9 months ago, after I stopped feeding my baby girl, my skin went CRAZY. I’ve always had hormonal skin (you know, goes a bit dodgy at ‘that’ time), but it was always concentrated on my T-Zone, and improved as fast as it deteriorated. Post birth, however, my skin quickly became covered in spots and blemishes all over. It really began to get me down, so I went on a never-ending search for the perfect skincare products to correct my blemish-prone skin. And I think I am finally getting there, although my bank balance hates me for it! If I was a good blogger I would have a before and after picture for you, but I don’t so you’ll just have to believe me…
Before I share my favourite products, here’s some tips I have learnt along my [very long] skincare journey:
- Simplicity – Strip back your routine, too many products can do the opposite of what you actually want.
- Oil-based products – If you have oily skin and you avoid oil-based products, your skin will continue to produce more oil!! Putting oily products on oily skin can actually reduce the amount of oil your skin produces.
- Showering – When showering/washing your hair, DO NOT let the dirty water run over your face, you want to avoid any extra dirt where possible!
- Hot water – Use hot water and a clean flannel, the heat will open your pores and the flannel avoids dirt from your hands being transferred onto your skin.
- Expensive isn’t always best – I have tried products from all the big brands, some I have LOVED, and some have done nothing for my skin. The list of products I use include a complete mix of cheap and slightly pricier, don’t be afraid to try a bit of everything.
- Don’t wait until before bedtime – If I wait until I’m mega tired and about to go to bed, my motivation to stand and do my evening routine is at rock bottom. If you’re not planning on going out again then do your skincare when you first get home, or once you’ve put the children to bed. Just don’t wait until it’s too late!
And most importantly?
You’ve cleansed to take the make-up off of your face but now what about the skin underneath your make-up? That needs cleansing too!
Here are the products I use in my morning and evening routines (they are all linked when you click on the name), and the reasons I love them so much.
1 – Avene Tolerance Cleansing Lotion – £15
This is a really gentle cleanse, which I find is lovely first thing in the morning to wash away all that sleepy dirt.
2 – Vitamin E Hydrating Mist – £2.99
I can drink 3 litres of water a day and still be told by beauticians that my skin is dehydrated! This is so cheap yet so refreshing, a lovely moisture boost that smells amazing too.
I have tried and tested SO many moisturisers, and in the end I have gone back to basics. This cream is light, moisturising and does just the job to start the day with lovely smooth skin.
This is where my absolute favourite products come out…
1 – Garnier Micellar Water – £3.29
Micellar waters are fast becoming a staple skincare product. To be honest, I am not fussy with which one I use but I can’t remember the last time I used one that wasn’t a Garnier product. This is Step 1 of my double cleanse, and removes my make-up beautifully.
2 – Decleor Aroma Cleanse – £24
4 weeks ago I had a facial, one of the products used was this cleanser and my skin instantly LOVED it. I splashed out and bought some for myself, and I don’t think I will ever look back. I put the improvement that my skin has shown down to this cleanser (and number 5 which I will come to…). It is quite ‘soapy’, really lathers and is so smooth. I like a cleanser that I can see (I am not a fan of jelly cleansers at all), and that I can feel making a difference – this is it!
3 – La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – £12
After months of continuous blemishes my skin is really starting to show the signs – I’m talking scarring… *sheds a few tears*. This La Roche Posay serum is great for minimising the scars, fading the imperfections and I feel like it doesn’t block the moisturiser that I then apply. It can be used as a moisturiser alone however, for me, it doesn’t quite give me as much moisture as I’d like.
4 – The Ordinary Rosehip Oil – £9
I apply this mainly to my cheeks where I have the most scars from my previous spots. It is too much for me to apply to my whole face, though I know some people slather it on! This was the cheapest one when I was looking for a rosehip oil, but I’m sure any brand will do.
5 – Garnier Pure Active Anti Blemish Moisturiser – £4.89
Finally, this moisturiser. A fellow skincare addict recommended this to me when I was struggling to find a product I was happy with, and I have to say I love it. It’s light, smells so refreshing, and I genuinely haven’t had any new blemishes since I have used this (3-4 weeks). I introduced this into my routine at the same time as the Decleor cleanser, and together I feel like they have answered all my prayers!
Once or twice a week I also apply a mask in the evening. My mask of choice is this Garnier Honey Botanical Balm –
This mask (usually £12.99) is so unbelievably moisturising and smells delicious (can you tell I like things that smell nice?!). It is sold as a day and night cream too but personally I feel it is too thick for that.
“Where’s your eye cream?!” I hear you shout! I occasionally use my No.7 Lift & Luminate Eye Cream (£18), which worked wonders when I first started using it, but the effects then seemed to tail off, and I am yet to invest in a different one. I have my eyes on the White Company Eye Revive Serum (£20) but I just need to take the plunge and buy it.
And there we have it, my chosen products that I use morning and evening to tackle my blemish-prone skin. My skin is not where I want it to be just yet, but I feel like I am finally on the right track to getting it sorted. Skincare is an expensive market, but if you can find affordable products that work for you, then it is so rewarding. I would recommend all of the above products, but if you just want to start with one, then go for the Decleor Aroma Cleanse, you won’t be disappointed…