I am hours away from my 40th birthday and when I look back I can see how much my skin has changed. I have gone from being a spot prone and backne suffering teen, to having serious shine issues, to having skin that is finally not too oily but is now predisposed to dry patches. As I reach my milestone birthday I have been considering what I need from skincare products and it seems I am more specific than ever before. I need something that will even out the evident sun damage (despite my efforts), have anti-ageing qualities, and an SPF. There is no doubt I need products that multitask and do what they say on the tin.
Like many others, I have been known to chop and change my skincare products for my face and body one month to the next, but there are some I love too much to give up. They are always on my bathroom shelf and I have been loyal to them for years. I am mentioning these products here as well as reviewing some I have been trying for the first time over the past month.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
How can I put this delicately? If you have not heard of this cleanser, where have you been? If you have, and you have yet to try it, go and buy it now. It hasn’t won a multitude of awards for nothing you know – it is recognised as one of the best cleansers out there. I have been using this for years and have never felt the need to switch.
It’s derived from natural ingredients and is gentle and soothing. It has a lovely creamy texture, one pump is all you need for your face and neck (she’s a clever lady that Liz Earle), just slather it all over your face and wipe off with a warm, wet muslin cloth. It leaves my skin feeling clean and soft rather than dry and stripped of all its oils. The one pictured is a limited edition and comes with a couple of cloths – they come out every now and again and are excellent value. There are different sizes available too if you want to give it a whirl.
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
Despite my love for the Cleanse and Polish, it took me a while to purchase this. As you would expect, the two products complement each other. This is as gentle as the cleanser and leaves my skin feeling as fresh as a daisy. I haven’t looked at buying a different toner for years but it was only as I started writing this blog, that I realised how much I rely on this and how good it feels on my skin.
L’oreal Revitalift Laser Renew Serum
I’ve never used a serum before (I know, I know), and browsing in Boots for new face products led to me buying this. I’m pleasantly surprised as it’s not a high end product. The serum is light and is slightly iridescent which I like. I have been using it for a month now, day and night, and it has certainly made my skin look smoother and brighter. It has prompted me to think about other serums so I may have to explore other options. This is a good option if you don’t want to spend the earth.
Soap and Glory The Breakfast Scrub
The fact that a product is named after an epic 80’s film was enough for me to pick it up in the first place. I am now on my third pot and totally love everything about it. When it comes to body scrubs, I like a thick, coarse consistency; something I can really pummel into my skin and this certainly delivers. When it comes to the smell, I’m pretty satisfied on that front too. It’s a bit almond meets vanilla (Alnilla?) and smells so good. It really does smell like breakfast (not full English!) and leaves my skin silky soft and moisturised. I never want Soap and Glory to stop making this – a good scrub is hard to find.
Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Lightly Whipped Body Butter
I have really dry skin on my legs. When it comes to body moisturisers it’s pointless me using lotions, even those for dry skin. I need something more substantial and thick or my legs will just flake (which is so attractive). This body butter is brilliant. Despite being quite thick, the fact that it has an airy, soufflé-like texture makes it easy to apply and quick to absorb. I am silky smooth for the rest of the day and I smell good too. It reminds me of Bakewell Tart, sweet almond, which I have always been partial to.
One final thing
Bold Metals 100 Brush
I know this isn’t skincare but this make up brush is too good not to mention. It’s a brush for loose or pressed powder but I break the rules here and use it to buff in foundation. It gives me a flawless, almost airbrushed finish to my make up. I haven’t bought any make up brushes for years and had to brace myself when buying it as it retails for about £25 (hello Boots points), but what an investment. I absolutely love it and there’s no going back.