One thing that I pride myself on when it comes to purchasing new skincare is… I do my research. Whether the product is £5.00 or £50.00 I want to know if I’m wasting my money or not. I read endless reviews, check on how to use the product correctly for the best results and I always make sure that the products are best for my skin type. Grab yourself a cuppa and treat yourself to a biscuit, this might be a long one…
Before I talk you through my current skincare favourites I just want you to know that what works for me, may not work for you. I urge you to do your research, find out your skin type, find out what your skin care needs are and then find the best products you can to suit your budget. There are so many amazing brands out there at the moment that offer outstanding products that really do work, so please don’t always think that by spending more money your getting better results because that’s not always the case. I chose my products after countless weeks of research and after using some of the brands before, I knew the quality I was getting. So let me talk you through…
Both of these cleansers are equally as good as the other, the big difference is the price.
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash – £17.50 Checks and Balances works to balance the skins dry and oily areas and I like the feeling of my skin after I use it, it literally squeaks it’s that clean. It can leave me feeling a little dry at times, mainly in the winter as my skin tends to become more dry/ dehydrated and in need of more hydration. The consistency of the cleanser is thick and silky soft and I feel it really does work to get your skin as clean as possible. It does have a slight fragrance to it which I don’t mind at all but it could put others off. I think it smells like a spa so having a little mini spa at home is ok with me.
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser – £5.50 The squalane cleanser has a light, gel like consistency and delivers a very high quality cleanse. Your skin feels super clean and silky soft after use and the fact that it can be used for all skin types is amazing, especially with the price being so good. The squalane in the product is a natural form of hydration so it works to keep your skin hydrated and prevents the loss of moisture. There’s no odour to the product and that’s fine by me. One thing The Ordinary pride themselves on is the unnecessary addition of ingredients to products that make them more complicated, more expensive and pose more of a risk of irritation. They really do try to suit everyone.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution – £6.80 I know that people can be put off this product because of the word acid in the title but trust me it delivers the best, mild exfoliation to the skin. It also has a combination of juniper berries and aloe vera in there to naturally give your skin a boost and to provide soothing comfort. You’re only supposed to use this toner once a day and it’s recommended to be used in the PM. I use this straight after cleansing my skin and before I apply any serums and moisturisers. This product is generally not recommended for any sensitive, dry or broken skin types as you do get a slight tingle with use but it’s not painful or irritating, I just like to think that it’s getting to work doing it’s job. The best way to use is to saturate one cotton pad and sweep all over the face once and don’t go over the same area twice. I take mine down the neck and onto my chest as I also put my moisturiser there too. Again, the price point is amazing for just how good this product is.
Origins – Ginzing Eye Cream – £23.00 This eye cream has been a staple of my skin care regimen for many years now and I absolutely love it. It provides the under eye area with an instant pick me up, as the cream has a slight glowy, fleshy tint to it that instantly brightens the under eye area and helps to reduce the look of dark circles. This eye cream is mainly supposed to be used in the AM but I also use it at night too as I’m still on the hunt for a good, anti-aging eye cream that I can use at night. Two of the main ingredients in this eye cream are coffee beans and ginseng, so I like to see this as my little wake me up coffee for the eyes. This little pot of goodness lasts me forever which makes the price point seem very reasonable. I tend to dab around the eye area and I also like to pop a little bit onto each eyelid to help with any puffiness in the mornings.
Plantscription Anti-Aging Treatment Lotion – £30.00 When I started looking for new skincare products I knew that one of my main skin concerns was aging. I’m no spring chicken anymore and my facial expressions have left me with lots of lines on my forehead and around my mouth that are quite prominent (I swear they only got worse after having kids…) So I went back to my old faithful brand, Origins to see if they would have anything to help me. I went for the Plantscription lotion as a way to help with the smoothness of my skin and to try and tackle my fine lines. Since using this I have noticed a slight improvement to my skin but as I’m not the best for consistency, I think I need to use it more to see better results. I really do like the feel of it on my skin and I feel it gives me a little boost. It’s best to pop this on with your fingers and tap it into the skin but I have used it on a cotton pad before and that tends to work fine for me.
Plantscription SPF25 Anti-Aging Moisturiser – £50.00 I love this moisturiser, (the price not so much) but if it works then I’m there for it and I really feel like this has made a difference to the look and feel of my skin. The moisturisers main purpose is to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and revive a look of bounce. It also contains an SPF to protect against any future signs of aging, to hopefully help you look younger for longer. I love the thick consistency of the cream and a little does go a long way. It’s mainly an AM moisturiser because it does contain an SPF but I pop it on at night too as I’m still on the hunt for a good night cream.
Sunday Riley – Luna Sleeping Night Oil – £45.00 This blue retinol can look a little scary for someone that’s never used a retinol before but it’s results speak for themselves. The retinol’s main purpose is to help correct all signs of aging but you also get a host of other amazing pay offs too. The oil helps to reduce redness, helps with eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne. You pop this oil on before bed and it gets to work whilst you sleep. The oil sinks into your skin and leaves it feeling super soft and don’t worry about the colour, you won’t wake up looking like a smurf, trust me! I feel it gives my skin a luminous look and the slight tingle you get on application helps it to look quite plumped and visibly nourished. I know that it’s very expensive for it’s size but one pipette will be enough for your whole face or you can just use it to spot treat areas of concern. It’s lasted me a long time and I can see the difference it makes with consistent use. I think out of all the anti-aging products I’ve seen, this is one of the best and deserves all the hype that comes with it.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray – £8.00 So this facial spray is just like a little pick me up in a bottle. It’s intended use is to be sprayed on before moisturiser but I tend to put it on last or just after makeup to add a little dewy glow. The smell is so refreshing and really wakes the senses up. I only tend to use this product on a morning or as a little boost during the day. It’s main purpose is to be a hydrating facial spray and I’d say that it’s like giving your skin a little drink of water to help it stay balanced, hydrated, soothed and boosted. A great buy and the price is so affordable, this product will last you such a long time so you will definitely get your moneys worth.
Summer Fridays – Jet Lag Mask 28g – £22.50 I recently purchased this mask from Cult Beauty and I’ve only used it once but I feel like it made my skin super soft, it looked very refreshed and almost dewy. This mask has so many rave reviews from celebs such as Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian so I’m hoping it does what it says on the tin. The masks main purpose is to hydrate the skin and leave it feeling super plumped. It’s Vegan and made with natural ingredients, antioxidants and vitamins to really nourish the skin. I’m hoping to use this mask once a week in line with my skincare and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good results.
The Ordinary – Vitamin C Suspension 30% – £5.80 This Vitamin enriched suspension is an anti-aging serum that I use every time I feel that my skin needs a pick me up or a quick boost. It’s packed full of vitamin c and antioxidants that really help to restore a bright, refreshed complexion. I find that the serum can cause a mild tingle on the skin so if you’re not into that, you can mix it with any other serum or moisturiser to help dilute it down. But try not to let that put you off because the pay off is really worth it. I wouldn’t really recommend the serum if you do have overly sensitive skin though as this will cause you too much irritation. The serum is very light weight and silky, and feels a lot like the squalane cleanser. Again for the price, this is a fab product that strips away all the unnecessary ingredients and lets the vitamin c do the talking.
So that is every skincare product I’m currently using and love and I recently filmed my whole routine so If you want to see me use these products then head on over to my YouTube channel to check t out.
I hope this post has given you some information and inspiration to try out some new skincare and if you have any recommendations (especially anti-aging eye creams) then I’d love to hear them.