Skin Care Series: Acne / Sensitive Cleansing | Favourites

Hi Everyone!

This is going to be a multiple part series where I discuss products I’m using for my acne-prone, sensitive skin. Before I really get into it, I want to say that these products aren’t “curing” my acne. I’m having some major skin issues recently (adult onset acne, thanks!) and these products are helping, but theyre not miracle workers.

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Back in the day, I would attack my face with lots of harsh scrubbing and strip it of all oil-based products. Since I’ve given up on abusing my face it’s been less oily and my pimples have been clearing faster than they used to. Until I find products that stop acne before it starts, this is what I’m using to be kind to my skin and keep it moisturized, happy, and calm.

Cleansing Oils:

I’ve been meaning to write about this for so long! I’ve tried the Clinique Take the Day Off (oil and balm versions), the Boscia Makeup Breakup, and The Body Shop Chamomile cleansing oils. The Clinique oil and balm versions were good but not amazing enough for the price tag. The one I’ve been using for around 6 weeks is the Sephora Collection Supreme Cleansing Oil. I like it because a little goes a long way and the price is great for the amout of product you get. I find the Body Shop oil is too thin and I need 4 pumps to get the job done so I go through it very quickly. I have some left so I use it in the shower. I still recommend it, but it’s not my #1 favourite right now. The Boscia oil is a bit thick for me and slightly drying on my sensitive skin but if you like a fresh scent and have more normal skin you might enjoy that one. Sephora‘s Supreme Cleansing Oil doesn’t take a lot of work to remove regular (non-waterproof) eye makeup and doesn’t leave a residue.

Physical Exfoliating:

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A long time favourite for a gentle physical exfoliator (the second step when I double cleanse) is the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish. It contains natural shea nut shell powder. This is a much gentler version of certain drug store gritty cleansers which have a habit of scratching the skin. It’s very creamy and doesn’t feel drying at all. It also smells strangely good like a mix of Cheerios and Froot Loops (yes, sounds crazy but if you’ve smelled it you know what I mean, haha).

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A heavier duty physical exfoliator that I would typically use twice a week is the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. I’ve been using this for over 3 months, sparingly. This could be a love-it or hate-it product. It has a citrusy scent that might be reminiscent of a bathroom cleaner. I don’t mind it at all but some people might not be a fan. It’s a gel consistency with gentle silica microbeads (not plastic microbeads). I would defnitely recommend being super gentle on your skin with this cleanser because otherwise you run the risk of irritation. It sloughs off dead skin and leaves it much softer.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I tried keeping it short, sweet and to the point but rambling is one of my favourite passtimes. Keep and eye out for the next parts of my Skin Care Series which will include topics like Toning, Eye Cream, Facial Oil, Moisturizer and possibly others like Masks, Peels, and Treatments.

What cleansers are you using right now? Let me know in the comments below!

Shower Time | Favourites

my current favourites...
my current favourites…

Hello, everyone!

Here’s a quick run-down of my favourite shower products that make me feel shiny and new. I like to use products that smell amazing and don’t irritate my scalp or skin since they’re quite sensitive. These are the ones I’ve been loving.

if you close your eyes and smell this you can pretend you're in Hawaii...
if you close your eyes and smell this you can pretend you’re in Hawaii…

If any of you read Caroline Hirons’ blog, you might be familiar with the OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. If you don’t read Caroline’s blog; where have you been?! That woman is a skin care goddess! She mentioned this fantastic duo and of course, I had to pick it up. I had tried the Coconut Milk version from their range in the past but it really weighed my hair down. I think it’s because I have fine hair and a lot of it. The Kukui Oil on the other hand is incredible! It doesn’t weigh my hair down at all and makes it feel light as air. It also smells like a Hawaiian vacation in a bottle. It helps keep frizz at bay although to be safe I still add a drop of Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil to my damp hair.

bye bye, eczema!
bye bye, eczema!

I have eczema which causes my skin to become very dry and irritated. Aveeno Skin Relief Shower & Bath Oil is a holy grail product for me and my crazy skin issues. It’s relatively expensive for how much I use each shower but the results are incredible. This oil is used after you’ve cleansed your skin in the same way you would condition your hair. It has colloidal oatmeal in it which calms my skin down like nothing else. It isn’t heavy or greasy and leaves my skin feeling comfortable and soft.

soapy and glorious...
soapy and glorious…

I’m a huge fan of Soap & Glory Foam Call Shower and Bath Body Wash. I also love their other scents like Sugar Crush and Clean on Me but this is the one I’ve got on rotation at the moment. It has a very delicate fresh fruity scent and for some reason their heavily scented products don’t irritate my skin. Yay! For anyone with sensitive skin, you know the struggle is real on this. It feels clean and smells fresh without leaving a residue or stripping my skin of its natural moisture barrier.

Those are my top shower products I’m using but of course I have loads more hiding away in my cupboard. I’ll keep you all updated on what gets rotated in next!

What are your TOP 3 shower products at the moment? Leave a comment below!