The Skincare Post: All About Oils

We're into the colder months now and something I love using every night are oils, whether it's mixing a few drops into my moisturiser, or just on their own. Every other time I mention them on my blog, someone always comments saying that they never know where to start with oils, so I'm here to help you start. Don't be put off using oils if you have oily skin. Often more than not, if you have oily skin, you can strip your skin of the natural oils your skin needs!

A little goes a long way with oils, so don't be put off buying oils from a good brand, it will last you months. I've had the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate since last year and it has hardly went down. If I'm mixing the oil with a moisturiser, I will use one or two drops and mix them together with my finger tips. If I'm using the oil on it's own, after a serum, I will apply between 4-6 drops all over my face & neck. My favourite out of them all is Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil* for dehydrated skin. I have mentioned this a few times before, but Clarins have three oils which are targeted for different skin types, so there is something for everyone. I feel as though this does the most for my skin, it skins straight in and when I wake up, my skin isn't tight or dry. Another one I reach for on a weekly basis is Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Face Oil*, which restores radiance and deeply moisturises the skin. The Youth Defence Biodynamic + Blend helps to rebalance the skins moisture levels and provides the skin with optimum level of nutrients. Origins Plantscription Face Oil* is a new addition to the Plantscription range, but don't be put off that it's an anti-ageing product. Yes it will help with fine lines if you're at the age of using it, but the reduce lines the skin needs to be moisturised, so the products are always hugely moisturising. This one has been passed onto my mum as she loves the range and I have enough face oil to last me till I'm 25.
If you're in the market for a cheaper alternative, the Aroma Actives Skincare Face Oil* and Mandara Spa Beauty Oil* are brilliant alternatives. Both are available in Sainsburys beauty department, which has been all done out recently. You could also check out their make-up range whilst there, it's very good quality for the price! Another alternative is one of the face oils from the Superfacialist range by Una Brennan. There is two in the range, one being a pre-cleanse which will also deeply nourish your skin and one to apply on an evening.

Luce x

The Skincare Post: A Whole Lotta Cleansers

I have a lot of cleansers, far too many of them considering you only wash your face twice a day. The ones I'm not too keen on get pushed back into my drawer, whereas the best ones are collected around my sink. These are the cleansers which are the bees knees to me, the top notch ones which are carefully balanced around my sink.

Just in case my mood changes, I have one to sit in every category. Starting with a balm cleanser, Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm* is probably the best balm cleanser I've ever used (taken in mind I've never owned Emma Hardie) and it's the one which is the most similar to Emma Hardie. It's voted one of the Beauty Hot 100 2013 by Harpers Bazaar, which means it must be good, right? It contains starflower, elderberry, optimega oils with rose and mimosa waxes. It's a treatment balm, so as well as just cleansing your face with it, lather on a layer of it and leave for 10 minutes before washing off. It's suitable for all skin types, the dry skinned gals will feel very hydrated afterwards and the oily skinned gals won't feel overpowered.
I have two gel cleansers on hand, but I love them both so much. Antipodes Juliet Brightening Gel Cleanser* smells amazing, it's the first thing I noticed by it. I tend to use this on a morning to awaken my skin and brighten it that little bit more. It contains manuka honey, kiwifruit and hibiscus flower, which is why it smells so amazing. It's a New Zealand brand and all the best skincare comes from that side of the world, so I trust it. I wet my skin slightly before applying this and letting it foam up. I always used to stay away from foaming cleansers as I felt they stripped my skin too much, but this doesn't. Another one I use for an extra deep clean is REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel* which is a foaming cleanser which leaves your skin feeling deep cleaned. It's detergent, soap and sulphate free, which is why your skin isn't left feeling like it has been stripped. This is great if you've only been wearing a little bit of make up during the day as it will gently remove any dirt or make up.
An oil cleanser is something I also love using on a morning as well as a pre cleanse. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil* has been used for a while now and a little goes a long way with this. For the days I have been wearing a full face of make up, I will take a pump of this and massage it into the skin, breaking up the make up. It's suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, so nobody needs to worry about that. Before using this, I had never used any The Body Shop skincare except the body butters (which are divine), so I'm very impressed. I spoke about it a lot more here in my Introduction To Skincare
Last but not least, it's Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish*, everyones favourite cleansers. It's the first cleanser I tried out properly and the first for many other people, as it's such a great starter. I keep this bottle in my shower so when I'm in there, that's what I wash my face with. I don't believe that it gets rid of your make up as much as people say it does, but it leaves your skin clean and soft. It's a simple cleanser and I would suggest this to anyone who is just starting out. This is the second bottle of it, so that goes to show how much I love it.

Oh, you will also notice that my blog has had a re-design. I'd love to know what you think of it!

Luce x

The Skincare Post: Three Step Facial

Every now and then, my skin needs a big detox, so I whip out the big guns and get to work. This usually happens once a week and that normally falls on a Sunday night in the bath! A mask to suck all the gunk out of my skin, one to exfoliate while boosting the radiance and one to pop all the hydration back into my skin.

