My Winter Skincare

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It’s finally winter and it’s time to step up the skincare regime, over the last year I’ve really become interested in skincare and the different options available. I’ve noticed there are a lot of skincare products on the market which over promise and under deliver. After I suffered a bad breakout last year I’ve become really careful with the products I put on my skin and I’ve now created a skincare regime which works for me. My breakout has left me with some light pigmentation on both of my cheeks which left me feeling slightly insecure. After some research I found the Elemis  White Brightening Collection which help with pigmentation and uneven skin tone, I haven’t been using this product for long, therefore, I don’t feel comfortable giving it a full review but so far I’m happy with the results and how my skin has reacted with the products.

The next product in my winter skincare collection is the Emma Hardie Moringa balm, I use this cleanser to remove all traces of makeup and dirt from the day. Before I found this cleanser I always used makeup wipes such as Simple but I started to realise they weren’t cleansing my skin fully and my skin wasn’t benefiting as much as I would like it to. I still use the Simple wipes especially if I get home really late and need to quickly clean my face but I’m completely love in with the Emma Hardie balm.

In the last few months, I have heard a lot about Kiehl’s and facial oils and wanted to try them for myself. I went to a Kiehl’s store in London and they  tested my skin and confirmed that I have combination skin. After discussing my skin problems and requirements with one of the specialists from Kiehl’s I bought the Vitamin Concentrate and the Daily Reviving Concentrate. The Vitamin C Concentrate is a great addition to any skincare regime, firstly it leaves skin feeling soft and fresh but also, Vitamin C is really good for pigmentated and dull looking skin. The Daily Reviving oil is a great substitute for a moisturiser as it helps with the look of fatigue, stress, dullness and texture of skin.

While trying and testing different skincare products, I didn’t often focus on undereye products but after my friend recommended the Clinique All About Eyes product I decided to give it ago. This product is very silky and smooth and it contains some outstanding ingredients fortify skin and allow it to repair itself. I also try the Flint + Flint Eye Hero which leaves a refreshing and fresh feeling under the eye and gives that wide awake feeling but I definitely prefer the Clinique product.

No skincare regime is complete without a good face mask, I use a lot of different face masks including the Korean Sheet Masks but my favourite mask is definitely the Cosmetic Catastrophe Mask from Lush. I love this mask because it helps with breakouts and helps to calm the skin, this mask contains Vitamin A, C and E and after all, that does spell ACE!

Last but not least is my Burt’s Bee lip balm, I love Burt’s Bee because of the tingles/cooling effect from the menthol in the product, it leaves my lips feeling incredibly smooth but I also use lip balms from Nivea and Vaseline too.

R&R Night-time Skincare

A night-time skin routine is really important as it’s the perfect time for our skin to be repaired and rejuvenated. Personally, I don’t have a routine for my night-time skincare, I like to see what condition my skin is in and what I think will help it look and feel better.

Last night my skin was extremely dry, tired and in serious need of some R&R! I raided my skincare box (which is becoming increasing full) and found some of my skincare saviours. First I cleansed my skin with the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm which smells amazing and makes my skin feel soft, clean and renewed. I followed this by using the Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate and Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, this is the first time I have used any Kiehl’s products but after they were heavily recommended I bit the bullet and bought them. The Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate was a lightweight cream which soothed and hydrated my face, I followed this with the Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate , I was nervous to use this product, as my face is naturally oily however this product didn’t feel greasy or heavy. I really liked these products and I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

Skincare regime

I finished my regime off the Flint + Flint Eye Hero which is a thin eye cream aimed at targeting tired eyes and fine lines and wrinkles. I really like this product as it eases the signs of fatigue and the bags under my eyes last night were so big I needed a porter to carry them!

This quick and simple skincare regime was the perfect rescue for my skin and it meant that I was done with 10 minutes and crawling into bed to catch some zzz.

Homemade face mask for adult acne

Ah, acne! The bain in every teenager’s existence. The rushing hormones, oily skin, big spots and small breakouts – you name it, we’ve all been there. We ticked off the days on our calendar until adulthood strikes and we were no longer held to ransom by the cruel mistress that is acne.

During my teenage years, I like many other experienced acne – less than most but more than others, it was never a massive issue as most of my spots cleared up in no time. Once I passed puberty my skin became much better and I honestly had very limited issues with my skin, apart from a few blackheads on my nose.

However during October of last year I had a massive break-out! It’s nothing I’ve had experience with before and honestly it was really distressing, both of my cheeks had lines of spots which were sore and looked awful. After months of researching which products may help, not wearing make-up and drinking A LOT of water my skin started to slowly to recover. I don’t know what cause Mt. Vesuvius to appear on my once smooth rosy cheeks but one morning without warning there they were! Unsightly and painful acne… lucky me!

I do have to confess that before my breakout, I didn’t have a proper skincare regime and relied on a morning wash every now and then and a moisturiser when I could remember, but now I use a moisturiser, night-time cream, cleanser, exfoliator, primer and serum. I did struggle to find the right skincare for me, I know I needed a product which would treat my acne and protect my skin but finding a product which you can trust is a massive battle. I decided to explore the natural route as I felt that was the safest option.

During the last 7 months I have been using products from Lush and Simple, I have noticed an amazing improvement in my skin apart from a few acne scars which I am working hard to improve. As well as using natural products I have been experimenting with making face masks at home! Here is one of my favourites.

For this face mask you will need:

Oatmeal

Lemon juice

Manuka honey

Step 1

Measure out two parts water, one part oatmeal. Mix in a cooking pot. Oatmeal will cleanse the skin of oil and exfoliate the pores.

Step 2

Heat the pot over medium to low heat. Add the juice of a lemon while stirring. Lemon juice is a natural bleach that will help fade the acne scars.

Step 3

Take the pot off of the stove and allow the ingredients to cool. Mix in a generous amount of manuka honey. The antibacterial composition of the honey combined with its ability to create an air tight seal, accelerate the healing process in new wounds and scarring when applied topically.

oats lemon

honey

Step 4

Apply the face mask and leave it on for at least 30 minutes or overnightStep 5Rinse off the mask. Gently dry your face with a towel and apply a moisturizer with a sunscreen.