Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Beauty Products That Really Work

An unashamedly girly post this week, on the beauty products I reckon are worth shelling out a few quid for. I've always had a thing for skincare, particularly as my skin has misbehaved in a variety of ways over the years, and have experimented with a wide variety of products at all price points, from much talked-about budget pharmacy brands to ruinously expensive potions from Space NK.

It's only taken about 20 years, but I think I've finally pinpointed the products that really work for me and actually justify their expensive price points. These are them...

I was a bit of Liz Earle refusnik for a while - I have no idea why, but I think it might be because I used to look at pictures of Liz Earle and find her a bit smug, therefore putting me off  the products. Silly me - both these items are brilliant. I took a while to get used to the whole hot cloth bit, and it's a bit of a faff if you're traveling and you can't dry your cloth, but this cleanser is a GOOD cleanser. I wish I'd known way back when that creamy cleansers are much more effective and kinder to your skin than gel cleansers, which generally sit on the skin, and can often strip oily skin, only making it produce even more oil (and therefore clog it up even more.) 

This is a gentle, non-aggravating cleanser with soothing ingredients like cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil. Once I've washed it off with the cloth, I then finish off with the exfoliator for a final polish. As exfoliators go, this is the kindest I've used and is gentle enough for daily use. It goes without saying I'm a convert to the Liz Earle way...

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant

I use this once a week and it really seems to help smoothen and glowify skin. It's not an exfoliant you rub into your face but more of a mask that you leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off. It contains both lactic and hydroxy acid both of which help to lift off dead skin cells, which can be buggers for clogging up your pores and causing spots. As the name suggests, it should be suitable for most skin types, even sensitive.

REN Wake Wonderful Overnight Facial

Everything about my face looks really tired and haggard when I first wake up. And that's only going to get worse, I guess. Where a splash of cold water once did the trick to wake everything up, nowadays I'm realising the necessity of employing something a little more intensive than a bit of H20 to make me look a less deathly in the mornings. I'm a big fan of REN products and this serum is a mix of fruit acids and omega oils...it's a combination that really does seem to give you a more radiant, less wrinkly pallor on waking up. If you worry about putting oils on your skin at night, really don't - they're a miracle cure for all kinds of facial ills and won't make your break out in boils, honest. Do note this product is not suitable for sensitive skins, though.

Erborian HD CC Cream

I've blogged about this wonder stuff before so I won't repeat myself but suffice to say, this tinted moisturiser is pretty spectacular at evening out skin tone, covering shadows and blemishes and generally making your skin look its best. Use it alone or with your foundation or even in lieu of sun cream - it's got an SPF of 45 so it's a good one to add to your suitcase if you're not keen on going barefaced to the beach.

Read my full review here. And don't hate me for recommending a prouduct that costs £38 - it lasts for ages and makes you feel happy in your skin. I think that's good enough justification...

1 comment

  1. All of these appeal to me, very much. Heard loads positives about that CC cream - def. on my list. Good to hear you love it.


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