I’m definitely in the “less is more” camp when it comes to skincare. Firstly, because my skin definitely prefers to be left to its own devices and, secondly, because I am lazy and would rather sleep for an extra 10 minutes than do a double-triple-quadruple cleanse. My skin is, on the whole, pretty good but I have been suffering from horrible hormonal breakouts recently. These few products (and this is basically my whole routine, apart from a couple of face masks now and again and exfoliation when I need it) have been helping my combination-normal skin get back to its usual self.
1. Cleanse: Una Brennan Superfacialist Tea Flower Purifying Cleansing Wash
The Una Brennan range is well known amongst bloggers as a great, affordable selection of proucts and the Superfacialist Tea Flower Purifying Cleansing Wash is my favourite daily cleanser. Gel cleansers are my favourite kind, and this lightweight gel formula is great to use both morning and night. Just massage it in to your face, work it into a little bit of a lather then rise with warm water. Amongst other things, the Tea Flower cleanser contains salicylic acid which helps fight spots, decongests skin and leaves you feeling refreshed.
2. Tone: Lush Tea Tree Water
Another ingredient which is great for keeping spots under control is tea tree. I’ve been using tea tree cream for years on cuts, scrapes, spots… basically anything you want to keep free of bacteria. So, a Tea Tree Water toner seemed like a good idea to me! In the morning I usually give my face a spritz straight from the bottle for a cooling and refreshing start to the day, then at night I’ll spray some on to a cotton pad and swipe it over my face to get rid of impurities and any last traces of makeup/cleanser. This product is great because it’s clarifying without being too harsh and it doesn’t leave skin feeling tight or drained of moisture – although I would definitely recommend following it up with a moisturiser afterwards.
3. Moisturise: Antipodes Divine Face Oil
I’m still on the hunt for my perfect moisturiser, so in this category I’m recommending the Antipodes Divine Face Oil instead. A luxurious mixture of avocado and rosehip oil, this is a real treat for parched skin. Although my skin isn’t super dry, I do tend to get quite a lot of dry patches around my nose and this really helps skin repair and hydrate itself. The formula is rich and moisturising so it’s best for use in the evenings and you’ll wake up with plump, happy skin. It’s also great for helping to reduce scarring and evening out skin in general.
4. Face Mask: REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial*
If your skin is looking a bit lacklustre (which tends to happen at this time of year), this new little gem from REN is the one for you. The REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial mask is designed to be a super quick one minute treatment, which you can use every three days, to give your skin a boost. Packed full of Vitamin C, it makes your skin feel plumped, energised and firmed – it reminds me a lot of the results you get from the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask but in just a fraction of the time. With regular use, REN also claim the Flash Rinse mask will help to reduce fine lines and imperfections and I’m hoping it will help to fade the red marks left behind by recently departed spots. I really like how quickly this mask works and it’s especially great to use on mornings when your skin is looking a little bit dull.
5. Treatment: Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion
Hormonal breakouts tend to bring more than their fair share of those horrible, painful under-the-skin spots and the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion has been the only product I’ve tried so far that has made any difference to mine. Now, this isn’t a miracle cure – it will still take a week or two to disappear completely – but the Buffering Lotion significantly reduces the size of the spot and makes it bearable to leave it alone to run its course. Just give the bottle a vigorous shake and apply a few drops directly to the spot, then leave it to work its magic overnight (I’d recommend applying it a couple of times throughout the day too if you’re at home and not wearing makeup). After about 3 days the swelling will be reduced and it won’t be so angry and painful any more.
What are your skincare staples at the moment?