Dreaming of Flawless Skin? These Are My Current Skincare Essentials

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I love nothing more than a trip to Boots. It’s my idea of heaven. All those tempting lotions and potions, beautifully packaged, promising to transform our skin to its baby soft and blemish free best. It’s no wonder the average woman allegedly spends £100,000 on cosmetics in her lifetime!

I’ve been experimenting with my skincare routine a lot lately. I used to be very much a face wipe and whatever moisturiser I happened to grab at the supermarket kinda gal, but since hitting the big 3-0 I started to notice that my skin wasn’t looking its best. It was a bit dull, a bit flaky and prone to breakouts. In short, it was very unloved and completely neglected. So I made a promise to myself to do something about it.

Of course, these products might not be right for you. For the record I have normal to dry skin, and I’m super duper pale. Although I don’t really get that many spots, I occasionally have the odd break out, time of the month depending. My goal with my skin is to keep it as hydrated and luminous as possible. Since starting all this experimentation I’ve discovered that the more hydrated my skin is, the better my make up goes on and the longer it stays put – win win!

Cleanse

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Mariah, founder of organic skincare company Acquacures, came to The Blogcademy in San Francisco. At the end of day one, she came up to me and handed me a box of her products as a gift. Now that’s my idea of a good student!

I’ve been using the sulphate free gel cleanser almost exclusively since and I love it. It’s gentle and smells naturally delicious. I also keep my bottle of seawater cooling mist next to me on my desk. It’s perfect for a mid-afternoon refresh and lovely and cooling to boot which is an added bonus in this sweltering weather!

Mask

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I picked up both a ProDerm Terreus Masque and Yum Gourmet Sakura Cherry Blossom Peel after a life (and skin!) changing facial at My Sugarbox in Vancouver. They’re both Canadian products and are probably the most amazing combo of face masks I’ve ever used.

I was a little scared of trying the cherry peel at first (I’m instantly thinking of Samantha and her chemical peel calamity!) but I need not have worried. It does, erm, burn a little and the tub tells you to strictly not leave it on for any longer than seven minutes, but the results are worth the ever so slight torture!

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Definitely my best look

Yes, when you’re wearing it you look like you’re auditioning for Carrie, and once you remove it your skin is BRIGHT red (hence the need for the ProDerm cooling mask afterwards) but the results are amaze. After using this skin is soft and smooth and my make up goes on like a dream. I. love. it.

Moisturise

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There’s always a lot of hype when Boots No. 7 bring out a new and supposedly skin-transforming product. They’re always pegged to rival the results of the likes of Crème de la Mer without the eye-watering price tag. And I’m a sucker for a good ad campaign.

I snapped up the entire Protect and Perfect range at the airport recently (hey, it was on 3 for 2!) and have been using it ever since. There are four varieties: ‘Advanced’ for ages 25-35, ‘Intense’ for 35-45, ‘Lift & Luminate’ for 45-60 and ‘Restore & Renew’ for those over 60.

After cleansing you slather on the serum, and once its soaked in you follow with either the day or night cream, and eye cream if you’re so inclined.

The day and night cream are honestly much of a muchness and I probably won’t buy them again, but the serum is awesome. It’s super moisturising and feels silky smooth going on, acting as the perfect base for flawless make up. I can see now why it has such a cult following.

So there you have it, my current skincare faves. And, yes, before you say it, I’ve been told off many times for not using a toner, but really, who’s got the time? If you use a brilliant one then I’m all ears, as you can probably tell, I’m always more than happy to take a little detour to my local Boots!

17 comments

  1. Amy

    Aveda botanical kinetics exfoliant. That’s the toner you need – it’s magic. It’s a mild liquid exfoliant that you swipe on with a cotton pad, let it dry, then apply your serums etc. It seems like nothing at all but the difference in my skin between when I use it and when I don’t is extraordinary. Because it’s a liquid exfoliant you need to either only use it at night or ensure you use a good spf but other than that it’s non irritating and lasts for ages, and takes seconds to use. It’s about £17 from Debenhams etc. I got my recent bottle for £7 using a £10 gift voucher I got for buying my wedding insurance through Debenhams, which was perfect! It’s my third bottle. It leaves my skin looking clearer, pores looking smaller, reduces flakiness, and just a general brighter, more perfected mug. I’ll stop espousing its magical properties now but really – it’s some kind of witchcraft.

