Washing your skin! What Worked for me & and What Didn’t

I’ve decided to write a beauty blog series, seeing as I have this blog but I don’t post much here. So, without further delay, this beauty blog series will kick off with cleansers and face washes 🙂
From around the age of 13, where I started wearing basic makeup on rare occasions, my mum advised me to wash my skin using products that help with my blemishes but also help protect it from dirt, makeup etc. Below is a list of cleaners/face washes I have used since I was 13- I know there’s a lot but truth be told, I haven’t found the “perfect” one for me yet. I have found great ones that have helped with reducing my blemishes but I like experimenting to find the “perfect” one for me.

*It is important to note that my skin is very different from yours. This cleansers and face washes listed below may not suit your skin type and skin problems. My skin type is Combination Dry with sensitive skin and my skin problem is blemishes and occasional redness. Best thing to do is use products that are suited for your skin type and state that they will combat the problems you are facing*

*It is also important to note that when using skincare, you should test it out for at least a month because your skin takes time to get used to the new product you are using. Don’t change your skincare products too often because this will overload your skin and will cause more problems*

Consult this “Superdrugs” article to see what best works for your skin: http://www.superdrug.com/blog/beauty-manuals/ultimate-cleansing-guide 

List of cleansers/face washes I have used so far:

1. L’occitane Riz Routine https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/7b/d7/19/7bd71919147def9c2408e7a4e3ca9249.jpg (the only image on the internet now)

The first cleanser I ever used and the worst. It was a three step system (cleanser, toner and moisturiser) and set back my mum by £80 (sorry and thank you mum!). I don’t know what was in it, but the lady all those years ago told my mum and I that it would help with my blemishes and dryness- it did not…it made my skin worse. Much worse. I’m glad this is discontinued now.

2. The body shop- tea tree oil routine http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/content/skincarekits.aspx (scroll down till you find The Tea Tree Oil set that has cleanser, toner and moisturiser)

From what I remember, this was a good regime for me- it was gentle for me so it didn’t cause any dryness and I saw it reduced my blemishes after a month. So here’s the problem- back then when I used it 6 years ago (they may have changed the formula since then so bare this in mind), IT STANK. The smell of Tea Tree Oil is strong in this regime- which may sound like a ridiculous criticism but I don’t want my face smelling of this strong scent for the whole day and night. (literally was for the whole day and then at night while I’m sleeping) I remember it just drove me crazy, but if you don’t mind strong scents then you should give this a go!

3. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions 3 Step System http://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1669/5615/Skin-Care/Acne/Clear-Skin-Starter-Kit/Anti-Blemish-Solutions-3-Step-System/For-All-Skin-Types-with-Blemishes

Both the cleanser and moisturiser worked well, however my main problem lies with the toner. That seriously dried out my skin- after using it for 3 days, my whole face was peeling off. (I wish this was an exaggeration) Clearly the toner was too harsh for my sensitive skin and so I had to give up with this regime. Also, even though this regime did reduce my blemishes after one month, it was not worth it for the amount of skin peeling off my face. If you do not have sensitive skin, then I definitely recommend this luxury priced regime as the cleanser and moisturiser did help a lot to reduce my blemishes.

4. Shu Uemura Ultim8 Sublime Cleansing Oil http://www.shuuemura.co.uk/skincare/cleanser/makeup-remover/ultime8-sublime-beauty-cleansing-oil (At a very luxurious price)

Mum comes home from shopping and tells me she bought a new cleanser from Shu Uemura- the lady advised her to use it to achieve a more radiant and moisturised face. As it’s an oil, you are meant to put it all over your face (avoiding eyes), splash water on it so it turns white, which means the oil is emulsified and then rinse it off with warm water. Everything about this product feels very expensive, high-end and luxurious. After using this product for a while (I think it was just about more than a month) both my mum and I agreed that this product worked amazingly well- it made both of our faces feel radiant and well moisturised. It may not have reduced my blemishes but it get rid of dry skin patches I had. However, both of us knew and agreed that we couldn’t afford this all the time (unfortunately) so we had to say goodbye to it when it was used up. If you’re looking for a high-end expensive cleanser because you can, then go for this one. It will make your skin feel amazing.

