3 April 2017

a little skincare wishlist.

skincare wishlist 2017

I've been really trying with skincare now for about three months (yeah, I started late in this particular game!). Back in 2016 - y'know, all those months ago, because seriously, how is it already April? - I literally only used a simple face wash and occasionally a trusty Superdrug hot cloth cleanser, which is are the same products I'd been using since about 2012. I know it sounds so thick, but I didn't know what a cleanser was, wasn't clued up on the importance of moisturising and the thought of a serum was completely removed from my life. I've not been blessed in the clear skin department, but hitting the age of 26 and realising that I needed to help myself out and get on with trying to make my skin clear rather than hoping a cheap Superdrug face wash will do it for me has changed the game somewhat. These days I have an actual routine and am while I'm not quite at the clear skin stages yet, my skin has definitely improved and I can now run to Tesco without any makeup on and not want to put my head into a plastic bag. So here's a little wishlist that I'm looking to try to take this journey a little further!

I have seen so many people going on about this so it's either going to be a complete flop or something which really is brilliant. I own the Pixi Glow Tonic toner and I'm pretty impressed with that, and I really love the way that cleansing balms get rid of all your makeup so easily so I can't wait to give this a try. 

Charlotte Tilbury Sheet Mask

Everyone is using sheet masks at the moment so they must be pretty good - the only thing that's put me off so far is that they look absolutely bloody terrifying. I haven't used anything by Charlotte Tilbury before, and I'm slightly baulking at the cost but I've seen so many good reviews!

Origins GinZing Energy-boosting Moisturiser

I have very tired looking skin, which probably comes from me literally being tired all the time. I'm pretty impressed with the price of this one, and I don't own anything by Origins, yet they're a brand that has been on my wishlist for a while. 

I already own Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and I love it. Since I started on this skincare journey, Kiehl's have been a serious staple of mine, probably because they're super helpful in the shop and didn't make me feel like a dickhead for knowing absolutely nothing. I use the Concentrate every night, so I was pretty happy to see there's now a cleansing oil in the same range and it's probably something I'm going to have to invest in pretty soon.

Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum

I'm notoriously bad at neglecting my eyes which will probably come back and haunt me when I hit my 40s if I'm not careful so I figure it's probably I invest some time, energy and money into them. I don't have particularly problematic eyes, but swimming three times a week isn't doing them any favours at the moment so I'm hoping this will help.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+

This is one of the first moisturisers I ever used but once I became unemployed a long time ago, I had to stop buying it because of the cost. My Dad randomly but thankfully got me the Clinique Sonic System for my birthday and it came with a little tester of this moisturiser and I was reminded of how brilliant it was all over again. It's the only moisturiser I've ever used which doesn't feel greasy and makes an obvious difference straight away.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Currently, I'm loving The Ordinary. I reviewed the Rosehip oil on the blog not all that long ago, but I wasn't overly impressed with that. I've given a few more products a try in the meantime, and this is another one I'm adding to the list. I'm quickly falling in love with this brand - cheap prices, accessibility and ease of use are all good ticks on the list and this particular product is meant to help with congestion and I'm all over that. 

One stage which is seriously lacking in my skincare routine is a good exfoliant - again to try and tackle my tired looking skin. This is high up on the list, especially as Elemis don't use microbeads - hurrah!

Have you tried any of these, or do you have any other recommendations for me to try?

Annie x

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