Looking after my skin and sticking to a Skincare routine is something I’ve been more dedicated to as I moved into my thirties. What I know for sure is the more I’ve been working at it, the better my skin has become and the happier I am with it. I first went to see a dermatologist just over a year ago to truly understand what my skin type was and what type of Skincare routine I should be following. I used these guys and thought they were really good, I would definitely recommend them if you are looking into getting some help with your skin. After the consultation, I took some advice on what I could be using on my skin to help it look healthier and help prevent it from looking dull. So here they are:
These 4 products have stood the test of time over the last year and are now incorporated into my Skincare routine. They are tailored to my skin type which is dehydrated oily skin but having said that they are great at tackling specific needs, which means they can easily be incorporated into your current Skincare routine.
- SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5. This is the best moisturiser I have found for oily skin. It re-hydrates my skin which my skin needs a lot of without leaving it greasy. All too often I’ve used moisturisers that leave a greasy film on my skin afterwards which then leaves me shiny and prone to spots. I’m happy to say this product does neither of those things.
- Dermaquest DermaClear Mask. This is a Californian brand that I tried out towards the end of last year. I was looking for a mask that particularly targeted spotty skin to help manage my breakouts, which I tend to get at a particular time in my cycle, so whilst products do help I’ve also changed my diet to help balance out my hormones-more on that later! This mask is brilliant, I use it every fortnight on my chin after I have exfoliated and it has definitely helped with congestion whilst importantly for me not drying out my skin.
- SK:N Vitamin-Rich Gel Cleanser for Oily Skin. This facial cleanser has been in my washbag now for over a year, it is a skincare staple of mine. So much so that I stockpile it when I’m back in London because I can’t get it in the states or online. If you have oily skin I would highly recommend it to help get oil levels under control whilst not de-hydrating skin that also needs moisture.
- SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0. Retinol again this has become a staple of my skincare routine. I saw results almost instantly after I started using this, creating an evener skin tone, it’s also great for encouraging the skin to re-build collagen which helps reduce the signs of ageing. In the US you can get higher strength retinol, so I recently moved up to the 1.0 strength and my skin has responded well to it.
High-Street Alternative Skincare Products
Bit of a tip-if these products aren’t in your price range, then what’s really key, over brand is the active ingredients in the products themselves. Here are some high street products that I’ve found that say they include the ingredients.
- L’Oreal Hydra Genius. The active ingredient in the product above is Hyaluronic Acid.
- M&S Balance Me Mask. The active ingredients to look for are Citric acid and Phenoxyethanol.
- Mederma Facial Cleanser. The active ingredient is Glycolic Acid.
- L’Oreal Anti Wrinkle Night Cream. The active ingredient is retinol.
Lastly, this year I’m going to incorporate Micro-needling facials into my Skincare. I’ve been researching them for a while, mainly because the word needle near my face completely freaks me out, but rest assured it is a really common facial and no need for any anxiety. Plus, I purposefully waited until we’d moved to the states for this facial because it’s more common in the states and as a result much cheaper! Bonus. What it is-a derma-pen used all over the face which ever so slightly penetrates the surface of the skin to encourage it to renew its self. Once the re-newing is complete you are left with fresh new skin. What do you guys think? Have any of you had a Micro-needling facial? If yes-how was it?
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