There are only a handful of skin care products that I reach for when something is going wrong with my skin. I try to take care of my skin really well but sometimes it's hard to avoid the odd pimple! Plus, most of my skin woes come from make-up that I wear or a new product that my skin reacts to.
Ever since being a teenager, I've had really sensitive skin. When I was 12, I had to visit the dermatologist about a severe case of perioral dermatitis around my nose that went around to my mouth. I remember going to school, trying to hide it under makeup that my sister helped me apply. My mum helped me try so many different things to fix my skin, weird home remedies, steroid creams - you name it! But, going to the dermatologist was the only fix.
Getting into my twenties, I've learnt what products work for me and what ones don't. I've had lots of trouble with sensitive skin around my eyes. Sometimes, my skin flares up during spring time from allergies. Other times my eyes suffer from the different make up I wear. Sadly, the most recent product to do this is the NARS Sheer Glow foundation. It makes me really upset because, I honestly like it and it's so popular amongst beauty bloggers, I thought it was a sure thing!
So, I have to be really weary of the products I put on my face. If the lotion or face wash is heavily perfumed - big no no. If it stings right away - I have to take it off or else my skin burns and turns red.
However, there have been some never fail skin products that I swear by.
I started using Neutrogena since high school. It's my never fail, simple and well priced face wash. I've tried heaps of different brands and have had strange reactions to some Nivea and Garnier products. Sometimes, Priceline have 3 for 2 specials and I can stock up on the face wash. I sometimes alternate between the Deep Clean and the Oil-Free Acne Wash, but lately I've been sticking with this one. I try and wash my face and neck twice - especially at night when I've worn make-up during the day. I think I read somewhere that the first wash takes your make-up off and the second wash actually cleans your face.
I have been using vaseline for ages! Also ever since Tyra Banks went crazy over vaseline on her show, it has stuck with me as a never fail product. Like I mentioned above, my eyes get so bloody dry sometimes and it's usually because of new make up or some kind of beauty product. Before I go to bed, I cover my face in vaseline or just the really dry patches I have on my face (e.g. eyes, lips and around my nose). I have woken up so many times to a hydrated and healed face. It's amazing, cheap and doesn't irritate. ding ding ding!
Since growing up with two older sisters who were the best role models for a dedicated skin care routine and a Mum who made sure we were looking after ourselves all the time; there were always different products to try in our bathroom. This face scrub was one of them - since growing up and moving out, I've always had this scrub handy. It's a really coarse scrub which is what I love. I think there is nothing worse than buying a scrub and when you use it, it only has a tiny amount of exfoliating beads and it pretty much does nothing. This stuff is the real deal. Once you use it, your face feels so clean and soft. I also use it on the back of my arms, because I'm one of those people who have bumpy arms.
I try and scrub my face once or twice a week - depending on how my skin is. I also try to exfoliate before I use a hydrating mask - so my skin can be looking it's best.
I'm not a skin specialist - these are my personal opinions & products i perfer to use.