basic toner by Keihls! Claire

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    1. Will have to check out the Keihls toner- sounds right up my street! Thanks for the recommendations :)

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  2. I've really gotten into the Aveeno skin care line as well as Garnier. I just wrote a post the other day about my favorite beauty products at the moment.

    I don't live in England anymore but I soooo miss Boots! I used to get some great stuff there.

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    1. Oh great, will definitely check out your favorite beauty products atm post! I'm moving abroad soon and think I will miss Boots too!

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  3. You've got some great picks there. I would recommend the Origins on the spot remover as it contacts Salicylic Acid, I also use the REN clear calm clay cleanser, which is great for blemish prone skin.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations! Will have to check out the Origins spot remover and REN cleanser. I haven't heard too much about REN so thanks !

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  4. Have you tried many other cleansing waters? How does this garnier one compare? I fancy trying it but not sure if it's the best taking off mascara!! :)

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    1. I haven't tried any other cleansing waters unfortunately. I was going to purchase the Bioderma cleansing water when i was in France but thought i might as well check out the Garnier one before i splashed out. I kind of wish i'd have tried the Bioderma one now though as i've found the Garnier one pretty disappointing as it doesn't remove my eye makeup very easily (even though i just tend to wear mascara).

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  5. I've heard such good things about La Roche, but I've yet to try it!

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    1. I really recommend it! It's quite pricey but it's one of those things that seems to actually work for bumps and spots underneath the skin (something i've never really been able to combat with any product before). Hopefully you'll like it too if you decide to get it!

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  6. I like Alba Acnedote for a salicylic acid cleanser. I've been using Lush Dark Angels and Angels on Bare Skin lately and love them. They're a bit pricey but last a long time. I also use this Alba night cream that evens out discoloration.

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    1. Great- thanks so much for the recommendations. I've never heard of Alba Acnedote so will have to check it out. Lush skincare is something I've never really given a go. I tried the grease lightening spot treatment once but that was many years ago. Now going to browse Alba Acnedote and Lush skincare!

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