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While I am no beauty expert or well versed in any sense of the beauty industry, one thing that I can ascertain is that I blimmin' well love my skincare products and regime. Most of my 'good skin' is down to good genes and good habits from an early age. My Mum had me on the 5-a-day and lots of water from the earliest age! As a result, I've fallen into the habit of eating lots of fruit and veg, and other than on a night out, I only drink water, orange juice with the bits in, Yakult or a sneaky coffee at home.

I receive quite a lot of comments, emails, messages, etc. complimenting me on my skin (thanks guys, you're too nice to me!) so I thought I'd follow up with a concise post about how I enhance my skin and 'maintain' it, I suppose! Also, I apologise in advance that I don't really have much variety in terms of brands, this is just what I've used since the age of about 12, give or take a few products!



Daily Cleanser:
I have two main cleansers that I'd say I use on a daily basis. Depending on how I feel my skin is looking/feeling, I'll use different ones. The first is my Boots' Tea Tree and Witch Hazel foaming facewash, which is nice and affordable, and is my go-to when my face feels hot and puffy(?), or when I just feel that I might have a dreaded spot on the way. It is light, refreshing and genuinely works overnight, it retails at £3.99 in Boots in the UK, and is more often than not on offer, I'd really recommend!

I also use Lancome Foaming Gel Eclat, and have been doing so for about two or three years now. I used to use Lancome's LCM gel cleanser, up until the age of 16, when they discontinued it, and this was hailed as the 'next best' product. It can be a little drying, but I work it in the skin with some water and circular motions. It cleanses so well, and leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft!

Exfoliator:
I haven't found a really good, dedicated exfoliator yet. I quite want to try a St. Ives one, but if you have any recommendations, send them my way! I currently use Laneige Multi-Cleanser two or three times a week after cleansing my face. It's supposed to be a generic cleanser, but the micro beads are super exfoliating, and I find it's slightly too harsh on my skin every day, maybe I'm just too careful. Never get Laneige MC in your eyes. It burns like crazy!


Toner:
Of all the toners I have sampled (most counters are more than happy to give you 10ML samples!), I just can't stop going back to the Boots Botanics rosewater toner. So refreshing, clarifying and perfectly light-scented, although of course it isn't a perfume, rosewater naturally smells gorgeous. Toner removes any last trace of make-up and dirt, rehydrates the skin and preps for moisturiser.

Moisturiser:
Started using a new moisturiser about a week or two ago after I ran out of my HG one (Lancome Hydrazen Neurocalm Soothing cream) and decided I wanted to switch to a gel formula. I've pretty much used Lancome creams since I was 13, and have never had a problem with them, but recently found that it was just sitting on top of my skin instead of moisturising it. The Clinique Dramatically Different range has had mixed reviews in the press, some say it is too heavy, which I found in the lotion, but the gel version, aimed at oily skin, is so perfect for me. I have Normal/Dry skin, so am trying to work out why this is haha, but it just shows that these full sets aren't always the best option, mixing and matching worked a lot better for me.

Eye Cream:
I only started using eye cream about two years ago, at the age of 18. Many write it off as something for older women but it's best to start as soon as possible with caring for the delicate skin surrounding your eyes. I use eye cream nightly at the moment and switch between Boots Botanics Organic Moisturising eye cream (£6.12 for 15ML) and the Lancome Hydrazen Neurocalm Eye Contour cream. My favourite is the Lancome of course, but I have no qualms with the Botanics one, and find it works just as well. I'm really interested in trying the Soap & Glory Supereyes Supereyes eye gel soon though! Such a skincare junkie!

