Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Scrub up: my skin care products

I'm back!

I realised not so long ago that I owned a rather large collection of skin care products. Having obsessed over the condition of my skin for most of my life, I usually spend more time at the skin care aisle than I do the makeup aisle. I thought I'd show you what I use on a daily and weekly basis.

Scrublet. Illite French Green Clay. Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser. Bioré Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser.

Since I ran out of my LUSH Coalface soap a few weeks ago, I have had to try different cleansers (which I don't like doing - my skin doesn't like change). I settled for the Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead and Bioré Blemish Fighting Ice Cleansers as I've heard a lot of good reviews about Bioré. So far, I'm not disappointed, but I'm not impressed either. The warming cleanser does indeed warm my face, but only for a second or too and, as it is a scrub, is too harsh to use on my skin everyday. Also, the beads are difficult to wash off, so I only use this cleanser whilst showering. The ice cleanser is not a scrub, but has a slightly watery gel texture. It feels refreshing but doesn't make my skin feel particularly clean after using it. Neither products have caused me to break out and my face feels slightly less oily, but these cleansers haven't blow me away.

I have used a scrublet with cleansers for about two years now and I love how gentle they are, yet still manage to exfoliate my skin. I'm not sure if there are good and bad brands of scrublet - I just use one I got from L'Oréal a few years ago.

I try to use a clay mask at least once a week, especially after I've been wearing particularly heavy makeup. I bought the Illite French Green Clay because it came in 1kg bags from Amazon for about £8 (I think it's cheaper now). I was sick of paying upwards of £1 for a sachet of clay that would last me one or two applications so I decided to buy in bulk and managed to get this bag of clay. It was imported from Portugal so it took a while to arrive, but so far it has worked just as well as the other brands of clay I have used. It is slightly gritty so I can use it as an exfoliator too.

My next set of products are used in conjunction with my Hitachi Hada Crie.

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water for Normal / Oily Skin. Hitachi Hada Crie. JuJu Aquamoist Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Vitamin C Whitening Lotion. L'Oreal HydraFresh Anti-Shine All Day Hydrating & Matifying (Icy Gel).

If you've read my earlier posts you will have noticed me raving about my Hada Crie. I bought it a few months ago and so far it has made a massive improvement to my skin - my oil levels are down, my skin doesn't feel as bumpy, I'm less prone to breakouts... I use the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water and the JuJu Aquamoist Vitamin C lotion with it and I have never had a problem with either of them. The Aquamoist lotion can feel a little sticky after use (as I need to use more the necessary to coat the head of the Hada Crie), but I simply rinse my face with water after use and my skin is left feeling clean and soft.

After cleansing and toning my face with the Hada Crie, I seal in the moisture with the L'Oreal HydraFresh Anti-Shine All Day Hydrating & Matifying (Icy Gel). I usually have issues with moisturisers because a lot of them can leave my skin feeling quite oily, but this almost turns into a water on your face. It has a nice cooling sensation and keeps your skin hydrated all day. It can leave me with a slightly shiny face, but as I use makeup most days, it's not a problem.

That's it for now guys, see ya!


  1. Kerry Provenzano28 November 2012 22:31

    I looked at the No7 skin care range the other day in Boots but decided against it as it's a little pricey. Maybe I'll have a splurge with birthday/Christmas money :D x

    1. I shop in Boots a lot so I get No7 vouchers. Anything I've ever bought in the No7 range has been with a £5 off voucher ^_~ x


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