If you are anything like me, you will love the idea of skin care, and hate the routine of it. I look at adverts of the newest product and I never hop on the hype because it often disappears as soon as it comes.
Yet last year I found myself breaking out, because quite frankly I was being lazy with taking make up off on the rare occasion I wore it. Thus, my friend pointed me in the direction of ‘The Ordinary’. Looking like an expensive vial from Paris, I was SHOCKED to learn that the products were mostly under £6, none over £12. WILD.
After a month or so of using a collection of products, my skin did clear up, but I’m noting that not everyone has this route and I understand that skin care can be a life long issue for so many people: you are all beautiful!
Alas, the pressures of the routine shone through and these six products, absolutely threw me back a little confidence. My bank account was also rather happy that it didn’t cost the earth, win win.
I start every day with this face wash now, its the Biore foaming face wash. The face wash just does what it says it does (wow heather, journalism) In all honesty, I did notice a massive difference and I’ve tried a lot of face washes, this one is more subtle and gentle. My skin is usually fairly dry, meaning products with a bit more of a gentle edge really do help. It is £4.00 on Amazon, £5.99 elsewhere!
After that, I use these two Ordinary products. The Natural Moisturizing factors (30ml £4.90/100ml £6.80) and the Azelaic Acid Suspension (30ml £5.50). Both of these are a balm like texture, and they are SO soft. The 30ml also lasts really long, on a daily use I’d say it was 3-4 months. Really hydrating and the acid suspension has a brightening formula. I then pop some make up on over it all, or I just bare face it and head out.
I’m trying to step away from make up wipes (I only use them when I’m at friends or on set and don’t want to step on the tube in 70s make up) I instead use this Nivea make up remover and a washable face cloth! I wanted to try to make some washable eye patch make up remover types? I should try that in lockdown! It is £3.99 from Boots.
I then repeat the first step, scrubbing of what the remover doesn’t pick up and then I apply this magical product. The Ordinary strikes again with the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. Now I appreciate this sounds CRAZY confusing, I’m not an expert for sure, but this is a blemish mix. This explains it a little better:
“A dream come true for oily skin, this potent serum targets breakouts, minimises pores and decongests confused complexions by regulating sebum production. Featuring high concentrations of two of the most efficacious blemish-battling ingredients out there (niacinamide and zinc), this swiftly soothes skin and improves its overall health.”
I don’t have oily skin, far from it actually. I’m the opposite, but this product works, really works. Its £5.00 for 30ml, and you can get a 60ml bottle for £8.60. Honestly, you need such a little amount it doesn’t matter what size you get to begin with!
Finally, I hop into bed and roll on some of this Tisserand ‘Sleep better, sweet dreams’ essential oil, and it smells DREAMY. If you struggle to sleep, which I only do on a rare occasion I’ll be honest, this product will let you melt into the pillows. You can get it for £4.60 on Amazon!
And with that, I’m usually semi relaxed and ready to go again! Its actually kinda fun finally finding that skin care routine that you can trust in! Although skincare and make up are not my area of expertise, I did enjoy finding these products.
Hope you are all staying safe and here’s just a reminder that in reality, none of this matters! Ya rock that look whatever it is (Because we’ve all be to the Co-Op in our PJs)
*My stick on tiles are from Amazon, and I applied them in 5 minutes! Instant upgrade for £8.99: https://www.amazon.co.uk/12-Light-Grey-Bathroom-Middleman/dp/B01LX4AVH1/ref=zg_bs_5382010031_16?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0P45M3A3XN387CRD640D*