I’ve talked about skincare a few times in various blog posts, usually about what skincare I’m enjoying using at the moment. However I realised to a lot of you this might not be useful, I only have 1 skin type, its quite dry and reasonably clear, so I can’t easily give recommendations to people with skin types differing from my own, I don’t know what works for oily or blemish prone skin. So today I thought I’d give my friends and family a chance to share with you their favourite products and how it works for their individual skin type and age.
Amy: Age 21
Skin Type: Normal Skin
“I generally have normal skin for the majority of the year, with the occasional dry patches in the colder months. My favourite products to use are the Simple Purifying Cleansing Lotion for day and night, Garnier Miceller Cleansing Water for removing makeup as it quickly removes my makeup, you don’t need much and it doesn’t make my eyes sore. I also like Lush Mask of Magnaminty for a treat every now and again!”
Danielle: Age 20
Skin Type: Dry- Normal
“I use Olay Complete Lightweight Day Fluid, it’s a really rich moisturiser so moisturises but is light so can be applied just before makeup as it’s not too oily and it also contains SPF 15. I also use the St Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub, I use this every couple of days as it makes my skin feel really clear and bright, however I don’t think I’d want to use it everyday because it does feel as though it really scrubs your skin.”
Abi: Age 21
Skin Type: Normal- Oily
” I would categorise my skin type as normal with an oily t-zone especially around my nose area. My face regime consists of brands for typically sensitive skin such as Simple. I use the Kind to Skin Moisturising Wash for cleansing, Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner and complete this with the Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser. I remove my makeup with L’Oréal Paris Sensitive Skin Perfection Miceller Makeup Remover and exfoliate with the St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Facial Scrub.”
Pat: Age 49
Skin Type: Normal
“I use Moisture Surge by Clinique, I generally don’t have a skincare routine, so my skin type is neglected! I’m not usually affected by breakouts or serious dry patches. Moisture Surge is just so easy, I feel like I’ve looked after my complexion if I do nothing else to my face but wash it and apply this extremely light and fragrance-free product- which is somewhere between a cream and a lotion in weight. It soaks into my skin like a dream and I don’t know it’s there, which appeals to me.”
Sam: Age 20
Skin Type: Combination
‘As I have combination skin, that’s also sensitive I have to be selective about what I use. My favourite cleansers are both the Liz Earl Cleanse Polish and the Clinique rinse-off Foaming Cleanser Mousse. Once my face is all clean I use the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer and the Liz Earle Eye Bright to both wake me up and make my skin feel refreshed. After this I like to use the Urban Decay b6 complexion Prep Pray to make my skin an even colour. I then follow with my Superdrug’s own Vitamin E moisturising day cream, which I’ve used since high school and it has never let me down yet!’
Ellis: Age 17
Skin Type: Dry and Sensitive
” My skin is very dry and temperamental, my favourite product is Peace Be Still Calming Skin Balm by Temple Spa. I’ve used it for years and it’s one of the few things my skin likes so I stick to it. My skin is pretty low maintenance and other than moisturiser and using the Lush Mask of Magnaminty, I do nothing to it.”
Jane: Age 55
Skin Type: Dry and Sensitive
” The Skincare products that I now use are Temple Spa. I use their Cleansing Cream called ‘Be Calm’ and their Toner which has cucumber in it. For my moisturiser I use the Temple Spa Truffle Cream, which holds its’ moisture for Dry skin but is gentle enough for Sensitive skin. I also use their eye cream to calm and moisturise. From time to time for quickness I do use No7 facial wipes from Boots and Superdrug Serum for night time moisture.”
Alice: Age 18
Skin Type: Normal
” I’ve got pretty average skin, I don’t tend to breakout and if I do miss a day of my skincare routine it doesn’t tend to affect me. Pixi Double Cleanse is easily my favourite. It’s so easy to use, you just pop it on in the shower and you’re done. I’m also partial to using Lush Mask of Magnaminty once in a while- my face feels so smooth once I’ve used it and it reduces redness in my face which I’m always quite conscious about. As for moisturiser I tend to use Simple as my skin is sensitive and this is the only one I have ever used but I do find it can be a bit heavy so I am going to try the Superdrug skincare range.”
There are a couple of handy resources I’ve found to help you determine what skincare products might be best for you to use based on your skins’ needs. Firstly you need to decide what skin type you have, everybody is different, it can be normal, dry, oily or a combination so it’s important to use products that work well to balance your natural oils and keep your face hydrated. There are plenty of guides but I found this one from the E45 website useful to work out which category your skin falls into, remember your skin can change over the years or according to the weather so adjust your regime accordingly!
Another brilliant resource to use once you have determined your skin’s needs is this Guide to The Best Eye Cream for 2017 from Reviews.com. This guide gives a speedy 30 second run down of the best eye creams followed by a more in depth review for different categories including the best eye creams for wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness and information on why specific ingredients are more suited to different skin types. Often Eye Cream gets neglected as part of peoples’ daily skincare regime, looking at all the Routines above not one person mentioned using it and it can make such a difference in making the eye area look brighter and often younger so this is a great resource to maybe do some research into a suitable cream for you.
Now, last but not least I couldn’t not include my friend Stefen’s very in- depth skincare regime, sit back, get a brew and emerse yourself in Stefen’s skincare routine…
Stefen: Age 19
- Oily T-zone (mainly nose)
- Everywhere else dry (love my life)
- Shower every morning and wash face
- Product- L’oreal men expert pure power black charcoal wash multi-action purifier (long ass name).
- One of my fave face washes but more on the pricier side.
- Started using it when a men’s blogger recommended using charcoal based products which are naturally a good oil remover.
- Best one I’ve tried and is the least harsh on the other parts of my face.
- Although pricey only have to buy a tube/ bottle every 2-3 months as a little goes along way.
- Moisturise after shower
- Product- L’oreal men expert pure power active moisturizer anti-spot.
- From the same range of products as the face wash.
- Again, pricey but lasts a long time.
- I like this one as it’s quite lightweight once dry and doesn’t feel oily at all which is the last thing I need.
- Only put it on my cheeks and eyebrow area (under, over and mono brow).
- Do not apply it to forehead or nose because that just asks for break outs.
- Smells nice.
- Wash face with face wipe before bed
- Just generic face wipes.
- Do this to get rid of build up on face from the day.
- Shave once a week to redefine beard angles
- Just use a skin sensitive shaving foam., not really fused about specific products usually gets what’s on offer.
- Invest in a good razor I have Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Flexball, easier to define edges, good razor heads with 4 blades.
- Afterwards usually use a Nivea sensitive shaving balm to reduce irritation and reduce dryness. Only use on areas where I have shaven as it is quite a heavy product.
- Nose pore strip
- Do this only weekly as it is quite a harsh treatment.
- Again, not really fussed on type or brand.
- Have to do it to reduce sebum build up.
- May do a face mask from time to time, if am feeling boujee.
- This will usually be a generic clay mask or some sort of moisturizing scrub.
- Don’t like to do them often as the dry parts of my skin are easily irritated.
Hopefully this post has been of interest to some of you and you’ve gained some inspiration of what products might be worth a try or where to look online for more information on looking after your skin!