I warn you now before I start this will be a lengthy post but I hope it will be helpful for someone out there :)
Just a quick introduction to the type of skin I have. I have normal to combination skin, my t-zone is oily especially my chin and the rest of my face is normal. I have a problem area on my chin where I have pigmentation, scarring and this is the area that I without fail get breakouts on regularly. Also I think skincare is particularly hard to advice people on as what might work for me might not work for you. So now all of that business is out of the way lets begin.
Step 1; Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: Probably the most popular cleanser in the beauty world and with good reason. I have been using this cleanser for 6 months and have had only positive results and I feel whenever I feel a bad breakout coming out this really calms and kind of stops it being so angry. So I pop this all over my face and let it sink in for about 5 minutes and then I use a musilin cloth to buff it off. I find that this cleanser really helps with redness and my general complexion.
Step 2; Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic: I think this is by far my favourite Liz Earle product. It is a toner to put it simply but the best part is that it doesn't contain any alcohol so it great for your skin. I have found since using this that skin really does look so much brighter and it possibly my favourite part of my skincare routine because it lives up to its name as an instant skin boost.
Step 3; Re-Gen Cream: A new product to my skincare routine which has been in my collection for a very long time. Some of you may have already read about this product on Zoella's blog (link here). To put this simply I think that this basically bio oil in cream form and is formulated to reduce scarring and blemished skin. I pulled this out of my collection when I was having a horrible breakout I have never seen my chin look so bad. The breakout was so aggressive and I knew that I was going to have to start using something that was going to actually heal my skin and reduce the scarring from previous spots that seem to stay around for years. So its been about 2 weeks now and my scarring has gone down dramatically which I am so pleased about.
Step 4; Origins Ginzing eyecream: Again another product that I absolutely love is this eye cream. The final step in my morning routine. I find this cream is not too heavy and really helps brighten up my under eye area and I find that it really reduces the blue tones that I have under my eyes. I know that GinZing is more of a illuminating eye cream but I feel like it fills in the really fine lines under my eyes and makes my concealer go on a lot better.
Step 2; Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make up Remover: To remove my eye make up this is my weapon of choice. I wear waterproof mascara everyday as it holds a curl better for me so by doing this it means that it is quite stubborn to remove. This product is a water and oil based product so you have to shake it beforehand. This is a really good product for the money as does not irritant they eyes at all even when you are trying to quite a lot of products off.
Step 3; Lush Fresh Farmacy Cleanser: I then double cleanse if you will as I shower at night. I am currently using up the Lush fresh farmacy cleanser. A really good cleanser as I find it really clarifying and it removes every scrap of make up and it also helps calm breakouts.
Step 4; Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic: I have already declared my love for this product above and I use it at night to create a nice clean basis for my moisturiser.
Step 5; Re-Gen Cream: Again I have done a sort of review above but I also use this at night and apply a slightly heavier amount to really repair my skin whilst I sleep.
Step 6; Origins GinZing eyecream: For a while I didn't use this at night because it has light reflecting particles so I just didn't think I needed it at night. However since using it at night I think it just perks up my under eye area and really helps with my dark circles.
(link here) and she said that using Sudocrem is a complete load of poop but it has done me fine over the years so why fix it if it isn't broken?
Lush Grease Lightening: After hearing lots of good things about this little spot zapper I decided just to bite the bullet and purchase it. Now I really dont think that this gets rid of spots per say but I definitely think that it soothes them and stops them getting so aggressive. Whenever I feel like I am getting a spot I just dab this on with a clean finger and I find it to be extremely calming and it forms almost a protective layer over the zit. Possibly the best thing about this product is that it will only target the spot and not the rest of the skin which is great as I have found with other spot treatments is that they really dry out not the only the spot but the surrounding skin. I will probably use this up and then purchase the Origins super spot remover.
Lush Mask of Magnaminty: I use this once or twice a week and I look forward to the days when I do. This is not a fresh face mask from Lush so you don't have to use it within a month or keep it in the fridge which is really handy. I love everything about this mask especially the scent (although if your not a peppermint lover do not purchase this) it contains ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds which gives you a nice exfoliation as well as all of the other goodies in this to really combat spots. As well as being great for fighting of spots I find that it really brightens up my skin and really buffs away any dead skin that might be hiding. When this runs out I will definitely be purchasing the largest size as it is something that I really enjoy using.
Lush fresh facemask in Cupcake: I really enjoy using the fresh face masks from Lush. I think my favourite has to be Catastrophe Cosmetic and that was the first one that I tried and it definitely smells the best. I only use the fresh face mask once a week just a kind of pick me for my skin and I find that the cupcake one is great for blemishes and is really soothing but I think I will definitely re-purchase the Catastrophe Cosmetic as it smells amazing.
Clearasil Overnight Serum: I only use this when I have a horrific breakout because it is so drying to the skin and leaves you with horrible patches around the skin which isn't really desirable but it does help reduce spots and help them heal quicker.
St Ive's Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub: A new addition to my routine before I was using a No7 which I thought was a really lovely product but it was quite pricey so I picked this up after hearing lots of good things about it. I use this quite often as I find that the exfoliation is not to abrasive to use often and as it contain salicylic acid it really helps with breakout. I haven't had it long enough to give it a proper review but I think its great for the money.
So thats it my skincare routine in all its glory. Like I said in the beginning I really hope this has helped somebody who might have similar skin to mine.
So what are your favourite skincare items? I am currently eyeing up a few bits for when I have a little more money. Or do you have recommendations that might be helpful.