Recently, I have been really preferring a more natural makeup look - particularly with a lighter foundation. This may be because I managed to catch a tan and have more freckles on my face which I like, or because its summer and heavy makeup sometimes feels a bit too much. This means that I would prefer to have a clearer complexion and less spots, so I have been more focused on my skincare routine and what products I have been using. I thought I would share with you my current skincare that I am using, as I do think that it is working, and it is quite affordable too. Just a side note though, I am by no means an expert, and most of these products are quite popular.
I use these two products to take off my makeup in the evening. I know that face wipes are usually not seen in a good light, but for me they are quite useful. I use the Simple 'Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes', which are around £3.45 for a pack of 25. They are regularly cheap and do get off the bulk of my makeup, and are sometimes a great option for a lazy night when you are too tired. I occasionally even use one in the morning if I have overslept and am running late, or just to quickly refresh my skin. I have repurchased these wipes many times. However, I do almost daily use the Garnier 'Micellar Cleansing Water' on a cotton pad afterwards just to get the extra makeup off and do a slightly deeper cleanse. This one bottle costs around £3 and honestly lasts such a long time - I am on my second bottle I like it so much, and shows that I have used it for a while now.
I usually use these two products in the mornings. Most days I have a morning shower, where I will use the Clean & Clear 'Blackhead Clearing Scrub'. It gently exfoliates the skin, and helps lift away dirt and extra oil, which not only prevents blackheads, but helps keep my oily skin at bay throughout the day too, which is always a bonus. This is £3.75, and again lasts quite a while as a little goes a long way. If I haven't had a morning shower, then I will use the Witch 'Oil Control Face Wash', which I have repurchased so many times - I have been using it since I was a young teenager. I usually use around two pumps, and then foam it up in my hands and apply it all over in circular motions all over my face, and then wash it off with a flannel. It is so quick and easy, and leaves my face really soft. This is £3.50 and again, helps to combat oily skin. I occasionally use this in the evening too, just be careful to avoid over washing.
These are products I usually use at night after I've taken my makeup off and washed my face. My most recent purchase and the one I have been loving recently is the Witch 'Overnight Clearing Serum'. I use one pump and apply a thin layer all over my face, but concentrating mostly on my breakout areas - my forehead, nose and chin. I then leave it on to soak in overnight, and I honestly think that it has been working to reduce my spots. This is around £3.99 - which for a serum is a bargain! Another overnight serum/mask I use is The Body Shop 'Drops of Youth Sleeping Mask', which is more expensive at £24, which explains why I use it less frequently. This is much heavier than the Witch serum, so I put it on quite a bit before I actually go to sleep too to help it soak in. If I have a particularly aggressive or new spot, I will put the Clean & Clear 'Spot Control Treatment Gel' on to hopefully reduce it overnight - it claims it reduces spots in four hours. This is perfect for one off spots, and it is £4.35. Another staple for me to dry out spots is plain and simple Sudocrem. My handy squeezy tube is around £1.70 and is just magic.
These are products I don't use daily, or sometimes even weekly. I am quite bad at remembering to put on eye cream, but when I do I do feel more refreshed. I have the bareMinerals 'Renew & Hydrate Eye Cream', which I got for Christmas one year - which I can't find online anymore, but I'm sure any will do. As I have oily skin, exfoliating is a must every so often to ensure I have a smooth base to apply makeup on. I have the No 7 'Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Exfoliator' which kind of feels like gentle sand, but it works really well. My tip is to wash it off with warm water, and then immediately wash your face with cold water. This is £11.50, but it is amazing. Another newer purchase for me is the Nivea 'Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream'. In the past, I have been rubbish at moisturising, as I either leave it or apply a primer and then makeup and forget about it. However, I have vowed to now try and get better, so I bought this one that one of my aunts recommended. It is £4.10.
What is your current skincare routine?