I suffer with bad skin and have done since my teenage years; I used to be on all sorts of prescribed creams and antibiotics, but nothing truly seemed to help. It was around this time last year that I decided enough was enough, and that perhaps I should try and wing-it without medication and start looking after my skin properly, by what I put on it and what I ate. I’ve trialled and tested so many different things, but thankfully my housemate Poppy is really precise when it comes to her skincare regime, and with her guidance I seem to have finally found products that work well with my extremely sensitive skin.
My skin type is Normal-Oily, and as you can tell I use predominantly Kiehl’s products, mainly because of how the staff sell it to you, pushing you towards the right stuff rather than the highest priced, giving genuine informed advice – which makes me trust them. Kiehl’s have a wide range of products suitable for all skin types, and you can find their concessions in most good department stores.
I clean, tone and hydrate my skin twice daily. In the morning I wash my face with the Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, then use the Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, and follow with the Blue Herbal Moisturiser; in the evenings its pretty much the same but I use the Midnight Recovery Concentrate instead of the moisturiser. Then I sometimes use the Facial Fuel when my face is feeling unusually dry – my skins too sensitive to use it daily.
Ive always cleansed and moisturised, but it was only recently that I started to use the other two. Toner always seems to have had a feminine stigma attached to it, I never really understood what it was , and assumed it was something to do with smoothing away wrinkles and so just dismissed it as unnecessary – oh how foolish I was! Toners basically work as a secondary cleanser, wiping away any oils or finer debris you missed in your first wash, they also help shrink your pores and balance the PH levels on the surface of your skin – well worth it if you ask me. On the other hand even I can admit that the midnight concentrate does seem a bit over the top, but I seriously recommend it. When Poppy first showed it to me I was not convinced, mainly because it is oil based and I couldn’t help but think it would make things worse, but I admit I was wrong, again! This concentrate deeply moisturises and replenishes your skin throughout the night, whilst also somehow making your face look fresher when you wake up – don’t ask me how, but it does.
In regards to shaving, I often use my electric razor, for pure ease, and because whenever I wet-shaved in the past it used to really irritate my skin. Now I use a product by Lush called Prince Shaving Cream; I admit I don’t have time to wet shave every day, but this product contains plant extracts which help reduce inflammation and calm my skin whenever I actually do manage to find the time.
I’m not promising that what works well for me will work for you as everyones skin is different, but I do recommend persevering and finding what does.