I'm a sucker for a skincare product. I have a ridiculously long skincare routine which Charlie repeatedly makes fun of me for. I know it'll be worth it when I still have healthy glowy looking skin in years to come! To be honest, I don't just do it to have good skin, although that is a big part of it. Self-care is such an important thing, especially in these current times, and when I take those 10/15 minutes on either side of the day to look after myself, it makes all the difference. These are some of my favourite products that I've been using over the last few months.
1. THE ORDINARY SALYLICIC ACID 2% MASQUE
I love The Ordinary products. I got into using them about a year ago when someone recommended their salylicic acid for spot treatment. I went to their beautiful store in Covent Garden and ended up leaving with far too much stuff! After finishing my bottle of salylicic acid, which lasted ages, I decided to try their masque. It's great for helping control breakouts, but it also feels like it's tightening and brightening my skin at the same time. It helps to remove impurities on your skin and help your face be blemish-free.
2. THE ORDINARY BUFFET
This product is honestly amazing, I am a convert for life! It visibly combats fine lines and wrinkles, and within days of using it, they have noticeably diminished. I'm in my mid-20s so I don't exactly have loads of wrinkles anyway, but this works to combat many signs of ageing such as dark spots or uneven skin tone. The Ordinary products are also pretty affordable and last you a very long time.
3. THE ORDINARY VITAMIN C SUSPENSION 30% IN SILICONE
I've only recently started using vitamin C in my skincare routine after reading all the magical things it can do to your skin. It's a natural antioxidant which helps your body repair damaged skin cells. This helps to brighten your skin, whilst also reducing any acne scarring and signs of ageing. There are a lot of products on the market that have vitamin C in, but what I like about the ones from The Ordinary is that they're a much more concentrated version. It does tingle a bit when you apply it for the first time, but your skin quickly adjusts. I use this as a serum before moisturising. Be careful not to use with other products that may interfere with it. I use the Buffet in the morning and the Vitamin C in the evening. The Ordinary's website has all the information about which products can and can't be used with each other.
4. ONLY GOOD MICELLAR WATER
I picked up this micellar water in Holland & Barrett, and if I'm being honest, I only wanted it because I liked the packaging...I know, I know, it's bad, but we all do it right?! Apart from the nice design, it's obviously all vegan and cruelty-free. It's also 100% natural and palm oil-free, which is amazing! Some micellar waters can feel quite oily, but this is super gentle on the skin and gets rid of any makeup or dirt that's built up from the day. You'll be left with clean and refreshed feeling skin. I use it after cleansing and it always makes my skin feel great.
5. BAMBOO MAKE-UP REMOVER PADS
I was given these for Christmas and they're honestly such a game-changer. They're the perfect environmentally friendly option to single-use cotton pads. I've used cotton pads my whole life to use makeup, and honestly didn't even think about the amount of unnecessary waste that was causing until a few years ago. These bamboo make up remover pads are so so soft and just as effective at removing makeup as cotton ones. The ones I got came in a little drawstring bag so that when they're all dirty and ready to be washed, you just pop the pads in the bag and then straight into the washing machine. I was them at 60 degrees with normal laundry detergent along with towels and other things that need to be washed on higher heat. As well as being more eco-friendly, they're also a great financial investment. They cost about £10 to buy as a one-off payment, but then you've got them to use for many years ahead. To anyone who doesn't already own these, I would highly recommend you get some.
6. EDEN PERFUMES
Eden Perfumes is a Brighton based perfumery, whose perfumes are all vegan and cruelty-free. The best thing about this company though is that they recreate all your favourite designer brands, but for a fraction of the price, and without any of the animal cruelty. This is pretty much the only perfume brand I wear. You can search for the name of your favourite perfume on their website and they'll tell which Eden Perfume it matches to. My current favourite is a No.468 Santal, which is a copy of Le Labo's classic scent Santal. I got so many compliments on this, probably more than any other perfume I've worn. It also lasts on my skin all day, so no need to keep topping up! The bottles are very minimal in design, nothing fancy, but they still look good on a dressing table. As well as being vegan and cruelty-free, the ingredients are also all ethically sourced, and if you go into the store in Brighton with your empty perfume bottle, they'll refill it for you with a discounted price. It was you save some money whilst also reducing your waste!
7. TISSERAND PULSE POINT ROLLER BALLS
Charlie bought me a pack of these for Christmas this year, and I think I've used them nearly every day since. He got me The Little Box of Relaxation set which contains 3 pulse point roller balls: Mind Clear, Inner Harmony & Total De-Stress. I like to use them before bed by rolling them onto my temples and on my wrists. Each has a unique scent which helps to relax the mind and body for sleep. The scent isn't too overpowering, you just get a nice gentle waft of scent as you drift off to sleep. You could also use them in the day as a perfume, but I prefer to use them at night.
8. GLOSSIER MILK JELLY CLEANSER
I'd been eyeing up the Milk Jelly Cleanser from cult beauty brand Glossier for quite some time. I'd read rave reviews about how great this product was, and after using it for a few months, I have to agree! I have combination skin, so this cleanser is perfect. It's very gentle and doesn't dry out your skin, yet it still leaves your face feeling soft and looking dewy. You apply it on dry skin, then I use a hot muslin cloth to remove it. I like to use this first and then follow with the micellar water after.
9. SUPERDRUG BRIGHTENING DAY CREAM
No skincare routine would be complete without a moisturiser. I'm currently using Superdrug's Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream with SPF 15. This is a very inexpensive moisturiser, however, the quality seems no different to moisturisers I've tried that are 2 or 3 times the price. It's lightweight even though it contains SPF, and it feels silky sort when applying on your skin. As I've got combination skin, I don't want anything too heavy as it breaks me out, however, I need something moisturising enough to keep those dry patches at bay. This product leaves my skin glowy but not oily. Even though it's got SPF in, I still use a facial suncream after moisturising, as this is the most important part of any skincare routine. Every expert will tell you that the number one recommendation for good skin is to wear suncream every day, even in winter. At the moment I use Superdrug own brand, but it's slightly too heavy for me, so I'm on the lookout for another vegan & cruelty-free sunscreen option.
10. EOS LIP BALM
This is definitely my must-have product. I can't leave the house unless I've got lip balm, and I'm pretty sure I've got one floating about at the bottom of every handbag. This EOS lip balm is the perfect size to pop into any bag, and also looks nice on your bedside table. It leaves a subtle sheen on the lips and also has a really pleasant smell. Not all EOS lip balms are vegan though, so check their website for details. A lot of lip balms contain beeswax, so be sure to read the labels before buying.
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