11 July 2012

Introducing The Skincare Series


A picture of skincare products
For a while now I have been wanting to do a 'my current skincare routine' post. But my skincare regime is currently going through a complete change, so the products I was using religiously, are changing. So instead, I have decided to do a serious of posts called 'The Skincare Series' which will be a serious of posts over the course of me changing products and experimenting. The first post of course though, has to be my 'current' (current up until a week ago) skincare routine.


All of these products are products I have been using on a daily basis for at least six month's now. A few of these are good enough to stick around whilst I am changing the products I use, whereas the others have been assigned to the bathroom cabinet. 

Looking after your skin, to me at least, is so, so important. I would rather do something now to look after my skin, than pay for it later down the line. I also really enjoy looking after my skin. If there was an award for being easily pleased, I'd get it, because the thing I look forward to the most each day is doing my skincare routine each morning when I wake up, and each night before I go to sleep. Skincare has probably been the only thing beauty wise which my mum drilled in to me as a child. She bought me my first Olay moisturiser when I was 11. Yes ok, that may have been a little too young, I personally think you shouldn't worry about skincare until you are in your teens and get that much despised troublesome teenage skin. 

I have exceptionally oily skin, horrendously so on my T zone, with enlarged pores and puffy eyes. These products are good, but they just weren't doing what I needed. Predominately, for me, the biggest thing I want and need to battle with my skin, is my oil. It can be the most frustrating thing in the World sometimes. No matter how many primers I have tried, my oily sheen battles through to make it's dreaded daily appearance. Now, one thing I must say though is that since using these particular products, my skin is a lot better than it once was. I can't even remember all of the products I used before I bought these, but before then my oil problem was so bad that if I wiped my face, my hand would literally be swimming in oil. It's an embarrassing thing to experience, and it has been the biggest thing on my mind each morning when applying make up for years now. So because of this, products I rely on are based on oily/combination skin types. So lets run through the products I have been using for the past six months (in order of use).

Bioderma
The Bioderma I have is the version specifically for oily and combination skin. I use Bioderma to take off my make up, or if I haven't got any on then for just a quick general clean before I start washing my face. I like this because on the days where I haven't worn make up, it's amazing to see how much dirt is still on my face which comes off on the cotton pads. A full review of this will be going up soon.

Witch
Next I would use the Witch oil control foaming face wash to give myself a good clean - Although I like Bioderma and in the past other make up removers, I don't think it fully cleans your face. This is probably the newest edition to this particular skincare regime, as I've only had it around 2 months. I liked it, but it has a very chemical smell to it which I despised. Not a pleasant scent at all.

Good Things
I used to use this Good Things blackhead exfoliator morning and night, but I then started just using it at night before bed. I like this exfoliator and it really did help with my blackheads, but other than that I couldn't see any miraculous changes with my skin. I reviewed this product, along with the Good Things eye cream, which you can read here. As you can see, at first I was utterly in love with it, but it soon lost it's charm.

No7
Next up, I would use the No7 foaming cleanser from the Beautiful Skin range. There are three ranges within this range, each targeted at skin type. All the No7 products I have are orientated around oily and combination skin. This cleanser was really good to use, it foams up a lot and is really gentle. It's the first time I used a cleanser which was in liquid form opposed to creams.

Lush
The toner I have relied on for years now is the Breath of Fresh Air toner from Lush. It's just a very gentle toner which leaves you feeling refreshed.

Good Things
Next, I would use the Good Things eye cream. Again, I reviewed this when I reviewed the Good Things blackhead exfoliator which you can read here. This is a refreshing eye cream and it has helped with dark circles, but it doesn't do much for my puffy eyes. 

No7
The day and night creams I used are again from the Beautiful Skin range by No7. These are good, but take a long time to soak into the skin and weren't actually all that good at controlling my oily skin, which is exactly what they are designed for.

Next on The Skincare Series, I will be discussing the direction in which I am taking my new skincare regime and sharing products I am currently trying.

If you have any suggestions for skincare (or even make up) products and brands which you think are great at battling oily and combination skin, please share them below. I'd love to hear what works for you!
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24 comments

  1. I've found this post really helpful. My skin has changed so much lately. It always used to be dry, then it changed to combination when I stopped taking the pill and now it's combination but my forehead is like an oil slick! I hate it. I do have an oily t-zone now but also get more blemishes than in the past. I've had to change my skincare routine and the products I use. I have the red Bioderma but have been considering the one you have for oily skin. Good post!

