I've got a few posts planned for Christmas present/wishlist inspiration, and I figured skincare was the logical place to start, since all the bright colours and make up in the world might not help if your skin isn't doing what you think it should.
My skincare heroes are an eclectic bunch which have evolved over the years. I have the weirdest combination skin ever - it is dry and eczema-prone on most of my t-zone, where most people are greasy, and greasy/spot pront on the neck, chin and temples. I have regularly, over the years, suffered with that most unappealing of duos - dry skin and spots simultaneously.
After much wrangling, trial and error, I've come up with a skincare regime that seems to keep both flakes and spots at bay. It's a slightly imvolved list, but actually my basic regime is a cleanse/moisturise one, nothing overly clever or involved - with two small children to get out of the house every morning, time is a luxury I cannot afford for my skincare!
My skincare heroes:
- Arbonne Calm foaming cleanser - I was so pleased when I discovered this - a foaming cleanser to use in the shower in the morning that doesn't leave my skin flaking off in great angry chunks. It is seriously gentle, but thorough enough to freshen me up in the morning.
- Arbonne Calm moisturiser - I tend to use this in the summer. It's a bit light for the winter months, when my skin gets seriously dry, but it's a great non-greasy non-reactive moisturiser for normal skin.
- House of Colour Naturals skin support day cream - a great daily moisturiser, a little richer than the Arbonne one, so I tend to use it in winter when my skin is drier.
- House of Colour Naturals rich soothing cleanser - I love this stuff. Great for removing even the most stubborn of make up. You apply to dry skin with your fingers and can remove it with cotton wool and water, but I use it more like a hot cloth cleanser and use a warm flannel to remove it. It gets rid of the most stubborn of make up, and is safe to use on the eye area.
- Clarins one step cleanser - this is my lazy option. For nights when I just can't be bothered with a full cleanse with the Naturals cleanser, I wipe the Clarins one step over my face with cotton wool until the cotton wool comes clean. Pricey, but lasts ages and cleanses and tones in one. The perfect lazy product. I use this cleanser more in the winter, as my skin can get so sensitive that any washing/rinsing at all makes the dry skin go crazy, and I don't need to use water with this. My only complaint is it's not safe to use on the eye area, to I have to use eye make up remover too if I've got mascara and eye shadow on - I tend to use just a tiny bit of the Naturals cleanser for my eyes and wipe off with cotton wool too.
- Clarins multi-active night cream - an anti-ageing cream that I've just started using, since apparently you're supposed to start panicking about ageing once you hit 30. Eek!
- Trilogy rosehip oil - I use this either alone or with the Clarins night cream, depending on how lazy I am feeling. If I use it in combination with a night cream for a few weeks I really notice the difference in my skin, much glowier and healthy looking.
- Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream - magical stuff, it can be used as a lip balm, cuticle cream, emergency moisturiser, clear mascara replacement and sore-skin-patch-eradicator. But last year I discovered its role as a face mask. If your skin is feeling seriously tired, stressed or dry, just spread on a thin layer all over your face and neck and leave on for as long as possible before washing off. I sometimes do it in the bath, or occasionally over night, but the pillow case always needs a wash the next day!
- House of Colour Naturals aromatic soothing mask - this is a 'true' face mask and it's a bit of a secret wonder product from House of Colour. It has a warming effect when applied to the skin thanks to the all natural ingredients, and really opens the pores to clean deep. Combined with a light exfoliating action if you use a flannel to remove it (this is the closest I get to exfoliation, I find any true exfoliator exacerbates my sensitive skin and doesn't seem to offer any real benefits), it acts like a one step mini-facial.
I know it's a bit of a list, but it's what I've found works for me and my skin over the years. My best advice is if you have problem skin don't be afraid to go and ask for testers to find a skin solution that works for you.
PS: All the House of Colour Naturals skincare products are available to order through me or through the main House of Colour webshop - don't forget your client code when ordering! If you want advice on the best skincare regime for you, why not book into a skincare and make up class to discover not only your ideal skincare regime but also the best make up looks for you and your season? Just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when my next class is running.
PPS: Arbonne is a network marketing company, a bit like Avon, so you'll need to find a consultant near you to get hold of samples (if you're in the East Devon area, ask me and I'll point you in the direction of mine), but they are enormously generous with letting you try stuff and should really work with you to help you find a solution for your skin.