I haven't blogged about skin-care products for quite some time on my blog and with my recent efforts to improve my routine (and stick to it) I thought I'd share what I've been doing, and using!
I'm still in love with my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. These days I always buy the hot cloth cleanser in the 200ml squeezy tube. More product and less waste. When I'm right at the end of a tube I'll chop the bottle in half with scissors and scoop out all the product that has stuck to the sides. This can last me another 4-5 days so it's well worth buying the tube rather than the hard plastic bottles with the pumps. This product keeps my skin as clear as I've ever seen it and fights off new blemishes too. It smells wonderful and it leaves my skin feeling very smooth and well cared for. I can't see myself using any other cleanser ever again.
Recently I've been trying out the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic which is a gentle toner to use after cleansing. I normally don't get on with toners and find they irritate my skin, dry it up and increase redness. But the skin tonic is actually very soothing and refreshing. I was using a sample sized bottle in a starter-kit and made the plunge and bought the full size version as I loved it so much. I opted for the spray top for a little extra money. Without it I waste a lot of product by pouring the toner on to a cotton pad. With the spray I can hold it close to a cotton pad and saturate with a few spritzes, then sweep over my face. Or I can lightly spray directly on to my face depending on how much I think I need. A few sprays on top of makeup can help to refresh dry patches or foundation that starts to 'cake'. It's going to be just what I need throughout the summer.
A quick word on Liz Earle moisturisers.... I've tried two of them and I like the 'light' version for oily/combo skin but I didn't like it enough to justify the £20 price tag. It smells wonderful and it does a good job, but it does nothing that a inexpensive moisturiser can't. So personally, I'd warn you not to waste the money.
I've been trying out a few things from the Simple 'Spotless Skin' range. The moisturiser and the cleansing wipes. I've used Simple moisturisers many times over the years and always found them to do their job very well. I was a bit worried the Simple Spotless Skin Moisturiser would be full of ingredients that would irritate my skin but I've had zero problems with it. It moisturises well (although I only moisturise my skin once a day) and has the usual 'Simple smell'. I can't say if it's done much towards fighting blemishes although it certainly hasn't made them any worse. The Simple Spotless Skin Cleansing Wipes remove the majority of my makeup, even waterproof mascara although I always want to use a proper cleanser afterwards anyway. But they can be very handy for times when I just want to fall into bed or to give my face a quick clean in the morning.
The scrub I've been using for months has been the St Ives Apricot Scrub for sensitive skin. It's a fantastic scrub that does it's job without being too harsh. I use this with a Sephora face brush just buffing around my jawline, temples and nose area - I find the brush a bit too harsh for using on the cheeks. I'll only use a scrub once a week, to really get rid of any build up but once a week is plenty for me and it leaves my face super smooth and bump free.
And that's about it! I've really pared down my skin-care products and I'm just using the things I need and the things that work for me. On a good routine I'm cleansing my skin twice a day with the Cleanse & Polish and following that up with either the Skin Tonic or the Simple Moisturiser but never both. I prefer to put makeup on top of the tonic (unless my skin is feeling very dry that morning) and save the moisturiser for night time. The cleansing wipes are for lazy days or if I feel my skin needs a quick clean. Let me know you're current favourites in the comments! I'm interested to try some of the Micellar water that everyone is raving about, is it worth it?