I get asked quite a lot about what skin care products I use and so I thought I’d write up a little post about them, as I tend to stick to the same things. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
For removing my make-up I always make sure I have a little bottle of the Garnier Micellar Water. I find the small ones great for travel and I actually don’t need to use that much of it to remove a full face of make-up, especially if I’ve only been wearing a bit of base and mascara for a full day of work or something. This and a huge pack of cotton wool pads are essentials in my dressing table drawer. I’m not even going to lie and say that I never use make-up wipes because I’m actually a wipe lover! When you’re feeling super lazy or have rolled in hammered after a night out, wipes are the one. I always grab a double pack of Primark’s tea tree wipes when I’m in the queue and they’ll last me a while. Tea tree is basically my go-to for skin care. I’ve always known it works well for me, if I have a mega spot or a breakout I basically drown my skin in tea tree oil, I love it. The wipes are only £1 for TWO PACKS and I really like the feel of them, opposed to many others I’ve tried that are too rough or have too many of those horrible grooves. Yaaaack.
Onto cleansing and I use The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash. With tea tree being my skin saviour, I’ve tried a lot of different tea tree based cleansing washes in my time. I’ve had those super foamy ones which I love cos they’re fun and I like bubbles and foam and I promise I am twenty five but I don’t feel like they actually do much good to my skin. It basically feels like you’re rubbing the bubbles from the bath on your face, whereas with a thicker gel wash I feel like my skin’s getting a right good seeing to. I only use a small amount in my hand as it goes a long way and the bottle is pretty big so it always lasts me a few months. The Body Shop don’t make a toner and moisturiser in the same range, so petition for that please!! But they do do a clay mask which I am definitely going to pick up the next time I pop in for a stock up, as I love a good face mask every now and again, feels refreshing.
I said I liked tea tree and I wasn’t lying. I just think you should stick to what you know, especially in terms of your skin. I’ve been extremely lucky in that I’ve never really been troubled by bad skin, I wasn’t acne prone as a teenager and touch wood it won’t strike when I reach thirty or something. BUT, I have found that switching between products all the time really doesn’t have a great impact on my skin. Don’t get me wrong I get breakouts every now and again, but who doesnt!? And so now I know what I love and I keep re-buying because I know it works for me. Not to say I will never try any other products again, because I’m always open to recommendations and new products are constantly becoming available, but for now these are my always re-buy products.
For my toner and moisturiser I stick to my trusty Lush! I use their Tea Tree Toner Water and their Imperials moisturiser. I’ve been in love with the toner ever since I picked up a bottle last year when I did a bit of a haul in the Oxford Street store. It’s great because it comes in a spritz bottle, so when it’s hot you can use it as a nice little refresher for your face. It also means you don’t need to use a cotton wool pad every time you want to apply it. With the moisturiser, I actually tried a different Lush one before I settled on Imperials. I tried Skin Drink and although it was fine and agreed with my skin well, I really couldn’t get on with the smell of it, to me it smells really oaty, a bit like my morning porridge and I don’t particularly like the smell of that either. So the next time I went in I spent my time giving every single tester pot a good smell and read all of the ingredients and I fiiiiinally settled on Imperials. I find it especially great and soothing at night as the top note is lavender and so it’s really relaxing. I find it great for clearing up the little patches of dry skin I get around my nose and I also love it because honestly the tiniest bit goes a really long way. The moisturiser pots in Lush vary in price depending on product, but I do find them brilliant value for money, considering they are full of natural ingredients and they last a hell of a long time, although make sure you’re using it before it’s best before date.
Lastly, I use an eye gel from The Body Shop, their Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel which is super gentle and I love using before bed. I have absolutely awful dark circles under my eyes and I’ve really found that this has helped soften them since I started using it, although I definitely do still need a liberal amount of concealer on those bad boys.
So that’s it for my skin care products, do you have anything that you always re buy? Or do you love any of these bits too?
Garnier Micellar Water, 125ml – £1.99 Superdrug. Oil Balancing Skin Cleansing Wipes – £1 for two packs, Primark. Cotton Wool Pads, 120 pack – 50p Primark. Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, 250ml – £6 The Body Shop. Tea Tree Water Toner Water, 100g – £4.75 Lush. Imperials Moisturiser, 45g – £14.95 Lush. Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel, 15ml – £8 The Body Shop.