    I've been using 2 new products from 17. It's from their new Miracle Matte range. Both of these have become staple items to help my foundation last longer, one is a pressed powder and the other is a loose. They are both great and have made such a difference to my foundation and oily t-zone. Really rate them! xx

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    1. I think our skin is one thing that will just continuously change throughout our lives, so it's important to try different things until you find the perfect product for you! I have the 17 miracle matte foundation! Loved it at first, but now find it very cakey xo

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  2. What a great post :)I'm really looking forward to seeing what works for you. It seems we have really similar skin. Since hitting my 20's my face seems to have gone mental. Oil, spots, the lot. It's really horrible.
    I'm currently using the Clinique Anti Blemish range, which really, really helped, but I think I need to add a few more items in so I can chop and change, as my skin gets used to a product if I use it too religiously.
    Definitely going to try out the Bioderma make-up remover. Currently using simple face wipes, which is not a good staple is it!!

    Thanks again lovely, sorry for my rambling comment..xx

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    1. I like to have different items from different brands because I find a mix often suits me better than an entire range! I avoid face wipes at all costs now! Just terrible for your skin xo

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  3. When my skin was oily and I had mild acne, I used the Vichy Normaderm Range and it worked wonders. I used it for over 3 years, maybe 5 years... religously. My skin changed after I fell pregnant and it is normal now, so I can use other products. I hated to have oily skin, because anything i bought wasn't doing the job.
    I can't wait to see more skincare posts from you x

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    1. Vichy is next on my list for when the no7 creams run out. My skin went from normal to combination as soon as i got ill. So annoying but im up for giving Vichy a try Ax

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    2. Sandra - I've never tried Vichy but I have heard good things about it so I may give it a go. I look forward to writing them :) xo

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    3. Angela - If you try Vichy, let us know how you get along with it! xo

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  4. I definitely agree with everything you said! Skincare is one the most important contributors to the way you look, if your skin is bad then there is very little you can do to hide your many imperfections whereas if your skin is decent looking you can easily enhance it with makeup.
    The no7 "beautiful skin" range always appealed to me but I never purchased anything from there for some reason, I am really looking forward in purchasing a few products from that range now.
    This was one of the most helpful posts I've read in a long time! Thank you :)

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    1. Definitely, and if you don't take care of your skin, down the line it will be harder to mask imperfections with make up! I'm glad you enjoyed it! xo

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  5. Great post, iv;e been using the no7 day and night creams for oily skin, their nice but im not sure they work completly. Vichy is next on my list i think, have you tried it? Ax

    http://quirkybirdsbeautybubble.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I haven't tried any skincare from Vichy yet! xo

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  6. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series - im in the middle of reevaluating my skin care routine as well so this is very interesting. Xo

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  7. I too have really big pores. Every premium counter I go to claim that if I use their product regularly they will dissapear. Not true. They do get smaller, but they are still there! I am currently experimenting with products to try asnd get rid of them once and for all. x

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    1. I don't think there is a way to permanently reduce pore size to be honest! :( xo

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  8. I'm loving the No7 Foaming Cleanser right now, I'm also loving No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Toner and I can't live without my Lush Ocean Salt Cleanser.
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    1. I like Ocean Salt, haven't had it in a few years though! xo

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  9. I too have oily skin, forever on the lookout for thing to help. I do find some products are too strong and strip away too much oil and then I go a little flakey, do you find that too?

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    1. Generally with the products I have used, I've not had that problem no! You may want to try some natural and organic products which would do the same job but have less nasties in them so wouldn't have such an after effect xo

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  10. My skincare routine changes a lot, I'm quite lucky that I have good skin but I agree, looking after it for the future is important for me! I use a weird mix of samples, Body Shop products from when I was a rep, and at the moment I'm loving Superdrug's Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser! x

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    1. Ohh, you should review the Superdrug cleanser!! xo

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  11. I've tried the No7 beautiful skincare and didn't like it at all :(

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    1. I'm beginning to dislike it more and more the more I think about the little it has done for my skin! xo

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