Firstly I'm a bad blogger... let's just say essay marking and end of term stress of being a tutor took over. Moving on!
My skin has always been a little meh. I’m not even sure what I mean by that- It’s never been super problematic but at the same time it has its issues. Generally I would say I have dry, sensitive skin and this hasn’t changed too much since moving from the cold of the UK to the heat of Australia (aside from my makeup sliding off my face after spending the day in the intense heat). My main problems are dryness (which really affects the application of my makeup), congestion in my chin and nose area and sensitive skin. Over the years I’ve spent so much money trying to tackle these different issues, and think I have found some of my Holy Grail items.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
This cleanser has been my saviour ever since I bit the bullet and spent a lot of money as a poor student on it. Although it doesn’t get talked about much in the blogging world anymore, I still love it and almost had a heart attack when I couldn’t find it in my luggage when we arrived in Australia-thankfully I found it at the bottom of my bag. Using a muslin cloth works great in gently exfoliating my skin. Although I've tried a lot of different cleansers, this is always the one I come back to.
I really think that drinking a lot of water makes a difference to the overall appearance of my skin. As well as being dry, I get quite dehydrated skin and the best way I find to tackle this is from the inside out. I also like adding a squeeze of lemon to my water which is full of antioxidants and vitamin C which is great for combatting colds.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +
I’ve been using this on and off for about half a year now and think it has come positive effects on my skin- especially at unclogging pores on my chin. It’s pricey, although I do believe it has made a difference to the texture of my skin.
This is something which I have grown up using for all sorts- grazes, cuts and spots. Anytime I have some redness on my face or a particularly dry patch, I apply some Sudocrem to the area and it really helps hydrate it.
Healthy eating also has an effect on my skin. When I eat badly, I feel sluggish and my skin looks tired. During my last year of university I really focused on a having a healthy diet and exercising found my skin really showed when I was taking care of my body and what I was putting in it.
Nude by Nature Face and Body Oil
I got this as part of a gift set for Christmas and fell in love with it. I’ve come to liking facial oils over the past couple of years. I also like the Boots Botanic Facial Oil which is great for hydrating the skin when it’s feeling particularly dry or dehydrated. It took me a while to get into them as I don’t particularly like the feel of it on my skin, but now I use them as a kind of face mask before I go to bed.
Biore Triple Action Toner
I bought this recently due to the hype over salicylic acid as a chemical exfoliator. Thanks to Caroline Hirons' blog, I found this toner which is a margin of the price of the more expensive chemical exfoliators on the market. So far I'm pretty impressed- my skin's texture seems to have improved, especially in my problem areas.
I'm still on the lookout for my perfect moisturiser- whilst I like the Nude by Nature Intense Moisturiser which i'm currently using, I want to find a slightly lighter one I can use before applying makeup. I'm also coveting the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque.
What are your skincare saviours? Let me know if you have any suggestions for a good base moisturiser that isn't too heavy for applying foundations over afterwards.