Just to give you a bit of ‘my skin’ backstory: I’ll keep it short because it’s not the most enthralling of stories is it now?

I’ve always had oily/combination/sensitive skin since I was a teenager, (good skin isn’t in my genetics) and I went on prescription for acne tablets and treatments which worked. Since then it has never been *as* bad, but I did go on the pill a few years ago because it was getting a bit out of control again. And again, that works really well for my skin too.

There are definitely lifestyle choices that keep my skin staying clear (it’s the best it has ever been) and I wanted to share them in today’s post incase it helps anyone out.

 

WATER

I’ve always drunk a lot of water since I was a child, we never had fizzy drinks or even orange juice in the house so it’s always been my go-to. It’s extremely rare that I’m ever dehydrated, but on the few times I have been I’ve always noticed how much more sallow my skin looks.

 

SUGAR

I’m not a sweets person, but chocolate is my gal. I try to make healthy choices and stick to one chocolate treat per day, and that way I still get my fix and a whole load of sugar intake doesn’t give me any blemishes, which is definitely does if I’ve been going crazy on it. Of course some days it is harder to resist than others!

 

A SIMPLE SKINCARE ROUTINE

I’ve wrote about my simple skincare routine and products that never let me down so I’ll link that post here and here but I always find a more stripped back, simple routine does me well and doesn’t overload my skin with different products and textures. It just keeps my skin having a healthy glow.

 

PMS

Without fail, I get a few small spots cropping up around that time of the month, so I try to add a toner to my skincare routine on most nights of that particular week. Most times it can usually be too harsh for my skin. I try not to stress on it too much because I know that will only make it worse and they do go away.

 

NOT TOUCHING MY FACE

As gross as it is, I’m definitely a picker and always have been. This past year I’ve started being really strict with myself and not touching it as much, especially not when I have a blemish or problem area. It really makes it SO much more and takes a lot longer to disappear when it’s been messed with. It can be so hard to just leave it alone but after lots of teenage scars, I know it’s the right step to take!

 

Have you suffered with bad skin? 

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I asked on Twitter if anyone would be interested in a mega long post all about the Boots Botanics range, and thankfully lots of you said yes! I would just like to state that whilst all of these products are gifted over a number of months, that does not affect my opinion and I haven’t been told what to say, I’m also not being paid for this blog post.

First up is the Rosewater Toning Spritz, and I have to say I’m not too keen on this one. Something about it doesn’t sit well with my sensitive skin, but I will say it is refreshing. I’d rather just use one of my other toners or pass the step completely.

The Eye Roll-on is one of the newest out of the bunch, but after a few tries I’m really rating it. It feels very cooling and refreshing on the lil peepers, and is super hydrating which is always a benefit for eye products and preventing some lines that I’m bound to get as the years truck on.

I tried the Face Polish for the first time last night. It was my first time using anything like this, and I was so surprised at how harsh the product was. I was super worried it would affect my sensitive skin, but thankfully it didn’t at all, although it did feel a bit too abrasive for me unfortunately.

Now onto a firm favourite from the collection, the Day Cream. I’ve harped on about this in many blog posts already, so I’ll keep it snappy. My skin laps the stuff up (might be due to the rosehip in it), and it never breaks me out, just leaves my face feeling nice and hydrated. Definitely going to be repurchasing this one, although it’s going to take me a while to use up as the tub is massive!

I really enjoy the Face Scrub as it’s very gentle, I would say it’s much more of a wash with scrub particles in it. It exfoliates just enough that your skin feels fresher, but not too much that it’s not left feeling super dry and tight (which is a feeling I really hate). It always feels lovely to use so I would definitely recommend picking it up if you’re in the market for something slightly exfoliating.

The Radiance Balm hasn’t had much love in my collection as usually it’s a product I forget about, but that definitely needs to change. It’s a very liquid base that leaves your skin feeling plump and glow giving, and not at all greasy. A little sure goes a long way here, which is great as that means it’s going to last ages. I love wearing this on it’s own or under foundation that isn’t as dewy as I usually like.

Have you tried anything in this range?

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I chatted to you guys about my favourite moisturisers in this post, so I wanted to give a little shout-out to my favourite face-masks too! I’m really enjoying this format of choosing favourite products and waffling on about them.

