It’s been a little minute since I last updated you on some of the skincare I’ve been turning to lately, so thought I’d fill you in on some of the products I’ve discovered (or reintroduced) into my routine.
Now, I’m going to be honest. I have exceptionally combination skin- when my skin is good, it’s really good- but during my period (and the glorious week before whereby I seem to get all the ‘warning’ signs), it can be really bad.
Naturally, sharing next to everything online, I’ve never wanted to post the ‘bad’ skin days- keeping those strictly for Instagram story filters and duvet days- but, being someone who grew up with severe acne (endless lotions, potions, tablets, red skin and flare ups)- felt like it really meant more to be honest.
I’ve had a few messages recently with people ‘thanking me for not covering up my imperfections’ on Instagram- and it seems like a (lovely) but strange thing to be thanking me for. We’re now so much so in an age whereby people cover up or filter everything, that seeing a pimple online seems like something to be thanked for- especially when it comes to skincare.
When I was 12 (yup, I got it young) I rarely saw anyone else with spots as bad as mine, and although I know my skin is far from terrible in these pictures, know that if I saw more girls with the odd pimple post now, it would have certainly make me feel less bad about mine. Growing up, it felt like if you had terrible skin it suggested you didn’t or weren’t trying hard with your skincare- but this post is a polite middle finger to that.
Because despite how consistently I care for my face, sometimes hormones and my body have other ideas- and that’s ok. It doesn’t mean I can’t talk about or enjoy skincare, and I’d like to think it doesn’t make me a bad representative of a brand either. We all get spots, just some of us would rather not share them, and that’s ok too.
But- despite that (and this list of products that I still love when my skin is playing up)- I thought I’d share a few others that have been helping remedy the good and bad skin days- and are perfectly spot on all-rounders no matter the weather (no pun intended).
Ah, this old chestnut. I’ve recently shared my love for this cleanser after a special trip with the brand– and it’s safe to say the reintroduction has been such a treat. Like an old friend, we’d probably unnecessarily drifted apart- but after getting back together it’s like no time had passed at all. It still works wonders on my skin, is nourishing and non-drying and works well whether my skin is clear or broken out. If I want something that’s not loaded with nasties, can get off everything from foundation to a stubborn mascara- this is my port of call and I’m happy she’s back in my life.
This gorgeous little moisturiser comes in from Dr. Roebuck- and like Cleanse and Polish, is a brilliant go-to no matter what my skin is up to. I used to always worry about moisturising a lot when my skin was bad, but since picking out some favourites- have realised it’s the complete opposite. With calming Vitamin E and Rosehip Oil- plus Hyaluronic Acid and Macadamia Oil, as well as being incredibly lightweight- it’s amazing at hydrating without feeling heavy and smells like the most delicious lavender too, which is only ever a lovely thing.
Having been introduced to this Shiseido number from my pal Brittany, I was more than excited to give this day cream a go. Packed with nutrients and a very fancy ‘ReNeura Technology™ to essentially reprogram the skin, encouraging cells to respond to the conditioning benefits of the formula’, it feels like smoothing a cooling yoghurt over your skin (an actual breakfast treat for your face)- which in my opinion is possibly the best way to wake up your skin in the morning. On top of that, it’s the perfect base for make up and sinks in beautifully- leaving my skin ready and glowing before I’ve even stepped out of the door.
I’d seen this mask dotted around online, and being the fickle person I am instantly fell for the name and packaging (never judge etc. etc.)- but wasn’t ready to fall head over heels until I’d actually given it a go. Knowing my purifying and detoxing masks well, I’m always on the hunt for a good burst of moisture when things get a bit dry post-breakout, and this locks that IN. I normally put it on before I hop in the bath and leave it on whilst I soak- it always works it’s magic, and I’ll definitely be taking it along during my next long haul too.
I’d seen a lot of Peter Thomas Roth products online (namely the infamous Pumpkin Enzyme mask), but it was only after giving this Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream a go that I truly got a sniff at why the name is so popular. With this promising intense hydration, it applies almost like water and absorbs almost instantly- cloud like, if you will! It’s an amazing base for make up and also feels perfectly hydrating before bed too- and quenches even the most parched of skin.