New Skincare Favourites

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

I feel like I haven't written about beauty in a while (apart from my Body Shop giveaway - which ends this Thursday!) and I've actually been trying lots of new products but just haven't got round to writing about them - terrible blogger alert.  I've picked out a couple of my current favourite skincare items for you though, these are all products that I've only really got into using in the last month or so and they are already becoming firm faves.

REN is one of my favourite skincare brands and I've tried almost all of their cleansers now (some have just been mini samples) so when I saw that they had a new Hot Cloth Cleanser I knew I had to give it a go.  I've never given in to the Liz Earle Cleans & Polish hype, although I have tried the Superdrug Vitamin E one which didn't really blow me away (it's a perfectly good cleanser, I just don't love it).  I'm enjoying the REN version so far though - firstly, it has a lovely rose scent which I find really calming, especially when using it at night before bed.  I like how it leaves my skin feeling really soft and moisturised too, much nicer than with a foaming cleanser.

I was also really impressed with how well it takes off makeup too - up until a couple of days ago I was using it after removing makeup with cleansing water as to be honest, I didn't really expect it to be able to remove makeup to the same extent.  The other night I was feeling lazy so decided to just use the hot cloth cleanser to take off my makeup and was seriously impressed - I just used one pumps worth of product and it took everything clean off (even my mascara).  Since then I've been using it as my makeup remover and then following up with the REN clay cleanser as a "double cleanse" in the evening and it's working really well.

Facial oils and serums are one of those products that I've only really started using since I began reading and writing blogs.  It was a big enough step getting me to actually start using a moisturiser on a daily basis (yep), so it feels a bit like I'm in the big leagues now I'm using facial oils (oooh check me out with my fancy skincare routine).

I made a bit of an undignified entrance into this new world though by completely hashing my first use of the Body Shop Vitamin E oil.  I ended up putting faaar too much on, my face was basically like an oil slick and after 2 hrs it still hadn't budged so I had to wash it all off and start again - fail! Since then though I've learnt that a little goes a long way and have been adding a little drop to my moisturiser at night and applying it that way.  I feel like it gives my moisturiser an extra little boost and my skin always looks all fresh and glowy in the morning when I've used it the night before. As it contains vitamin E it's also supposed to help protect the skin against the damaging effects of the environment and premature aging and believe me, I'm going to need all the help I can get (turning 30 in 8 months people....).

Like the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, Hydraluron was one of those products that I heard so many bloggers rave about last year but I somehow avoided giving in to the hype.  When I went on a Scottish bloggers holiday in November though I tried a little bit of Kirsty's and was really impressed by how amazing it made my skin feel.  I think she must have remembered this as for my birthday in March the wee gem bought me these Hydraluron Masks and I have been absolutely loving using them as a proper skin treat.  As they are sheet masks you look completely ridiculous wearing them - I won't frighten you with a photo, although I did send Kirsty one via Whatsapp so no doubt that's been banked for some future embarassment.

The masks are basically coated with a thick layer of Hydraluron moisturiser, so your skin gets a huge moisture boost - perfect if you're suffering from dry skin.  You're supposed to leave the mask on for about 10 minutes although I tend to leave it for around half an hour but if you don't really like the feel of something sitting on your skin then you might not be able to stand it for this long.  Afterwards you can rub in the excess product like you would a normal moisturiser - it has a lovely cooling, gel like consistency so you're not left with a horrible sticky feeling and it sinks in fairly quickly.

So that's what I've been enjoying using on my face over the last couple of months - do you have any recommendations for things I should try?

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