I feel like I’m constantly battling with my skin. Honestly, I don’t think there has ever been a time where I’ve looked in the mirror and thought ‘Finally! My skin looks perfect!’. From the age of 11, I’ve always had some sort of a skincare routine. I remember when YouTube first came about, I’d watch hours of skincare routine videos and then beg my mum to take me to Superdrug so that I could buy all the products that they showed off.
I used to think that the more products I used, the better my skin would be. I’d honestly wash my face with 6 or 7 different cleansers twice a day, scrub my face with harsh exfoliants and slap on 4 thick layers of moisturiser. As a result of how many products I was using (just on cleansing alone), my face constantly threw the biggest skin tantrums ever, but I’d continue to use all the products since I thought it was the right thing to do.
Thank the lord that I finally started to do some research on skincare. I quickly learned that my over cleansing, over exfoliating and over moisturising literally was destroying my skin. No wonder I once ended up with a big ol’ skin infection right in between my brows.
Despite me still using a lot of products now, I actually got clued up on my skins needs.
Finding out your skin type is essential for figuring out what your skin needs.
Personally, I have extremely oily and acne prone skin.
If you’re like me, these are the list of products and ingredients you need to look out for:
- Salicylic Acid
- Glycolic Acid
- Water Gel Moisturiser
To remove all of my makeup, I first use the Primark PS… Makeup Remover Cloth. These cloths are dirt cheap, and they save you having to use a ridiculous amount of cotton pads.
Once the majority of my makeup has been removed with the cloth, I use the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water to get off any last traces of my makeup.
It’s essential that you remove all of your makeup before you go to sleep and before continuing with the rest of your routine.
My one true love. I’ve been using this stuff for around a year now, and I’m hooked. I can’t even tell you how many bottles of this that I’ve been through.
The Glycolic Acid in the toner helps to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, leaving you with bright and glowy skin (hence the name).
Glycolic Acid is also going to help reduce the amount of breakouts you have since it removes dead skin, leaving your pores unblocked.
I actually reviewed the The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution when I first started to test it out and I wasn’t its biggest fan.
Now, my skin would be a train wreck without it.
The Salicylic Acid is going to help to unblock your pores and clear them out, leaving you with less breakouts. Winner winner, chicken dinner.
Please be careful when first experimenting with acids. You may have to slowly introduce them into your routine.
Again, like the Pixi Glow Tonic, I’ve been using this for around a year now.
The combination of the Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater is going to help to hydrate your skin and help to take down any redness you have.
Also, this product isn’t just for your face. You can use it to cool down sunburn, in your hair, to wet brushes or beauty blenders, to set makeup… The possibilities are literally endless.
Now this is something I’ve only recently introduced into my routine and I’m already hooked on it.
I used to spend a fortune on different moisturisers, and 90% of the time I was never fully happy with them.
This Organic Aloe Vera Gel is going to not only hydrate your skin, but also help to fight acne.
I need this by the gallon thank you very much.
My one true skincare saviour. Whilst most of my routine is in place to help treat and prevent acne, I still do get the occasional breakout. Most of the time, I do notice that the breakouts are my own fault. Not drinking enough water, not cleaning my brushes and beauty blender etc.
The one thing to remember when using the Drying Lotion is NOT to shake the bottle before using. You need to dip a q-tip through the clear liquid and into the pink formula in the bottom.
I can guarantee that if I pop this on over night, my spots have either reduced a significant amount, or have completely vanished.
Every Two Day Skincare
I received this in a Influenster VoxBox a few months back and I’m obsessed.
It really makes my skin feel as if it’s had a good ol’ clean, but doesn’t dry my skin out like a lot of other cleansers do.
Again, I received this in a VoxBox from Influenster.
This was the first powder exfoliant I had ever tried, but now I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the usual gel/cream exfoliators.
You have to pour some of the powder into the palm of your wet hands, and then massage around your face like you would with any other physical exfoliators.
Ever since using this, I definitely notice that the horrible dry skin flakes that I occasionally get have vanished. Praise the lord for Dermalogica!
3. Dead Sea Spa Magik Mud Mask
This is my OG product.
One of my first ever blog posts was a review of this, and I’m still hooked.
I love how you only need to keep this mask on for 1-5 minutes and then wash it off. I’m definitely not a fan of the masks that feel like you have to wear it until your 80.
The mud helps to draw out all impurities in the skin, whilst giving your pores a good ol’ clean out.
Also, once this mask is dry, you can literally see all these tiny dots on your face where it’s pulling out the gunk from your skin. The gross side of me loves this.
Now, I know I just said I hate masks that take forever to dry, but this one is worth it.
Mix this powder mask in with Apple Cider Vinegar and/or water and leave to dry for 20 minutes.
I won’t go into too much detail here since I already have a review of this on my blog, but you NEED this in your life.
I was kindly sent over these recently and I’m now wondering how I ever lived without them.
I’ve used nose strips in the past, but never found they did anything apart from give me a Rudolf nose.
Once these have dried, you carefully peel it off and you can literally see all the blackheads that it’s managed to pull out.
I don’t like to brag, but my strip was prettyyyy full of gunk.
What are your skincare essentials?