Sunday, 18 June 2017


I went through what could only be described as a year of hell with my skin in 2016. A stressful year of university, then a new job, plus a lack of exercise, mixed with a dash (or a straight run) of unhealthy eating has resulted in lackluster and dull skin. To tie in with this, I've also had a breakout of dermatitis across my eyes. Dermatitis is basically eczema, and it's broken out across my eyelids and under my eyes. The skin is cracked and flaky, sore and red, and makes wearing makeup impossible and just nothing sticks - and if it does, it makes it look about a hundred times worse! My first (and worst so far, fingers crossed!) breakout was in April, and my doctor said it could have been many things - a change of the weather, and out of date makeup item, an allergy, my diet, stress. Basically, I left with a tube of steroid cream and an uncertainty of just what the hell was going on with my skin.

It meant I had to change and scale back my skincare routine, and pay special attention to what I was putting on my face. Since April, I've shuffled my skincare around a few times. I've tried many a cleanser, all of them gentle (including Simple, which seemed to do about bugger all for cleaning my skin - but didn't break out the dermatitis!) and I think I've finally locked down on my skincare routine - yep, it's taken me this long to get it right! These are my faves from the year - and coincidentally, all I use now.

The Cleanser - Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel: This was bought entirely on the basis of Anna from The Anna Edit and Lily Pebbles' recommendations, cos they're basically the best and they definitely know a thing or two when it comes to skincare. Rough exfoliation was a no-go for my sudden sensitive skin, but I also wanted something that would feel like it was doing its job. When I first used this is felt amazing, but I didn't know how well it would work as it is just a gel - but my god does it take all your makeup off and leave your skin feeling so soft, and so smooth. Definitely a repurchase on the cards for me.

The Toner - PIXI Glow Tonic: Because the dermatitis meant my skin was pretty dry, getting a good glow for my skin was virtually impossible and it made my makeup look equally as flat, which wasn't a good look! So when Black Friday came around, I snapped up this tonic with £6 off - bargain, and a perfect introduction to the range! I do love this tonic and it's got a firm place in my skincare routine. An exfoliating toner, it strips away dead skin and leaves you glowing and fresh faced. However, I don't think it does enough for me to repurchase when this runs out. I've only have it for a month, so maybe that'll change the more I use it - I'll keep you in the loop.

The Moisturiser - Aveeno Moisturising Cream: Unfortunately, this was the step that took the hardest time to get used to. I've tried every 'hydrating' moisturiser that Boots offered, but in the end, it was Aveeno that was recommended to me by my doctor. It's not the most glamorous of moisturisers, doesn't smell that nice and doesn't look fantastic on my shelf, but it does the job and does it well. If you suffer from dry skin and need hydration - get this. Honestly. It's what I credit for keeping my dermatitis at bay, if I switch it up my skin definitely suffers. I'll probably use this for life now, and I'm so glad I found it.

The Eye Cream - Kiehl's Creamy Eye Cream with Avocado: For me, introducing an eye cream into my routine wasn't something that I did until after my dermatitis flared up. I just felt it was a fiddly step, and not something that I really needed to include. Then when it all went to shit, I ran to where else but the internet to find an eye cream that could help. The reviews pointed to Kiehl's, with some actually saying they had had the exact same problem as me and that the eye cream had helped massively. I got it, it didn't sting, and it's made such a difference to my eye area. I wouldn't say it's revolutionary - it's not as necessary as my Aveeno moisturiser, for example - but it's a lovely added step that helps to inject a shot of moisture to your eye area. 

The Oil - Keihl's Midnight Recovery Oil: I've been addicted to this little bottle of heaven for about a year now, and I honestly couldn't live without it. I don't use it every day, only a couple of times a week. I put it on at night, after I've cleansed and moisturised, and my skin always wakes up looking a million times better and makeup glides on so smoothly as well! It's expensive, at £37 for a 30ml bottle, but it's lasted me a year so far and it's not even halfway done - and I split a little bit when I knocked it over once (nearly cried, true story) but I'll definitely be running out to repurchase this whenever it finally gets used up!

And last, but certainly not least ....

Special Commendation - Sunday Riley Flora Oil: I was given a sample of this when I went into Space NK looking for a new foundation (came out with my HG Sheer Glow, some things never change!) and was telling the assistant all about my skin woes when she showed me this. Packed with natural ingredients, the oil admittedly doesn't smell great, but as the assistant said - why should it need to? It's not got anything nasty in it to make it smell good, it just does an amazing job. The only catch is it's £70! Had a tiny heart attack when I read the price. I'll be keeping my sample for as long as possible, and maybe if I get a Space NK gift voucher, then I might get it, but it's a special commendation as it's not quite in my skincare routine due to the price point.

Do any of my go-to's appear on your skincare routine list?

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