Between the middle of January and the end of March, my skin started having the biggest breakout that it had for years. I couldn’t pinpoint the cause – it could well have been wedding stress, it could be hormone changes from new pills I was taking, it could have been that I ran out of my fave cleanser that I lovingly refer to as skin magic. So I took it all back to basics with the skincare I know has really worked for me in the last year and my skin couldn’t be happier.
Garnier Micellar Water – where would I be without this stuff? I probably go through a big bottle of this on average a month (I also use it to clean makeup products prior to photographing, as well as cleaning my vanity down, so I run through it a little faster than if I was just using it on my face). Budget friendly, agrees with my skin, and removes makeup incredibly well. There’s only been a handful of products which struggle to be removed by this – but that’s more down to the stubbornness of them rather than the performance of the Micellar Water. I’ve tried just about every version of this I think, and they all work well for me.
Next up, my skin miracle worker, Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion, where do I start? This cleanser is what I’ve credited all of last year on having the best skin of my adult life with, I had completely clear, spot free skin for months and months on end. I used this every time I showered, massaging into my skin for 15-20 seconds before leaving on for up to a minute as a mask. It’s not very good at removing makeup, so I either follow up before or after with a Micellar Wipe. It’s either a coincidence that since became part of my routine again after finishing my last bottle up just after Christmas, and deciding, “I don’t need to re-buy that now, do I?” and worked on using up a few other things, but since I decided I had to bring it back into my routine my skin has gone back to normal, it’s clearing up any residing healing spots, and I’ve had no knew ones where I was getting them every 2-3 days. I can not go back to life without this now I don’t think. Skin magic in a bottle.
I’m really lazy when it comes to moisturiser – actually immediately as I write that I take it back, there’s not many that I ever find that I like enough that inspire me to keep using them frequently. My oily skin means a lot end up not working for me under makeup, and when they’re really heavy I end up hating the feeling of them on my skin. When I went to the Kiehl’s event a few weeks ago I repicked up the Ultra Facial Cream which was a total standout for me last year, I picked up the smaller sized tub for it to be a travel friendly size for me to take away with me but I have been using it most days since getting it and my skin is already thankful for having it back in.
Getting a bit Kiehl’s heavy here (prepare for one more after this), but the Creamy Avocado Eye Cream is the eye cream I go back to over and over. There’s a trick to this eye cream where you have to massage it between your fingers before patting it down, but it breaks it down to a silky watery thin cream which really nourishes my undereyes.
In terms of Face Masks there’s two which I have been going back to over and over for the past year, they both give me kind of similar results, but I still love them both to be able to say both would be warranted in your collection. First up, probably my favourite face mask of all time, a strong statement if you know me – is The Body Shop’s Blue Corn Mask. This stuff is gorgeous, it’s thick and has a weird seedy texture from the blue corn husks, it dries down to a clay and over time dries out. Washing away it gently exfoliates the skin and nourishes. It’s a purifying mask which shifts blackheads almost instantly. I’ve told just about everyone about this mask and all of my closest friends are as hooked on it as I am.
Second mask is the Kiehl’s Cranberry and Turmeric Mask, this also has a creamy seedy texture that dries to a clay like texture too, this one feels tingly on the skin. Again the seeds in this act as a gentle exfoliaant, this time leaving effects which brighten and plump the skin. This is pegged as pre-makeup, 10 minute mask for the morning, if you have time for that, well done – you’re doing life right. But I like leaving this on for about 30 minutes in the evening which will give me glowing skin for the next morning.
2 Fairly new ones and whilst I wouldn’t want to class either of these as something I’ve only been using properly over the past few weeks. Glycolic Acid, I’ve been a fan of the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads as they sit by my bedside and if all else has been forgotten I do these just before going to bed as it’s so quick and easy. I also really like the Ordinary 7% Glycolic Acid, which I have been using 2-3 times a week, I tend to try and use this when I get home from work if I end up taking my makeup off straight away and leaving it on my skin for a few hours. 7% is pretty intense for a Glycolic Acid and it stings a little for the first 30 seconds or so, but together neither seem to have been causing any irritation, and seem to be fitting into the rest of my routine well.
Apart from the new Glycolic Acid products which I’m still making my mind up on, I’ve written full reviews on most of the mentioned in the past, if you’re interested in hearing more on them you can click one of the links below:
Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleanser // Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment // Kiehl’s Cranberry and Turmeric Face Mask // The Body Shop Blue Corn Face Mask
What are your favourite skincare staples?