5. Simple Kind to Skin Moisturising Face Wash http://www.boots.com/en/Simple-Kind-To-Skin-Moisturising-Facial-Wash-50ml_1102648/

From a really expensive cleanser to a high-street (drugstore) brand, I give you Simple. This is a brand I swear by because it’s perfect for my sensitive skin. This face wash works so well to keep my skin feeling clean and moisturised. This didn’t really combat my blemishes but at that point in my life (around the age of 17), blemishes was the least of my worries (surprisingly) as my dry skin was acting up horrendously. This happened for an understandable reason- army issued camouflage cream (thick and oil based) and my skin went through harsh conditions from the environment. So dry patches happened everywhere, it was horrible, (but I don’t regret my Cadet years) it just meant I had to look after my skin well. This face wash was perfect for that- left my skin feeling cleansed, soft and moisturised for a cheap price- would highly recommend to someone who suffers from dry and sensitive skin. Would buy again.

6. Clean and Clear Deep Action Face Wash http://www.superdrug.com/Clean-%26-Clear/Clean-%26-Clear-Deep-Action-Cleansing-Wash-150ml/p/344358

Contains Alcohol. Alcohol is terrible as it strips moisture from your skin and damages it. Caused a lot of dry skin patched. Next!

7. Simple Spotles Skin Triple Action Face Wash http://www.boots.com/en/Simple-Spotless-Skin-Triple-Action-Face-Wash-150ml_1107197/

This face wash was great for reducing blemishes and cleaning out pores and it didn’t cause any dry skin because it’s perfect for sensitive skin. It left my skin feeling really clean and I saw a difference in my blemishes after a month. Have bought again and thoroughly recommend. This is a good way of combating blemishes for people with sensitive skin.

8. Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel http://www.boots.com/en/Simple-Kind-To-Skin-Refreshing-Facial-Wash-Gel-150ml_699/

If you’re looking for a cheap standard cleanser for sensitive skin then this one is great. After the first wash, I noticed my skin feeling thoroughly cleaned and refreshed. There’s nothing more I can say about it because it’s a simple and effective cleanser- would buy again and greatly recommend it.

9. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/face/view-all/camomile-silky-cleansing-oil.aspx utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medium=sem_brd&utm_campaign=160329_PXShoppingBrandFace&utm_term=%7BKeyWordTerm%7D&utm_content=GenericTrade&gclid=Cj0KEQjwhtO7BRCtwuO9gfTH-fQBEiQAdJ8FYzsd0XHC3c19DO_uaJGrhKVVrRkilRGyUOKHGZg_dP4aAgc88P8HAQ

If you’re skin is better suited for cleansing oils and you don’t want to splash out, (if you do, then I recommend the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil) then this cleansing oil is brilliant. Easily removes waterproof makeup and leaves the skin feeling very soft and smelling lovely. This is a very soft cleansing oil so it’s perfect for sensitive skin. Even though I always use cleansers and washes, I always have this cleansing oil for those days where I want a soft and elegant feeling. Have bought again and thoroughly recommend.

10. Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra Blast Skin Perfecting Wash  http://www.superdrug.com/Clearasil/Clearasil-Daily-Clear-Hydra-Blast-Skin-Perfecting-Wash-150ml/p/474400?singleResultSearchPage=true

The cleanser is great for sensitive skin! It does not over-dry and it really works for deep cleaning the pores and helped reduce my blemishes after 3 weeks. It contains little micro-beads that really does help with getting rid of impurities and dirt lurking in the skin. I imagine they will be changing this formula soonish because of the new policy on micro-beads, as they harm the environment. For now, I will say I would buy again and definitely recommend.

11. Sanctuary Spa Warming Cleansing Butter Balm http://www.sanctuary.com/en-gb/warming-cleansing-butter/

I had just finished the Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra Blast Skin Perfecting Wash (#10) last week and have been using The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (#9) since then. After scavenging the internet for a new cleanser and what would work well with my skin, I came to the realisation that I have never used a cleansing balm before. Well, first time’s a charm and I bought the Sanctuary Spa one today (30/6/16) and I’m yet to try it. I will update this blog when I have used for at least a month and will let you know what I think. 3/7/16- yeah no, this REALLY dried out my skin from day 1…not good for sensitive skin! I can’t say this is good for me because of the whole peeling skin aspect- I think I’ll just stick to Simple products.

Thank you so much for taking time to read this blog and hope you found it useful 🙂 Feel free to recommend products to combat anti-blemish, dryness and is suitable for sensitive skin. For now, hope you find your perfect cleanser/face wash and see you at the next Beauty Blog! 😀 xxx

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