First up is the Origins Charcoal Mask, which is the one I always reach for when my skin is having a bad break-out. It’s effective, but not too harsh on my sensitive skin and really helps when I’m having a poor skin day/week. Charcoal masks tend to be a bit more drying for your face so I always make sure I follow this up with something super hydrating.

The L’oreal Pure Glow Mask  is the most affordable of the bunch, and whenever my skin is looking lacklustre, this is the guy I go to. It’s lasted me so long which I’m very happy about, and it has a scrubby feel on your face that can sometimes feel strange to just leave be. Once it’s been removed, my skin is always looking SO much more glow-y, definitely one to add to your Superdrug trip.

My Origins Drink Up Overnight Mask is definitely the least fussy of the lot. As its an overnight treatment, I use it straight before bed and I can *always* tell the difference in the morning. My skin looks a lot plumper and healthier, and it also smells sooo good! I feel like this would suit every skin type.

Me and my gal, Goddess Clay Mask haven’t had the best track record. I got it as a Christmas present and was so excited, but it always seemed to either break me out a little/or do naff all. I decided to give it another go and I found that before I was applying WAY too much product. It even says on the packaging a thin layer *silly me*. Now, I’ve obsessed with it! It’s become a firm favourite and probably the one I’m currently reaching for the most. Its pricey, but it’s going to last a really long time. Add it to your Christmas list immediately!

 

What’s your favourite face mask?

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If there’s one skincare product that’s the most likely to break me out, it’s moisturisers. Something about my sensitive/combination skin can really react to them badly from the first use. Over this year I finally feel like I’ve worked out my favourite moisturisers, hence this post!

I’ve really loved everything I’ve tried from Pai so far, so this day cream was no exception. The brand itself prides their products on their calming influence on the skin, and maybe that’s why I get on with it so well. Everything just feels very soothing, which is very me.

I won’t bang on about the Lancome Hydra Zen too much, as I’ve already told you guys how it’s my favourite moisturiser ever. It’s without a doubt my desert island must-have.

The Clinique Moisture Surge is more of a gel formula, but I use it to replace moisturiser is my skincare routine. It’s very gentle and super hydrating on my skin, and I love how fresh it makes it look and feel. It’s a moisturiser to rely on when you want something to give you moisture and not break you out.

I was gifted the Botanics Day Cream with Rosehip and I’m honestly so surprised how much I love this. It’s becoming a holy grail, which is not something I find with new products often. Maybe its due to the fact that my skin adores rosehip, or the natural ingredients that don’t fuss my complexion, but if you have a similar skin type to me I would 100% recommend and it’s a product I will be re-purchasing with my own money once its used up!

I use The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors with AHA as a moisturiser and a primer and it works wonders. It’s so affordable and at only £5 you can’t go wrong. It makes my makeup sit so lovely on the skin, and I don’t have anything bad to say about it.

Now that’s done, tell me.. what’s your favourite moisturiser?

 

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It’s been a hot minute since I updated you guys on products I’m trying out, and because these are some of my favourite posts to read I thought its about time I got you updated.

The first two products I actually won in a giveaway! I’ve only used the Dr Jart Beauty Balm  once so far, but was honestly so impressed. It says its a hybrid between makeup and skincare, and it actually gives a surprising amount of coverage. It’s extremely natural looking on the skin and the fact that it’s only £8.00 from Boots means I will *most likely* be repurchasing.

I have a love-hate relationship with rose scented stuff, because I don’t like the powdery ‘granny’ smell, but this little guy is nothing like that. The Rose Salve  seems to be a popular product in a beauty lovers world and I can totally see why. I will go as far to say that it’s becoming my favourite lip balm ever. Yup, I’m going with it! Have I mentioned it also smells like an absolute dream?

I recently become an ambassador from the Botanics range in Boots, which I’m so excited about! They sent me a few products to test out including the Face Scrub & Radiance Balm. I’ve only used the products a couple of times, but the face scrub is one thats super gentle, which is great for my sensitive skin, but still does a great job on removing dead face skin *ugh why did I just say that?*

The radiance balm is becoming another favourite as it doesn’t feel tacky or greasy, just leaves the skin looking really dewy. Plus, its actually super watery which I didn’t expect but that means it doesn’t clog my skin up at all and leaves me with no breakouts, yay!

Have you been testing out any new products recently, I would love to hear what?!