Last week I shared with you my new Skincare routine for combination skin that I hoping to stick to long term. But I received a few queries on the simplicity of my routine such as "Where's the rest of it?" and "Have you stopped using an exfoliator?".
Which is when I realised I didn't explain that I decided to not include the 'extras' in that routine post as, well, I see them as extras and not part of my set routine. Though I'm sure I will be using my skin extras or skincare add-ons as I've called them in this post pretty routinely. So here are the exact products that will be gracing my face when I'm in need of a pamper or just something extra!
La Roche-Posay Serozinc
£8.50 for 150ml - Feel Unique here
This is my 'one-size-fits-all' facial spray as I use this for endless amounts of things! Unlike a standard thermal water this is a spray targeted at oily, blemish-prone skin but without any harsh smelling or astringent ingredients (it has no smell or feel to it!). The main way I like to use this is before and after applying makeup on hormonal oily skin days due to the time of the month as this knocks the shine from my skin and sets makeup in place. I also spray this onto blemished areas as I'm sure it calms down spots, reduces bacteria in that area and clears them up faster. There are so many ways to use Serozinc and I find it an excellent product for the money and have gone through 4 of these already since discovering the product! A handy little extra that I doubt I'll ever stop using.
Super Facialist by Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil
£14.99 for 30ml - Boots here
When it comes to pampering my skin I like to opt for massaging my face with an oil instead of using a face mask (most are tightening i.e not relaxing for my oily/combo skin type!). This is much more relaxing for me and I often feel as if I've received a mini facial as I'm totally relaxed afterwards and my skin feels hydrated and appears glowing. My facial oil of choice is the wonderful Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil as unlike a lot of face oils it has a good slip to it so that it can be easily massaged into the skin and doesn't leave an oily residue after cleansing, plus it has a lovely scent to it. I also love how hydrated it leaves my skin which last days and I always notice how my makeup sits better on my skin. I feel if I were to use any other facial oils on my skin it would most likely break me out but with this it's just perfect.
Yes To Tomatoes Clearing Face Mask
£11.99 for 50ml - Feel Unique here
As I mentioned above I don't find face masks for oily/combination skin that relaxing due to the tightening aspect to them, but I do like to use them once or twice a week before having a shower. For my blemish/blackhead prone skin type I've found that clay based masks work best and so years ago I gave this mask a go and never looked back. This is the ultimate treatment for my pesky blackheads as this literally reduces the appearance of them and mattifies for quite a few days. Also for a purifying mask this doesn't suck moisture from the skin and once rinsed off actually leaves it feeling smooth and moisturised. I have a handful of favourite clay masks but this is my true love!
B. Revealed Glycolic Cleansing Peel
£7.99 for 125ml - Superdrug here
(pssst - all B. skincare is Buy One Get One Free right now!)
For the past year I've been interested in acid exfoliators to remove dead skin cells over the standard manual scrubby options. So I've tried a heap of peeling creams from Korea, a few AHA based toners and a few tubs of daily cleansing pads. But one product that worked really well for me was this one, in fact I loved it enough to dedicate a entire post to it - which you can read here. But as a summary this is one of the best budget AHA exfoliant I have tried, not just for exfoliating my skin with but for improving my skin texture around blemish-prone areas and lightening pigmentation - pretty impressive for a £7.99 product. I won't ramble about this one as you can read a whole post on it but it's definitely a goody.
Again, I like to keep everything simple with good solid products for my combination, blemish-prone skin.
I'd love to know if you have tried any of these products and what you think of them!