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Current Skin Care Favourites

Updated on May 3, 2019
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After a good 8 years of not being completely happy with my skin, and MANY brands later, I've found some products that so far I've stuck with

DISCLAIMER

Skin products are very subjective, although I love these products and think they're great for my skin, not everyone will feel the same.

These are my views and opinions only, not facts.

If you're going to buy any of the products mentioned below, please make sure to check the online descriptions etc, particularly if you have sensitive skin.

Also please make sure you only buy these products from legitimate websites or stores some websites may offer very cheap alternatives to high end products and these could damage your skin.

The Body Shop : Tea tree mattifying toner & foaming cleansing face wash

I started using these 2 products about 6 months ago and within weeks I noticed a difference in my skin, particularly the amount of blemishes I was getting.

I tend to get blemishes throughout the month which obviously increase around the time of the month, if I drink less water, if my diet changes etc, but for years I have suffered with 'bad' skin and wanted to attempt to improve it, even slightly. Don't get my wrong my skin isn't awful but no one likes developing spots. Both contain tea tree which is known to help clear up skin and the toner is mattifying so is great for oily prone skin.

I started of using the face wash morning and night and the toner just at night (little tip - put your toner on using your hands, clean hands of course! I'll do a post about this soon!) Once I started to notice my blemishes fading and occurring less frequently I switched to some more gentle products- as the toner in particular contains alcohol. I still go back to these products on 'bad' skin days and swear by them for acne prone skin.

Both products retail at about £6 so I'd say they're in the drugstore category and are pretty reasonably priced. The Body Shop regularly puts on sales and has discounts, particularly if you're a student, so keep an eye out!


La Roche-Posay toleraine cleanser

One of my favourite YouTubers is skin guru - Caroline Hirons. I've been watching her for years now and tend to pick up products she highly recommends. One of these was the La Roche-Posay toleraine cleanser. If you've watched This Morning recently you would have seen her on there talking about this particular cleanser.

It's a milky cleanser and retails at about £12.50 for 200ml. Although its advertised for sensitive skin, it's suitable for all skin types but the added benefit of it being suitable for sensitive skin is that is so gentle and won't cause any irritation (unless you're super unlucky). The formula contains no parabens, no preservatives, no fragrance, no alcohol, no colourants and no lanolin. It is 100% hypoallergenic and also non-comedogenic so it won't block pores! It's enriched with Glycerine and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to instantly soothe and cleanse skin and is dermatologically tested.

I use this daily, morning and night, double cleansing in the morning and especially if im using it to take of makeup! I find it thoroughly cleanses my skin without drying it out or leaving any uncomfortable residue, and for the price is a great go-to cleanser!

Pixie Glow Tonic

Not only is this an award winning toner, it's fairly affordable! Pixie Glow Tonic retails at £18 for 250ml.

One of my favourite things about this toner is that its alcohol free. Some of my favourite products contain alcohol but alcohol can cause dryness, erosion of the surface of skin, and a strain on how skin replenishes, renews, and rejuvenates itself. Glow tonic is an exfoliating toner which helps firm and tighten the skin while removing dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. The skin is exfoliated and purified with Glycolic Acid, Ginseng improves circulation and energises and Aloe vera soothes and hydrates.

I use this morning and night after cleansing to refresh and prep my skin for my other products and it gives a lovely glow.

La Roche-Posay effaclar duo + SPF 30

I bought this after seeing Zoella talk about it in a vlog. If any of you have watched her at any point you may know she's suffered from bad skin which has now cleared up almost completely and one of the main products she spoke about on her channel was the La Roche-Posay effaclar duo.

This product is a spot treatment that corrects and moisturises for 'clearer skin in 4 weeks'. It noticeably reduces spots, controls shine and reduces the appearance of dark marks.


I've mentioned the new formula as it contains SPF 30 which is an added benefit to the original and definitely worth buying. It is advertised as being " Specifically formulated for oily and acne-prone skin in both adults and teenagers. A dual action daily gel-moisturiser that minimises the appearance of spots and blackheads, limits shine and reduces inflammation in order to prevent red and brown pigmentation marks that are sometimes left by spots. Provides immediate protection from UVA and UVB rays. Helps shield the skin from the damaging effects of pollution and infrared over time. Keeps skin hydrated for 24 hours. Clearer skin in 4 weeks. Suitable for even sensitive skin."

I tend to buy this from boots however other places do stock it so shop around to find the best deal.

I have been using this for around 6 months now and it has become a staple part of my skin routine. Usually I will put this on my problem areas - usually my chin, in the evening after toner however i'd recommend using the SPF one during the day under makeup or on bare skin!

Origins Ginzing Moisturiser and Eye Cream

For a while I didn't wear moisturiser as I found most were too heavy and took too long to soak into my skin. After doing some research I learnt that if you want a lightweight moisturiser, you need a gel formula. Although on the high end side, I purchased the ginzing energy boosting gel moisturiser from Origins. This retails at £22.50 for 50ml but a little definitely goes a long way!

It's definitely light weight and has been developed to transform tired, dull skin. I often find my skin looks very dull and this is perfect for adding a bit of radiance to my complexion! It is specially formulated with radiance-boosting Panax Ginseng and energising Coffee Bean.

Whats better is that it is oil-free! It absorbs so quickly into my skin and is great to use daily, morning and night, particularly if I have used a harsher cleanser or toner.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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