I’m always on a mission to have spot free, amazing filtered skin! Okay maybe not filtered (in my dreams) but spot free is always on my wish list. I had a phase of congested skin, especially painful under the skin ones, so I decided to change up my skincare routine. Liz Earle helped but it just wasn’t giving me the wow results anymore. Below is my current skincare routine and I am loving it.
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm £47
I am always after that miraculous cleanser that takes off my makeup and makes me spot free! My mum actually recommend that I try the Emma Hardie Moringa Balm as she loved it, I was slightly hesitant because of the price of £47 for 100g. However I was so desperate for that miracle product I ordered it from Marks and Spencer, after all, we have to spend a decent amount of money on our skin to enable us to have the perfect canvas for makeup.
The cleansing balm contains moringa seed extract, wild sea fennel and vitamin E to minimize the appearance of pores. Orange, Neroli and Mandarin extracts to rejuvenate and revitalise and Jasmine, Cedarwood and Rose to help re-hydrate and re-condition dry or dull skin. It also claims to be very calming on sensitive skin too. I really like the smell of the cleanser, it smells really fresh and natural (none of that strong artificial stuff). I actually prefer the scent of this to my trusty cleanse and polish from Liz Earle as it is a lot more subtle. I wasn’t sure that I would get to grips with smoothing an oily balm over my face as opposed to a cream but it’s pleasantly nice. The balm breaks down all traces of makeup and is safe to use on eyes too (nothing worse than getting cleanser in your eye and hopping around your bathroom in pain splashing water at your face).
When I first looked at the size of the tub, I was a bit apprehensive about how long it would last me, but a little goes a really long way. I find that a £2 coin sized dollop is enough to do a whole face (bearing in mind I usually love slapping on makeup) and then a little extra swipe afterwards if my makeup is a bit on the heavy side. I can see this lasting a lot longer than I initially thought. I also really love the cloth that is provided with this. I thought I’d forever be a muslin cloth girl, but the soft, gentle flannel is so much nicer to use on my skin. You can also use the balm as a face treatment when left on for 10 minutes and wiped away.
Since using the Emma Hardie cleanser, I have noticed a difference in the overall appearance of my skin. As someone with combination skin (oily and dry in places), it has definitely balanced it out, and the dry patches aren’t as dry and the oily patches aren’t as oily. I also feel as though my skin is a lot more hydrated and looks a lot more healthy. I also just really enjoy using this on my skin, it’s a real treat when it’s the end of the day and I can use this to remove my makeup, I almost look forward to it. As this cleanser is so gentle and natural, I would say that it is suitable for most, if not all skin types. If you haven’t ever tried a balm, or the thought scares you a little, I really advise that you give it a go, like me you might be pleasantly surprised.
Oh, it also great for cleaning your foundation brushes, watch the foundation just break up and wash away!
Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream £26
Since entering my late 20’s (sob!), I started to really think about how to prevent wrinkles, other than the trusty botox. I started to investigate into eye creams and this one came up tops, so I immediately visited my local House of Fraser at work and purchased the big pot, as I was that confident this would work.
The Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Is a creamy preparation formulated with avocado oil that helps gently moisturize the delicate eye area with its uniquely concentrated texture. The avocado oil, which is a rich, fatty-acid emollient known to be a moisturizing fruit oil, helps to restore hydration to the skin and according to Kiehl’s it is also a source of amino acid proteins, vitamins A, D, and E, and potassium. The cream also is formulated with beta-carotene—an antioxidant found in orange and red vegetables like carrots that is rich in vitamin A—and shea butter—a fat obtained from the fruit of the African Karate tree that’s used in many lotions for its hydrating properties.
The first note I made when I opened up my jar of Kiehl’s avocado eye cream to start the review process was its incredibly thick, creamy texture. I knew just by looking at the texture that my under eyes were going to love this and I couldn’t wait to test it out. I used a clean ring finger to take a small amount of the product (disclaimer: a little bit goes a LONG way with this stuff) and I gently tapped it around each eye’s orbital bone.
The reason we’re told to use our ring finger—or even your pinky—to apply an eye cream is because they are supposedly the weakest of our digits. Since the eye area is so thin and delicate, any rough tugging or rubbing can be a contributing source of skin wrinkling and even dark circles. The formular sinks into the skin straight away and it acutally looks wet where it is so hydrating, and because the cream is so thick it does not slip and slide and get into your eyes. Saying that I did accidently get some in my eye once but I didn’t experience any discomfort or stinging.
I love this cream so much, it really does hydrate your under eyes and I’ve noticed that them little bumps you sometimes get have completely gone, and my under eye bags have vanishes. I also find my concealer applies so much smoother too.
Pixi Glow Tonic £18
I purchased the Pixi Glow Tonic from Marks and Spencer because I heard it was good for spot prone skin (ME!), and also it helps minimise pores and make your skin silky smooth. I also wanted to find another exfoliant solution to replace my microdermabrasion facials as I felt the facial was causing my skin irritation.
Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating toner, containing five per cent glycolic acid – analpha-hydroxy acid which helps in the removal of dead skin cells – as well as aloe vera to soothe. Particularly popular among beauty bloggers, its goal is to act on dullness and revitalise skin to reveal a healthy-looking glow and minimised pores. The tonic is free of oil and alcohol, and is suitable for both combination and dry skin types, as well as both younger and older customers. Pixi claims those with easily congested skin and larger pores will see the best results, since the glycolic acid gently exfoliates and clarifies. SOLD!
I use Glow Tonic in both the morning and the evening, but if your skin starts to feel dry or sensitised, switch to evenings only or even every other evening. I apply by soaking my cotton pad in the solution and gently sweep across the skin after cleansing, avoiding the eye area.
I did try it I noticed the difference almost immediately. Glow by name, glow by nature. Since using it my skin feels brighter and tighter, and my pores look smaller. After cleansing with my Emma Hardi Moringa balm cleanser, I apply the liquid to cotton pads and then swipe across my skin, paying special attention to areas of my face that are prone to breakouts or need a little extra exfoliation. I have noticed if I do have a breakout it takes less time for them to disappear and I find the tonic seems to draw out them horrible under the skin spots.
Avene Eau Thermale Avène Skin Recovery Cream £16.50
The next mission was to find a Non-comodogenic moisturiser as my research suggested this helps clogged pores.
These are a few of the many reasons Avène have stood the test of time. The French occult brand has remained one of the most recommended products for acne-prone skin by dermatologists worldwide. There are many underlying causes of acne and even more that can aggravate it–fragrance, preservatives, and other irritants. Avène is free of all that and only contain ingredients that double down on hydration and re-balancing the skin.
This skin recovery cream, in particular, is lightweight and fast-absorbing; two crucial properties you need in a product if you have oily skin. It’s also great to use under foundation and doesn’t slide any of your makeup off (which can be the case with some emulsions). Moisturizers that leaves that tacky, sort of sticky feeling even after absorption can be a nightmare! My old moisturiser wasn’t doing enough, and I found I kept getting dry patches. The Avène moisturiser hydrates my skin perfectly without the greasy feeling, and this is the key to bouncing back to healthy, clear skin. If you have super oily skin there is a lighter version called Tolérance Extrême Emulsion, which isn’t as thick as the skin recovery cream.