Today my wonderful normal skin bloggers Rosie, Sophie and Vanessa are sharing their thoughts on some products targeted at both normal skin and specific skin needs. Normal skin might sound like a good skin type to have, but as we learnt in #MyLittleSkincareProject - Normal Skin # 1 post, normal skin isn't always easy to live with and can take just as much maintenance as other skin types.
Rosie has normal skin
"La Roche-Posay Physiological Eye Make Up Remover* (Boots*, 125ml, £9.50) - I am a huge fan of La Roche-Posay products (I visited their town and spa when I was in France this year!), so I was excited to try this makeup remover as I've traditionally always used Bioderma and haven't strayed away from that for some time. I actually felt that this was quite similar to Bioderma in a sense that it's a water based, gentle cleanser. It took my eye makeup (actually all of my makeup) off quickly and easily and felt very soothing and gentle.
Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay for Oily to Normal Skin* (Cult Beauty*, £6.98) - I was really intrigued to try the Konjac Sponge after reading about it's benefits and uses. I'm a huge fan of natural products and those which minimise environmental impact. The sponges are biodegradable, so after you've finished using it you can bury it in the garden! I was pretty on board with this product even before I took it out of the packet for it's first use. I must say I really, really enjoyed using it; although you can use it to take off your makeup, I prefer to do that with a makeup remover/cleanser and then use this after just with water as an additional cleanse. It left my skin feeling revitalised and refreshed, I'll definitely repurchase it in the future! I think they're good value for a product you can use again and again.
Liz Earle Muslin Cloth* (Liz Earle*, Pack of 2, £4.25) - The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish has achieved cult status and is a much raved about product in the beauty blogosphere. The 'polish' element involves using these muslin cloths to polish off the cleanser, but equally these muslin cloths can be used alone to help with cleansing and to exfoliate your skin. I find them much kinder to my skin than a flannel or a face wipe and the Liz Earle muslin cloths are definitely the best quality I've seen; I love that they are machine washable, too, so you can keep them fresh and clean.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner* (Kiehl's*, 75ml, £8.50, 250ml, £15) - Kiehl's are another brand that I've been a fan of for some time. I must admit that I've seen this toner in the shops and been a little bit put off by it's £15 price tag, but I must say that now, having used it, I feel I could certainly justify the extra spend. It left my skin feeling clean and nourishing - I've tried other toners that felt drying and left my skin feeling dehydrated, but this is actually very moisturising and I think it's going to be perfect for using through the winter when my skin really needs some extra attention.
Clear Skin Cookbook* (Viridian*, £7.99) - I must admit that this is something that I definitely would not have picked up in a shop but it is nonetheless, an interesting read. Having normal skin that's pretty consistent and unchanging, it wouldn't have occurred me to look more into the science of skincare and how nutrition is linked to skin health, ageing and skin healing. Although I might not necessarily make all the recipes in the book, I did still find it a really interesting read and I'll certainly be recommending it to friends who are interested in skincare and nutrition."
Vanessa has normal skin
"Liz Earle Muslin Cloth* (Liz Earle*, Pack of 2, £4.25) - I've been using these for years and they're an absolute staple for me. They remove makeup beautifully and provide a very mild exfoliation to the skin, removing dead skin cells. I find that if I don't use these and use a simple flannel, my skin doesn't feel quite as smooth and clean. I have about 10 now and use a clean one each day, so as not to return any removed bacteria to my face when cleansing. These are ideal for all skin types I'm sure, so a definite recommendation for normal skin types.
Konjac Sponge with Green French Clay for Oily to Normal Skin* (Cult Beauty*, £6.98) - What an usual product this is! It's a lovely soft sponge that provides a very gentle cleanse and exfoliation, that removes dead skin cells. I've been using it without product after removing my makeup, as I didn't like the idea of product clogging up the sponge. It's very mild and I've used it around my eyes, which I normally avoid using anything 'exfoliating' in that area - but it's so gentle and I think it's even helped my eye area appear brighter! It contains French green clay which is promoted as being able to absorb dirt, oil and bacteria to prevent spot breakouts. Whilst this might be the case, I dislike the fact that if it's absorbing dirt and you can rinse it (rather than being able to wash the sponge), surely the dirt remains trapped in the sponge and will be put back onto the skin with the next use? Maybe I'm missing something but for me, that puts me off. Skin type wise, this worked well on my normal skin and did leave it feeling softer and refreshed.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser* (Kiehl's*, 75ml, £8.50, 15ml, £15) - Sadly, I didn't find this suited my skin. It's marketed for all skin types but really, I feel it's best suited for more oily skin. My skin felt slightly dry and tight after using and it felt as if my skin had been stripped. I wonder if it's due to the fact it's a mildly foaming cleanser, as I've often found that to be the case with cleansers that contain foaming agents. I don't think I'd recommend this to people with normal skin, as I think something richer would be more beneficial.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner* (Kiehl's, 75ml, £8.50, 250ml, £15) - Unlike the cleanser, I think this is superb for normal skin! It's lightweight but really hydrating on the skin and I've really enjoyed using it after cleansing my face. It removes any remaining cleanser and debris (should there be any) from the skin, and makes it feel really fresh and cool. It's not astringent at all and contains no alcohol, so it is a really soothing and calming product. Love it!
