Skincare has been a big priority for me as of the last 10 weeks, and it’s paying off big time. I spoke all about my current skin issues in my post about the best products for dry skin I’ve been religiously using lately, but these are just three staple products I use for the main issue. On top of these, I use several other skincare products which I want to talk you through; tell you how I use them, how often I use them, plus how they’re working for me (or not).
Jurlique Moisturising Cream Mask
Jurlique’s skincare smells amazing and their Rosewater Balancing Mist has been a firm favourite of mine ever since I first tried it in my first year of blogging; keep it in the fridge for the perfect pick-me-up in the mornings. This is a cream mask which you use weekly, and I tend to use this mid-week as a mini pamper session every Wednesday evening; just seems like the perfect time for me! I apply just a thin layer all over after I’ve washed my faced, cleansed and exfoliated. Then I tend to leave it on for 10 minutes for my skin to soak it in, then remove any access with a warm cloth. You can just dab in the excess product or even layer this up as an overnight mask, but I find it works fine for me the way I do it instead.
It’s an extremely hydrating mask which is great for my dehydrated skin, but this is all down to it’s vast list of ingredients. To name a few: Rose Hip Oil, Green Tea and Tumeric extracts, Shea Butter (an absolute favourite), Avocado and Macadamia Oils.
XYZ Smart Collagen Luxe Cream
The newest addition to my bundle of skincare products I’ve been trying lately, is this Luxe Cream* by XYZ; a brand I’ve never come across before. The reason I decided to give this a try was because it claims to visibly reduce the appearance of stretch marks. On my inner thighs I have some pretty noticeable stretch marks and have had these for years, but it’s never been something I’ve tried to tackle for the simple fact that they don’t bother me – they’re normal! But once I got a hold of this cream, I was just intrigued to know if it would reduce the appearance and have been trying it for the last 4 weeks to see if any noticeable changes are made – please note, it’s advised to try this for up to 12 weeks to see the best results, but I’m giving you some insight into the first 4 weeks.
Firstly, the consistency is rather thick and feels really nice on the skin – a little goes a long way, but I’m not exactly sure how much you’re suppose to use for each application in order to make this effective. All I know is, you’re advised to use this every morning and evening on cleansed skin. My stretch marks are quite big, but also slightly purple which may be due to where they sit on my thigh. I’ve noticed the colour of the stretch marks has faded ever so slightly since using this, but as for the appearance of them, they’re still visible and the structure of the skin hasn’t changed in any way that I can notice so far. However, it’s the colour of my stretch marks that makes them noticeable, so I guess there’s been some advancements there!
Amie Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish
Oh I do love a good exfoliator. I’ve already raved about this product in my review of the Scented Skincare Collection by The Perfume Society, available at Latest in Beauty, but I’m going to rave about it again – this is my favourite addition to my weekly skincare routine. My dry skin needs exfoliating badly, but since using the Avene Cleansing Oil and La Roche-Posay Balm on my face (talked about in my post on the 3 Best Products for Dry Skin), my skin only needs to be exfoliated once a week as opposed to every other day like before – that’s a statement right there!
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash
I don’t want to jump right in with the negatives here, but I’m not a fan of the smell of this skincare product whatsoever. It smells earthy, but I can’t quite put my finger on what ingredients I can specifically smell. Either way, the scent is a no go for personally. As for the face wash itself, I’ve forced myself to finally use this since getting it in a Look Fantastic Beauty Box last year and never touching it – I’ve made it a goal of mine this year to use up all the existing products I have, before buying new ones! Right now, I’m not a huge fan of this in general. I use it daily to remove the first layer of makeup before going in with cleansing oil and toner, but I always get a slight burning or stinging sensation every time.
I don’t believe I’m allergic to it, as my skin doesn’t visibly reacts; no redness, or bumps etc. but it may no be the best product for those who have sensitive skin. It states it’s designed for those with normal to combination skin, which may be my issue as I’m simply on the dry side, but we’ll see if I see any improvements!
No7 Pore Vacuum Mask
I’ve been wanting to try a skincare product like this ever since they became a craze and luckily my twin sister works at Boots, so I managed to get my hands on this Pore Vacuum Mask for a little less than the retail price. Warning – this stuff hurts like a b*tch if you put it on places where there’s likely to be fine hairs, so literally only use this on your nose! I stupidly put this on my chin and upper lip (why, just why?) and I literally has tears in my eyes. The smell isn’t all that great, but I genuinely don’t mind, because the product itself works really well. I only use this once a week, sometimes even only once every 10-14 days depending on when my skin needs it most.
What skincare products have you been trying out lately?
*items may have been gifted to me for review purposes.