Tag: Friday Favourites
As you may know, I have spent the last year studying abroad and now being an intern in Arizona. In less than 2 weeks I will be leaving and heading back to England. While I have been here there are some products that I have loved, that I am definitely stocking up on before I leave. Here are my USA favourites.
Skin Concerns: Post-Accutane / Redness / Scars
This is my new favourite product, especially since finishing accutane! My face always has an overall redness to it, due to a mix of being on the really harsh accutane and having plenty of scars caused by my acne. This cream reduces that redness pretty much completely and helps my skin to look clearer, softer and calmer! It is suggested that you don’t use this whilst taking accutane, but it is definitely one of the best products to use after. I use this every morning and every night at the minute and would feel lost with out it. Definately now a major part of my daily skincare routine (which I will update you on soon as it has changed recently!). It’s literally a little skin miracle in a bottle. Since using this cream I have barely used moisturiser, this is moisturising enough without being greasy. Its really easy to place under make up too, so it works really well as a base.
So these three products I am going to discuss I could absolutely not live without, they form part of my daily skincare routine, and are essentials. I know some people get lazy with their skincare routines, ie skip the moisturiser or often sleep in make up after a night out, but it’s really important not too. Trust me, I bet the majority of you break out after you sleep in your make up! I make sure every day I stick to my routine morning and night, and these are the 3 main products I require. This is also the order I use them in!
1. Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser
I alternate my use of this cleanser with my Clinique soap which I have reviewed here, depending on how dry my skin is that day. I love this cleanser because I feel when I started using it that it improved my skin a lot and helped it clear up. I stopped using it for a while due to starting roaccutane and my skin being really dry, but have started using it again recently and had no problems and think it has made my skin clearer! It contains purifying micro pearls to help purify your skin, and it also contains ‘Tamarind Fruit Acids to frees pores of trapped make-up, excess oil, pollutants and dull-making dead cells’ You can read more, and purchase at their website for £19 -here. They also have some offers of free products at the moment if you spend a certain amount!
2. L’Oréal’s Micellar Water
I have been using this for at least a year or so now, and I cannot cope when I have run out. I use this every single morning and night after washing my face (with clarins/clinique) to remove excess dirt, make- up ect. Now you may say it just feels like water, but if you look at the cotton pad after using it it’s very clear that it removes so much more make up and dirt even after cleansing and washing your face. I also love it because it’s perfect for sensitive skins, it’s hypoallergenic, not perfumed and contains no alcohol and would definately not cause any inflammation. I also use this as my to go make up remover, for after nights out or when I don’t have the time for my full routine to quickly remove make up. I am a massive hater of facial wipes, I find that every time that I use them it causes a break out and I don’t think they’re good for your skin. I know this may not be the case for everyone! But I do think you should give this a try if you haven’t already! You can get this from boots or super drug but it is so much cheaper if you pop to body care! Read more about this on the L’Oréal website here.
3. Cetaphil Oil-Free Moisturiser
I always think an oil-free moisturiser is the way to go, whether you suffer with oily skin or not. This is because they are so much lighter and less likely to clog your pores and are much less greasy. This is one of my favourites as it causes no problems for my skin and removes any dryness I have. Its fragrance free and non-comogenic! It comes in very large pump bottles so for the price it lasts a really long time! This can be a problem when trying to take it anywhere with you on the go! You can order this on their website for £8.99 -here.
Hope you give some of these products a try, if you do and have any comments please let me know!
– Abbie x
I have found the BEST lip balm ever – one that actually works. I have literally been using it for just 3 days and the way my lips have healed is amazing. You can see how dry and sore my lips are in the first photo compared to now. Its called DR DAN’S CORITBALM. It is the only lip balm with 1% hydrocortisone which is a steroid cream that acts as an anti-inflammatory. Hydrocortisone is a common steroid cream used to treat skin conditions such as eczema. (I also highly recommend hydrocortisone for eczema, I use it when I get it every now and again and it clears it up straight away!). The rest of the ingredients are common lip balm ones such as petroleum jelly and beeswax. Roaccutane (Isotretinoin) for my acne has completely ruined my lips and no matter how much vaseline I put on it wasn’t getting any better. But this is a product I recommend to anyone using roaccutane as its really cleared up my lips and they’re no longer painful. I also recommend for anyone who gets dry lips in general too!
One safety issue I need to make clear is that because it is a steroid cream it can thin your skin. Creams like this are only recommended use for 7 days. For most people a 7 day use of this would be enough time to heal and keep lips soft and moisturised for a long time. However, as I and many people reading this may be taking roaccutane it will probably continue after the 7 days because the roaccutane will still be being taken – making the lips worse. Therefore, I am using this lip balm on a night to clear it up and then during the day using my Eucerin – Aquaphor. This ensures it isn’t going to thin my skin or make it worse in the long run. It is also possible to mix it with some moisturiser/vaseline to dilute it down a bit to be safer and still work great!
WHERE TO BUY?? The main problem with this is It can only be bought in America so I ordered mine from ebay! I got 3 tubes for £8 which I think is a bargain. Just type ‘Dr Dan’s Cortibalm’ into ebay.
You can check out the official website here: www.drdanslipbalm.com
I cannot even explain how much I LOVE this product, and how quickly its worked too, made me much happier!
– Abbie x