Firstly, allow me to give you a little overview of my skin. Apart from being rather pale, it is often quite dry, and sensitive to alot of products and ingredients. It’s also got a tenancy to be incredibly spot prone, especially during hormonal times or if I have used something my skin doesn’t agree with.
Often, to cure a dry skin many counter assistants have sold me thick, rich heavy creams. Whilst at first they may feel nice, it soon becomes apparent that the blemish prone side of my skin is not happy and seems to take great pleasure in showing me just how much. Therefore, it’s been a real struggle to find products and get into a routine which keeps my blemishes at bay, yet doesn’t aggravate my dryness or worsen my sensitivity.
It’s taken a good 10 years of trying countless products from every brand under the sun, but I finally think I’ve cracked it! The following items I have been using religiously morning and night for over 6 months now, and now I feel ready to share it with you.
(P.S: I have reviewed the majority of these products in dept on their own before, so have a snoop through my blog if you want more info on them, or just leave a comment below!)The full (current) product list:
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
Pixi Glow Tonic
The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Oil
La Roche Posay Effaclar K Moisturiser
The Body Shop Vitamin C Moisturiser
Dove Lip Balm
Sanctuary Clay Mask
Nspa Brightening Detox Scrub
And now onto when I would use said products….
In the morning I keep things nice and simple with just a light cleanse followed by Glow Tonic (suitable for both AM/PM use). I also follow up with a moisturiser, and tend to use the Body Shop one if going out in the sun with no make up on, i.e for my morning run. However if it’s a normal day and I intend to put make up on, then I use Effclar K.
There’s nothing worse than dry skin, especially if you are going to be putting foundation over the top. The steps I use to combat this is to add in cucumber after toner before serum/moisturiser. I use about 1 inch thick chunks which I buff into the skin, and I also slice thinner sections to place on my eye area. I promise if you have dry skin this will feel so nice you will never look back!
At night, I keep the momentum up by adding my Vitamin E serum before moisturiser to really leave my skin feeling soft.
The curse of the dreaded spots! Thankfully, since using Glow Tonic and Effaclar K in combination with my other products, I’ve noticed a huge reduction in the amount and frequency of my breakouts.
Twice a week I will also add in the Nspa detox brightening scrub at night. Every few weeks I will also use the Sanctuary 5 minute detox mask which is a clay mask that warms up on contact with the skin. This can bring blemishes out a little the next day, but this is because the clay has drawn out the impurities.
My one tip with having blemish prone skin when you also have dry/sensitive skin is: Don’t overscrub or use overly harsh products (especially any more than the packaging advises you too). I have been at that stage where you are super frustrated and nothing seems to work – but believe me overdoing things can be just as bad. Get into a good, gentle cleansing routine and follow up with the *right* aftercare and I promise things will get better.