Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Current Skincare Loves

Me and my skin have been on quite the whirlwind adventure* these past five years. We’ve had our ups and downs, mostly downs to be honest, adult acne, clogged pores, sensitivity and a complexion that can't decide if it'd rather be too dry or too oily. But now, finally, I’ve struck the right balance between my skincare and medication and my skin is looking good. I’m still prone to a spot or two, currently rocking four right now, hiding behind my fringe. But for the most part my skin is generally clear and smooth now, and these products are playing their part in keeping it that way.

*It was a pretty shit adventure

Designed to quench thirsty skin Origins Drink Up Mask has been a lifesaver for my parched chops this winter. Something of a cult classic in the online beauty community, and for good reason, Drink Up contains a host of natural ingredients - including avocado oil, Japanese seaweed and apricot kernel oil - that hydrate the skin, replenish it's moisture reserves, and repair the barrier function to prevent further dehydration and premature ageing. If that wasn't enough, it also protects the skin from pollutants and environmental damage, and is paraben- and sulphate-free. It's probably the most hardworking face mask I own, and I've got quite few... I bloody love the stuff.

Be warned this stuff is intense. It stings like a mofo and it makes you look like Red Skull from Captain America, but it is the best chemical exfoliator that I’ve come across and the results are more than worth it. Whilst it has a very scary, science-y sounding name, it's essentially an exfoliating facial in a bottle. It's formulated with Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids that basically feed on dead skin cells. Sounds gross - it is -but it's worth it. Other ingredients include Tasmanian pepperberry to reduce irritation from the acid, vitamin B5 to aid healing and black carrot, which acts as an antioxidant. It's also cruelty-free, suitable for vegans and free from silicones, alcohol and oil.  I use it once a week and it has left me with a brighter, clearer and smoother complexion. Plus, at £6.25, it is a total bargain!

Similar to my beloved Pixi Glow Tonic, and just a fraction of the cost, this toner has quickly become a firm favourite. Containing slightly more Glycolic Acid than the Glow Tonic, which only contains 5%, this solution refines and mildly exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. It also contains ginseng and aloe vera to soothe and Tasmanian pepperberry to prevent irritation. Like most of The Ordinary's products, it's incredibly effective and incredibly cheap which means its a  nightmare to get hold of, but boy is it worth it once you do. It even comes with a twisty lid, which is very satisfying to play with.

Towards the end of last year my skin became super sensitive, becoming inflamed and red at the slightest change in my make up or skincare routines. It seems to have passed now but I still don't know what caused it, probably just general winteryness. Anyway during that time Ren's Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream was one of the only things I could put on my skin without it reacting. The Global Protection Day Cream is a really gentle and lightweight moisturiser, designed especially for reactive skin. It's formulated to soothe, hydrate, strengthen and even 'train' sensitive skin to become less reactive. And it totally works. My skin is so much better.

An oldie but a goodie, La Roche Posay's Cicaplast Baume is one of my absolute favourite skincare items. A bit of a nifty multi-tasker, Cicaplast is an intense hydrating balm, designed to aid recovery from chemical peels and soothe irritated skin. It has a non-sticky gel texture that absorbs into the skin almost instantly, and is formulated with a ‘mineral complex’ including zinc, copper and manganese which have anti-bacterial properties. It's a great moisturiser, and also works really, really well as a primer, but it really shines when you have a cold and you get a flaky, chapped nose. Hence, why I love this bad boy so much. 

I do love a facial oil, but they do tend to be on the pricier side of things.  Enter Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil, one of the best high-street offerings that I've come across. Packed with cocoa butter, retinol and vitamin C to intensely hydrate and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It has a silky, non-greasy texture that is fast absorbing and packs a serious punch in the hydration stakes, it leaves my skin glowy and juicy-looking. Plus, it's  hypoallergenic, paraben-free and cheap as chips. Love it! 

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