I’m not going to pretend that I’m an expert when it comes to skin care or that I have incredible skin – I don’t, I never have, but I am, without a doubt, trying my absolute best to improve that – and I have been since I set it as one of my ‘New Years Resolutions’. We all dream of attaining that ‘facetuned’ look constantly, but let’s be real – we all have pores, we all have oily and dry patches, and we all get spots at some point. There are, however, a million and one products out there that have been created in an attempt to solve every and any skin issue that may arise..
I’ve always had awful skin – pimply forehead, spotty jawline, those horrible black dots that apparently everyone has on their nose but seem to be a million times larger on me – to the point where I started the pill in an attempt to sort them out. I’ve been working really hard on starting and sticking to a skincare routine, and I was doing well. I recently started a whole tonne of new medication and ‘something’ has caused me as a whole, to dry up – from my skin, to my lips, even my mouth feels dry a lot more of the time, and as a typically oily gal, I am not used to it at all. I’m basically drowning myself in water to resolve that, but it’s reminded me just how important my skincare routine is, and that I need to keep up with it if I want to remain looking healthy and normal.
A few months ago, I wrote a whole post about jumping on the cult-beauty band wagon and picking up the Glossier Phase 1 Set. At the time, I was a little uncertain, to say the least, over the Milk Jelly Cleanser. I’m still a little uncertain over the smell – I recently read a post where a blogger mentioned she loved the smell and I almost vommed in my mouth a little over the reminder of it – but I love how silky smooth it leaves my skin feeling, and I use it most nights after I take off my make-up, or just as a nightly cleanse if I haven’t worn make-up that day. I’ve used it almost every night since I received it, but I haven’t used a huge amount of product which, having never invested much in skincare before and being a self-proclaimed stinge, I’m extremely happy about. If it smelled a little nicer, I would probably sing and dance and scream about this from the roof-tops, because I genuinely really like the product, I just cannot stand the smell..
As I mentioned, not only has my skin taken a battering recently, but my lips have been a little bloody and cracked. I have never suffered with dry lips before, except when I have a really bad cold and mouth-breathing is my only option, but I’ve had constant bloody patches for the last week or so, that I just can’t seem to shift. Balm Dotcom has been an actual lifesaver in that time – I love how quickly it restores moisture to my lips, I love the slight sparkle it leaves, and it smells so delicious that I could probably eat it. I rarely find a lip balm that I stick to or don’t lose, but this has followed me everywhere – from over-night bags, to handbags, and even to my clutch on a night out. I adore it, and nowadays, you won’t find me without it.
I’ve always loved a good exfoliator, and you’ll always find a bottle of Soap & Glory Scrub Of Your Life in my bathroom, or in my tub of ‘bath goodies’. I recently discovered Rub Rub Rub from Lush, and I fell in love the first time I used it. Although typically a body scrub, I also use it occasionally on my face to exfoliate problems areas such as my chin, an area that for me is prone to becoming spotty, and I find that it leaves my face feeling super smooth, smells gorgeous and lathers well. I love it more than any other exfoliator because I find that it tackles existing spots really well, unlike most others that I’ve previously tried – I realised recently that anything that proclaims to be ‘kind’ or ‘gentle’ on my skin has little or not effect. I always ensure that I follow it up with a good moisturiser to replace any oils that I’ve scrubbed away, because it can be a little harsh, but I am yet to find another exfoliator that works as well.
As I mentioned, my chin has always been a problem area for me – ever since I started puberty, I’ve had a spotty chin, jawline and forehead. My jaw-line has always been covered in a mixture of pimples and boils for as long as I can remember, but I recently discovered Lush Tea Tree Toner Water. Tea Tree has previously aggravated my skin, but I read so many good reviews about this before I invested that I took a leap of faith, and for less than a fiver, I wasn’t too fussed if it didn’t go down well. I was not disappointed. I use a few spritzes of this before I get into bed, and on days when I have existing spots, I wake up to either find them gone, or having dramatically decreased. I do find that it leaves my skin feeling a little tight, but I strangely enjoy the feeling – as though my skin feels super clean – and the feeling is gone by morning anyway. I’ve worked my way through an entire bottle in just over a month, but I can’t imagine life without it now and I plan to repurchase without a second thought.
I’ve been picking up more and more skincare products recently, finding what does and doesn’t work for me and my skin, and I’m obsessed. I finally realised that in order for my makeup to look as good as I want it to, and for it to sit as well as I would like, I need to keep my skin happy and healthy.
What are your all time favourite skincare products? What recommendations would you make for dry-but-oily skin?