I’ve spoken before on this blog about my struggles with acne & for the past six months I’ve been on a mission to get it under control. Some of that has been lifestyle changes: drinking more water, washing my makeup brushes regularly, upping my fruit & veg intake etc. but most of it has been figuring out which skincare products work for me & which are doing more harm than good (I’m looking at you St Ive’s Apricot Scrub).
It finally feels like I’ve cracked it. My skin is by no means acne free, & some people with clearer skin would probably be horrified that I’d considered this an achievement, but for me, getting to a place where my skin-tone is relatively even, my acne is mild & short-lived, & my scars fade quickly, is a big deal. So, I figured I’d talk you through my skincare routine & share some products that work for me (just as a side note, even though I love all these products, there’s no guarantee they’ll work for you, so I’d always recommend getting testers before committing, particularly with the pricier products).
I do understand that a lot of these products are expensive, & I would love to recommend some cheaper alternatives, but honestly I’ve just never found any high-street products that work for me, particularly when it comes to combating acne. If you do have any suggestions for products, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
These first three products have all been staples in my routine for a while, but I’ve yet to find anything that’s as effective, so it looks like they’re here to stay.
1. Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish // £26 – I used to be a total face scrub addict & was convinced that aggressive daily exfoliation was the key to clearer skin, but having done some more research I now know it’s much healthier to either use chemical exfoliants (more on this in an upcoming blog post) or to just gently exfoliate with a face cloth. Hence why I love really buffing in Cleanse & Polish, & then using a muslin cloth to remove any excess product & makeup residue. I tend to use a makeup wipe beforehand, just because I feel like it gives me a deeper cleanse, but this product is totally capable of removing even heavy eye makeup.
2. Dr Jart Water-Act Skin Mist // £15.95 – I received this in a beauty box forever ago & for ages it just sat in my cupboard, but recently I’ve been spritzing it on to my face after cleansing to help retain moisture. It’s also really refreshing, so great for hot Summer days.
3. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment // £20 – When I reviewed Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Solutions Three-Step System I said that this was the only product I could see myself continuing to use, & I wasn’t lying. It’s become a skincare staple, & the fact that my skin gets noticeably worse when I skip using it means I won’t be switching things up any time soon.
These next two products are relatively new additions to my routine, but they’ve been working miracles so I didn’t want to miss them out.
4. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum // £44 (prices vary, so it’s worth checking around for good deals) – I know this is pricey as fuck but thankfully a little goes a long way, & the results for me have been life-changing. Vitamin C has a whole range of skincare benefits but what finally convinced me to purchase this was the promise that it would help fade acne scarring, something that I’ve become more aware of as my active acne has reduced. I know buying this a major commitment so if people are interested in a more in-depth review with before & after photos then I’m happy to do that.
5. Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief // £34 – When I was younger I would avoid any form of moisturiser, afraid that it would make my skin more oily, but since learning that excessive oil production is often a response to dehydration I’ve been on the hunt for a lightweight moisturiser to complete my skincare routine. Extended Thirst Relief has a lovely gel consistency that sinks into the skin super quickly, with no greasy residue, & leaves my face feeling significantly firmer.
I’m always on the hunt for even better products, but for now I’m really happy with where I’m at, & after all my research I feel far more confident purchasing products because I know exactly what to look for & what to avoid.