I know that looks like a lot of skincare product. That’s because it is. But I really, honestly don’t use them all at the same time. I promise.
If you a) know me or b) read my blog regularly you’ll know I’ve battled with acne and clearing my skin for years. I’m in a really good place with my skin now and among other contributors – these products have helped me achieve the glowy, healthy skin I’ve always wanted. I thought I’d share my all time favourites for my combination/acne prone face.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, Garnier Micellar Water, L’oreal Fine Flowers Milk, Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
Garnier Micellar Water for eve-ry-thing. For cleaning the back of my hand from excess foundation. For getting rid of that annoying blob of mascara you got on your nose without ruining your base. But on a day-to-day basis I use it to take my eye makeup off before cleansing then after cleansing if I’ve worn lashes or stubborn mascara. Then I often use it when I’ve taken off my face makeup to really get all the orange from my face, especially around my neck and hairline. It’s crazy how much of a difference this makes to the cleanliness of your skin. It never dries me out either and it’s so cheap considering how long a bottle lasts – I’ve never found a product so gentle yet so effective. Now there are three cleaners I cycle through currently. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser‘s gel type formula is different to most cleansers but became a quick fave that I need to repurchase already. Again, it leaves me feeling really, super, squeaky clean without the dryness. It breaks down makeup really easily too. And of course I wouldn’t get through a skincare post with mentioning Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. This creamy hot-cloth cleanser will never stop being my all time favourite, holy grail, adore till I die skincare product. It’s so easy, smells so good and is extremely gentle on my skin. All of the above combined with natural ingredients – I genuinely think it was one of the biggest factors in clearing my acne. This is always the bottle I reach for when I’ve been drinking too because it cleanses so deeply, is quick and I can pretty much guarantee that no matter how much of a state I’m in, I won’t be breaking out in the morning with this by my side. But it’s on the more pricier side so I often ask for top ups as birthday/christmas presents. Alternatively, a more recent addition is the L’oreal Fine Flowers Milk. I’ve been using this one for a month now, and so far it’s impressed me. But as I tested it day in and day out – over time it made my skin feel tight and dry especially around my nose and lips. It’s such a shame because otherwise I adore this product. I think this tendency to dry me out is partly to do with the fragrance, so as long as I’m not using it every day, I really like it. It’s good for full coverage makeup removal but I personally limit its use.
Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, Origins Out of Trouble Mask, Soap & Glory The Fab Pore 2in1 Mask & Peel, Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Scrub, The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Scrub. I grew up on the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit range, I think it was my first ever experience of skin care. And I still love it. It smells fab but isn’t too harsh. I used to use the Pixi Glow Tonic as my liquid exfoliant all the time and I still love it – I just don’t have the budget for it anymore. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is similar to that product but very strong. It’s really helped the texture and clarity of my skin – especially on my pigmentation. Without sounding patronising, it’s an AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid), which can do more damage than good if used incorrectly. I only use this, like most exfoliants, once a day maximum and when I do I use it at night. I avoid use if my skin is feeling sensitive or damaged and tend to use it even less when I have more direct sunlight such as in summer and on holidays. Just please, please always wear SPF when you use this product.
Origins Out of Trouble Mask. This mask is a thick, white, kind-of-looks-like-toothpaste-but-isn’t type mask which is perfect for big angry spots. I usually just dot this around problem areas. It really gets all the gunk out of your pores and leaves you with softer, clearer skin. It’s pricey though. A cheaper favourite is the Soap & Glory Fab Pore 2-in1 Mask & Peel. It’s just so good. A green, menthol mask that just works wonders on clearing your skin and making everything feel smooth, soft and fresh. I recommend this to absolutely everyone, my skin always glows after I use it. Last but not least, the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask. It’s quickly become my rescue hangover/illness mask. It’s a sheet mask with so much moisture packed in to really plump and rehydrate the skin. It saved me from my post alcohol breakouts and dryness after lots of makeup and drinks at New Years. That’s the ultimate test. I always pick these up in Superdrug – a genuine game changer.
Organic Tamanu Oil, Neal’s Yard Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Soloution, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, La Roche-Possay Effaclar Duo +, DrBotanicals Japanese Orange Fast Acting Overnight Restoring Mask, Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Boost Facial Serum, Glossier Super Pure Serum
Glossier Super Pure Serum. A clever combination of niacinamide and zinc in liquid form, which I can safely say made a huge huge difference to my acne hyperpigmentation. Zinc is used in my Zineryt, a topical solution given to me by my GP, but I much prefer using this. Redness, scarring, spots – it solves everything. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is also amazing for my spots. It just kills them and doesn’t leave a scar. Nothing more to say – couldn’t recommend it any more. Again, use SPF. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is also good because it helps with fine lines and tigtens my skin and pores. I don’t use it too much because it can feel pretty drying – but no time like the present to start with the anti-aging ingredients!
If you’re looking for one product on here to pick up, get yourself some Organic Tamanu Oil. When I had awful skin, I fell in love with natural oils. Most oiliness comes from dehydrated skin so overcompensating by adding the hydration back in fixes the problem of little spots popping up everywhere. It literally saved my skin. I bought some tamanu oil from amazon because I read online that it was one of the best natural oils for acne. And it was. It smells funny and it looks and feels kinda gross but just get some. Get some now. I also really like the Neal’s Yard Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil which I use when my skin’s feeling a little lack-lustre and needs some TLC. I’ve mixed it into high-end foundations too before to sheer them out and it gives me a fab, smooth base. I’ve always used the La Roche-Possay Effaclar Duo + and although it smells a little funny, it’s really really good at reducing sebum and therefore clearing my acne up. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s struggling to tame their skin and is battling redness too. My current favourite moisturiser/night cream is the DrBotanicals Japanese Orange Fast Acting Overnight Restoring Mask. It’s actually a night-time mask but it sinks beautifully into my skin as a moisturiser and leaves me looking glowy and feeling soft. I often combine it with the Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Boost Facial Serum, a dreamy serum/moisturiser which sits gorgeously under makeup and fades my acne scars at the same time. It leaves my skin so clear and soft. I adore the Superdrug Vitamin E range, you can find a post on that here.
Glossier Balm Dot Com, Benefit Dream Screen SPF 45 PA+++, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, Superdrug Vitamin E Nourishing Eye Cream
Superdrug Vitamin E Nourishing Eye Cream is nice and natural. I don’t use it every night but it leaves my under-eyes hydrated when I do and it’s cheap. Penultimately, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream changed my life. I can use it for everything. It is great for my lips, dry skin and I often pop a little on spots. It acts as a barrier for any more bacteria and daily grime and does the same under makeup. It’s also a flight essential. Glossier Balm Dot Com is a new, ultra-hydrating favourite and I’m sure it will stay a favourite along with all of these for a long time.