I’ve seen a flurry of skincare-related posts over the last week or so – I think there’s just something about the New Year that has just all thinking about how we’re treating our skin. And I’ve got to say, after weeks of too much chocolate, wine, travel and couple of planes, my skin is in dire need of some TLC. Before we delve into the products themselves – a bit of background about my skin. It’s mainly combination, but also dehydrated every once in a while. This is a tricky combination that is VERY weather-dependent, and essentially means that when my forehead isn’t shining like the sun, it’s feeling tight and uncomfortable. Some days I’m an oil slick by 12pm, and on others I feel very much like a specially picked prune. You get the picture.
In terms of breakouts, I’m fairly lucky, I suppose. I had perfect skin as a teenager, and then in my early to mid-twenties, I had problem skin on my cheeks (an area which had never been a problem before!). I still get the odd spot or two, but it’s mostly restricted to that time of the month, so it doesn’t bother me too much. What DOES bother me are the marks that they leave behind which take FOREVER to fade. Or they used to anyway, because I think I’ve finally found a routine that works.
Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
My everyday moisturiser of choice is the Clean and Clear Dual Action moisturiser. Pretty basic, I know, but it has salycylic acid in it which helps keep breakouts at bay and I’ve been using it for over 6 years now. But I needed something a little more heavy duty during the winter months to layer on top. Enter this little guy. It has the nicest, jelly-like texture and somehow manages to be incredibly moisturising without feeling too heavy or greasy on the skin. The Body Shop always has an offer on so you can usually bag it for 40% off which makes it a total bargain. I also highly recommend the overnight mask from this range. I just slather this on at night and my skin feels nourished and smooth in the morning. Yay.
RRP: £13 | Buy it here
La Roche Posay Redermic R
My first foray into retinol! About eighteen months ago, I was starting to notice a few lines on my forehead. Nothing too drastic – and I’ll admit was looking in a magnifying mirror, but I didn’t want them to get worse quickly. I did some reading up on retinol and decided to give this one with 0.3% of the stuff, a try. I first started applying it on other parts of my face too, but they started to get sore and flaky. I know they say that that is what is supposed to happen at first, but I chickened out. This didn’t happen with my forehead though so I kept going. I’m now on my third or fourth tube of the stuff. It doesn’t get rid of lines and wrinkles, but it does slow them appearing. It’s definitely worth a shot!
RRP: £29.50 | Buy it here
Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Eye Transforming Cream
Talk about a long name! Before I switched to this I swore by the Clinique All About Eyes (which is still a great eye cream), but I wanted something that was a little more wallet friendly. I picked this up at Boots and am so glad that I did. It goes on like a dream, isn’t sticky or greasy, and is quickly absorbed by the skin. It also doesn’t leave any kind of pinkish residue, which I have found with other eye creams. I use it on my undereye area and all over my eyelids as well. I’ve had minor milia in the past – it was one of the main reasons why I put off trying on any eye cream for so long – but this eye cream doesn’t cause any issues on that front either.
RRP: £14.99 | Buy it here
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
It this isn’t a blogger/youtuber favourite, I don’t know what is! I’ve lost count of the number of times I have heard/seen/read people raving about this mist. I actually got the 30ml bottle of this in my Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar so I haven’t been using it for that long but it’s already a favourite. It’s an ultra-fine, refreshing mist and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and fresh. It is perfumed, so if you’re not a fan of fragrances this might not be for you. Personally, I quite like it. I use this once a day, after I’ve taken off all my makeup and before I put on any skincare. In the winter my skin can feel quite tight, so this added layer of moisture helps everything feel a little more comfortable. Definitely going to purchase it if it runs out. The hype is real, people!
RRP: £50.00 | Buy it here
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector
This is my holy grail serum. Seriously. I can’t praise it enough. As I said earlier, I don’t get too many spots, but when I do they ALWAYS leave a dark spot behind. I have tried all kinds of things to help make them fade faster – masks, serums, exfoliators – everything. I also wear SPF 40 every single day (even when I’m just stepping out of the house for 15 minutes!) so I really am trying my hardest. But nothing has ever worked as well as this. It has a handy eye-dropper so I just squeeze out a few drops onto my finger and press them onto any dark spots I have. I then wait a minute or so before putting on the rest of my skincare. I use it twice a day, and I started seeing visible results within a week. The lady at the Kiehl’s shop said it takes a while to notice a difference, and that is true. My spots haven’t disappeared. But they have definitely started fading a lot faster than they used to, so it’s doing something right. If you have uneven skintone issues, you need this in your life.
RRP: £37.00/£38.00 | Buy it here
So there you have it! Have you tried any of these products? Or do you have any skincare saviours of your own? Please let me know by commenting below. 🙂