I find it hard to find a mask which will help my skin, just to keep the blackheads & blemishes at bay, without drying out my already dry skin. I have tried Origins Clear Improvement in the past and it was a recipe for disaster, so I was intrigued when Origins Out Of Trouble Mask* landed in my clutches. I know that my friend, Suzie, loves this mask so I was sure I would like it too. I don't leave it on for 10 minutes, probably about 5 minutes before it becomes too much for my skin. It has an overwhelming smell of tea tree oil about it and my skin is a little tight after using it, but it works. The Zinc Oxide and Sulfur helps absorb any of the excess oil in my skin, while the Camphor helps calm the skin after it's sloughed off the dead skin cells. I do find that I'm not able apply it all over my skin, as it can dry me out a little bit.
A mask which looks a lot like marmalade and smells rather fruity, REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask* is loved by many people and I can see why. It helps to remove dead skin cells to renew the complexion, combats those pesky little blackheads so that the skin can look brighter and healthier. The natural fruit acids in the mask include passion fruit, lemon, grape and pineapple, whilst the Papain helps exfoliate the outer skin layer to encourage cell turnover. REN suggests that people with sensitive skin not to use it, so I was a little scared as mine can be slightly sensitive to come products. I was expecting a tingly sensation when it's applied to the skin, but my skin just felt rather warm. After washing it away, I'm always left with skin looking a lot more radiant than before, something I look for in most products.
After exfoliating and sucking the gunk out, I'm left with a need for a lot more moisture. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask* is a lovely gel-cream moisturising overnight mask. It protects the skin from dehydration and helps plump the skin overnight. I've tried a lot of overnight moisture masks, but I prefer this one out of them all, due to its thinner consistency. I apply this to the skin, leave it for a while and before bed, rub it in like a moisturiser. That way I find is best so that you don't have a sticky face for bed, which of course no one wants!

So, when are you giving your skin a detox?

Luce x

An Introduction To Skincare




I talk about skincare a lot on this blog but I often forget that there is people who are only just starting to get into skincare. So this is aimed at the people who are only just taking the time to look after their skin, but aren't sure where to start. I'm not claiming to be an expert, I'm just sharing the things I have learnt through my blog & work in the past. 
Whatever your skin type, there should be some sort of routine with your skincare, even if it's very simple. Start with a cleanser, toner and moisturiser, before adding in the extras which you may need. I will suggest one thing though, invest in good skincare, your skin will thank you in the future. I don't mean a £70 moisturiser, but if you're paying lots of money on make up, why not on products which will make your make up look even better?

Cleansers

I'll start by saying don't cleanse with micellar water, only remove make up with that. Step away from the make up wipes as they are deadly! There are loads of cleansers out there to pick from but it all depends on your skin type, so figure that out first. There's cream, gel, balm, oil and milk cleansers to choose from. 
A good one to start out with is Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Liz Earle sell a good starter kit, which includes the cleanser, toner & moisturiser. It's a cream cleanser which is suitable for all skin types, as it deep cleans whilst keeping the skin hydrated. If you suffer from spots, Origins Zero Oil Cleanser is perfect as it really deep cleans whilst helping your spots. For a balm cleanser, Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm is really nourishing and slightly exfoliating which will be great for normal/dry skin. REN Cleansing Gel is a slightly foaming face wash, great for dehydrated skin. The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil could be used for a pre-cleanse to remove the make up too.

Toner

I will note that you don't need to tone, when starting out with skincare. Only tone if skin issues occur, like acne or dehydration.
Two good all-rounders are Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Lotion. The Liz Earle Toner brightens your skin while refreshing and soothing any redness. Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Lotion isn't out in stores just yet, but there is something very similar out. The Plus+ Lotion is perfect for dehydrated skin as it has skin reviving ingredients. Origins Zero Oil Toner would be great to pair up with the cleanser too. Pixi Glow Tonic & Clarins Exfoliating Toner are both very gentle, fruit acid packed toners which keep the skin clear, smooth and even. Both can help acne scars fade out too.

Moisturiser

A serum can be something to skip if you want to, as it's not something everyone needs. A good serum will add extra hydration to the skin, so for the winter it might be something to add. However, in the next week or so I will pop up a post about serums & oils.
For day time, it may be a good idea to use a moisturiser with SPF in but in the winter, it's not needed if you're in England. A good moisturiser is key, but make sure you check the ingredients and stay away from mineral oil/parabens. On the ingredients list, mineral oil will either be obviously stated or be called liquid paraffin. A good budget buy moisturiser is Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream, as it's a perfect base for make up. It can be overwhelming when choosing a moisturiser so here is a few to consider. Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser is available in both a tube and a tub, as well as for normal/dry skin and normal/combination skin. Origins GinZing Moisturiser is a radiance boosting gel cream, suitable for all skin types. Jurlique Day Care Lotion is a lightweight moisturiser which would be good for oily skin, who also needs a little hydration.
You don't always need a specific night cream, a richer day cream is also suitable. La Roche Posay Hydreane Riche is a great cream for day & night, it's one I take with me when staying over at friends quite often. If you do want a specific night cream, Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Cream is one of the best creams I've tried for the night. It's suitable for all skin types and will help rejuvenate your skin over night.

Masks

You don't need a mask, but it might be a good thing depending on your skin. There are plenty good masks available in Boots, I just haven't tried any.
If you have acne prone skin, a deep cleansing mask once a week will help clear the spots. Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute mask is a great one which has an overwhelming smell of tea tree oil when you apply it, but it keeps the blemishes at bay. If you need something which is a deeper clean, Aesop Parsley Seed mask is holy grail for many girls and I know from recommendations, it helps clear your skin massively.
If your skin is a little dull, it might be a good idea to use a radiance mask. REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask is a mask which contains AHA acid, which will exfoliate the top layer of your skin. It may sort of feel as though you're applying marmalade to your skin, but for before a party or an event, it's a great pick me up.
If you have dry or dehydrated skin (or any skin type), an overnight moisture mask is great. I use these about two or three times a week to help my skin. Origins Drink Up 10 Minute mask & Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask are very popular in the beauty blogger world, however I find that they can be quite overpowering and can often break people out. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight mask is a lovely lightweight mask, as well as Clarins HydraQuench Cream mask.

I hope this helps at least someone!

Luce x