My Current Moisturisers

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Hi everyone.

As mentioned in my last blog April’s Favourite 5, I have been going through a bit of a ‘journey’ with my skin over the past couple of months. I am a huge fan of skincare and I love looking after my skin. I have always had a good skincare routine and stuck to it twice a day since I was a teenager. I spent most of my years with oily combination skin until I hit my late 30’s and then my skin went dry/combination. I have been really happy with my skincare routine over the past 6 months. My only concern was fine lines across my forehead and around my eyes. I have used retinol but decided to try Tretinoin, which is a prescription vitamin A product – gold standard for anti ageing. I signed up to Dermatica, which is a monthly subscription based tretinoin skincare treatment. Tretinoin is extremely strong and you have to gradually introduce it to your skin. I have been doing this over the past 3 months and my skin has not liked it.

As a result I now have very sore, sensitive skin that is extremely dry. My skin has been desperate for moisture and hydration. As a result I have been buying lots of moisturisers to try to find one that hydrates and does not sting when I apply it to my skin. I have now also decided to take a break from using the tretinoin to allow my skin to rest. So, today’s blog is focusing on moisturisers.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser

£16.00 for 50ml from The Body Shop The Body Shop Vitamin C Moisturiser   This is a lightweight fresh gel that is really cooling on your skin. It hydrates the skin and leaves your skin glowing. I love all of the vitamin C range from the Body Shop. I have a full review of their range here: Part 1 & Part 2. They really make my skin feel great and glow. This is one of my favourite moisturisers however, it has not been quite hydrating enough for me at the moment. It is perfect for people with combination or oily skin as it is not greasy and absorbs well into the skin.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

£6.80 for 100ml from Feelunique The Ordinary Moisturiser This is a smooth cream that absorbs well into the skin. It is creamy but not heavy on the skin. It contains various gentle ingredients including hyaluronic acid so it really hydrates my skin and leaves it moisturised. I have been using this a lot of over the past few months. It has been perfect to treat my skin after applying the tretinoin. Some of my moisturisers sting my face when I apply them after the tretinoin, but this doesn’t and has been my go to product. It is excellent value from money and would suit any type of skin.

Moisture Surge™ 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

£25.00 for 30ml from Clinique Clinique moisture surge I featured this in my last post ‘April’s Favourite 5‘. This is a bit pricey for a moisturiser but I love CLinique products and had a sample of this which I loved. This is really hydrating and plumps my skin leaving it moisturised all day long. It is really cooling to apply and absorbs into the skin. My skin feels treated when I apply this. Over long use it helps to restore the skin’s barrier. This is a really lovely moisturiser. I think it is more suited to dry/combination skin.

{Save} Anti-pollution Sleeping Mask

£38.00 for 75ml from Save Skincare Save Sleep Mask The Anti-pollution Sleeping Mask comes from a new brand I tried a few months back calle {save}. They are a natural brand using simple, clean formulas to create good skincare products to suit all skin types. They aim to reduce the signs of aging and their products are also 100% cruelty-free. I have a full review of {save} products here. This mask treatment is hydrating and prevents early photo-aging (premature aging of the skin caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation). It gently removes dead cells leaving your skin really smooth and soft in the morning. I have been using this twice a week to really hydrate my skin. If you have dry skin like me you could use this every night. It really makes my skin plump and my face feels fully hydrated after using it. The next morning my skin is glowing.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm

£7.50 for 40ml from Look Fantastic   La Roche Posat Cicaplast Baume I was recommended this following my sore skin from using the tretinoin. It is a rich creamy balm that soothes the skin and reduces redness and irritation. This cream is so gentle it can be used for all ages including babies, relieving skin tightness, chapped lips or dry and cracked skin. I have been using it on my eyelids and it has helped reduce the sensitivity.

CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF25 – Normal to Dry Skin

£12.99 for 52ml from Superdrug     Cerave Moisturiser I am a big fan of CeraVe products and use the hydrating Cleanser every day. They are gentle, effective products at a great price. This moisturiser is a lightweight gel like lotion that absorbs into the skin. I use this regularly. It feels nice on the skin and absorbs well. It is really hydrating and good for all ages. It has SPF25 so is handy to use if you are going out but not spending too much time in the sun. If you are spending long times outside you should always apply a separate SPF. When SPF is included in a moisturiser, you need to use a lot of the product to get the correct amount of cover from the SPF. You can apply this moisturiser all over the body. It is a great product to travel with. There is a night time version without SPF in too which is also great.

Superdrug Vitamin E SPF15 Moisturising Cream

£3.99 for 100ml from Superdrug Superdrug Vitamin E Moisturiser I received this as a free sample when ordering from Superdrug. I had not used it before. It contains a range of vitamins including E which is a natural antioxidant. This helps to shield your skin against environmental damage and help prevent anti aging. When I applied it I could not believe how good it was. It is very creamy and rich and really absorbs into your skin. I use this a lot. It has been perfect on my dry skin. Really hydrating and nourishing. As it is only SPF15, I actually wear a separate SPF on top. I will be doing a post about SPF for the face in my next post. I would recommend this to people with dry/combination skin. It may be too rich for oily skin.

I hope you enjoyed my post reviewing moisturisers. let me know in the comments box any recommendations you have.

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