Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Guest Post: Skin Care Loves

Hey Everyone,
Today the Lovely Anna from Dandelion Ashes has provided us with an interesting Guest Post all about her skincare loves. As a skincare addict I'm always interested in hearing about other people recommendations, so I have really enjoyed reading this post. Thanks Anna! 

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Skin Care Loves
For the last year or so, I've been trying really hard to take care of my skin; when I was about 11 or 12 I never used to cleanse properly and when I first started wearing foundation I often used to go straight to bed without removing it – if I was feeling particularly virtuous I would “remove” my make-up using a toner. Because of all this abuse my skin suffered, I've got some seriously mucked up pores. My dirt goes deep; deeper than any product I've yet found can go. I've gone from really not caring about skin care to being completely obsessed, I'm always trying out new products and techniques but today I’d like to show you all the products I've either fallen completely in love with, or the products that I just keep going back to.
(A side note, I definitely have what you might call combination skin – my t-zone gets really oily, I suffer from bad blackheads all over my nose, my eyes are very sensitive, my cheeks are normal, but they can get dry or sensitive quite easily.)

Cleansers
Cleansing is probably the most important skin care step for everybody, especially for us oily skinned girls. A good cleanser should remove all of your make-up, and get deep down into your pores, and get rid of any dirt or bad oils that can cause spots. There are lots of different types of cleansers – lotions, creams, waters, gels, foams etc… Recently I've been loving the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish – it’s a cream cleanser that you apply to skin and then wash off with a muslin cloth, which gently exfoliates the skin, getting rid of any dead skin leaving you looking young and healthy. This isn't too harsh, so it would work for pretty much anyone, but it does a good enough job to leave my pores feeling thoroughly cleansed. You can buy it here for £14.75.

I also really love the Witch Oil Control Foaming Face Wash for days when I'm feeling oilier and spottier than usual. Foaming cleansers can be quite drying, so I wouldn't recommend them for anybody with dry skin. This cleanses deep into the pores and definitely controls the oil. It’s such a bargain that I would recommend any of you with oily skin to purchase it (also it smells so damn good). You can get it here for £3.99, but it’s often on offer in Superdrug.

Eyes
Although my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish claims to be able to remove even the most stubborn of mascara, I have super sensitive eyes so when I find a product that works, I don’t like to try something else just in case I have a reaction to it. I get really bad hay-fever (and also I cry at pretty much every film), so waterproof mascara is a must for me. Unfortunately, this means that it’s often difficult to remove, but I love the Double Effect Eye Make Up Remover from Nivea – it melts away any eye make-up like a dream and doesn't sting my eyes at all. I would recommend doing this before cleansing, as it can leave an oily residue on the skin and also the cleanser can remove the panda eye effect that sometimes happens. You can get it here for £3.59 but there’s nearly always an offer on somewhere.

I won’t bang on too much about these next two products, as I recently did a blog post on them. But I’ve been loving the Avène Soothing Eye Contour Cream and the Simple Refreshing Eye Roll On. They both do a great job at soothing tired and sore eyes and don’t sting at all. If you want to know more about them, then check out the blog post!

Toner
Toning is an essential part of your daily skin care routine, but I think it’s a nice step to take to feel extra clean. Toners basically just remove any residue left from your cleanser, and prepare your skin for moisturiser. You can get more hydrating toners for dry skin, purifying cleansers for oily skin and harsher toners for acne. Recently I've been using this toner spritz from Boots Botanics and I really love it; I find that the spritzer toners are far more refreshing and great for summer (I'm not really sure why, it’s probably psychological!). Also I love that it’s 100% organic and formulated without parabens. You can get this one here for £4.99.

Moisturiser
I cannot stress how important moisturising is. It’s a common misconception that if you have oily skin, you don’t need to moisturise. It may seem completely counter productive, but you really do! Often your skin produces excess oil because it’s dehydrated and it does this to rehydrate itself. If your skin is on the oilier side, then go for an oil-free moisturiser such as this one from Simple which I absolutely love. You can get it here for £4.27.

I also love the Soap and Glory Clear Here Lotion which almost acts as a primer as well as a moisturiser. It has more of a gel consistency and claims to help unblock pores and control oil. Unfortunately it’s discontinued, but I'm sure that another brand does a similar product.

Recently I was given some samples of Eucerin’s moisturiser for acne prone or oily skin and I really love it! I reckon that they’re a good dupe for the Soap and Glory lotion, as they have the same sort of consistency and feel the same on the skin. You can get it here for £9.25.

Masks
I love a good face mask, they’re an essential part of my pamper routine! I got bought this one from Origins for Christmas, and I think it’s great. It goes really deep into your pores to pull out any dirt or oil that’s in there and also it looks hilarious when it’s on! You can get it here for £22. I would only recommend this for oily skin, but there are loads of different masks out there for different skin types; the origins masks are usually great so if you’re willing to spend a bit more money, I would look into those.

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Thanks again to Anna! 
Don't forget I'm also running a Giveaway on my Facebook page at the moment where you could win some of the goodies from the meetup I organised last month including Rimmel makeup. All the details are available HERE!

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