So I am a skin care novice. I hate to say it but I am one of those terrible people that uses a baby wipe and hopes for the best. Yes, a baby wipe. Not even a proper make up wipe... Until now that had been no great problem. My make up still applied nicely, I had good skin and I just didn't get the whole skincare thing. I mean, why spend so much money on all those products when you can just just a wipe and be done with it?
That's what the smug teenager in me says anyway.
But in reality, as I am maturing (kinda.) I feel like my skin is changing. It could be to do with the extra sugar I have been shovelling in, or the access make up I have been trying out. My skin has really been telling me off lately, the spots have been out in force but the dry areas have been making them selves known too. Plus I am still very shiny. It is like extreme combination skin going on right now.
So, I walked in to boots to go have a look at skincare. I know what you're thinking, I am keeping boots in business at the moment, but those points aren't going to make themselves *insert super cheeky wink face*.
I didn't really know what I was looking for, and as usual I didn't do any research. I just kinda winged it. And guess what? It is really hard! There are so many products on the market and they all claim to do such amazing things. There's ones that promise to brighten your skin, make you youthful, clear breakups and lock in moisture. It is all so confusing when they all sound so good.
So I started with the Superfacialist by Una Brennan range because I could vaguely remember Estee or Lily talking about some of the products once. Not exactly a great reason to choose something, but I didn't really have much to lose. I picked up the Daily Brightening Cleanser, mainly because I knew I wanted something to really clean my face and get all the rubbish from my skin. Plus, anything that says it is going to brighten my face sounds good to me.
I have been using this for that last couple of nights, and I am loving looking at how clean my skin is when I have washed it off. My skin looks like it could sparkle and feels like there is nothing left on there. It is really gentle at removing make up, in fact, so gentle that I didn't think it would remove it. You put in on dry skin and massage it in, and nothing really seems to happen, then you get a damp cloth and like magic - make up is removed.
The next thing I picked up was from the Botanics range, which is one of boots own, and I really liked the fact it had emphasis on being natural and I liked the packaging too. I thought I would try the Microdermabrasion Polish, because it said it stops dull skin so in theory it should work in tandem with the cleanser. Also, it reduces pores and encourages cell renewal. My pores have always been big and visible as long as I remember so it was a good starting point.
I can say that this is very harsh on the skin, it did the job and felt like it polished and cleared my skin. I also felt as though it removed any dead skin that was lurking. But it kind of hurt a little, it felt uncomfortable and made my nose quite red. I will use this again because I loved what it did to my skin, but I will keep it to a minimum. Probably once a week.
Finally, I purchased a Micellar water because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. This was another of the Botanics and it was because I was already in that section. Plus it had Hydration Burst written in big letters, and I thought why the hell not. My skin could do with some moisture.
I have only used this once so I can't really comment on it too much, but I am really excited to try it properly.