I thought I’d do a fun little, well long, post about some of the skincare products I’m trying out at the moment and what I think to them. I have a new policy of not opening or using anything until after it has been photographed just in case the product is damaged in any way, shape or form in the bathroom by myself or most likely, Alfie. It’s bad enough when you’ve got red dripping hair going all over your white bottles, but it’s worse when they need to be crystal clean for the blog! Anyway, first up is the cleansing products.
Elemis Nourishing Omega-rich Cleansing Oil at £29.50 for 195ml
I love cleansing oils so much for taking off my makeup and generally washing my face. This one pretty much does the same as all of the others, cleanses, soothes, softens, moisturises and hydrates. It contains over 90% of natural oils including oils that help to maintain the skin’s natural barrier and therefore this isn’t a harsh product at all. It leaves the skin feeling clean and looking radiant, it’s a little pricey but for a beautiful oil where a little goes a long way, I like it!
Eau Thermale Avène Cleansing Foam at £12.50 for 150ml.
This is a cleansing foam solution for sensitive and combination skin types. I know what you’re thinking, foaming? I’ve met Avene and I’ve heard a lot about them and the thought that goes into their products so I trust them. This foaming cleanser has mattifying and hydrating benefits which doesn’t leave the skin with that horrible tight feeling. It is made to reduce sebum production which will lead to clogged pores, spots, blackheads and overly shiny faces. It’s perfect for my skin! It contains Glutamic Acid to regulate sebum and Lactic Acid (0.04%) to hydrate.
Dermalogica MediBac Concealing Spot Treatment at £27.95 for 10ml
I hate sugar-coating bad reviews so I won’t. This is quite honestly rather terrible. With the price at £30 for 10ml, you’d think it’d contain some magical formula to zap spots away instantly, and instead it’s a bright orange, rubbish concealer? I’m confused. I’ve always heard good things about Dermalogica and I really wanted to try something on my breakouts but I can’t have bright orange patches all over my face. I’m paler than paler, I realise that but I don’t know many people who could get away with wearing this. It’s meant to be an ‘intense’ treatment with a ‘natural-looking tint’ – I can safely say it’s not natural so let’s focus on what is actually in it.
The Sulfur and Zinc Oxide inside are meant to quickly target and help clear breakouts as an alternative to Benzoyl Peroxide, as apparently this often causes more sensitivity and further breakouts. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours. It also contains Carob Seed Extract which is an anti inflammatory and Witch Hazel, well known to help irritations. Ingredients wise it isn’t bad but as a product it’s a waste of £30 in my opinion as it’s simply unusable with my skin tone. I have tried blending it in but then obviously that lessens the quantity of product on the spot and leaves my face looking dirty.
This is a completely new brand to me which is all veggie powered and offers 6 fantastic ranges including Yes to™ Carrots (for normal skin types), Yes to™ Tomatoes (for combination-oily skin tones), Yes to™ Blueberries (for mature skin), Yes to™ Cucumbers (for sensitive skin), Yes to™ Coconuts (for dry skin types) and Yes to™ Grapefruit (for brightening). Each range uses a different fruit or veggie to deliver benefits for every skin and hair type, I asked for tomatoes for my face and coconuts for my body, it sounds rather funny writing that.
Yes to Tomatoes Clearing Facial Mask is a super beautiful mask that is meant to target pores, it feels like a clay mask but it cleans you still moisturised but not with too many oils as it includes ingredients that take away excess sebum. The Moisturiser is so balancing that I’ve been using it constantly, it’s the perfect layer of moisture and great under makeup too!
My favourite from Yes to has to be the Coconut Body Lotion Spray as it smells incredible and leaves me feeling silky soft. It keeps being stolen and moving around the house but I always find a way to get it back. The prices are mega affordable too, the two skincare products are £11.99 each and this spray is only £8.99! They’re all available from Boots.
Cacay Naturals Oil at £32.79 for 30ml.
The ingredient that everyone is after lately seems to be Cacay oil found in a nut that grows in South America, it’s set to become more popular than the beloved argan oil! This Cacay Naturals Oil is 100% Cacay Oil meaning you get the full effects of its anti-ageing properties which include 50% more vitamin E than the famous argan oil. That’s not it though, it’s full claim is that it has
‘50% more vitamin E and twice the amount of Linoleic Acid than Argan Oil and 3 times more Retinol than Rose Hip Oil’
You’re meant to use it underneath your moisturiser but I use it under my makeup too and before bed. Everyone seems to be going mad for it and I’m definitely convinced after giving it a go for myself, my skin feels amazing! I shall definitely be passing this onto my parent’s so they can benefit from the long term effects.
It’s available on Amazon with free delivery.
What Skin Needs Soothing Skin Gel at £14.99 for 75ml.
I’m personally a massive fan of sorting my own blackheads out and sometimes I can get a little carried away. I’m sure we’ve all been there when we think we’ve nearly taken out every single blackhead on our face, look up and we’re bright red and lumpy, right? Maybe just me. But anyway, when I go a little too harsh on my face it can take hours to go back down and look normal, the other night after a major blackhead session, I put some of the Soothing Skin Gel on and got a BIG shock when I looked up at the mirror a couple moments later. I was actually soothed. Sure that sounds daft to say when it says ‘soothing’ on the tub, but I don’t believe products unless I see them work with this really surprised me. I’ve put it on anything red, or angry looking since and it’s an absolute saviour. It’s one of those products that you just NEED around the house, just in case. It contains Plantolin® which is an anti-inflammatory that helps with sun damage, bites, itchy skin, irritations and so much more.
Are you trying out any products this month that you love?
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This post is in a collaboration with Cacay Naturals.