Since the beginning of 2018, I have been trying to focus a lot more on my skin and its health. As a teen, I had acne and sadly that has resulted in hyperpigmentation and a couple of scars on my face. Although they aren’t difficult to cover (now that I don’t struggle with acne), there are still days where I would like to go completely makeup free, but often feel that I can’t because my skin isn’t the way I want it to be. Of course there are some days where I don’t care and leave the house bare-faced, but I really want to improve the texture, colour and balance of my skin, and there are a couple of affordable skincare products that have been helping me to do so.
This is my number one recommendation for those out there who are trying to get rid of scars and hyperpigmentation. There are loads of products on the market, and Acne.org also has a great regime for something in the mid-price range. I saw a recommendation for black soap on Twitter, and thought “why not give it a try?” It’s affordable, easy to purchase and has great reviews. I ordered a bottle from Amazon, but also tried this bar from Etsy. After a matter of weeks I noticed a difference in my skin. Not only were impurities and marks fading away, but my skin just felt healthier. African black soap does have a tendency to dry out skin, so I totally recommend moisturising afterwards. Shea butter or any other moisturiser should do the trick.
There are plenty of exfoliators that claim to be gentle but actually feel like sandpaper against skin. The first thing I noticed about the Clarins exfoliator is that it’s extremely soft on the hands and face. It’s so gentle, you can barely feel the product doing the work, but the difference is very clear. Whenever I use this, my skin feels smoother, and has a natural glow. The toning lotion also provides a great glow and is ideal for oily skin. I have combo/oily skin, and find that products always dry out my face or make it worse. This lotion (with Iris) is alcohol-free and totally refreshes this skin. I use it almost every day and it’s one of my favourite Clarins products.
Nivea is one of those brands that I grew up with. There was always Nivea lotion in the house, my grandma used it, my mum used it and I use it. It has always been a part of my life, and a brand that I trust when it comes to my skin. Their gentle exfoliating scrub is very much like the Clarins scrub, but has a thicker texture with Vitamin E and Hydra IQ which is moisturisation technology that penetrates deep within your skin to foster new aquaporins to regulate the skin’s moisture balance and reduce water loss. The cream wash is one of my favourite products from Nivea’s Daily Essentials range – it’s so soft on the skin, I always look forward to use it. It has a thick and creamy texture that effectively removes dirt and ideal for sensitive skin. The micellar water is perfect for sensitive skin and removes makeup in one swipe. It’s a gentle way to target dirt and even comfortable to use around eyes. I use this with cotton pads almost every day and can’t recommend it enough!
Neutrogena was featured on my blog three years ago and I still use the same products from them. They have never failed me! Starting with the daily scrub, I used this almost every day (I don’t like to scrub my skin too much) and it’s great at removing dirt from the lower levels of the skin. Like the other products, it doesn’t dry out my skin, but leaves it refreshed and rejuvenated. The in-shower mask is a favourite when I’m having a pamper day. It sets really quickly, and is easy to wash off. I usually apply this when I plan on spending a long time in the shower – most likely performing to my latest playlist. The spot proofing scrub is one I used when my skin is really acting up and I can’t figure out why. I do find that this scrub is really good at controlling oil levels in the skin, and gets rid of those awful pimples that appear out of nowhere. Finally, the 2 in 1 mask is something I’ve been using for a while and constantly re-buy. It’s affordable, easy to use and works so well for my skin. The texture is really creamy and applies so well, and you can either rinse it off as a wash, or leave it to set as a mask.
This brush was recommended to me in an ad on Amazon and I tried to ignore it, but something in me just pushed me to have a look. The price alone had me sold, but the great reviews on Amazon (and YouTube) made me want to give it a try. There are plenty of facial brushes out there that cost ridiculous amounts of money, and I just wasn’t willing to pay so much for something that might not work. When I received this brush, I got 9 different heads and was pleasantly surprised by how well it works for a little brush. Paired with the black soap, this brush is helping my skin to improve every single day. It rotates at a comfortable speed (which you can adjust) and removes makeup instantly. The brush is really easy to travel with, as it comes in a waterproof pouch and is battery powered! Perfect!
Do you have any skincare favourites at the minute?