After a lot of trial (and a lot of error!) I have finally got a selection of products that work well with my skin, and that I enjoy using. So, I thought I’d share them with you!
As a disclaimer – I’m not a skincare expert, and different things work for different people. My skin tends to be fairly normal, and quite sensitive.
Anyway – onto the good stuff! This is my current line-up.
First up – cleansing and toning. At the moment, I’ve got two cleansers on the go – and both are glorious. The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is a cult classic that everyone seems to have a love, and I can confirm it’s brilliant. It’s creamy, smells lovely and is great at removing makeup.
My second cleanser of choice is the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. I tend to use this as a second cleanse, once I have removed my makeup using the Cleanse & Polish. It’s a super gentle cleanser, with a really nice texture and is perfect for sensitive skin.
Currently I am using the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner after cleansing and before moisturising. It smells beautiful and is refreshing after cleansing – however, it does come with a bit of a price tag so I am testing out an alternative (which is very nice)!
Next up are some night-time treatments that I use regularly. The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Mask is a lovely light jelly-like texture, that is cooling around your eyes and lovely overnight. I wouldn’t say it works wonders on bags as such, but it is very hydrating and is fantastic for fine lines.
The Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask is exactly what it says on the tub! Soothing and moisturising, I tend to layer this on overnight. I don’t actually ever use it as it says – you are supposed to use it as a 20 minute mask, but I like to leave it overnight and it works very well as a thick night cream. I’d recommend! Plus – using it in this way means the huge tub lasts a long time.
I also use the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% from The Ordinary as an overnight treatment when I feel my skin has been looking a little tired and lacklustre – however, recently The Ordinary has become very hard to get hold of as it’s just so popular! If you can find this, I recommend giving it a go – it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, although you can expect a tingle when you first apply it, and I use this alone without anything on top. In the morning, my skin always looks brighter and any blemishes are much less red. A winner for me!
A product that I have been turning to whenever my skin is a little angry and I have a few blemishes is the Glossier Super Pure serum. This is a really unique texture – almost like water – that sinks into your skin amazingly and can be used during the day or night. I tend to use this at night, underneath the moon mask, and it soothes any red, uncomfortable spots or irritated areas on my face. Also – how cute is the packaging!
I’ve been testing out two different Hyaluronic Acid serums, both at very different price points, to see if they work in the same way. I must say – while The Ordinary one is much more affordable, the one from Glossier is a much nicer texture and I enjoy using it more.
The Glossier Super Bounce serum is a Hyaluronic Acid serum with a lovely light texture, that glides across your skin and sinks in very quickly. A little goes a long way with this serum – which is good as the bottle is only 15ml! I really like this and would recommend giving it a go.
The other serum I have been trying out is The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. This is very hydrating, and as with the Glossier one a little goes along way, however the consistency is quite gloopy and leaves your face feeling almost sticky – similar to if you use aloe vera gel directly from the plant! (If you know what I mean…) This is a great alternative, at under £6 for the 30ml bottle, and is a very good product – the application is just not as enjoyable as the Glossier serum.
Next up are two of my daily eye products. I tend to use The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% as my night eye treatment, and this targets bags and puffiness as it says on the bottle. I like using this as it doesn’t irritate the eye area, and you get a lot of product for your money – however I’m not sure how much it actually does for under eye pigmentation. That being said, I have always had dark under eye bags, so it would require a miracle product to erase them!
The Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream is my favourite eye product for use during the day. It is a lovely light cream that sinks in straight away, and is really hydrating. It is great for use under makeup, and this bottle has lasted me a long time! I would recommend this one over the one from The Ordinary, but again it has a much higher price tag.
My two face creams of choice are both from Kiehl’s – aren’t I boring! However – these are both really, really good creams. I have used the original Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream on and off for a few years, and it is perfect for someone like me whose skin can easily react to fragranced products. It is light, fragrance free and sinks into the skin immediately, calming and soothing any irritations and not leaving your face at all greasy. I recently added in the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 as summer is here, and this is a fantastic facial sunscreen that doesn’t have the normal sun cream smell, doesn’t leave your face greasy and works well under makeup. I love it!
I’ve been switching between the two depending on what I’m doing that day and whether it’s sunny outside, but I really like both and I bought the big tubs of each as I know I’ll get through them! The original Ultra Facial Cream is also great to use overnight over a liquid exfoliator or treatment serum.
Hopefully you have found this run down of my favourite products useful – everything has been tried and tested over a few months and works well for me, and fingers crossed you’ll find something among these products that works well for you too!