Five Favourites: Skincare

This one's been waiting in my 'must blog about' list for well over a year, but I'm not entirely sure why. I'm certainly not an authority on all things skincare. 

I'll start this by saying I've always had pretty good skin (don't throw things!); not perfect, but reasonably clear. I had some spots as a teenager, and a fair few since, but since pregnancy and having Annika my skin has cleared right up. I pray to the God of breastfeeding hormones that it lasts. 

Aaaaaanyway. The one thing I've learned is that, for me, less is definitely more when it comes to a skincare regime. The more I attempt to tackle any spots I have, the worse they get. So simplicity is definitely the way forward. 

1. Origins Clean Energy

My absolute favourite skincare product is this Clean Energy cleanser by Origins. It's oil-based which means it dissolves makeup super easily, and doesn't sting when it inevitably ends up in your eyes. I use it at night to remove my makeup (a few squirts into my palm, rub over a dry face and rinse off) and the oil gives my combination skin enough moisture that I don't often use a night cream or other moisturiser at night. It also has no nasties, which is a bonus. It's £23.50, but lasts forever and so worth it. Love it. 

2. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Gentle Exfoliating Wash  

In the mornings, I give my face a light scrub with this exfoliating wash from Neutrogena. It's fab for removing all the icky dead skin and gives a nice fresh and balanced surface for applying make up. It's not drying (problem I find with a lot of cleansers) and the best part is that is costs about £3.50. A fab alternative is Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant, but at over £40 it's more than ten times the price. It's good, but it's not 10x as good as the Neutrogena scrub. 

3.  Kiehl's Skin Rescuer

I've blogged about this moisturiser before but I love it so I'm going to do it again. Light enough to wear in summer, easy to apply, non-greasy and soaks in easily. Generally makes my skin feel fresh and moisturised without that icky, shiny-face feeling. It costs £29.50, so mid-range price-wise, but last for ages - I find two pumps is plenty. 

4. Sort-of primers: Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver & Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

It's a tie. 

I really like this Body Shop moisturiser-cum-primer because it leaves my skin feeling silky smooth, provides a nice, even base for applying make-up and smells lovely (if a bit reminiscent of my teen years. White Musk, anybody?). And it's budget-friendly. The downside is I'm not really sure what this is. It doesn't have sufficient moisturising properties to use it without a moisturiser underneath, but layering it feels like a little too much. As such, I tend to use it in the summer on its own, or as a pick-me-up for my skin towards the end of the day. 

A good primer you can layer with moisturiser is Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer. Great for smoothing out the skin, and light enough that moisturiser/primer/makeup doesn't feel like overkill. Mine ran out ages ago and I keep meaning to buy more as my sleep-deprived, dehydrated skin could really use some filler in the many, many crevices that it has developed. 
5. Clarins Face Treatment Oil 

As I mentioned up t'page, I hardly every use a nighttime moisturiser. Maybe I should, as my skin could definitely be better, but I find that often a night cream leaves my skin oily and spotty the next day. Not so with this. I find the occasional use of an oil at night helps restore a bit of juiciness to my face without leaving me greasy. I use the lotus one as I have combination skin; it smells lovely and lasts forever. 

I'm such an amateur when it comes to all things beauty (I'm almost 30; I really shouldn't be). Any top tips or fab products for a novice? I'm all ears (and oily T-zone)... 

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