I have never had a complex skincare routine and I think this stems from the basic routine my mum always followed. This literally consisted of soap, water and then moisturiser. As time has passed, I have developed my routine and although it remains pretty simple, I have established which products keep my skin clear and supple.
In my opinion, Micellar water is one of the greatest beauty inventions. I often use one to remove my makeup a few hours before lathering up with a facial wash. To do so, I have recently been using the Garnier Sensitive Cleansing Water which very much does the job and I know is widely popular.
However, my favourite is the L’Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water, which you can often find on offer either at Boots or Superdrug.
I have never suffered with many spots or blemishes, but they do form part of my life and I like a good face wash to clean and refresh my skin.
I have used various drugstore face washes over the years and have seen the ever cheesier celebrity infused Neutrogena adverts for the grapefruit facial wash on the television. However, none of these celebrities sold it to me. Interestingly, Sinead from TheMakeUpChair managed it… so I tried it, loved it and bought an additional green variety to try.
Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit facial wash – ‘helps eliminate spots and blackheads with a fresh clean feel’
Visibly Clear Pore & Shine daily wash – ‘visibly mattifies the skin and unclogs pores with tangerine and lime’
At time of purchase these were 2 for £7 in Superdrug but are usually about £4.79.
To use, the gels lather well and smell divine whilst massaging it into the face. The pink grapefruit variety gives a slightly fresher fragrance with the tangerine and lime being the sweeter of the two. Just one pump is enough to cleanse the face and neck, working gently with my sometimes sensitive skin. If I haven’t taken my makeup off beforehand, I can also rely on these to remove every scrap of my makeup, without irritating my eyes.
Over time I have noticed a reduction in the number of blemishes and blackheads. I am also happy with how my skin feels once it has been cleansed, rinsed and dried. There is no product out there that can clean my skin and not leave me needing to moisturise and this one is no different. However, it clears my skin leaving it feeling fresh and clean, but skin feeling overly dry, and is gentle enough for regular use. Win win for me, particularly when considered alongside the affordable price tag. Overall, my experience has been very positive and I have made several repurchases of the pink grapefruit – thoroughly recommended.
I have been using a combination of moisturiser and facial oil recently, depending on my fancy at the time. The first is the Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil. You can find more information in my detailed review by clicking here.
The moisturisers are the L’Oreal Collagen Wrinkle Decrease Re-plumping creams and I have both the day cream and the night cream. Normally priced at around £10, I picked these up on offer at half price.
Attractively presented in white, gold and shades of purple, these creams are pleasing to the eye and only delicately scented. Aimed at those interested in anti-aging and collagen boosting, these products claim to plump, smooth and fill wrinkles and is appropriate for all skin types.
I have been really pleased with both of these products. The day cream is light, fresh and contains UVA/UVB protection against the sun. The night cream is heavier, richer and more luxurious, to fortify the natural restoration process our skin undertakes overnight. However, both glide across the skin, absorbing quickly and providing instant moisture, and a smooth soft and supple complexion. Use over time has given me plumper, softer and more hydrated skin, which appears more youthful. As a repurchase, this is something I would recommend as a moisturiser for those seeking the aforementioned benefits.
Have you tried any of these products or do you have any good alternatives? Let me know!