I thought it was about time that I grabbed all my fave skin care items and discussed them with you, we all have those bad skin days where your face just hurts, everything feels dull and you just want to cry (well I do anyway). I think skin care is extremely important, especially because your face is a base for your make up, if the base isn't good then the chances are the make up won't look good, of course not everyone is blessed with good skin and that's why it's products like these that make life easier. I did have good skin up until I turned 18, and everytime it's my time of the month (sorry to say it!) my skin goes out of control, okay well not out of control, but to me it does, it's just a week period and it's the worst week of the month for me skin wise. Luckily, these products help me get through that week, so I want to share my faves with you. First i'm going to discuss cleansers:
Demalogica Daily Microfoliant and Special Cleansing gel; I turned to Demalogica (which can be found in Harvey Nichols, Selfridges etc) when I was having a really bad skin week, actually went to Selfirdges in Manchester first and the lady just didn't seem like she wanted to serve me, even though I was wanting to buy everything they offered me, I didn't want to give up because I have heard raving reviews about Demalogica, from acne sufferers and people with normal every day skin concerns like me, celebrities rave about it so I had to give it a go. I took the plunge and visited the Leeds Harvey Nichols store, where two lovely girls (Amy and Vicky) sat me down and went through a skin map with me, basically they ask you loads of questions and use special magnifying glasses to look deep into your skin, they told me that I have dehydration on my cheeks (which I never knew) and as I knew, my chin is due to hormones. They weren't pushy whatsoever, but talked me through the products and I was hooked. My everyday items are the Microfoliant, this is immense, you tip it onto your hands and it's like a powder, then you rub it together with a bit of water and it turns into an exfoliating scrub (see photo), of course, exfoliating the skin is essential to keep it bright, glowing and healthy and to rid of the bad skin cells. I use this twice a day, morning and night. Before this, I use the gentle special clensing gel, this is just a basic cleansing gel but very important to remove make up. The cleanser is £25.50 which is pricey and the exfoliator is £38.00, I know this is very expensive so when they do run out I will have to ask for them again for Christmas as I can't really afford these products on a part time wage, I do think I have found my perfect skin care with these products though so I may just have to save up.
Goodthings,stay clear purifying cleanser*; Now I was really excited when I got this because I was given the matching moisturiser at the Leeds Blogger Event and I haven't stopped using it since. This is packed full of goodness and it's free from everything BAD, which is what I want for my skin. This is especially for oily skin and it helps to clear away excess sebum without stripping of its moisture, it is designed to purify and decongest the skin, so it is designed for breakouts. I think this has a bit more in it than the Dermalogica cleanser which is why once that has run out (it basically has, boo) I will switch to this for a few months to see how my skin feels about it. This is only £4.99 which is incredible value as you get quite a lot, if this is as good as Dermalogica, which is seems to be, then I have just managed to save myself A LOT of money.
Dirty works, Pore-fect face scrub*; Now, this product together with the above from Goodthings could actually be the answer to my prayers, this face scrub is gently foaming and exfoliating, helps to revitalise dull and tired skin. I haven't got round to using it yet as I am too in love with my Dermalogica but I will be back in touch when I have, as it looks promising, it looks to do the same as the Dermalogica exfoliator for half the price, i've played around with it on my hand and it's luscious.
Clinique Mild Facial Soap, I used to swear by Clinique and I did use it for yearsandyearsandyears and then I stopped and my skin got horrible, but then I started again and it just didn't seem to do anything, I found it boring to use and mind the pun but just too 'mild', even though the Dermalogica clenser is also very mild, this clinique product just doesn't seem to have any effect on my skin,I think I have out grown it.
