Cleanser wise I've decided to stick to the two cleansers lately and stop swapping and changing, until Ive used up my current ones. My cleanser obsession was getting a bit out of hand, so I chose to give Burt's Bees new Sensitive Facial Cleanser a go and have been using it every single night for over a month now.
I cannot praise this cleanser enough and have well and truly fallen in love, this will be getting repurchased and might even stay permanent in my routine (she says, until another one catches her eye) Its specially formulated for sensitive skin and includes softening Cotton Extract which helps skin replenish its outer layer and minimize the effects of potential irritants such as harsh soaps or cleansers, it also moisturizes with Rice Extract and soothes with Aloe. It can be used on the eyes and removes even the heaviest eye make up with ease, without an irritation or stinging. I definitely think using such a gentle natural cleanser, has helped my skin a hell of a lot and sticking to just the one instead of swapping and changing helps too.
The other cleanser I have on the go is sk:n Vitamin Rich Cleanser - oily skin.
I use this if I feel my skin is feeling a bit temperamental and I can sense a breakout is on the horizon. It contains glycolic acid which is an AHA. AHAs help eliminate trapped oil and dirt that creates spots and blemishes, so its perfect to use when its "that time of thew month" and my skin is due its monthly breakout.
With my daily moisturiser Ive gone back to basics and I've been using a moisturiser that I first used a few years ago. OLAY Total Effects Anti Ageing Blemish Care Moisturiser.
I was a big fan of this moisturiser years ago but as Im constantly trying out different products I kind of forgot how much myself and my skin loved it. Its perfect for me as it helps fight ageing and the appearance of blemishes at the same time. The 7 added vitamins and minerals satify my anti ageing needs while the "salycilic" anti-blemish complex works at helping to keep my skin clear. Its a incredibly light moisturiser to use and soaks into the skin immediately, although its light its still strong enough to keep any dryness at bay and keep my skin soft and supple. I'll always be a fan.
For eye creams Ive been using two lately. One is a new addition while the other is a re-purchase and a staple from now on. Origins Plantscription Anti-aging eye treatment and Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA Eyes
Origins Plantscription is my new addition, which Ive been using for just over a month. I use this first thing in the morning. Its very light and and absorbs very quickly, so its ideal for when Im rushing in the mornings and want to apply my make up near enough straight after applying my skincare. I find it keeps my under eye area hydrated all day long and also seems to help with morning puffiness. I don't have a bad word to say about this, its perfect for day time use and addresses all my anti ageing needs.
Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA Eyes is my holy grail product. I couldn't be without this in my life now. This is my second tube and It will be a permanent fixture. It contains a nice low dose of Retinol+A Complex combined with Hyaluronic Acid which is perfect for the under eye area, as any higher dosage would end up drying the area out. My eyes have improved greatly since I started using this. Ive always suffered with thin skin under my eyes and this has helped to tighten and plump it so much. I wouldn't recommend this if you have dry skin under your eyes though as you may find the retinol will just dry the area even more and not provide the under eye area with enough moisture.
My choice of night cream is again another re-purchase, another Vichy product and another staple. Im weary to use another night cream now as this one caters for my every need and works perfectly with my skin.
Liftactiv Retinol HA Night. (Did someone say Retinol obsessed?!)
If you are thinking of started to use Retinol based products, then this will be ideal for your first product. It contains a Tri-Dose of Hyaluronic Acid + Retinol A complex but is still very light and non drying (Retinol can be extremely drying on the skin) and is perfect for the first introduction to Retinol. Retinol is a proven ingredient in skincare to help ease out wrinkles, so Its well worth looking in to retinol based products if you are serious about fighting ageing, retinol is also good for people with acne prone skin. So again this is a product that perfect for me. Since I first started using this, the whole look of my face has improved, like I mentioned earlier, I am constantly being told I don't look 30 and to be honest, this has only started to happen since I started using Retinol products. It also offers instant results, the morning after my skin always looks so healthy, plumped and hydrated. Ive never used a night cream and been so pleased with the results as I am with this. I definitely recommend!
Two other products which are staples in my routine are my beloved Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid and Alpha H Liquid Gold.
I have already expressed my love for these two product, so if you fancy a read my thoughts can be found HERE and HERE.