I’ll just start this post by saying that the products I’ll be mentioning are products that have worked really well for me, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will work for you. I have combination/oily skin and like to keep the process of looking after my skin as simple as possible.
When I was a teen, I never really had a skincare regime. I’d use face wipes a lot and sometimes I’d cleanse my skin, sometimes I wouldn’t, and my diet wasn’t great either.
When I was about seventeen, I developed a mild form of acne on my forehead and because I was a model and just lost all confidence because of this problem, my dad took me to a dermatologist. She recommended that I go on an acne treatment known as Oratane. I don’t know too much detail about it, all I know is that you have to go for blood tests beforehand and it can severely dry out your skin. Luckily, I had a very good reaction to it, and within two months my skin was completely clear. I stayed on it for six months and haven’t had a problem since. I would however like to stress that I got very lucky, so if you’re thinking of doing any kind of hectic acne treatment, speak to a dermatologist.
Since then, I wash my face every morning and every night, and I’ve come to enjoy that time to myself.
Now onto the products that I use:
The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil – this changed the skincare game for me. I use this to do the initial removal of my make-up at the end of the day and it is incredible. I put a couple pumps into my hand, massage onto my face over all of my make-up (even my eyes), then I wet hands and massage my face again (this turns the product milky), and then I rinse everything off.
Bioderma Micelle Solution – I use this bottle of heaven to take off the rest of my make-up. I put a couple drops onto a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face. When using it on your eyes, just hold the cotton pad on your eyes for about 10 seconds and wipe down (as a rule of thumb, always be gentle when working with your eye area!)
Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Lotion – this is my morning and night cleanser and was the first product added to my routine. It is a very basic cleanser and it doesn’t strip your skin of all it’s natural oils.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum – this isn’t a crucial step but I like how this product feels on my skin. I use it just before my moisturiser and I feel like it gives my skin an extra moisture boost.
Nutraderm Moisturising Cream – this moisturiser has been the only moisturiser that I’ve used for the past 5 years. Again, a very basic product; it doesn’t smell like anything, the packaging isn’t anything fancy, but I’ve loved it for a long time and it gets the job done.
Nimue Active Blemish Control – this is my spot treatment for when I get the occasional pesky blemish. The main ingredient in this is tea tree which is a great natural product for drying out problem areas.
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment – I use this product every day and it was the first eye cream I loved. I apply it by rubbing it between my ring fingers and dabbing it around my eyes. This is a good one!
And for the products I use not-so frequently:
Korres Exfoliating Cleanser – I use an exfoliant once a week and I quite like this one. It is a physical exfoliant so it has tiny beads in it and it smells like Wild Rose.
Nimue Exfoliating Enzyme – I switch between my exfoliants with every use. This particular one is a chemical exfoliant so it doesn’t have the beads in it, but it smells amazing and works wonders.
Sanctuary Deep Cleanse Facial – another product that I only use once a week – this is a 5-minute thermal clay mask that heats up as you massage it into your face. I found this in the UK but there are plenty of great ones in SA. With face masks, it’s just about finding what’s best for you. I quite like clay masks but there are loads of others to choose from.
I hope you guys found this helpful! Comment below if you have any questions, I’ll be more than happy to answer them.