... and the rest!
I was recently sent a sample of the new Sudocrem Tube by Hayden. Widely regarded as 'that nappy rash stuff', I was quite skeptical of its' use on me, so had a little Google session to find that it works wonders on scarring, spots, and dry/sensitive skin. My arms suffer from weird, dry patches and I had some discolouration from ezcema from my younger years (haha!) so upon arrival of the sample and on the advice of my Mama, I applied a layer of Sudocrem on my dry patches etc. overnight, and awaited results. A week and a bit later, I have genuinely noticed a different. It hydrates my skin and evens out the colouring, and one of my friends uses it as a facemask hahaha, it's nothing short of a miracle product to her ;)

Once or twice a week, I also like to use facemasks. Real ones, not nappy rash versions. My favourite is Biore and My Beauty Diary sheetmasks (mine are currently on order and I've run out!), which are so refreshing. I like to choose whitening masks, a clear complexion suits me more than a tan. If I've visited a Lush store recently, more often than not I'll have a Catastrophe Cosmetic in the fridge. Their fresh facemasks are made with natural fruits and ingredients, and there is a different one for each skin type. I use CC when my skin feels hot or on the verge of a breakout, and it just calms and soothes my skin so well. I haven't had a spot in about 10 months and I think I owe it all to this badboy!


I also use a range of bodycare products regularly. There is nothing more relaxing to me than getting in a bath with a coffee (yes, really!) and a book! May as well make the most of your time in there! I open a window to refresh the room as well, it can get so stuffy when products get involved. I love Imperial Leather bathcreams, but turn to Lush bubble bars if I want a lot of bubbles.

Exfoliator:
With the persuasion of all you lovely ladies on Twitter who are rapidly bankrupting me, I picked up Soap & Glory's 'The Breakfast Scrub' a few weeks ago. It smells gorgeous, but can be quite sickly at times. I still can't decide if it's worth the £9+ that I paid for it, but there is a cheaper version on ASOS, or so I've heard. It is quite a gentle scrub, leaving my skin baby soft and without that greasy touch that I found from other S&G exfoliators.

Moisturiser:
Again, this is something I only introduced to my life about two years ago. I currently have two go-to body moisturisers. The Body Shop's Cocoa Butter body butter (what a mouthful!) is what I use on the days that I feel my skin is particularly dry. I tend to use this after baths actually, I run super-hot baths which mean my skin needs a little more hydration, and the thick formulation of this is perfect for such purposes.

Twice daily and after showers, Mama and I are using Jergens Naturals Organic Aloe Soothing moisturiser. Rosie at Jergens provided me with this over the weekend, and we decided to trial it for its' supposed soothing and refreshing qualities as we've both been working horrific shifts since Monday. While it is really refreshing and moisturising, I found the cream quite runny, and with a bottle packaging, things got quite messy! Other than this, I'd totally recommend Jergens' Aloe range. It is cruelty-free, and as with all Jergens' products, made with plant extracts. Retailing at about £5, it is super affordable, and I'm really interested in trying another of their body moisturisers now. My Mama would also like to add (she's watching me write this!) that their hand lotions are 'amazing', haha.

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I think that just about wraps up my skincare routine post! I never expected it to be so long, and almost gave up halfway, thinking of replacing the words with a simple description of the products, but what use is that to you or me? Huge kudos if you got this far, I hope this has helped some of you, and answered your questions. I like to use a mix of high street and high end products, I just find this is the best routine for me at the moment. Also as a little disclaimer, what works for me might not necessarily work for you, I have normal to dry skin which is also a little sensitive. Two of the above products were sent to me for review but as always, my opinions are honest.

Right ladies, I'm off for a day in London with Jesse! Shall take lots of photos and probably Tweet for you, so excited to spend the day with one of my best friends! What are your skincare routines, ladies? I'd love to read about yours, and if you have any face exfoliator recommendations, please let me know in the comments!

19 comments

  1. i have eczema and the discolouration so i have to try sudocreme, thanks for the tip! xx

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  2. Wow Michelle, thanks for taking the time to do this - I've gone on a skincare spree lately, and this has been a real help. I'm determined to try that rosewater toner as soon as my current one has run out, it sounds divine! And as for baths, I've only just really discovered the joys- used to be a dedicated shower girl, but now there really is nothing better than a facemask + bath session! x

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  3. The Clinique dramatically different lotion is my favorite skin lotion ever! I've been using it for years. This is a good post, your skin care routine is important, and with the right products you can have great skin! :)

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  4. What a great post :) Thanks for taking the time to write out your skin care regime! Was definitely helpful and I'm looking forward to trying some of these products!

