- Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: I know some people don't like the rosemary and eucalyptus but I love how this cleanser smells and my skin loves cleansing balms. All water based and foaming cleansers leave my skin feeling painful and tight and I never feel like cream/milk cleansers actually get my face clean.
- L'Oréal Skin Perfection Purifying Micellar Solution: I like to take my makeup off before I cleanse because a) my foundation trashes flannels/muslin clothes, b) I want to clean my skin as well as remove my makeup and I have yet to find a single step that successfully does both. This is just as good as Bioderma Crealine and less than a third of the price (currently on offer at Boots, £3.33).
- Avène Hydrance Optimale Riche: This is relatively new to me but I'm enjoying the gentle and light but nourishing moisturising cream first thing in the morning. It is pleasant and unobtrusive and it doesn't seem to be upsetting my sensitive skin.
- Botanics Organic Facial Oil: I have just finished a bottle of this and I'm considering re-buying it. That is a big deal for me since I've normally got my eye open for newer, better skincare. I'm not under any impression that this is the best facial oil on the market but it smells great and is pleasant to use and the price is unbeatable (£9.99!). This is too oily for me to use for day but my skin slurps it up in the evening and I think facial oils generally help with my skin texture.
Things I have my eye on: Emma Hardie's Cleansing Balm (I will be buying this when I finish my Liz Earle), Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster, an exfoliating toner (maybe the Clarins one?), a rich moisturising/repairing oil or serum for night time (any ideas? I'm hearing lots of good things about Origins at the moment).
I am very interested in skincare, mostly cos I've got crappy skin. I have the worst case scenario of horribly dry skin and nasty spots. It sucks. I spent a lot of my adolescence using aggressive, drying acne products that did nothing for me except make my entire face flake off. I've since come to the conclusion that topical treatments have little or no effect on my spots, antibiotics don't work and aren't good for you and I'm unwilling to inflict Roaccutane on myself. My best case scenario is to keep my skin otherwise healthy and well moisturised and then just rock my mad foundation and concealer skills on a suitably prepared base. That is an uphill battle though since my skin is so dry and sensitive. I have yet to find any products that completely, successfully moisturise my skin but I am trying...
I could talk/read about skincare all day. I love expert and user recommendations. Do you have any favourite products, processes or sources? Caroline Hirons is obviously amazing but who else? What should I buy next? What is going to change my skin/life? (I'm all about research but I'm also totally a sucker for hope!).