  2. Katy Fillery

    I recommend the ‘This Works’ range aswell. I’ve used a few of their Clean Skin range and they are really nice, and smell amazing to boot!

  3. I’ve never been a toner fan either, but about a year ago I started using those spray bottles of mineral water (Avene or La Roche Posay) after cleansing/before serum. The theory is it neutralises the chemicals that tap water is treated with. I honestly think it makes a difference if you live in a hard water area.

  4. Emma

    I’ve always used Garnier products as I’ve found them to be the best for my skin and recently I bought their Micellar Cleansing water which is fab as it is a make up remover and toner in one AND it comes in a huge 400ml bottle so is going to last ages!

  5. Sam

    I really need to start looking after my skin, too! How often are you meant to use a mask?

  6. I started using Neils Yard remedies a year ago cos I was tired of all the chemicals in beauty products. For me it works very well, love the natural fragrance and the cremes itself.
    Only downside, their day cream does not have an SPF sunfactor… so in summer you have to add another layer of ther sunscreen or any other facial sun screen.
    I did a carrot mask once, I was orange afterwards!

  7. Eleanor

    Aesop’s B & Tea balancing toner is amazing. Leaves skin feeling really fresh. I also use L’occitane’s immortelle essential water which smells amazing and comes in a spray bottle so you don’t even need to bother with cotton wool pads!

  8. Beautiful Kat,

    The girl with the gorgeous skin, bright eyes and sassy smile… Missing you and truly grateful for the lovely news that you are enjoying your gift xox. And…the Cooling Seawater Mist you love doubles as a facial toner when applied with cotton (organic cotton of course) after cleansing.

    Thanks so much for your friendship & mentoring, hope to see you in New York in September! p.s. the product pic is gorgeous with the rouge pink background.

    Keep us Rockin Kat! Lovin the blog.

    Much Gratitude & Super Love xoxox
    Mariah, The Spa LifeStylist

  9. Clair

    I discovered on a site someone saying lanacane anti chafing gel was good as a primer so I tried it instead of my normal. I am amazed my make up looks flawless and stays so much longer! As face routine goes I’m a washing with warm water then I splash cold on kind of a girl :)

  10. Terri Kennedy

    Rose water is a magnificent toner as its the closest ph to skins own levels, and it removes any residual cleanser left on the skin. Boots do one in there traditional skincare range or its available in those generic brown bottles from most pharmacies &the best bit its cheap as chips. Also if you have any of the aqua mists if you give your face a quick spritz after applying foundation it sets your foundation just wait a couple of mins before continuing with make-up application.

  11. Kimi Shah

    Use herbal and ayurveda products. They r chemical free. Find some Paraben & SLS free product online, for men I use lass iht9
    kit inclusive of shampoo, conditioner and oil, Since I have propecia, I use their products 100% vegetarian And preservative free…

  12. Not For Posting but FOR PERMISSION***
    Dear Kat!
    I know you’re busy Rockin London, just a quick note to ask if I may repost your Flawless Skin Blog and images within to link back to your blog page?
    Also, love the pic of our products in your blog, how may I access permission to share that photo on it’s own?

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, Truly grateful-Love you xoxoxo

    Warmest,
    Mariah, The Spa LifeStylist

  13. Im a Clarins or SkinCeuticals girl, They do a chemical peel which sounds similar, but it can only be left for 1 min but OMG does it sting.

  14. Clara

    Stuff I would recommend from my own experience – i used to have dry skin, but since moving to London it has become very oily and prone to breakouts.
    Garnier Body Tonic anti-cellulite is amazing and not too expensive. Smells delicious too, like citrus.
    Malin and Goetz peppermint body scrub. About £25 but so worth it and it lasts a looong time.
    BalanceMe pure skin face wash. Hard to get hold of, but smells like spruce and is very effective.
    Used to quite like St Ives apricot face scrub but it now smells like roses (blechh)

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