Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The Best Skincare Products for Clear, Glowy Skin

I am ashamed to admit after working on both the Cosmo beauty desk AND in beauty PR for almost 2 years that my skincare knowledge is absolutely abysmal. This is purely down to the fact I never get spots and my skin is mostly clear so I just put it down to good genetics/took advantage of the fact I didn't have to blow half my wage of expensive products every month/didn't even bother taking my makeup off for bed most nights never mind carry out an extensive skincare routine at 2am. Oh, and the fact I absolutely trowel my makeup so, so even if I had severe acne and bags the size of Russia under my eyes, you wouldn't be able to notice anyway.



NOW. I don't know whether it's because I'm currently the ripe old age of 28, or the fact I've been wearing a mask most times I leave the house or the fact I live in London where air pollution is absolutely rife, but I've started getting spots, extremely dull skin and larger pores (I wouldn't say large, but I've noticed them a hell of a lot more). I would describe my skin as combination, with an oily t-zone and dry patches around my mouth (shout out 2 the masks). I know there isn't a wonder product that targets all the problem areas, so I wanted to start by clearing up my skin and adding a bit of glow.

I know there is soooo much help out there for skincare products tailored to suit your skin, dermatologists, questionnaires to fill out to find out what will work for you, blogs and round-ups of the '5 best products for oily skin' but, being the lazy bitch I am, I just posted a Q&A on my Instagram stories for advice and the IG fam came through!

Vanese Maddix made me an ACTUAL SPREADSHEET of skincare consisting of 7 hero products that would help me achieve my glowy af skin goals, and even included how much to use, when to use, pricing and tips! Obviously I rushed straight to Cult Beauty and purchased e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g immediately. (I mean, we've been living in a 12 month long lockdown, what else have I got to spend my money on?!) It's been around a month now and I've already repurchased the products I would as travel sides to test them out as the full size babies because they are THAT good. 

I die inside when I see people online like 'what skincare products do I need?' without any indication of skin type, what they want from their skin, budget etc because there are a zillion things online, and what works for one person might give the other an unwanted chemical peel. So if you've got dull, oily, kinda spotty skin (wow I'm really selling myself here), then go get your Monzo and order these pronto!

Directly after applying the C15 booster. THE GLOW!


Morning

Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalising Cleanser- use every morning and every evening.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10%- use a couple of blobs (I would say drops but it's a bit thicker than a drop) of this every morning after the cleanser.

Paula's Choice Resist C15 Super Booster- lil pricey but worth it! I noticed an instant different in the brightness of my skin when using this. Use a couple of drops after using the Niacinamide but WAIT a couple of minutes in between each step to let the product absorb into the skin.

Dr Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Water Cream- this feels delicious! Also comes in travel (£12) and full size (£31) so perfect product to try out before you invest.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF- self explanatory people!

Evening

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil- I only double cleanse in the evening if I've worn makeup, if not cut this step out.

Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalising Cleanser- use every morning and every evening.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10%- use a couple of blobs (I would say drops but it's a bit thicker than a drop) of this every morning after the cleanser.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2& BHA Liquid Exfoliant- yes it really is as good as TikTok says! Use twice a week.

Dr Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Water Cream- this feels delicious! Also comes in travel (£12) and full size (£31) so perfect product to try out before you invest.


Guru Vanese also told me not to cleanse in the shower as the water is too hot- who knew! And not to over-exfoliate, which is sooooo easy to do once you notice how smooth your skin is becoming! Honestly, my forehead feels like silk at the moment.

Now, what else are we ready to spend our money on people?! Share your latest splurge with me in the comments!

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