Me and my skin have a love hate relationship. Since my early teens I have struggled with my skin, from breakouts to dry patches to sensitivity to mild acne, I have been through it all. My mother always taught me from a young age that taking care of your skin is important. I think everyone should have a solid skin care routine, you shouldn’t wait until you have problems with your skin to start treating it. Throughout the years I have trialled what feels like almost every serum, moisturiser and cleanser. What I have learnt over the years is don’t give up on your skin! Not everything works first time, and what might work for someone else might not work for you. Our skin is always changing and while you might get along with a product really well in summer, by the time winter comes around your skin is back to feeling dull and dry.
So while I have had many successes in my search for the perfect skincare, there have been certain products which have performed miracles, whether they’ve been in my toiletry bag for years and years or just a few months. This is my pick of the crop, what I would bring if I was stranded on a desert island, the products I really can’t live without!
These are my Six Skincare Saviours:
“Use this gentle Micellar solution to cleanse, tone and protect the skin, all in one step! With hydrating Grape Water and toning Willow Extract it easily removes make-up and impurities using a mild formula that leaves skin feeling fresh, toned and soft. Enriched with Ginseng and Vitamin E.”
Micellar water has been around for a while now, and in the last year or so there has been so much attention surrounding this type of cleanser. It’s really quite special, it removes all your makeup, even waterproof mascara, is gentle to even the most sensitive skin and best of all it is super quick and easy to use, just apply to a cotton wool pad and there is no rinsing required! I have tried a few Micellar Waters and this one in particular is new to my collection, I stumbled upon it when searching for a new cleansing water to replace my previous one as it was unfortunately not animal friendly. However I have to say I was really pleasantly surprised by this one, it is much quicker than any other Micellar water I’ve used, it removes all of my makeup with only 2 or 3 cotton pads! At only £5 you really can’t go wrong.
“This heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free, it also adds a fine layer of moisture. Pour onto a cotton wool pad and sweep over face and neck after using Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Alternatively spritz over face and body to revitalise at any time.”
This has to be my all time favourite toner, I have been using it for years and rarely try any other toning products because this one is so perfect. It is so refreshing and instantly revitalises my skin whenever I use it. I use it in the evening on a cotton wool pad to treat my skin before going to sleep, and in the morning I spritz it all over my face and neck to really wake up and refresh my skin. Having combination skin, it’s hard to find a toner which combats oily patches as well as avoiding making dry skin feel dehydrated and tight. I especially love this product in summer, when I’ve got a bare face and my skin starts to feel sticky and hot, I will spritz this all over my face and body for an instant refresh. This product should be a staple in everyone’s skincare routine and at only £6 for this 30ml Spray Bottle there is no reason not to try it out for yourself!
“The combination of Glycolic Acid and Liquorice improves the appearance of wrinkles, open pores and acne. Apply to cleansed skin every other night. Moisten the cotton pad with solution and apply evenly over the face, neck and décolleté, avoiding your eye and lip area. For an intensive treatment leave on overnight without applying a night cream over the top. Always use a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least factor 15 when using resurfacing products.”
Alpha-H’s Liquid Gold is definitely deserving of its name, this bottle literally is a miracle worker. I suffered from hormonal acne for some time and I honestly thought nothing would make it budge, introducing this product to my skin care routine stopped new breakouts forming and minimized my scarring dramatically. Fortunately my skin is much better now and I only have to use this product once or twice a week or every other night when my skin is particularly stubborn and spotty, and I always wake up with my skin feeling brand new. What is great about Liquid Gold is that it not only treats acne and break outs, but also works on mature skin and is great for brightening lacklustre skin. This product is a little more pricey at £33.50 for a 100ml bottle, but it honestly lasts me months and months as you use so little of it, and the results definitely make the investment worth it.
“A light, easily absorbed day cream with natural vitamin E, sweet almond oil and radiance-boosting maca root to replenish and restore skin throughout the day. It contains SPF 15, providing a protective barrier to help prevent against sun damage. Used every day, skin will feel soft and supple, and your complexion will become visibly more radiant.”
I’ve always struggled to find a moisturiser that works but doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy or heavy. I was always buying moisturisers, using them once and never touching again, but I’ve been using this for over a year now and I’m obsessed. It is a really light moisturiser and you only need the teeniest pea sized amount to cover your whole face, and I like to use a little bit more to cover my neck and décolletage. It leaves my skin leaving fresh and dewy without feeling sticky or greasy, and it is really easily absorbed I can apply makeup straight away. This day cream also has SPF 15 which is perfect for everyday protection from the sun. I really cannot fault this as a moisturiser, especially for only £6!
“This potent and lightweight oil, grown organically in Morocco, is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and can be used as a daily moisturiser or to help condition everything from cuticles to split ends. Discover what all the fuss is about with this pure argan oil from Josie Maran.”
I first started using Josie Maran’s Argan Oil around 2 years ago. I had quite bad scarring and acne and I had completely given up on my skin, until I was given a little sample of this product. At first I thought it was crazy to use an oil on my face when I already had problems with oily skin and break outs, but using harsh spot treatments was drying out my skin and causing it to produce more sebum which causes acne. Within a week or so I noticed a huge difference with my skin, somehow using a few drops of this argan oil in the evenings had completely saved my skin! I now use this every day without fail, my skin always looks smooth and dewy and my acne is a thing of the past! You can use this on any skin type at any age, and it’s also perfect on your cuticles, hair and just about anywhere on your body! If I could only use one product on my skin for the rest of my life it would certainly be this little miracle, and it was really a toss up between this and my number one skincare saviour for the top spot. This product is definitely a luxury item at around £40 for 50ml, however it lasts absolutely ages and you really only need 2 or 3 drops to cover your face and neck, and the benefits this all natural product gives make it worth every penny.
“Our original, multi award-winning hot cloth cleanser quickly removes daily grime and make up to leave skin clean, soft and radiant. Ideal for your morning or evening cleanse, this formulation works on every age and skin type, offering concentrated yet gentle cleansing power. Naturally active ingredients include eucalyptus and cocoa butter for smoother, cleaner skin.”
Now, if you haven’t heard of Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish you have probably been living under a rock. If you have heard of it and haven’t tried it yet… what are you waiting for?! I have been using this product for years and years and I can not fault it, it is the perfect product for completely removing your makeup while leaving your skin clean, fresh, well cleansed and exfoliated. The smell is so relaxing and luxurious and as soon as you apply it to your skin, whether you’re wearing makeup or not, you instantly feel the natural ingredients going to work, removing all dirt and dead skin and leaving nothing but a soft fresh face. I have tried other similar cleansers and nothing quite beats this, I think I will always have cleanse and polish in my collection and you definitely need to add it to yours! It is so deserving of every award it’s ever won, which is why it is my number one skin care saviour! You can pick up a bottle of this for as little as £6 so there are no excuses, put down those makeup wipes, girl and pick up that Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.
Thank you so much for reading my top six skincare saviours, I hope I have inspired you to try out some of these products yourself or to at least make an effort in taking care of your skin! You will thank yourself later.
Have a magical day,