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  5. I use the St. Ives exfoliator, I would definitely recommend it.. but I only use it once every week as i find it's quite drying on my sensitive skin, so when i want a good and proper exfoliation I go to that! In between I use the Dermologica Daily Microfoliant. It's quite pricey, but it lasts for SO LONG- it comes in a powder and you just apply it to wet and hands rub them together to make a paste. so you really need hardly any of it! really recommend this one! x

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  6. You do indeed have lovely skin and nice to see someone advocating a healthy diet as part of that.

    Despite drinking plenty of water, keeping my caffeine, alcohol and sugar as minimal as possible I was not blessed with good skin and even at 21 have to work ridiculously hard to keep it semi presentable. I envy your good genes!

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  7. I recommend St. Ives Apricot scrub, it's really good and smells gorgeous. I've got Normal/Dry skin too :) Don't use it more than once or twice a week though, as it is very exfoliating and may be too rough if used every day!

    I love this post, it's nice to see what other people use and do. I tend to just wash my face with No7 product I have, or use Johnsons face wipes, use Simple toner and Nivea moisturiser, and use St. Ives once a week, I don't do much at all!! xx

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  8. I use Boots Vitamin E range and it really works for me but I do like a slightly harsher exfoliator as I get really dry skin!

    Maria xxx

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  9. great post! i'd recommend the st ives scrub best, it just smells so good! i didn't find S&G super eyes particularly good though x

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  10. Love this post! It is always interesting to see what others use. My skin is significantly different than yours (Combination/Oily and prone to break outs), but I may have to check a few of these things out (if I can find them here in the US).

    Thanks for this post!

    Divergent Musings

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  11. I love the Clinique gel too, it's the only one that agrees with my skin! And Sudocrem is a godsend, it discovered it when I was a spotty teenager about to sit my GCSE's! Must try the Breakfast Scrub!
    x

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  12. I'll have you know I read EVERY single word of this post ... and loved it! You write so well.

    I love Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, too. I used to use the Lotion, but it contains mineral oil and while that's a good humectant, it just made a layer on top of my skin and completely clogged it come summer! I am glad that you include a well balanced diet with your regimen. This post makes me want to a) empty out my wallet, b) buy a ton of products and c) pamper myself.

    Also, I'm quite inspired by this post. Might want to do my very own skincare one!

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  13. A sneaky coffee? ;) Where does Starbucks fit into that equation? lol

    I love the Botanics range, i use their light pore perfecting moistriser sine forevers! I find the Clinique is a bit tacky on my skin, and it feels a bight tight, weird? Let me know how you futher get on with the Sudocream, i currently resemble a ghost at night ;) xxxxx

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  14. Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is a brilliant exfoliator!

    Also the Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed is a lovely one to use a couple of times a week :)

    I found the St Ives ones a bit too harsh on my face...tend to use it as a body exfoliator!

    Hope that helps!

    Great post btw :) xx

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  15. Yes I can finally comment on blogs ago! Score. Loved this post lady! I love the Boots Botanic range I use quite a few of their items!! Also I love lush's CC!! Haven't tried sudocrem, but it's def on my to buy list now :)

    L x

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  16. love botanics products too, i use the brightening toner on my chest instead of scrubs and it feels nice and fresh :)
    also use the eye makeup remover and moisturiser but if you don't appreciate heavy creams i wouldn't recommend. good for winter though!

    ooh and i don't know if you use spf or not but the simple one seems very kind to skin and you only need a teeny bit to cover your face :)

    xx

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  17. I am CRAZY for the Vitamin E range from Body Shop, I posted about that and the Sudocrem in my own regime, they are a must! You use a great balance of products.

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  18. Hi! I'm a huge fan of your blog. I just had a diamond peel treatment and I honestly don't know what beauty products to use to maintain a flawless skin. Can you please help me out?

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