Sunday, 8 April 2018

My Skincare Saviours

My skin always struggles in the transition between seasons and this year has been no different. The bloody awful changeable weather has been wreaking havoc on my skin and if you throw pregnancy hormones as well as getting older in to the mix (my 30th is nearly in sight, eek...) my skin is taking a bit of a battering.

I've added a few new products into my skincare routine to try to combat my skin and body woes, some I've loved and some have been banished to the back of my beauty drawer for ever more. I wanted to share a few of my favourites with you and give you my honest opinion on the ones I'm not sold on.


I generally stick to Garnier micellar water because it works well and is cheap (what's not to like with that combo?) but I was recently sent a couple of products from the French pharmacy brand SVR to try out. I love a good French pharmacy brand so I was on board to try these out.

In all honesty I didn't think it would be better than the Garnier micellar water but the SVR Sensifine Micellar Water* is pretty damn good. It's formulated for sensitive skin which is ideal for me as my skin is a precious little snowflake. As an example of how sensitive we're talking, I was having a snooze on Joe yesterday and managed to have an allergic reaction to his jumper on one side of my face, attractive.

The Garnier micellar water usually takes all of my make up off with two cotton wool pads whereas the SVR micellar water only needs one to get rid of everything including heavy duty foundation and mascara.

I've then been following up with an oil cleanser in the evening (more on that later) and the SVR Sensifine Creme* in the morning, it's a very light but effective moisturiser and it absorbs really quickly which is ideal for me when I'm in a rush.

In my evening skincare routine once I've cleansed with the micellar water, I go over my skin with the Caudalie Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil to clean the final traces of the day away. I really like using an oil based product to finish my cleansing routine as it locks in moisture and leaves my skin looking glowing.

I just spotted that if you spend over £50 on the Caudalie website you also get a free full size Gentle Buffing Scrub worth £18, use the code SCRUB18 to get yours. I have a sample of the buffing scrub to try but haven't got round to it yet so let me know what you think if you've used it before!

If anyone asks me for skincare advice I always, always recommend Foreo Luna facial cleansing device. It is an absolute life changer! I've had mine for about 3 years now and this year I've used it religiously every morning in the shower (it's completely waterproof too) to try an combat my hormonal skin issues. It's so easy to use and instantly makes your skin look clearer, cleaner and plumper. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles which is music to my ageing ears!

I've been using it with the Rosehip Plus organic daily cream cleanser which I picked up before Christmas during my obsession with rosehip oil, they work really well together and my skin feels so clean after just a couple of minutes. 

If you want to give Foreo a go but don't fancy spending over £100 on one (they are entirely worth it and rechargeable so you can use them forever), the Foreo Play is a great way to test out the product. It's a mini version that is only £29, it's not re-chargeable but should easily last you about 6 months.

The same lovely people who sent me the SVR products to try out also sent me a couple of Filorga products in a bit of a pregnancy skincare saviours care package which I am eternally grateful for!

When I first tried the Filorga NCTF essence lotion* I honestly didn't think it would be that good originally as it seemed a bit unnecessary, it's essentially a product that you apply after cleansing but before moisturising to helps your skin fully absorb the product. I was proven wrong and absolutely love this product, I noticed a difference after just a couple of uses. Even with the £50 price tag, I will 100% be re-buying this once I've finished the bottle.

The Filorga NCTF reverse super regenerating cream* wasn't quite as much of a hit as the essence to be honest, though my skin felt and looked great after using it, I did find myself needing to apply more moisturiser about an hour later as my skin felt so dry. My skin doesn't react well to hyaluronic acid so that's likely to be the culprit unfortunately.

My lips have been so dry with the weather changes and pregnancy fun so I've been keeping a Caudalie French Kiss lip balm in my bag at all times ready to come to the rescue. They work really well, add a little pink tint and smell amazing.

As I said earlier, I adore French pharmacy brands especially my beloved La Roche Posay! I have mentioned these two products so many times on my blog I couldn't not include them in this. I spent years testing out so many different moisturisers and eye creams to find the ones that suited my skin without irritating it and now I buy these in bulk so never run out.

I use the La Roche Posay Toleraine Ultra Eyes under my eyes and the Nutritic Intense Rich over my face and neck to moisturise both morning and night. They both suit my skin so well leaving it hydrated without any greasiness.



The company I work for also owns Mama Mio so these have been on my shopping list since the day I found out I was pregnant, they're both kind of cult products for expectant mamas.

I picked up The Tummy Rub Butter in limited edition ginger and lime, it's an intense moisturiser that helps keep your skin supple to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy. I've been using it every morning for the past few weeks and do think it's worth the hype. It doesn't go very far though and as my belly gets bigger I'm using more and more so it is going to become an expensive part of my routine if I keep it up as it's £23.50 a pop. 

I grabbed the Pregnancy Boob Tube limited edition too, it's essentially a boob moisturiser but also soothes as anyone who is pregnant or has been before knows that your boobs get SO sore. I really like this product and it goes a lot further than the Tummy Rub Butter so will be re-buying this once it runs out. 

I've also been using the Mio body brush every morning to get my circulation going (and attempt to avoid cellulite) before getting in the shower. This is another product I swear by, it makes such a difference!

This has been my all over body savior and it's only £1! The Tesco Body Lotion with cocoa butter is a product that I always have a stash of. I slather myself in it at night to keep my skin moisturised and the stretch marks at bay, it also smells lovely and doesn't affect my eczema prone arms. It's definitely worth more than every penny.

This is a new addition to my fighting stretch marks arsenal, I've just added the Elifexir Anti-Stretch Marks cream to replace my Tummy Rub Butter so I can compare them. I've only been using it for a few days but I'm really liking it so far. It's a great consistency, smells lovely and absorbs into the skin quickly. I'll update this when I've used it for a few more weeks for a final verdict!

Leave a comment below to let me know if you have any skincare saviours I should try out or if you've tried anything I've mentioned, I'd love to know what you thought.

*some products in this post were gifted but I was not required to feature them, all opinions, as always, are my own.

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