I started to write a skincare routine blog and then realised that it was getting a bit too convoluted so I decided to strip it back to the products* that personally help my skin. Apparently people have really focused more on their skincare routine over the past year. Perhaps it’s due to spending more time at home, but I do find that a good skincare routine is an essential part of self care for me and I have managed to discover one that is quick and easy too.
I have combination skin prone to breakouts, so I have oily skin on my chin and nose area, but normal to dry skin on my forehead and cheeks. Even though in places, it’s more on the oily side, my skin can at times be dehydrated. Apparently more and more women in their 30’s and above are experiencing breakouts usually the culprits are hormones, stress and pollution. I certainly find that I have more trouble with my skin now than I did as a teenager. However, I have found products that really help improve my skin despite its increased irritability. Skincare is such a personal thing and there will be people with similar skin to mine who find that these products don’t work as well for them and if your skin type is dry, then there may be only a couple of items on here that are relevant, but hopefully this will help people think about their routines and they may find something useful.
Bee Good - Cream Cleanser
Although my skin can be oily in places, I find that using a cream cleanser such as this one more often, helps to reduce breakouts. If I use a foaming face wash everyday my skin tends to produce more oil in response. I also find it is essential to double or even triple cleanse at night if I’ve been wearing makeup, as the tiniest spot of foundation left could and has caused me to breakout the next day. So good cleansing is essential.
The Body Shop Drops of Light - Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel
The word peel can be off-putting and scary to some but I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the texture of my skin through using this product. Unlike manual exfoliators that have walnut shells or other physical exfoliants in that cause micro tears in the skin, chemical exfoliants very gently take off the dead skin and it’s actually a very satisfying process! I first came across this product a few years ago when I was in The Body Shop in Leeds and a shop assistant demoed some on the back of my hand. I admit at first I was a bit sceptical as the product goes on like a gel but then as it is rubbed in, lots of tiny bits of skin are taken off which I thought at first were the product. I didn’t buy it straight away but for the rest of the afternoon, I couldn’t believe how smooth the back of my left hand was as opposed to my right, so I went back to the shop and purchased some. I had some vouchers on my Body Shop card so it was a great deal too! They do a few different peels at The Body Shop to choose from and also more brands seem to be bringing out these chemical exfoliants so you’ll probably see many around to choose from.
La Roche-Posay - Effaclar Duo
I discovered through reading and following the excellent Sali Hughes Beauty column in The Guardian. This is one of the most effective anti-spot devices in my skincare arsenal. It can be a touch drying, so I use this in the areas of my face that experience breakouts to stop them forming and if one does appear (usually when I’ve forgotten to put this on) it makes it so much less severe than it could have been. It’s even saved me from a bout of cystic acne before. This product is often on deals and on offer and a tube lasts a while if you use it only on certain areas of your face.
Hada Labo Tokyo - Lotion Anti Ageing Super Hydrator
This was again another buy that I found through Sali Hughes. To help my dehydrated skin, I find that one or two pumps of this hyaluronic acid lotion really helps, especially in the morning when my skin can be more dehydrated. It also makes my moisturiser go a bit further. It doesn't break me out and unlike other hyaluronic acid serums that I’ve tried, it doesn’t pill on the skin if you add sunscreen or foundation. A definite must buy for me and luckily it’s often on offer. Of course, drinking water also really helps and I’m going to be starting my lemon water routine again soon as I do feel better for drinking it.
Origins Original Skin - Matte Moisturiser with Willowherb
I try different moisturisers throughout the year but avoid ones that have pore blocking ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter as I will break out from them. At the moment I use this Origins one which is gel-like in texture and seems to hydrate my skin pretty well without overloading it. Again, Origins can often be found on offer, this moisturiser was part of a set I got in a Black Friday deal.
If my skin is really playing up then a face mask can really help it to settle down. Origins Out of Trouble is great as are the Caudalie clay masks and any mask really that is suited to oily combination skin.
These are just a few things that I find are my skincare saviours but I am always on the hunt for anything that can help. What do you find helps your skin the most? Let me know on Insta, or in the comments below.
*I’m not affiliated of any of these brands, or on any commission, these are just my personal choices that I find help my skin.