I absolutely love experimenting with skincare. This experimentation and journey I would describe as one of self-exploration. Through the products we trial we learn about ingredients, brands, textures and scents that our skin either does or does not agree with. I feel I’m at a point where I can combine the perfect products for whatever my given issue may be at the time. For example, if I am having a particularly persistent break out – I know which products in my skincare wardrobe I can reach for to diffuse the break out.
Like most things in life you gain this knowledge through experience, it’s a learning curve. This summer my skin has been extremely congested (could be due to the sweat and unusually warm weather we have had in the U.K. – perhaps my skin is more accustomed to the rain!). Consequently, I’ve had to up my skincare game in order to control the flare ups. I’ve put together the following routine, which is suitable for those with sensitive skin and combination skin like mine.
1. Rodial Super Acids Exfoliating Glycolic Cleanser, £33, (Currently out of stock everywhere online strangely)
This cleanser is a resurfacing one which uses glycolic acid to smooth the surface of the skin, and is a holy grail for exfoliation. Glycolic acid is used in skincare to remove dead skin cells and reveal a brighter complexion, I use this cleanser when I’m feeling really bumpy! The cleanser is quite pricey but has lasted me around 5 months, as I alternate between this and a less abrasive cleanser.
This is honestly one of the best masks I have used. Having combination skin, I wouldn’t generally choose a mask that promotes hydration (I usually focus on acne blasting masks). However, you need to inject hydration back into your skin with all the drying affects of oily skin targeted products. I find this mask works really well as a multi mask, if, like me you suffer with oily and dry patches you can try this method of applying two different masks on to different areas of your face.
This mask moisturises, soothes and tones dull skin. It gives an immense glow and boost to drier areas of the face. It also smells lovely as it contains real rose petals, rose-hip essence and Aloe Vera.
3. Mimitika Face Sunscreen SPF50, £17.50
I’ve written about this before, but I cannot emphasise enough the necessity of introducing a decent SPF into your skincare routine. SPF helps to minimise the risk of premature ageing, irritation and skin cancer! This Mimitika face cream is great as it’s SPF50 (which is deffo strong enough for English sun), it smells lovely and it isn’t heavy on the skin. Traditional SPFs used to be really thick and heavy – but this is almost light enough to wear as an everyday cleanser. A must have!
I love this calm range from Arbonne, as they believe in the simplicity of using only necessary, non comedogenic ingredients. This range hydrates sensitive skin using natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, cucumber, and Japanese green tea. Formulated without fragrance or colour, I’ve been using this range to give back some moisturise into my skin without irritating it or blocking it and causing another break out. Highly recommend this for those with sensitive skin that is prone to break outs.
It is currently 35 degrees in London (according to my car thermometer) so good luck to your skin in this weather. May the odds forever be in your favour! ☀️