A few weeks ago I published a post about how I cleared my cystic acne, and never in a million years did I expect the response it got. It became my most popular post in a matter of hours. I promised in that post to share my current skin care routine which then had to take a back seat after an allergic reaction to a new product I was trialling. Here is a list of products I use, some interchangeably.
Nip + Fab Glycolic fix pads (€12 – €17)
I mentioned these in my previous post and I still use them daily. Overnight before I go to bed I wipe my face and neck with one of these pads – if I do nothing else at least I have done that. These have become major popular in the past months which meant that when I went to restock last time they were sold out. I got the extreme glycolic pads – they are definitely stronger on my skin meaning I can only use them every second night or my skin begins to get a little cray.
Ziaja Aloe Vera Cleansing Milk (€3.99)
Again I mentioned these in my previous post. I use these on the alternative nights with the Extreme Glycolic pads. I also use this as my second cleanse when removing makeup – but I think makeup will have to be a completely different post.
Coconut Oil (varies – Aldi do a great one for €3.99)
When the acne cleared my skin went from previously being an oily mess to being extremely dehydrated. I wanted an intense moisturiser that didn’t have too many chemicals which my skin might not appreciate and the internet suggested coconut oil. I use this to remove makeup, moisturise my face, body and hair, I even used it cooking curry the other night (not the same jar I use for my skin – obviously!). I also put some on an insect bite the other day and the itchy/ pain disappeared after a few hours! Anyway, this is not a coconut oil appreciation post – my skin definitely feels a lot healthier since introducing coconut oil to my routine.
Tomitago Elixir (€18 – €30)
I use the Tomitago elixir as a face and eye serum. So I will remove my make up and then cover my face and neck with the Elixir. This product is created locally (love to support local) and I had heard great reviews of their gentle but effective products. Tomitago were kind enough to send me a sample to try in case it didn’t agree with my skin. They did not know I was a blogger (unless they are reading this now – HEY!) they simply allow a customer to trial their products because they have great faith in their abilities but also all skin types are different and it can soon become a costly affair to spend money on products only to find after a few days they don’t suit you.
La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 (€12.99)
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post I suffered an allergic reaction to a new product I was trying. The product was Rose Water – it is meant to be great for dehydrated skin and while it definitely was helping with my dehydrated areas my cheeks (which are normal) came up in tiny red bumps. I had seen LRP Cicaplast being mentioned for allergic reactions before so I picked some up in my local boots and after a few days the bumps are almost gone. I applied the cream all over my face and it has sort of brightened my skin – I can’t really explain but I like it. When I looked at the ingredient I saw that it has 5% panthenol, which is also the main ingredient in the miracle cream we used with Aidan. Two different brands, two very different price tags – same results?
Well, those are the products I use on my skin daily and have managed to keep my temperamental skin at bay (now just the temperamental toddler to concentrate on!). I will share my makeup favourites soon because I have had a few people ask ‘what’s in my makeup bag’ – I have a makeup unit so I will pick the products that I found worked best and the tools I use to apply them. If you have any other skin questions feel free to message me – I am in no way an expert (If you want someone who knows what they are talking about then Janat is your woman!) but I am happy to help if I can. I hope this helps someone out there who hasn’t yet found their perfect routine. Like I mentioned before the price tag doesn’t always mean it is what works best – on my pregnancy with Aidan I bought a skincare range that was stupidly expensive but it only made things worse (and it stank to high heavens.)
Everybody has different skin meaning that each person will get different results from products. While these products worked great for me I can’t guarantee that they will be everyone’s solution but I know that I was desperate to try anything when my skin was bad.