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.
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!
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?