I am now going to talk about other facial goodies, these don't neccessarily have to be part of your every day skin care routine like cleaning your face, but they do help along the way. Basically, I switch between two eye gels, I read up about these and realised that I really should find myself an eye gel because otherwise when I'm older i'll have seriously baggy under eyes. I got the Balance Me cream for free with a magazine, this is really nice and creamy and you can really feel it hydrating the skin under your eyes. I also use Dermalogicas mineral eye gel which is just immense. It actually has a rough gel texture, and you can feel it absorbing into your under eyes. Gutted that I only got a tiny sample with what I bought as right now I really can't afford the £36.00 for eye gel, it is worth it and it probably will last me years but I think this is another thing that I will have to put on my christmas list. Another Dermalogica product that I've put onto thsi goodies photo is the multi-active toner, I just lovee this product. I don't think it will ever run out as you spritz the tiniest bit on your face. It can be sprayed over your make up or it can be used day and night after you have clensed, it helps moisturisers to soak in better and hydrates your skin, this is around £25.00. Next you will see the facepacks by Motagne Jeuneusse, which are great for a pick me up and can be found in any shop for about £1.00, I love the ones that you peel off. I also LOVE Glamglow's little jar of sexy, I did a review on this a while ago which you can read here. It's just amazing for shedding your skin and making it ready for make up. Then Xen-tans facial tanner, my new obsession, don't be alarmed when you wake up, just gently wash it off and you are left with the longest lasting, most natural colour.
This is my selection of skin saviours, like literally what I believe to be the BEST skin products on the market. I don't want to bore you by going through them all over and over again so I am going to be quick and give you a thirty second selling point for each of these products;
SUPERFACIALIST,by Una Brennan - Rosehydrate miracle Makeover Facial oil* (right hand side)- It can be used as a preclenser which nourishes and preclenses the skin with vitamins, essential fatty acids and every other good thing you can think of, this GORGEOUS little bottle aims to elimiate impurities and encourages cell regeneration. It's called miracle oil for a reason... It''s £14.99 from Boots and will last you forever, look out for the pinnk box which it comes in. I just think the bottle it's self will look gorgeous in my room, it's difficult to see on this photograph.
DERMALOGICA OVER NIGHT CLEARING GEL - I really can't put into words how good this product is, if you feel a spot coming on, put the gel over the spot, wake up in the morning and your skin is as good as new. It's won numerous awards and it is an essential item. It is £39.50 but it's the best nearly £40.00 that I have EVER spent, trust me with this one. THE BEST. DEMALOGICA CLEARING MATTIFIER - I was reccommended this by a few people, because it is basically the day version of the over night clearing gel, similarily priced but just it mattifies (and therefore breaks up) any break outs throughout the day, put pop your foundation over the top of it and it acts like a working treatment whilst you're still looking pretty with a full face of make up.
WELEDA SKIN FOOD* - This is just the ultimate miracle product, it's natural, it's for your face, your body and it is full of goodness, just feel the texture and you'll understand the minute you rub it into your hands, this should be renamed 'perfecting skin food' and it's only about £6.00, you can't go wrong. Food is essential, and so is this product, so feed your skin, please. I am in love. GOODTHINGS clearing mattifier - I have been using this more than my Dermalogica mattifier recently after I was given it at the Leeds Blogger event, I think it's unreal, as it feels more moisturising than the Dermo one, it's also only £7.99 so this could be my new baby.
NOURISH - I love Nourish products, I use their Balance moisturiser for bad skin days when my skin needs, erm balancing! And then their Argan rescue oil, which does exactly what it says, rescues the skin. It can literally be used for anytrhing, merged with water to create a moisturiser, it gets rid of scars, it helps sun burn, it keeps wrinkles abay, it calms down blemishes. Just buy this and put it in your bag, it's highly essential, at £18.95 it is very good for the amount of things it does, it's like a multi-tasking miracle healer, use this after you've cleansed and leave it on as an over night treatment.
I hope this helps you all out, please let me know in your comments if you've ever used any of these products or what are your skin heroes and saviours! I have done a Youtube video below about Hair Care and I'd love it if you could watch it, let me know what you think and leave the link to your Youtube channel below so that I can find some lovely new vloggers to subscribe to. Once again, thanks for reading my blog, you guys keep me going and I couldn't do it without your continued support.
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