So I realised the other day that I seem to be buying more and more skincare products recently and I haven't actually done a post on what I tend to use day to day. Some of these are very new additions (see previous post) and some of the products I've been using for quite a while and they've become a bit of a staple for me. As yet I haven't really got a rigidly separate routine for morning and night, mainly because I haven't got round to purchasing any night serums/day creams etc so if you have any recommendations please leave me a comment below.
Emma Hardie, Amazing face Moringa cleansing balm - I have spoken about the Emma Hardie amazing face cleansing balm before here, so I wont waffle too much. The amazing face balm is a hot cloth cleanser so I apply this every evening and rinse off with a fresh hot flannel to remove all my make-up, Its great because it takes off everything in one hit so I don't need to use a separate eye make-up remover, and It leaves my face feeling really fresh and soft. It does have a slight greasy texture but I would consider myself to have oily/combo skin so don't let that put you off. It really is an amazing product!
Liz Earle, Instant Boost Skin Tonic - If you read my last post, you will probably know this is a really new product that I've introduced to my routine. I was looking for a new toner and I'd heard lots of good things about Liz Earle, so I picked this one up to give it a try and I really love using it already. I use this after I've cleansed at night and in the morning because its so refreshing and genuinely does give your skin a little boost. Its quite strongly scented but it's not too over powering or irritating on my skin.
Again If you read my last post you will have seen that I also picked up these two products...
La Roche Posay, Effaclar Duo - I was drawn to the Effaclar Duo [+] because my skin became irritated around my jawline and I started to have small breakouts which were quite red and pretty unattractive to look at. Although I've only been using this a short amount of time, it is a wonder product! Within a day I already noticed a reduction in the redness and now it's all completely gone. I'm still using it everyday after toning as it does make my skin feel super soft and it can also double up as a primer. I really can't sing its praises enough, I will forever keep this in my skin care collection.
La Roche Posay, Thermal Spring Water - You may also remember me mentioning my boyfriend ripping me for buying a 'can of water' to spray on my face. Regardless of this I have been using it and although it's not exactly a miracle worker, all the frills product, I have enjoyed using it. I've been lightly spraying this over my face after I cleanse and before toning, or before exfoliating. I read that thermal sprays are supposed to make your skin more 'accepting' of the cleanser/toner/whatever that you're using because it's a natural antioxidant, I don't know how true this is but I find it refreshing, it helps to wake my skin up in the morning and I imagine I'll enjoy using this in the Summer too.
Avon Planet Spa, Japanese Sake and Rice face mask - I don't actually remember when I got this as I've had it quite a while. I find this is great for removing black heads when they're quite severe. I usually apply a thin layer and leave to completely dry for about 20-30 minutes, once its dry its really easy to just peel off.
The Body Shop, Seaweed ionic clay mask - As I mentioned I consider myself to have combo/oily skin so I use this to control any excess oils in my skin and to deeply cleanse. Its made using bladderwrack seaweed, however it doesn't smell awful like most seaweed its actually quite pleasant. Again I apply this and leave to completely dry, this one tends to harden quite a bit so I rinse off with a hot cloth.
Lush, Oatifix fresh face mask - I purchased this quite recently so I haven't used it as much as the other two. This is a lot different from the other face masks I've used in the past as this can only be described as putting really cold porridge on your face. Its not as unpleasant as I've just made it sound, but its certainly different for me. This one is a lot more moisturising and is particularly good for sensitive skin so its been great over winter as it's left my face feeling really soft. As most Lush products it's made using only natural ingredients and is made from a blend of Banana's, vanilla, oats, illipe butter and ground almonds. I also think this doubles up as a really gentle exfoliator when it comes to washing off as you can massage it into the skin. Because of it's natural ingredients you do have to keep it in the fridge and it only lasts for about a month so to get the best use of it, apply twice a week.
The Body Shop, Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream - This has been my heavy duty moisturiser over the winter months. I use the both as a day and night cream and its fantastic, my skin feels super soft all the time. It's a pretty thick cream so a little goes a long way if you just want a thin coverage. Sometimes I use it as a bit of a mask and put a thick layer on a let it sink it (I could probably just buy the moisture mask instead though). Highly recommend, particularly if you're suffering from any dryness.
So that's all for the skincare products I'm using at the moment.. If you've been using any of these products please comment what you thought below, or if you have any recommendations, particularly on day/night products and routines I could try.
Thanks for reading,