My skincare favourites

11 Sep

When it comes to skincare I definitely have my favourites. When I find a product that works I don’t see a reason to try something different. (It is always hard not to get seduced by the latest new thing however!) So I though i’d share with you what i’m using at the moment and what products I would really recommend.

My main rule when it comes beauty is always consider your skin type  What works on someone with dry skin won’t necessarily have the same effect if you have combination, or oily skin, for example. I find moisturisers and oils specifically to either work for me, or really not.  I have combination skin, with problem areas around my mouth, chin and nose (either dryness or those annoying little blackheads). If a cream is too rich I know it’s only going to cause me to breakout.  I am also conscious about natural skincare, as well as scientific brands, rather than cosmetic ones, along with price. I don’t have unlimited disposable income so cannot afford to splash out on the most expensive brands. It is also hard not to be sceptical of a cream or serum with a price tag £100 +, can it really be that good? (I don’t have any experience of such products however, so I may be completely wrong.)

I mention scientific being an important factor for me when it comes to skincare. This brings me to Murad and the reason behind my statement. I didn’t really know much about Dr Murad until the spa at my gym was offering a promotional Murad facial. This also included a skin analysis. I had never had a facial before, not because I haven’t wanted one, but because facials are expensive and I don’t see the point of having just one here and there. I have read that it’s something you need to be able to do regularly for it to really have any affect. Before booking I has a quick look at the new Murad price list, £36 for an express mini-facial, over half an hour. This seemed really reasonable and even affordable once a month?

I was a bit nervous about my skin being computer analysed. I wasn’t sure I wanted to see what damage was going on underneath the surface!  Thankfully it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. The consultation was really interesting and informative and the mini facial afterwards was amazing, my skin never looked so good. I purchased a few products the therapist recommended (and had used in the facial) and I haven’t looked back. During my consultation I learnt that Dr Murad is one of the few skincare specialists that is actually scientific, and not just cosmetic. There is real science behind this brand with proven results. Dr Murad is a leading pioneer in his field.

So what from Murad do I recommend? First up, and if you just buy one thing, it’s the Skin smoothing polish. A creamy polishing scrub that clears pores and removes dry skin and impurities. It’s to be used in conjunction with your normal cleanser, every other day, not daily. After just a week I really noticed a difference in my overall skin tone. It was so much smoother, and dare I say it, glowing. I also love the hydrating toner. I have read that toners are a bit pointless, but I personally really like one as part of my routine, to freshen and remove and excess product. (If toners aren’t for you then skip this and instead just go for a moisturiser.) I use balancing moisturiser that contains SPF15. It’s not as cheap as other moisturisers but a little goes a long way. It’s really not greasy (which is what my skin needs) sinking into the skin whilst really moisturing. Having an SPF built in it also means you can save on a having to buy a separate one. (One of the main things the therapist told me was that you should ALWAYS be wearing an SPF, even in winter. The sun is the biggest cause of aging skin, along with alcohol.)  Another thing I like about the built in SPF is the fact that you don’t have to layer loads of different creams. I hate to feel like I have lots of product on my face.

There are loads of other products that Murad offer, and one of their serums is also worth considering if you are looking for a new one. I am going to try the Rapid Collagen Infusion once I have finished with my current serum. At the moment I am using Caudalie VineActiv glow activating Anti-wrinkle serum, in combination with ther VineActiv Overnight detox oil. Both I love and work really well, so actually I may not even switch over to a Murad alternative. (Although I have been really impressed with their other products so it’s very tempting. I like the sound of a collagen boost!)

A few other products that I also really rate; Espa Optimal Skin pro defence, which also had a built in SPF. I keep this in my gym bag, it’s a lovely alternative to my Murad moisturiser. For the body I am lathering myself in Bio Oil. I used it in both my previous pregnancies and it really is the best for minimising stretch marks. I also religiously use a body brush before every bath/shower on my legs and thighs for cellulite. I have one of those nice wooden ones, it really scrubs the skin.

I keep my daily skincare routine pretty simple. Cleanse, tone, serum and moisturise (cream during the day and oil at night). Then as a treat, or if I feel I need a bit of a skin detox I like to do a mask, usually once a week on a Monday night. I rotate either Caudalie Instant Detox clay mask or Dr Roebuck’s AHA brightening mask. The latter is more of a pick me up rather than a deep cleanse. I then use my Rodial dragon’s Blood hyaluronic mask overnight, in place of the nigh oil.

Lastly, I was recently gifted the Elemis limited edition pro-collagen Neroli cleanser. (Which if nothing else smells so divine!) You can use it as a daily moisturiser, which I often do, but it also works amazingly as a relaxing mask. I sometimes apply a layer when i’m in the bath, then place a hot towel over my face. Because of the smells it is so relaxing, and afterwards your skin really does glow. So I would also recommend this!

 

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