Thursday, 10 April 2014

My Top 5 Skin Care Products

Being a teenage girl, it's no secret that our skin can go through a bit of a war at times with spot breakouts etc. This can be super annoying and it can actually lower your self esteem a heck of a lot more; I find that I have a lot more confidence when I am having a 'good skin day'. So, I thought I would share 5 of my favourite products that help keep my skin happy and healthy. My skin is a combination type and it obviously goes without saying that these products won't work for everyone as we all have different skin. Also, all of these products besides the spot treatment from Lush are available at independent pharmacies, drugstores or supermarkets.

1) Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream

I thought we would kick things off with my favourite of them all. If you're not familiar with this, it's an antiseptic healing cream that is more commonly used for nappy rashes and eczema. What people don't often realise though (unless you read the small print) is that this can also be used for acne and it is an absolute miracle when it comes to making my spots disappear. You can probably tell by the gunky pot that this thing is well loved in my household! What I usually do is apply a thick, generous amount over my spots and go to sleep so it has time to dissolve into my skin and work its magic. More than often, my spots will be on there way to going or gone in the morning! The price for this varies slightly like most of these products depending where you shop, but it is around the £4.00 mark for a pot like this.

2) Grease Lightning Spot Treatment - Lush

I was attracted to this product by the name first and foremost as I found myself instantly belting out the song. When I started to read more about the product, it sounded like a brilliant idea and so I was eager to try it out. Having had this for about 3 months now, it has not disappointed at all. All you do is squirt a pump onto your fingers and dab it over the blemish to stop spots appearing. Alternatively, you can apply the gel to already formed spots and it will kill them too - totally worth it for a small cost of £5.65.

3) Bio Oil

Most people associate Bio-Oil with diminishing the appearance of stretchmarks and scars but it is actually a great moisturiser for the skin too. My sister got me on to this as she read somewhere that Abbey Clancy uses this on her skin. This has become part of my skin routine already and I can't see it being replaced very soon. I just pour some onto my hands and wipe it over my face and my skin instantly feels hydrated and fresh. It also prevents my foundation or tinted moisturizer from caking and looking crusty as my skin is left baby soft after using this. Bio-Oil is proven to be anti-aging too and it evens out skin tones which is ideal for me as I have a lot of redness around my facial area. If you have oily skin, this probably won't be for you but if you have dry or combination skin, give it a go and see what you think! A small bottle like the one above costs £9.15.

4) Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3

Since I suffer with large pores, it is always good to have a toner as it really minimizes the size of them. I borrow this from my Mum (since it's such a large bottle we can share) so bare in mind that this shouldn't really be used frequently on young skin as number 3 is extremely strong. I only use this when my skin needs it. It basically wipes away all of the dirt from your face which unclogs any pores and prevents spots. This is a little more on the pricey side at £16.5o but it is worth every penny as my skin always feels so awake and amazing after using this! You can tell we have got a lot of use out of this too and we're in need of a new one!

5) Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser

I believe that every girl should have a moisturiser in their beauty bag - it is a necessity! This one from Simple is perfect for people with sensitive skin like me as it is light and hydrating and a pea-sized amount goes a long way. It isn't expensive either at the price of £3.99 which means I can keep stocking up without breaking the bank. Just using this product alone every day would keep my skin satisfied as it is so nourishing.

If I have helped just one person that would be great but don't stress too much about achieving or maintaining flawless skin. As long as you are comfortable and happy in your own skin, that is the main thing! Remember it's your personality that makes you beautiful.

"Nature gives you the face you have at twenty, but it's up to you to merit the face you have at fifty." - Coco Chanel

Lots of love,