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Lotions and Potions: Skincare Routine

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Lotions and Potions: Skincare Routine

So my skin and I have a love hate relationship. Since I’ve been more aware and taken better care of my skin it has got a lot less awkward but it still punishes me with breakouts whenever I have an event or an important weekend ahead. I was told recently that my skin was more dry then combination so I have been trying to battle this now instead of the combination only. Does anyone else have conflicting skin messages like me? I don’t seem to know my skin type. Anyway I have been using some of these products for a while and I have got a routine down. It may seem like a lot of steps but actually once you get a routine down it can be very speedy.

Morning

I start with using my beloved Ultrabland by Lush. I was recently bought a Clarins skincare set and threw my Ultrabland aside only to breakout in spots and a rash so I apologised to my Ultrabland slapped it back on and got my skin back under control. Ultrabland is just a beautiful balm cleanser with a blend of beeswax and rose extract. It cares for my skin and keeps it moisturised and under control. I apply this like a cream and wipe off with damp cotton wool pads then pat dry.

Ultrabland

For toner I am currently using a Clarins toner. It is a sample size and has extracts of Chamomile. I like it as it is not drying (unlike their sample cleanser) and its smells like a spa. It’s just lovely I brush this on with a cotton wool pad and enjoy the scent. I am not loyal to a toner as I have not found one I love but I do like to use one to remove and left over cleanser and close pores, this is my current month toner and as you can see I am running out.

Clarins Toner

Serum, I use a small amount of the Nivea Q10 Plus Energy Serum. I like this because I like the gel like texture of this Serum it’s light on my skin and it helps keeps fine lines at bay and smooths dry areas. I only use a small amount as it has hyaluronic acid in it which is good for exfoliation but my skin is too sensitive to use large amounts of this.

Nivea Q10 Serum

For moisturiser I currently use two. I have the Nivea Pure and Natural Moisturising day cream. I like this because it has natural extracts of argan oil and aloe vera and is light but very hydrating. I don’t have a separate eye cream as I have never found one that makes a difference to my eyes. (The only thing that makes a difference to my eyes is lots of sleep and water.) But I put an extra layer of this around my nose and eyes. Since becoming pregnant I have developed a rash around my nose and moisturising daily is the only way to control it. Sometimes I also have to use an E45 cream on my nose as it’s so sore. Being pregnant does wierd things to your skin.

Nivea Day Cream

I also use a tinted moisturiser also by Nivea. (I’m a Nivea girl) I like this to wear under my current Porefessional Makeup and it keeps my skin moisturised all day whilst evening out my skin tone. I sometimes layer the moisturisers or will use this solely and will add the normal Nivea moisturiser just around my eyes and nose it depends on what the skin God’s have provided me with that day.

Nivea Tinted Moisturiser

And that is me ready to put on makeup and face the day. My skin feels soft and supple all day and I feel protected from the sun and pollution.

Evening

I enjoy putting on makeup and I also enjoy taking it off. My go to makeup remover is a gorgeous vitamin C infused orange scented oil by Una Brennan the Superfacialist. I just rub this straight into my skin and it melts away makeup. I wash it off with warm water and pat dry. It’s quick and simple but the orange scent of the oil makes it feel luxurious. I have rebought this oil a few times and as you can see from the picture I will need to again!

To cleanse and tone I will use the same Ultrabland balm cleanser by Lush and whatever toner I am using. There are no mysteries here.

Once my face is cleansed and toned I apply a nice thick layer of Night moisturiser. I am using the Nivea Pure and Natural Regenerating Night cream again with extracts of argan oil and aloe vera. I just love it it keeps my skin hydrated over night and it feels plumped up the next morning. I dont feel the need for an eye cream here either with this moisturiser. Nivea really do have great products and are great value for money.

Nivea Regenerating Night cream

Some evenings after I have cleansed I will use a face mask. I am not loyal to a particular brand here either but I do like the fresh face masks from Lush, especially the Catastrophe Cosmetic mask with blueberries, the spot clearing Magnaminty and the bright blue exfoliating Don’t Look at Me. (Not all at the same time of course). But I have also recently been trying the L’Oréal Pure Clay mattifying mask recently which is great your skin feels very clean and fresh afterwards but I am not keen on the scent. My other favourite clay mask is The Sanctuary self heating clay mask this clears your skin and I like the heating feeling. I will buy a facemask to combat whatever skin issue I am facing that week and I will put on a face mask about three times a week. This keeps my skin balanced.

