We’re still battling this horrible, cold weather in the UK and it’s doing nothing for my skin! I’ve heard a lot of people complain about the effects of the weather on their skin. It’s so drying. There’s a big misconception around problem skin and oil. Most people believe that putting more oil on to the skin will create more blemishes – wrong!! If you’ve got the right sort of cream for your skin type, a nourishing cream or oil will work with your skin in perfect balance. I’ve made the mistake of being shy with the moisturiser out of fear of further breakouts, but it’s had the opposite effect! The skin actually cries out for moisture when it’s becoming dry and it’ll just over-produce oil, clogging up your pores. Since I’ve been applying more moisturiser and using a serum, it’s made my skin less red and the spots less angry.
I like experimenting with moisturisers – I still don’t think I’ve discovered ‘THE’ best moisturiser yet. My quest for that will continue.. However, for now I will settle for the Liz Earle – Skin Repair Moisturiser. It’s so nourishing. It contains the following naturally active ingredients: Borage & Avocado oil, Echinacea, Beta-Carotene & natural source Vitmain E. I have the one for dry/sensitive skin. I would recommend this type if you have particularly dry/problem skin or mature skin. I use it twice a day, but I apply less at night as I’m in the same environment overnight – it’s the cold air that immediately aggravates my skin!
The second item I’m currently loving is the Enzyme Peel by Elemis. I talked about this in an Instagram story a few weeks ago. It’s brilliant! I usually use the St Ives scrub for exfoliating my skin, and I still use this 3 times a week, but for a more intense exfoliation I use the enzyme peel. I use this once a week. You leave it on your skin for 10 minutes and then wash off. My skin feels so soft after using this, like a baby’s bottom! It doesn’t irritate my skin in the slightest. Even a couple of days afterwards it doesn’t cause any breakouts or redness. I highly recommend giving it a try. Some people fear exfoliating when they have acne or sensitive skin, but it’s honestly the best thing for keeping your skin smooth and clean. Everyone will have different levels of toleration with regards to the frequency of exfoliation, but go with whatever works for you. I personally exfoliate 3-5 times a week.
Lastly, the wonderful Mask of Magnaminty by Lush! Firstly, can I just say how much I love the staff that work in Lush. They are always so knowledgeable about every product they sell – shout out to the staff at Plymouth Lush, they were all so friendly and helpful! I was looking for a mask targeted specifically for problem skin and the lovely girl in the shop told me all about how this particular mask would benefit my skin. I remember her mentioning about the honey being very good at calming any problem areas. I love the fact all of the ingredients are natural too and the smell… ahhhh. It smells like mint choc chip ice cream! I used this for the first time last night and it was lovely. It didn’t make my skin feel tight or dry in the slightest. It’s left my skin feeling soft and smooth. It’s also reduced the redness of some areas which is fab! However, I have noticed a few new spots appearing today, but it could be that it’s just drawing out the impurities. Or it could be hormones! I will have to keep using it to see how good it is, but I’m loving how fresh and soft it makes my skin feel.
What are your favourite skincare products at the moment? I’m always on the look out for new things to try!
Big love x