I am a real skincare junkie. Don't get me wrong, I love makeup, but skincare is my biggest interest- and weakness in terms of my spending power! I spend more time reading and researching skincare than any makeup product. I believe having good skin makes such a huge difference to a person's overall appearance, and am always on the lookout for products that will help me achieve clear, blemish-free and hydrated skin.
My skin is oily/ combination and I often suffer from breakouts. These are some of the products that I think are great at doing their job....
Clarins Brightening Mask*
This mask is simply wonderful. It's very convenient as you only need to apply it and wait 1- 2 minutes before washing it off- brilliant for lazy people like myself or for when you're in a rush. I often put it on just before going in the shower. It makes my skin look radiant and clear, getting rid of all blackheads. It's gentle and very cleansing, and is suitable for all skin types. I use it approximately 2-3 times a week and can really notice a difference in how clear my skin is looking since.
Estee Lauder Perfectly Clear Cleanser
I use this in the morning and it really wakes me up. It's refreshing and cleanses my face very well but does not make it tight or dry. I also use it as my second cleanser in the evening- I always double cleanse in the evening; the first cleanser I use is a oil-based one (the Shu Uemura one is my favourite) to remove all my makeup and then the second one is this Estee Lauder one which cleans my bare skin. I have found that double cleansing has been a very effective way of keeping my skin clear and reducing blemishes.
Witch Hazel Stick
I apply this to any new spots/ yellow heads. It works well to dry them out and is very purse friendly. It's also brilliant for any insect bites that you get in the summer- clears them up and stops them itching better than anything else I've ever tried.
Eve Lom Dynaspot
I apply this on any red spots/ blemishes before I go to bed at night. In the morning the spot has reduced in size and the redness is significantly diminished. It's quite pricey but it really does calm the angry redness like no other product I've tried.
Clarins Pore Minimizing Serum*
This is applied before your moisturiser on the areas where you want to tighten your pores and make the skin smoother. It's lightweight and smells very fresh and almost herbally. It works to tighten, purify and minimise pores. I use it mainly to provide a matte texture to my skin and to minimise the shine, keeping the oil at bay throughout the day. A great product for anyone with oily/ combination skin or if you have large pores.
Estee Lauder Oil Free Daywear Moisturiser
I love this moisturiser. The cucumber scent is so refreshing and it makes my skin feel very moisturised and soft. As I have fairly oily skin I use the oil-free version, but there is also a normal version available. My Mum, Dad and sister all swear by this moisturiser and it's one of those products I know I will be using forever.
REN Clearcalm 3 Replenishing Night Serum
This serum is brilliant. I've never tried any REN products before but I've heard great things about them, and I love how all the ingredients are natural. Their products are very gentle on the skin but very effective. This night serum is supposed to help clear the skin of blemishes overnight while simultaneously hydrating the skin. Sounds too good to be true right? WRONG! It's amazing! I apply it every night after cleansing and toning, in place of a night moisturiser. My skin looks much clearer, less red and very soft. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that suffers from breakouts, even people with sensitive skin.
A Quick Word About Toner....
You may have noticed that there is no toner included here. I am on the look out for two toners; one to hydrate and one to exfoliate. After reading Caroline Hiron's amazing skincare blog I can now appreciate the necessity for these two types of toner. The exfoliating toner acts to remove all dead skin cells and unclog pores, and the hyrdrating toner is then spritzed on afterwards to hyrdrate the skin and help seal in moisturiser. For the exfoliating toner I am torn between the REN Clarifying Toner and the Clarins Brightening Exfoliating Toner. Both sounds amazing and I'm definitely going to be buying one- has anyone tried any of these? What are your thoughts? As for the hydrating toner, I am unsure as to which one to get. I am tempted by Jurlique mists and Clarins toners- does anyone have any recommendations? As I said, my skin is oily/ combination.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on these skincare items, and any other skincare recommendations you've got!