We probably all experience irritated skin in some form over the years – whether it be dry, chapped skin or acne. It’s a nightmare to deal with, but with the right products help is at hand. Lately my skin has been blemish-prone but very dehydrated and uncomfortable because of spot treatments etc. – a bit of a nightmare really.
The spot treatment I’ve been using to help my skin is the Avene TriAcneal Cream (£19.55), which I’ve heard so many good things about. It’s meant to help reduce the blemishes and also scarring, when used over a period of two months – I’ve been using it a couple of times a week for roughly two weeks now and it seems to be working well. It has a peeling effect, so my skin definitely seems a lot brighter and clearer where I don’t tend to get blemishes which is always a plus. I use it as a targeted spot corrector so I apply it only to the affected area, but it is still quite drying on my poor skin!
To deal with any dry, tight skin I use the La Roche-Posay Ciciaplast Baume (£6.50) – this stuff is amazing for tending to irritated skin, and I always keep it on hand for when winter gets a bit much. Despite being called a balm, it’s more like a cream – it’s not even that thick to be honest. You could use it as moisturising if you wanted. It’s intensely hydrating, very soothing and instantly relieving – pretty special am I right. If you’re prone to chapped skin or similar, this is the stuff to sort you out – it feels lovely when applied and it really helps to keep skin in check.
A few times a week, I use the Dr Jart + Water-Max Sleeping Mask (£23.25) which is the ultimate overnight mask for hydrating and smoothing. It feels beautiful when applied and I always wake up with skin that feels unbelievably soft and plump. Even when my skin isn’t in such a state, I make sure I use this regularly as I find it’s so good for dehydrated skin.
As for eyes, my poor tired eyes have really relied on the Pai Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream (£28) lately – this stuff is HEAVENLY! Lately my poor peepers have been looking dry, puffy and just a bit gross. My skin really takes a beating because my immune system ain’t great if you’re wondering. I don’t think I could live without this eye cream now, it really soothes and calms and helps to hydrate and brighten my eyes – it really does work miracles. A little amount morning and evening makes all the difference, and my eyes are back to full health in no time.
Do you have a skincare routine for when you’re not looking so great?
It’s just typical that I don’t have a good cleanser for ages and then four come along at once – but I’m definitely thankful as cleansers are my favourite skincare product, I couldn’t live without a good cleanser! Here’s the four that have made their way in to my hands lately…
So after my recent Cult Beauty splurge, I added two new cleansers to my list - the Oskia Perfect Cleanser (£32.50) is a light balm cleanser that I’ve been using every night to remove makeup, I’m always a bit meh when it comes to balms as they can be a bit rich and smothering on my skin, even though I use another cleanser afterwards I find that sometimes they leave a sort of film on my skin. Anyway, this doesn’t at all – it melts in quickly, removes every trace of makeup and rinses away easily. And I should think so too, for that price. It’s meant to be more for mature/dry skin but I find that when I use a lot of products for clearing up blemishes (which I do every day), my skin is hugely dehydrated so this keeps me in check. Wonderful stuff!
I also added my first Sunday Riley cleanser to my bathroom shelves (sorry Jordan, you’re just going to have to put your hair pomade shiz elsewhere). The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser (£35) is a lovely creamy cleanser aimed at combination skin, it uses clay to decongest and also helps to boost circulation and encourage a healthier, brighter complexion. So far, I’m a fan! I’m a little wary of how foamy it is, but it doesn’t seem to be too stripping on my skin – I’ve only been using it a few times a week but I have to say my skin is looking better. Here’s hoping it stays that way.
I also mentioned the latest Clarins release this past week, the Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream (£20) – you can see my full review here but in short, I am loving this stuff. It’s creamy but not heavy, and it feels lovely when applied to the skin. It has just the right texture I think, I find creamy makeup removers like this do far more for my acne-prone skin as they’re not stripping the skin but rather supplying it with the nutrients it needs to flourish. This contains a number of skin-loving ingredients to cleanse, purify and protect. The massive tube is a bonus too.
Last on my list is the most recent addition, the Trilogy Balance Gel Cleanser (£19.60) is a lovely offering from one of the best natural brands out there – plus they’re a New Zealand brand! I love their brilliant rosehip oil so I was keen to try more from them, and this is just as wonderful as I expected. It’s very mild, contains no soap or other stripping ingredients and isn’t at all harsh – it just gently cleanses and leaves my skin looking and feeling clearer and smoother. I’m yet to give this a proper review as it’s only been in my hands for a number of weeks but I will update you when I have more of a feel for it.
I know better than anyone how frustrating having bad skin is, and I imagine it’s even worse if you have a budget to work with. So I gathered up the skincare I use to help care for my skin that doesn’t cost a fortune and here we are, a budget blemish skincare video.
I wouldn’t say this is specifically for one age group, these products will work for all skin types, ages and most concerns – from oiliness, dehydrated skin, dull skin, blemish-prone or acne-prone skin, scarring etc.
I’ve linked to all the products in the description box, let me know what you think!
I’ve been in dire need of a new cleanser lately, so when this Clarins offering headed my way I got straight in there to see if it suited my heavy list of cleanser requirements. Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream (£20) is a recent release, and well timed if you’re thinking about switching up your skincare routine ready for Spring (though that seems very, very far away with the current weather situation).
The 200ml tube is a great size, and the simple Clarins packaging fits well with my many, many other Clarins skincare staples – pretty sleek, easy to use cap lid and the product itself is very creamy and thick, although it almost has a light gel-ness to it as I don’t find it at all too rich.
Along with the usual makeup removal and purifying action, this little wonder also helps to cleanse the skin of any impurities caused by environmental aggressors – ideal if, like me, you live in a big city where pollution is rife. The formula uses Moringa Seed, something we seem to hear about a lot in skincare at the moment, to purify the skin and help to create a barrier to protect the skin from these pollution particles.
The cleanser feels fresh and creamy and it instantly dissolves and melts away any traces of makeup or other grime without much effort, I use a face cloth and warm water to ensure my skin is completely purified. After use, my skin always feels lovely and cleansed – a bit brighter perhaps because of the face cloth polishing action in there too.
Overall, this is a great creamy cleanser that does its job in removing makeup and other dirt – I use it first in my skincare routine and then follow with another cleanser which perhaps does a little more than just cleansing. This is a basic, no-frills cleanser in my opinion, deserving of the price (head to Escentual as they always have Clarins products far cheaper) and the big tube means it will last some time.
It’s not too fancy, but does the job and I use it every evening at the moment to cleanse my skin, and sometimes again in the morning if I fancy it – it’s hydrating, doesn’t strip the skin and keeps my skin balanced and clean.