Hi guys, thanks for joining us again! Today we’re talking skincare. We’re each going to talk you through the products we currently use and how we feel about them – turns out we’re fans of The Body Shop!
Anyway, back to the task in hand…
My skin is very porous and oily, but my forehead can be dry and flaky which makes it difficult to find a product I really love. For that reason, I’ve never found a particular product that I’ve wanted to buy over and over. I change moisturiser every time I run out, in the hope that the next one will be the miracle I’ve been waiting for.
Currently, in the morning I cleanse my face with The Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Cream wash, as recommended by Hannah! I do this in the shower (I know, naughty). I like this product, it’s comparable to Clinique’s Take The Day Off balm and Emma Hardie’s Morninga Cleansing balm. I think I prefer Clinique ever so slightly, but all 3 do the job well. I actually need to look into their ingredients a bit more, that could influence me in picking a favourite; I’m a big fan of using natural ingredients in skincare when I can.
Every second day, I use Lush’s Let The Good Times Roll, which I loovvvve. It smells so sweet, a bit like popcorn. It’s a cleanser as well as a gentle exfoliant, with lots of skin-loving natural ingredients. It also leaves the skin feeling silky, which is an added bonus. I’m on my 3rd and I’m not changing it any time soon!
This is 100% my favourite product from my current skincare routine.
Once I’m out of the shower, literally the first thing I do is put moisturiser on. My skin cries out for it. The moisturiser I’m using at the minute is The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser, which is a gel cream. Just putting it out there – I don’t love it. I don’t feel like it sinks into my skin when I put it on, and it also leaves a sticky residue until I put my make up on. In terms of how my skin looks, I wouldn’t say it’s any different. It’s no oilier, which is a plus, and it certainly doesn’t feel dry, but it’s not something I intend to buy again when it runs out. I do love the smell though – it’s orange scented which is lovely and fresh.
In the evening my routine is much the same. I take my make up off using either my cleansing balm or Garnier Micellar Water. If I had to choose my favourite of these it would be the Micellar Water. I use it with a cotton pad (normally 3), and my face feels so fresh and so clean after it. I’ll finish off with my normal moisturiser, or with The Body Shop Seaweed Night Treatment, I’m not sure what it does for my skin as I’ve never noticed a difference, but I use it anyway.
I feel like I need to give a mention to my go-to, never-lets-me-down, why-don’t-I-use-you-more-often product …. my Magnitone Pulsar.
Why don’t I use this more often?! Because I’m lazy, that’s why.
I’ll maybe do a blog post dedicated to it, it’s that good. But if you’re thinking about getting one, do it. Your skin will love you for it.
I consider my skincare routine to be fairly low maintenance, I’ve found a few products that work for me and I stick to them rather than changing things up regularly. I’m all about quickness with my skincare, especially in the morning as I always seem to be in a rush to get ready for work (that snooze button is just too appealing)
I always remove my make-up at night so in the morning my routine starts by simply cleansing my skin with a face wash while I’m in the shower. I’m not fussy about which face wash I use but at the moment I’m using the Nivea Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash. I make sure not to use really hot water as I’ve heard that it’s not good for your skin.
When I get out of the shower I pat my face dry and apply the Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion. This moisturiser is perfect for my oily skin, it provides plenty of hydration and doesn’t dry the skin out at all, and being from The Body Shop, it’s also very affordable! That’s literally all I do in the morning – told you it was low maintenance!
In the evening I go slightly more in depth as I have a little bit more time. I start off by removing my make-up with The Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Butter, and I can’t rave about this stuff enough! It’s a solid balm cleanser that melts down to an oily consistency when rubbed between your hands. There are lots of balm cleansers on the market but this is the only one I’ve tried, I know Amy has used the Clinique Take The Day Off and the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm as well as this Body Shop one so I’ll be asking for a little review of them all! I massage the balm into my dry skin and wash it off using lukewarm water. The thing I love about this is how quick and easy it is to use. I can use it to remove both my face and eye make-up which means no faffing around with a cloth or cotton wool, it takes every scrap of make-up off in one go and doesn’t irritate my eyes at all – what more can I say? Once my make-up is off, I do a quick second cleanse using the same face wash that I use in the morning.
I tend to exfoliate about twice a week, and for this I use the Origins Modern Friction which they describe as ‘natures gentle dermabrasion’. It contains skin-refining rice and it’s really gentle unlike a lot of exfoliators I’ve used, it leaves my skin feeling amazing.
Lastly I apply one of two products – 5 nights a week I use the Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins which I absolutely love, and on the other 2 nights I apply the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I noticed a difference in my skin the very first time I used this which I couldn’t believe. Even though I have oily skin, I don’t shy away from oils and other hydrating products, it’s very important to keep your skin hydrated so I tend to use these products at night – when a little bit of excess oil doesn’t matter!
Hope you liked this blog post! If you have any suggestions on products we should be trying, we’d love to hear about them! As you might have noticed there is a lack of eye creams, toners and serums in our respective routines, something we should probably work on. Please comment below to let us know what you use, what you’re loving, and what you’d avoid.
See you soon!