Well, it has been a long time since I last posted and I am really sorry to all my followers for the break. I have just bought a new house and have started a huge renovation project which is taking up a lot of my time, alongside my lecturing and being a mum! I love, love, love blogging but I really needed to focus some time on the renovation project. I am going to start adding posts again and I am currently working for some great bloggers who are going to be writing guest posts here on Island Beauty Junkie so make sure you follow my blog to keep up to date with all posts.
I have decided to write today’s post as I have changed my skincare routine and I am just loving the difference it has had on my skin. As you all know skincare is my absolute favourite thing and I love to explore new products. I get so excited when I find products that actually make a difference! As we come to the end of the winter months here in the UK my skin has not been happy. It has been so dry and dehydrated and my usual products have left my skin uncomfortable and tight. So, I have spent some time researching and asking other bloggers and friends what products they use and I have pulled together a new routine that has really turned my skin around and left it soft, smooth and glowing.
ASDA The Skin System Creamy Foam Wash for dry/sensitive skin
99p for 150ml from Asda
With rose and chamomile extracts this gentle cleanser cleans the skin without leaving it tight or dry. It also has Aloe Vera, Vitamin B5 and E to nourish the skin. It is hypoallergenic and fragrance and colour free. An absolute gem at 99p!
Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate oil
£38.00 for 30ml from Kiehl
This lightweight facial oil applies lovely. I put a few drops in the palm of my hand and then tap it onto my face and neck. It smells divine. It really leaves my skin looking radiant and glowing. I was surprised how much I like this product as I really have never been much of a fan of face oils. It contains Ginger Root, Sunflower and Tamanu. It aims to help protect the skin from daily aggressors and keep skin looking youthful and fresh from morning to night. It is Paraben free, 100% natural origin, Mineral oil free, Non-comedogenic, Non-acnegenic. It is a bit pricey though at £39.99, but you don’t use much and I think it will last a long time. It feels like a real treat to the skin.
Superdrug B. Radiant Day Cream
£10.99 for 50ml from Superdrug (but on offer at the moment for £5.45)
I finish with my all-time favourite moisturiser. I try lots of expensive brands which I really like, but I always come back to this Superdrug B. Radiant Day Cream Phase 2. I have a full review of the Phase 2 range here. This creamy moisturiser firms and smooths my skin and keeps it hydrated all day long. It contains Hyaluronic Acid which helps lock in moisture and plumps the skin. It also has a SPF of 15 and UVA filters which is really important as I use a retinol product.
Nivea Visage Cleansing Wipes Dry/Sensitive
£3.15 for 25 from Superdrug (currently on offer for £1.49)
These 3 in 1 gentle face wipes cleanse and tone your skin without leaving it dry or tight. They are free from perfume, alcohol, colour and oil and enriched with Vitamin E and Provitamin B5. I use them first to get the bulk of my make up off before following with a deeper cleanse.
Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser
£31 for 150ml from Elemis
This is a lovely deep cleansing face cream that removes the remaining make up traces and cleanses my skin. I rub it into my palms to warm up then apply it in circular motions around my face. I leave it on for 1 minute and then use a warm damp muslin cloth to wipes it all off. It comes with a cloth but I actually prefer the cheap muslin cloths from Superdrug. I feel they help cleanse my skin better. I have a more in-depth review here.
Indeed Labs Retinol Reface Retinol Skin Resurfacer Serum
£19.99 for 30ml from Boots
I am very new to Retinol. I have been really interested in using retinol as I have noticed fine lines developing around my eyes and forehead. I have been researching it for a while and there were lots of positive opinions about the ikpact retinol has on skin, but felt a bit anxious to try it as I have sensitive skin and did not want to irritate it. I decided to try this product as all the reviews I read were really positive and people seemed to find it actually worked.
For those of you new to retinol, it is basically an ingredient derivative from vitamin A. It is considered to be one of the most effective ingredients to help reduce the appearance of visible signs of ageing. The claim to soften and smooth the look of your skin, while targeting the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. I have not been using it long so not really noticed a huge impact on my fine lines yet, but my skin is definitely looking better and this product is really working with the rest of my skincare routine.
I was trying to think how to explain why you need to wear sunscreen with retinol but found this excellent explanation so thought I would quote it instead! “Retinoids, as well as retinols, are photo-inactivated, meaning exposure to direct sunlight makes them less effective. For this reason, they are normally prescribed to be used at night, right before going to bed. UVA, or long-wave rays found in the sun and the primary ray used in tanning booths, break down this active ingredient the most and are able to penetrate glass.” Livestrong.com.
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator
£21.80 for 50ml JP Pharmacy.
My skin has been so dry recently and I really wanted a night cream that would fully hydrate it and leave it fresh and plump. I chose this rich oil free cream as the reviews were really positive. I use it at night and in the morning my skin is still fresh, smooth and not oily at all. Over time it rpairs the skin’s moisture barrier. I did try using this twice a day at first but it was too much for my skin and my T-zone felt a little oily. The only thing I really don’t like about this product is the smell. Luckily the cream is so good on my skin that I am ignoring the smell! I am going to try other products in this range as they look really interesting.
Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Face Exfoliator
£11 for 75ml from Boots
This is another new product to my routine. I have only been using it for a few weeks now. I use it once a week after cleansing with my Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser. I apply it in circular motions around my face to sweep away the dead cells, this will stimulate new skin cells to grow which will work. I have only been applying it once a week as I wanted to make sure that my skin was not too irritated with the introduction of the retinol cream and this exfoliator. I will be increasing it to twice a week from next week on. Boots claim that within 4 treatments this exfoliator will “stimulate skin cell renewal to work against fine lines, skin tone evens leaving skin softer, silky to touch and more refined”. So, I am interested to see how this goes.
I hope you found this blog post helpful. I have noticed a huge improvement with my skin following this routine. I am now wearing less makeup and very little, if any foundation each day.
Thanks for reading.