Due to the weather change, in the last month I have been more pro-active in keeping the hydration levels of my skin up. Although I have combination/oily skin, I think the same can be said for everyone else that there comes a time when our skin is more vulnerable than normal. A lot of the time (regardless of if your skin is dry/oily/sensitive), we are guilty of suffering from dehydration which causes a skin imbalance.
Once that problem gets out of control, more problems seem to arise. Red alert. This is where treatments come in handy!
(Ironically, it is super windy outside. Strong winds can be harsh on our skin and blow out any moisture therefore ideally, it needs to be treated.)
Here are the featured items that I’m going to be talking about in this post:
Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 Wash Scrub and Mask
The Body Shop Blue Corn 3-in-1 Scrub Mask (discontinued)
The Body Shop Mineral & Ginger Warming Massage Clay Mask
Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips
My Scheming Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask Set
My Beauty Diary Sheet Masks (My favourite is Hyaluronic Acid or Rice)
LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub
Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm in Cherry (SPF 15)
Miaroma Sweet Almond Oil
Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Gel Double Strength
I’ve split the products into categories so feel free to read on or scan for your skincare needs/wants!
Side Note: I don’t use all products mentioned in the same week let alone same day! It is an overview of products I am currently using to treat certain problems.
Exfoliating, Purifying and Conditioning
Technically I don’t use this as much now because I ran out and didn’t buy a new one until a few weeks later but I still think it’s worth a mention. I am talking about the Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 Wash Scrub and Mask. There’s a minty freshness to it so it’s cooling on the skin, and it’s not overly abrasive – just-right actually. It really purifies and helps with spots and breakouts. I use 2-3x a week.
If I have been especially lazy with exfoliating then this next product comes in handy: The Body Shop Blue Corn 3-in-1 Scrub Mask although sadly, I just found out it’s being discontinued!* This sat in the back of my drawer for a long time; but since the season change, it has provided a great opportunity to use it. It’s cooling and quite tingling on the skin so I don’t recommend it for sensitive skin types. It exfoliates really well, cleansing out the pores and scrubbing away dead skin cells. Honestly, every time I use this, my skin appears much brighter as if it’s grabbed away all the dirt. I use 1x a week/every other week.
Another Body Shop favourite is the Mineral & Ginger Warming Massage Clay Mask. With the current cold weather, this is the perfect product to use because a) ginger and b) it’s warming on the skin. It’s more of a conditioning mask, due to its non-drying formula…it’s really unusual and unlike anything else I’ve used! You can expect soft skin after use, as it helps absorb oil and re-balance the skin. I use 1x a week/every other week.
*I thought about excluding this product from the list due to it being discontinued however I wanted to be genuine on what I use in my treatments routine.
Deep Cleansing/Blackhead Removal
Blackheads are pesky little creatures aren’t they? If you have combination/oily skin like me then you will know the battle with blackheads is never-ending. However, I like to rely on two products interchangeably.
Yes, I unashamedly shared this on my Instagram stories and now I’m letting you know too!
Firstly, I highly recommend the Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips. These can be pricey so I only buy these when they’re on offer at Superdrug. To get best results, you need to be tactful: wet your nose (with quite hot water) to open your pores prior to use otherwise you end up wasting your nose strip only to see little results!
Step 1 – Sebum Softener | Step 2 – Carbon Mask | Step 3 – Pore Treatment Essence
The My Scheming Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask Set is another good option but requires more time and effort. It’s more fiddly and you need to be more tactful so reading the instructions is a must! There are 3 steps for which the mask itself takes about 20-30 minutes to dry, however there’s the advantage of removing blackheads on your cheeks, forehead or chin if you really wanted to. The first time I used this, the results were astounding!
Truthfully, I only use either of these products when I can actually feel that there are lots of blackheads on my nose. (Gross, I know.)
My skin is prone to dehydration because I don’t drink enough water on a day-to-day basis. (A skin-sin, I know!) That’s when I whip out the sheet masks!
My cult favourite face masks are those from My Beauty Diary, as they’re extremely affordable, and come as 10 in a box so it lasts me a long while. I have found my favourites to be Rice and Hyaluronic Acid (although yes…the picture shows Aloe because that’s all I have left). The fit could be better but it’s not far-off either (for me), especially considering the cost. 30 minutes after each session, I have replenished, healthy skin again with a bounce.
I try to sheet-mask at least once a week otherwise, I use Aloe Vera Gel [see below].
Lip Care and Conditioning
Traditionally I have never considered myself to have dry lips, but since using the LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub, it’s made me think again. If you wear a lot of lipstick, I would say that this is a must-have, as it scrubs away dead skin cells and practically reveals brand new lips! This particular flavour is mildly minty-fresh and tastes sweet but not sickly.
I then finish up with Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm in Cherry (SPF 15) to protect and hydrate. I normally do this step before bedtime when I’m the most relaxed, 2x/week.
I know you haven’t got a lot of time (who does?) so I’ve saved the best for last.
I think it’s incredibly important to have one or two products that you can use for almost everything, which is where pure, organic products come in handy. I’m onto my 2nd bottle of the Miaroma Sweet Almond Oil. Bottom line is, I need to have this in my cupboard for emergency purposes. I use this on my hair, my nails; on my face as a makeup remover or pre-moisturiser especially on my right eyelid where it gets dry at this time of year! It even works as an under-eye treatment for dark circles. It just works wonders after one use and then after the second use, you’re laughing because of how good it is.
Now, the Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Gel Double Strength goes back further in history, as I’m onto my…4th bottle? If my skin is feeling particularly dehydrated but I don’t want to faff around, then I just pop this all over my face as a mask. It feels wonderful on and gradually tightens the skin. Lately, I have been popping this under my eyes too, as it helps with dark circles and preventing wrinkles. Suffer from sun burn, redness or inflammation? Don’t worry, aloe vera gel got you covered too! Basically, it’s a great all-round skin saviour as it heals a lot of common skin issues.
I’m sorry for such a lengthy post but I hope you can find something here that can help you and your skin!
Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourite treatment products? Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to know! 🙂 ❤
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