L’Oréal Pure Clay mask

So that is my skin care routine. It’s not for everyone mine is very heavy on creams and moisture but it works for me. I like to do it and I have seen a difference. I do like to try new products so if anyone has any suggestions do let me know.

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My Awkward Skin 

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My Awkward Skin 

My skin. In a word is awkward. I am extremely sensitive and dry on some parts  and suffer with rosacea and redness.Then for the last few years i have a teenage T-Zone which is very oily and spot prone. Which is fine except that I didn’t have any spots when I was a teenager and now I am 27 I have more than ever before! I have spent the last year suffering with this. Last winter particularly was bad I had to go to a Hen Do with a planet on my face and was so self conscious when one of my friends innocently mentioned it. Christmas was awful too with sore red patches on my chin and nose and as I had just started a new job then I wanted to be confident but I just didn’t feel right. Skin has such an impact on confidence so I decided that enough was enough and I needed to sort my skin out.

 After spending money on expensive acne treatments that just burnt my face, foundations that either broke me out or dried me out and then copious moisturisers and routines I seem to have found a routine that helps. And I found it at Lush!

The reason I tried Lush is because I wanted something all natural and full of goodness. I thought back to when I was a teenager and I had quite nice skin and if I did get spots they would be tiny compared to the monsters I get now. Whenever I broke out then I used the Mask of Magnaminty. This peppermint, tea tree oil and clay concoction seems to clear oil and seek and destroy blemishes. It stops shiny foreheads and makes skin feel squeaky clean I started using it about 3 times a week in my routine and it instantly helped.

Mask of Magnaminty 

So after going back to the Lush Store for the Magnaminty Mask a third time I decided to go for some skin care as well. It was lovely as I was firstly given some free cleanser samples by one of the skincare assistants to help me decide what I should use as my skin is so wierd. (Handy hint: I’ve kept the little sample pots and use them for weekends away as they are so small and easy to pack!). I experimented with them and I now have a routine  down.

To remove makeup I use the Garnier Micellar Water (which I know isn’t Lush buy it’s so good!). I wear a lot of makeup during the day and this takes it off so easy. (In the morning I don’t use this as I don’t sleep in makeup!) It also comes in handy wipes for weekends away as the bottle is absolutely massive. 

 Then I use Ultrabland. This is a lovely calming balm cleanser with almond oil, bees wax, Rose water and honey. I smooth this on and take it off after a minute or so with two cold cotton wool pads. You can really see the dirt and gunk come off your skin and it leaves it clean and fresh and nicely moisturised. 

Ultrabland

Some evenings or mornings this is enough but if my skin is feeling a bit dry I use Let the Good Times Roll. This is a harder exfoliating balm with Popcorn and honey in it. It smells like fudge and has maize flour and polenta in it to smooth and remove dead skin and dirt. It’s really moisturising as well so your skin feels cared for. I don’t want to use it everyday as I think this may be a bit harsh on some sections of my face. But I do see an improvement to my skin texture and my skin feels squeaky clean after.

Let the Good Times Roll

To finish I used a toner water, I used Eau Roma Water which is very simple and made from lavender and rose water which really helps to calm my red skin down and is really refreshing. It comes in a spray bottle and you can either spritz it on your face directly or onto a cotten pad. Once I have cleansed, toned I moisturise but that is a whole other story which I won’t go into here.

Eau Roma Water

I really like Lush cosmetics as they are all natural and my skin has really improved. One of my friends told me it looked ‘glowier’ recently which is very nice to hear for someone with such awkward skin. I find the lush skincare soothes and cares for my skin and I think they are also great value for money as they last for ages. The staff in Lush are also lovely and helpful. I also partake in their recycle scheme and get a free fresh face mask with every 5 pots I take back. This is great as I can try some other masks for a break from magnaminty as the fresh masks don’t last as long so are good for a quick change. I am using Catastrophe Cosmetic with blueberries and Irish moss to brighten my skin at the moment and although it’s no Magnaminty it’s lovely to use and it definitely does clear and brighten skin. So it’s a second favourite. 

Catastrophe Cosmetic

So my awkward skin is still awkward but not in can handle the awkwardness a little bit better.

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