Hello, friends. Today, we talk about skin care. Contrary to how I titled this post, I don’t actually reach for the top shelf when it comes to skin care (off to a great start, aren’t I?) — if it works, it works.
I do enjoy trying new things, though I’ve scaled back the trying a lot. These are the skin care things currently in my rotation, in case you want to try new things, too. A caveat: I don’t currently have the best skin situation, though I can say that these have more or less taken care of my skin, under the stress of moving and changing temperatures, among other things.
(I’m moving in a few weeks, and I thought it would be nice (lol) to say ‘hi’ from my current student halls bathroom. I have an ensuite — hallelujah.)
On my very tiny shelf, I’ve got:
- micellar water and a face wash from the drugstore — nothing to write home about; they get the job done! I also have a face scrub in the shower from this brand. Unsure if I’ll repurchase, or find cruelty-free alternatives.
- MAKE Moonlight Brightening Serum — something I’ve repurchased since it got rid of the hyperpigmentation around my nose due to stress acne. Not the cheapest… but again, if it works, it works.
- & Other Stories Moiré Anti-Stress Serum — nothing super great, just trying to get through the bottle, honestly.
- The Ordinary 100% Plant-Dervied Squalane — squalane oil, which works really well for me (I have dry skin). I know this breaks other people out, but it’s the first layer of moisturiser I use, especially when the air feels especially dry. (My first intro to squalane oil was Indie Lee’s!)
- The Ordinary “Buffet” — I use this pretty sparingly, because I think my skin can’t take handling too many things at once. It’s a “multi-technology” peptide serum which targets “aging problems,” if I’m not mistaken. Honestly… I shouldn’t’ve, but I did. So here we are.
- Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream — layer 2 of moisture. Almost out of it, and I’m scared about that because I want to repurchase but I also have to pay my rent and feed myself, so. I don’t know. It’s an amazing lightweight moisturiser that combats dryness and sinks in easily. I think it’s a great pre-makeup moisturiser.
- Superdrug Tea Tree Anti-Spot Stick — purchased to replace my Human Nature Tea Tree gel thing, which worked great. If I had money, I’d repurchase the Indie Lee Blemish Lotion. Alas, this works okay, if not as well.
- Glossier Super Glow — I don’t even know what this does, but I can’t see it. Just using it up!
- I’ve emptied my Glossier Super Bounce, which was way more useful than Super Glow, in terms of my skin needs (dry, dry, dry). However, I think it’s probably mainly just hyaluronic acid, which is pretty accessible in most places, so you don’t need to have that stuff shipped, probably. The bottle’s really pretty, though.
- I’ve got a bottle of The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, which I don’t use because I think my skin gets upset (lol) when I try too many products at once. Plus, I’ve been really lazy about sun protection, so I’ll save it for when I’m in a better place. (Not… dead, just like, more diligent about sunscreen.)
- I have a few wash-off/wipe-off hydration masks that I use occasionally. Very rarely, though. Mostly because I forget.
And, that’s it! Apologies if this wasn’t terribly helpful. I’m looking for an acid scrub, too. I used to use One Love Organics’ which was made from pineapple enzymes, but I have yet to find a U.K. stockist. Any suggestions?
Glad to see you back and posting again! I really enjoy your blog and was sorry to see it vanish for a while there. I have no insight into UK acid scrubs but the skincareaddiction reddit is always a good place to research.
Thank you so much for the kind words and for the subreddit rec x
You’re in the UK now? Welcome! Can’t help with the acid scrub thing though I’m afraid. I get my acids via a toner and my physical exfoliation by cleansing with a muslin cloth. Aand most of my skincare is purchased online from other countries, haha! One UK high street product I can recommend though is the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser, which does contain some acidic fruit extracts (but no pineapple) and is a really solid second cleanser/morning cleanser. The scent is not great though – abit men’s body spray! But I forgive as it’s only a fiver.
Nice to read you blogging again x
Hi, you are one of my favourite teas (just being silly 🙂 Haha)! Thank you for your recs, I’m also prone to ordering skincare from overseas though looking to stop that. Will stop by Superdrug tomorrow, I think x
So happy to read your stuff again!! ❤
Thank you, Lea! ❤
I ended up making Aesop a destination during my vacation because of this post! I have oily skin so I passed on the Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream but ended up with the Fabulous Face Oil. I love it so far but totally agree with the fear of repurchasing. Would be so great to maintain but literally at what cost?
How did that end up working out for you? 🙂