Yeah that’s right! A bold statement, sure, but I 100% stick by it.
I have been using these products collectively for several months now, and apart from the odd break out, mainly around that special time of the month (yay), my skin has never been better.
I’ve always had a slightly dodgy face (cue jokes), especially when I was in the height of my teens. I never had proper acne but there was rarely a day where I didn’t have a spot or ten. The day I hit 20 years of age, I assumed that they would all just magically fall off my face, as I had officially left that pesky teenage era. No such luck, they were having too much of a good time, so stuck around.
Fast-forward ten years and I’m not saying my skin is perfect now, far from it, but I no longer have to cake myself in concealer on a daily basis, and enjoy many a make-up free day, even when I’m actually leaving the house, which would have been unheard of a year or so ago. Not to mention how much softer my face feels and how much more of a natural healthy glow it has, even without clever make-up.
So if like me, you’re not a stranger to the facial blemish, let me introduce you to the products that have saved my face and they might save yours too:
Johnson’s Face Care ‘Makeup Be Gone’ Pampering wipes (aka the purple ones)
£3.19 from Boots
Now I know face wipes are the ‘baddies’ of skin care these days, you only have to google them to see a ton of articles about why they shouldn’t be used. However, I like them. There I said it. They are quick and easy to use and can be easily popped in a bag if needed on the go. These particular ones are the only ones I use, they are a good price, they smell really nice (thanks to the added ‘relaxing moonflower aroma’ ) and they make my face feel silky soft. I use them at night to take my make-up off and they always do a top job.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Combination & Sensitive skin
£4.99 from Boots
I was a bit sceptical when I first saw the advert for this. After all, it’s marketed as ‘water’ and I bet I’m not the first person to wonder if that’s all it is! Curiosity got the better of me as always, and I decided to give it a try. Well what can I say? I love it! It’s gentle on your face and good at removing make-up to boot. I often use it after the wipes or instead of, on the occasion when I have a bit more time to spare. It makes your lips soft too, if you dab a bit on them before bed (who’d have thought it?) And the best bit is, it’s perfume free so doesn’t cause any irritation. Especially for us peeps with super sensitive faces. Win.
Garnier Pure Active 3 in 1 Wash, Scrub, Mask with Salicylic Acid
£3.79 from Boots
I don’t use this every day, probably only 2-3 times a week, as needed. As the title suggests it can be used in three ways – I normally just use it as a wash, but occasionally as a mask when relaxing in the bath. It makes your face feel really clean without drying it out too much. It’s definitely helped calm down and even eliminate breakouts in days gone by, so it’s still a sure fire staple in my skincare basket.
Alpha H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid
£33.50 from lookfantastic.com
Bit pricey I know (don’t judge me!) but I cannot express how blooming amazing this stuff is!! I’m on my third bottle now and I think this is the biggest contributor to my skin being much clearer than ever before. The website says “Designed specifically for the treatment and reduction of minor skin complaints, Alpha-H Liquid Gold is a highly effective resurfacing and firming lotion for your skin. It visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, acne, scarring and breakouts”. Hoorah! And although I can’t vouch for it improving all of those things, the complaints that relate to me are super improved. I apply a fairly teeny bit to a cotton wool pad and wipe over my face every other night. It suggests not using moisturiser after application as apparently it creates a more intensive treatment. Please try this, it’s out of this world!
Origins Clear Improvement charcoal mask
£23 from Origins
I had been meaning to try this brand for some time. It’s often one of the adverts you see in the middle of main sections of a woman’s mag, and I had come across many a positive review which made me want to give them a go. I can’t remember where I saw this particular product advertised, or why I ended up buying it, but I’m so glad I did! It’s a lovely texture, glides on the skin so easily and doesn’t make your face hurt or tingle after a while like other face masks I have used in the past. It helps with preventing breakouts and gives your skin a lovely rosy glow afterwards. A big thumbs up from me.
Origins VitaZing energy-boosting moisturiser
£29 from Origins
I bought this at the same time as the mask and when I first used it I wasn’t that keen. It made my face feel a bit too greasy and took far too long to soak into my skin. I gave it another go though, ’cause let’s face it, it’s not cheap, and it seems I had just used far too much of the product the first time around (derrr)! Using a little less meant it was the perfect consistency and dried into my skin like a dream. It contains SPF too, so will be good for those (rare) sunny days – come on Spring! I can honestly say it’s the best moisturiser I have ever used (and I have used a LOT of different ones in my time) and I will definitely be re-purchasing. Go Origins!
£1.99 for a 30g tube from Boots
This might seem a bit of an odd addition, but you know what they say, the oldies are the best! This is not just for babies, incase you didn’t already know that! It’s perfect for any minor skin irritations like cuts, rashes and of course spots. I often layer it on my face like a mask before bed, if my skin is having a particularly bad time, and then I have a much better make-up canvas when I wake up in the morning. It doesn’t get rid of them completely on one application, that would be magical, but it does reduce them and calm them down. So if you have any big juicy ones (yuck!) then you’ll see a much more manageable spot come the morning. I also found it really handy on holiday last year for calming down heat rash. Bonus factoid for you there, don’t say I don’t treat you!
Free from a tap or you can buy the posh mineral stuff.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the many benefits of drinking water so I won’t bang on about it – the only thing I have to say, which is relevant to this post, is that it helps clear your skin. Fact. Ever since I have upped my H2O intake, my skin is clearer and fresher and even in the winter months I tend to not look quite so grey and stone-like if I have been drinking enough of it. Do yourself a favour and drink plenty of the good stuff, your skin will thank you for it.
This post is my opinion and my opinion only. I am not a skin care expert. All links and prices correct at the time of writing. These products are also available from other companies, I have just added the link to where I buy them from.