Clear Skin Cookbook* (Viridian*, £7.99) - Skin starts on the inside and this cookbook gives a great overview on the function and structure of the skin, as well as detailing how it ages. It's really interesting to read how food can affect our skin and what foods should be avoided to prevent exacerbating skin complaints. I found the 'Breakfast Smoothie' really delicious, and I am sure the antioxidants from the berries would have benefited my complexion too!"
Sophie has normal skin
Liz Earle Muslin Cloth* (Liz Earle*, Pack of 2, £4.25) - I have previously used the Liz Earle muslin cloths and love them. I wouldn't use anything else now with my cleanser of choice. They are super soft and have never irritated my skin, plus they're easy to wash out any makeup residue from.
Konjac Sponge with Green French Clay for Oily to Normal Skin* (Cult Beauty, £6.98) - I wasn't overly impressed with the Konjac Sponge; I just didn't get on with it. I tried using it to buff my cleanser into my skin, but found that it held far too much moisture for this task and took the cleanser off of my skin before I'd even started. I also tried it simply for removing product from my face after I'd buffed it in by hand, but again I felt it held too much moisture and I found it hard to wring out the excess water and it ended up being far too messy for my liking, especially compared to the hassle-free muslin cloths from Liz Earle.
Clear Skin Cookbook* (Viridian*, £7.99) - I really enjoyed having a read through the Clear Skin Cookbook and learning which foods have particular benefits for the skin, especially those which are already in my diet. I also loved reading the recipes and wish I had the money and time to try more out, but I will definitely be giving my favourites a whirl in the future. Although it does get a little too science based and technical for my little brain, in some parts it's interesting to know what foods contain what I need for my certain skin woes, as well as what foods I should be eating more of to get the right nutrients and vitamins to help improve my skin.
Vichy Purete Thermal Calming Micellar Cleansing Solution* (Boots*, 200ml, £11) - Since I discovered micellar waters, I've always had a drugstore brand in my skincare regime, so I was intrigued to try something a little more pricey than something I would purchase myself. My favourite thing about the Vichy Purete Thermal was, weirdly, the scent - I thought it smelt really similar to fresh strawberries which I think helped give the feeling of my skin being really fresh and clean after use. I used this after a makeup wipe and before a more creamy cleanser, and it did a really good job of breaking down the majority of my makeup, although not quite 100%. I did think that this did a better job of melting away mascara and eye makeup than it's drugstore alternatives, and I would definitely repurchase if I had the money to spare.
Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Purifying Foaming Cleanser* (Kiehl's*, 150ml, £23) - I've been using this as my final cleanse of the day for a while now and there's some things I love about it, and a couple of things which disappointed me a little bit. My one main quip with this is it's lack of being able to remove mascara. Before this I used the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish which I loved because you can still use it around the eye area and it melts makeup away, something which cannot be said for this which will sting like nothing else if you get it near your eyes. It has worked at brightening my complexion and balancing out my skin tone, so I would recommend it for those reasons, but to use something else to remove eye makeup. Plus, it's more or less fragrance free and is a gorgeous, pearly shade, but unfortunately, I think I'll be headed back to my trusty Liz Earle."
Thank you Rosie, Vanessa and Sophie for sharing your thoughts with us on all of these lovely products! I always find it fascinating to read how each of my bloggers with the same skin type get along with products designed for their skin. Sometimes one product works well for everyone, sometimes it doesn't work so well for all. It just goes to show that skincare really is dependent on the individual! Don't forget to catch up with the project so far (linked below) and next week we'll be back to discussing dry skin and products targeted at dry skin!