My skincare journey has had its ups and downs but most of the products I have used over the years have been amazing. So grab yourself a cup of tea because this could be a long one.
I used Liz Earle when it was only available at their flagship store in the Isle of Wight and QVC. Fast forward how ever many years and you can buy it everywhere! Pretty typical as I rarely use those products anymore. Not because they are bad, they worked wonders for me at the time, but over time your skin changes and needs other products.
From Liz Earle I didn’t really know where to go. Most of the skincare brands advertised seemed very harsh and although my skin isn’t sensitive I prefer using products that can be used for sensitive skin. Plus throw into the mix my confusing skin. I have oily / combination skin and it can change day to day, but most noticeable season to season, especially winter. But most importantly I didn’t want the products to break the bank, and although some of the products I use are expensive, I’ll explain why I chose them and why they are worth it in a minute.
So now please welcome Dermalogica. I found about about this brand through an interview and the person raved about their products, so I decided to do my research. Luckily this was the same time I was going on holiday and Gatwick Airport (south terminal) has a Dermalogica concession. Yay for duty free prices! So I decided to try a few products out and I soon fell in love.
Now don’t get me wrong their products are not cheap but after purchasing the biggest size cleanser they do (500ml) I found that I finished it after six months! I kid you not, it lasted for ages. So the cost-per-use made up for the ouchie price tag.
Cleanser & Toner
Both of these products are by Dermalogica and I don’t really know what to say about them except they are my favourites. The Special Cleansing Gel is a calming gentle foaming gel that gets your skin super clean. After cleansing I use the Multi-Active Toner and to be honest I’m not sure what this actually does. On the product description it says that it “helps to condition and prep the skin for proper moisture absorption”. All I know is that my face feels great after using it and when I stopped using it my skin begged me to bring it back. What more can I say?
I’ve been trying a variety of eye creams over the past four to six months and nothing has made me do back flips, until this one. When I went back home for the holidays I forgot to bring an eye cream so I pinched my mum’s Lancome Absolue Precious Cells eye cream – don’t judge, these things happen.
Although it is designed for anti-aging, which I’m not focused on even though I can see the benefits as your eye and neck areas are the first to show signs of aging it has been very beneficial. The cream is rich which is perfect for me in the winter months and you only need a tiny amount and I mean tiny, a little goes a long way. So far I have noticed that my under eyes are brighter and hydrated without being oily, and although it doesn’t seem to help my dark circles I’m not too bothered – that’s what concealer is for.
Yes I have three moisturisers, I know this is excessive but it depends on 1) the weather and 2) what my skin needs. I tend to use two out of the three on most days but sometimes I need that extra boost and use all of them in small amounts. You obviously don’t need this many, and some people prefer to use a serum then a moisturiser, but for my skin these work wonders.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting moisturiser literally gives life to my skin. I’m very pale so in the winter months my skin can start to look grey and dull, which is never a good look. This moisturiser helps to brighten and nourish my skin while adding hydration, but I find that sometimes I need extra hydration due to it becoming colder and then the heating dries out your skin, so I also reach for the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. You’ve probably heard about this product from every Tom, Dick and Harry and for good reason. Not only is it rich in hydration, it offers a firming element that brings a bouncy-ness to your skin. Additionally it has SPF 15 and an anti-UVA filter to protect your skin from sun damage. This is another pricey product but you don’t need to use a lot, so again the cost-per-use is pretty good.
However if it is really sunny or I’m on holiday I reach for my Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30 moisturiser. This has a higher SPF coverage then Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream and unlike other sun screen focused moisturisers it does not clog my pores. But my favourite thing about this is that it is oil absorbing and helps to keep my skin matte throughout the day. So if I’m having a no makeup day I don’t need to worry too much about having oily areas.
An honourable moisturiser mention is the Body Shop Vitamin E Day moisturiser. Although I am not using this at present it is one that I have used and will probably switch to in spring.
Want more? Have you seen my Evening Skincare Routine?