It’s safe to say I am no skincare expert (what a way to start a post about skincare Anna) and I’m definitely guilty of foregoing the odd make up removal when I’m tired, forgetting to do face masks and not being so clued up on what ingredients my face needs. BUT this year I’ve started to get more into it. I think it’s because I’m now in my thirties and I’m very conscious my skin isn’t going to cope as well as it always has done with the stuff I put it through. I’ve also been inspired by the explosion of skincare and beauty as an accessible, affordable industry. Gone are the days when the options were a £5 Nivea moisturiser or a £60 Estee Lauder one. There are so many mid-range brands on the market now and it’s really exciting.
The products below are all ones I LOVE and between them they have got me ‘into skincare’ and more importantly got me using them on a regular basis. It no longer feels like (too much of) a chore to take my makeup off or remember to lather myself in serums before bed.
If you’re looking for tips, remember my skin is fairly problem-free as long as I use a rich moisturiser (it errs on the dry side and can feel ‘tight’). I’m not sensitive and don’t really get spots (thanks for the genes mum) so if you have similar skin you’ll definitely find something for you in this little line up.
CLEANSING & MAKE-UP REMOVAL
Ah, the cleanse. What a pain in the… oh, sorry, I’m meant to be extolling the virtues in this article… Despite my reluctance these beauties have changed me into a much happier and more proactive cleanser and I know my future skin is thanking me.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser £15.50 (not pictured): A classic which needs no introduction. I bought my first one six years ago and haven’t looked back. I read my first iffy review of this by skincare hero Caroline Hirons recently but it didn’t put me off. I love the ‘I have properly cleaned my face’ feeling and the eucalyptus scent. If you’re new to hot cloth cleaners (surely not) then this is one to try.
Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream £32.00: Another hot cloth cleanser that smells divine (more perfumed rather than herbal like the Cleanse and Polish). I got this rather sizeable sample with a magazine and have already ordered a new one to replace it.
Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter £13.00: This has been a bit of a YouTuber sensation and I can see why. It cuts through eye makeup brilliantly and feels as though it’s nourishing while it gets rid of the rubbish left on your face at the end of the day. Mine has lasted ages too. Pleasing.
La Roche-Posay Make-Up Remover Micellar Water Gel £12.00: I can’t declare my love loudly enough for this brand. They make such gentle formulas for sensitive and dry skins and this gel is my favourite way to remove make up. I usually do a sweep using this and a cotton pad before I use a cleansing wash and my face feels lovely and not ‘stripped’.
MOISTURISING & SUN PROTECTION
La Roche-Posay Nutritic Intense Riche Nutri-Reconstituting Cream £16.00: This is my third tub of this. I need a rich, thick moisturiser that works deeply rather than sitting on my face. This has such a light scent and sinks in quickly. Winner.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Overnight £17.50: Another La Roche-Posay fave (I promise they’re not paying me!) this night cream is also lovely although I do think the bottle is fairly small for the price given it’s still a high street brand. That said this has lasted a few months so far and I still have over half left. Recommended if you’re after a new night cream and your skin needs a drink overnight.
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50 £35.00: Kiehl’s, if you’re listening I should be on commission for this because I have told so many friends about this amazing sunscreen. You use it on top of your moisturiser for SPF 50 protection. We’re always told SPF is the best way to avoid premature ageing (I don’t mind ageing but would rather do it when I’m meant to!) and of course more importantly, skin damage. This cream is so light you don’t notice it once it is on but you do notice that you feel protected against an unexpected bout of sun whether you’re in the UK or somewhere like South Africa where it saved my face daily. I use this every morning and it genuinely lasts for months and months. Go forth and buy and if you don’t like I’ll give you your money back (/buy it off you).
TREATMENTS & (FANCY-ISH) SERUMS
Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask £10.00 (not pictured): I now do this once a week (go me!) and I love it. The hot thermal feeling on the skin while you’re lazing in a hot bath can take away pretty much any stress you’ve faced that day. Even H likes this (sorry H) so I know it must be fun to use. It leaves my skin feeling clean and sort of cared for. Like I’ve given it a treat.
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate £49.99: Another Kiehl’s fave. This feels medicinal for the skin and I use it at night before my Toleraine overnight cream. It’s a serum with anti-ageing support and although I’m not a dermatologist I know it’s doing lovely things to my skin while I sleep. I’ve never used another serum though so if you have any recommendations please let me know, I’m open to new suggestions.
Miracle Makeover Facial Oil £14.99: I actually bought this for £4.99 from TK Maxx which is definitely worth a look for lovely skin brands at silly prices. This smells like you’re diving face-first into a field of roses and my skin glows the next day. I usually swap out one of my cleansers for this every few days and I would definitely buy again at full price (after going to TK Maxx on the way just in case). If you like the scent of roses try this one and if your skin often needs a drink get into oils more generally, they are excellent.
L’Occitane Citrus Verbena Fresh Body Milk £21.00 (not pictured): I might have sorted out looking after my face but I’m really bad at remembering to moisturise my body. I’m that person who, except for the odd pampering post-bath moisturise, leaves my limbs until they’re on show, before slathering on the nearest body lotion I can find to descale before I leave the house. Not cool. This body lotion is super lovely – it smells of lemons and whenever I wear it I always get comments. I swap this with Eau Dynamisante for when I’m feeling fancy (and I remember).
Lush popcorn lip scrub £5.50 (not pictured): I’m a fan of a bold lip but have come unstuck when my lips are flaky and the deep berry tone starts sticking to my lips in clumps. Even I know this is not a good look. This lip scrub is a godsend. I use it on the trot for a few days whenever my lips feel dry alongside a lip balm (Burt’s Bees) and when it comes to my power lip it’s not flaky anymore. Result.
*N.B. I wasn’t paid to write about any of these products. I just love them and thought you might too.