I have always been one of those types who has experimented with skincare products over the years. Growing up, I had the most horrendous spots you could imagine, and was realy self conscious about them. so the more products I could find to rid me of those CRATERS OF DOOM, the better.
I tried them all. Lotions, potions, creams, cleansers, scrubs...the list goes on and on, but nothing really seemed to help. I was just one of those poor unfortunate souls (name that film) who was cursed with bad skin.
As I came out of my teens, my skin cleared up a bit, but in place of spots were a few scars to remind me of the trauma, and the odd invasion of my skin by bouts of pimples (mostly on my chin!)
Now that I'm in my mid-20s, I don't really mind the odd pimple appearing. I've becomes really comfortable in my skin, and especially lately, have really started paying attention to what my body is telling me.
I have combination skin. I have an oily T-zone, dry patches on my cheeks, and my skin is really sensitive. Basically, I have to be really picky on the products I use otherwise my skin cries!
These are the products that work best for me at the moment. If you have a similar skin type, you could give these a go, but nobody knows your skin better than you.
St Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub - Blemish Fighting: A bit of a cult classic really. When I was a teenager, this was the product everyone talked about. And only now, at the tender age of 26, I have only just discovered it. I LOVE this scrub. It smells lovely and fresh, and isn't harsh on my skin at all. The exfoliating properties make my visage feel soft and smooth rather than dry and horrible, and with regular use, my scarring looks fainter and my spots look less angry. It's a great product to have in the shower because you can use it when you wash your hair (I'm big on multi-tasking, world-saving beauty tips!) I use this 3-4 times a week, and my skin is left feeling gorgeous!
St Ives Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes: These were a complete random purchase because I was in town and realised I was in need of face wipes. I picked these up because they were the only brand I recognised. (I haven't seen them in any other shop since.) These wipes are designed for Normal/Combination skin, which is perfect for me. They are also really handy as a cleanser. I don't wear much make up at all at work (mascara and concealer at a push,) so these wipes are good a removing just the grime and dirt that accumulates on my skin during the day. They don't have much of a scent either, which I like, because I don't really like having a facial... scent!
Simple Kind to Skin Protecting Moisture Cream: I am a big fan of the Simple brand because they do not use harsh ingredients in their products. I use this moisturiser everyday as a base for my skin, and to give it a bit of love and TLC. The formula is lovely and light, and soaks into the skin quickly. The SPF is a great addition because at work, I spend 85-90% of my time outside, so need skin protection. I'm hoping this bottle lasts me on holiday, because it's the perfect size to fit in my wash bag.
Witch Blemish Stick: You can't get a more natural a product for blemish-battling than witch hazel. I used to swear by this stick when I was younger, and now, I've rediscovered it. This stick is great to dab on any spots you may see/feel coming, or to put on any spots that have come out and you want to make disappear quickly. It dries out blemishes really quickly. This is great, but if you get dry areas of skin that are also susceptible to breakouts, make sure you use a moisturiser because it may make your skin a bit flakier than normal. But for me, it's perfect!
Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream: This product was a recommendation from one of the lovely ladies who gave me a make up lesson a month or so ago. I work shifts everyday, and am up early in the morning, so when I'm tired, it shows. Plus, because I am a redhead, my skin is naturally thinner, and when I get dark circles, they look awful. But within about 3 weeks of using this eye cream twice a day, they started to disappear, and now, I don't really have them at all (yay!) It is a bit pricier than high street/drug store eye creams, but I think it's definitely worth it, and a little goes a long way!
Milk Cut Down, Water Upgrade: I am an absolute milk FIEND. I can drink a pint of milk in one go like it's water. But with the weather getting warmer, I've been drinking less milk, and drinking more water, and the difference in my skin is ridiculous! At first, I thought it was just a weather-related thing that was making my skin clear up, but it's actually drinking less milk. Whenever I drink a lot of milk, or eat lots of dairy, my chin just erupts. I think a lot of my adolescent skin issues would have been resolved if I hadn't drunk so much milk. I'll still be drinking some and eating dairy (I need to get lots of calcium as my family has a history of osteoporosis,) but just cutting down a little every day, and increasing my water intake has really made a difference.
What skincare tips do you have?