When it comes to my skincare, I can be a bit all over the place. Sometimes I’m a total skincare boff and follow all the steps (even toner, say whuuut), preach to whoever will listen about the benefits of a double cleanse, and vow to spend all spare incoming money on whatever Kiehl’s or Origins products I’m lusting over. Then sometimes I get drunk and fall asleep in my makeup… ahh, I call it balance (others may call it disgusting).
Lately though, I’ve been really into skincare again. Increased sweaty gym sessions, combined with the fact I am, yes, STILL getting older (what a joke), have made me more concerned than ever about properly cleansing and taking care of my skin. As such, I’ve been enjoying trying out some new products, as well as some old faves.
To cleanse after taking my makeup off, I’ve been using the famous Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (£14.50 for 100ml). I’m a big fan of hot cloth cleansers as I feel like they’re the only products to really get in my pores, and this one is definitely worth the hype. I think fragrance-wise, I still prefer the Sanctuary Spa hot cloth cleanser (reviewed here) a teeny bit more – and it’s also a bit cheaper at £10 – but both work similar wonders on my clogged pores.
Overnight, I’ve been loving serums and oils so I wake up feeling glowy and moisturised. I’ve re-discovered the Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate* (£26) and have been using this a few times a week. I also used it on my boyfriend one night and let me tell you, the GLOW UP overnight was real. His skin looked so good that I haven’t offered it to him since – I am not having him look prettier than me.
Finally, I caved into all of the hype surrounding the new Pure Clay masks from L’Oreal and picked up the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask (£7.99). I’d became a bit reliant on peel-off masks and pore strips for cleaning out my pores, but I find that this does just as good a job as those – and comes without the fear of accidentally peeling off a bit of your eyebrow (which yes, did happen to me with one of those black masks. Oy vey). The charcoal helps to draw out impurities from the skin, leaving it instantly looking clearer without drying it out. I’m completely sold, and definitely need to pick up the rest of the range.
These are my current skincare must-haves, but what are yours? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!