Skincare: I’m Back In The Game.

Don’t you just love starting again? Well, I am back in the skincare game! After what feels like a long hiatus.

I was never really out of it, but I had set myself some rules. Last year, following a reduction in my earnings I began a self-imposed buying ban on all beauty products. This was *very much* due to necessity (believe me when I say it wasn’t all fun!).

Bathroom organisation for skincare products with shells and soap dish

The rules

The rules were simple. Use up all the products lurking in my bathroom cabinets *before* spending on new ones. Told you it was simple.

Fundamentally, this meant that I would have to cut down on browsing Sephora and Cult Beauty on the regular and stick to the essential items on visits to Boots (not an easy task for the weak-willed!).

And so it began – rather than just looking at all the stuff I’d amassed (hotel samples I’m talking to you…). I (drum-roll) actually started using them.

Shelves of shame

I quickly realised that my old shopping habits were of the bonafide impulse variety. And more than that, I was seriously lacking in that thing economists term fiscal discipline.

As I rummaged through drawers uncovering forgotten gems, I was also faced with all of my bad decisions. Hi, unflattering lipsticks, and foundations purchased in too-bright-light, so nice knowing you!

Now that I was playing the long game, I was able to give products enough of a run to actually decide if they worked for me. You could call it research.

I began to understand what I should invest in, and where it was ok to save.

Body lotion, for example, is (so often) much of a muchness. One of my takeaway tips is to make use of all those hotel freebies. They are good enough for day to day use. Give it a try!

And if you like a treat, then consider investing in one or two ‘posh ones’ for times when you want to feel (and smell) great (Jo Malone or Clarins are excellent options).

Getting back in the (skincare) saddle

Given that chemotherapy does no one’s skin any favours I prioritised buying skincare products (rather than makeup) once the shelves were beginning to look bare.

I planned my purchases to reduce the risk of being an easy target whilst wandering aimlessly around the oh-so-tempting beauty aisles.

And, I have notably opted for mid-range products rather than their more expensive counterparts – exercising all of that new-found restraint!!

Three’s the magic number (for now…)

So here it goes – my current skincare baes.  Starting (in this post at least) with three essentials.

The cleanser

Skincare The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter (£10.00) is in fact much more of cleansing balm – melting on contact with skin and doing a sterling job of removing makeup. Suitable for all skin types (including sensitives) it smells just lovely – light and floral (as you might expect!). Unscrewing the lid is really quite satisfying, as is the packaging itself. Oh, and be sure to remove the cleanser with a flannel for the best results – your future-face will thank you for it.

The serum

Skincare No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum

So many serums, so little time.

Would you like your serum to moisturise? Even out skin tone? Reduce fine lines? Or all three?

No7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum (£27.00) is a great option if you need an all-rounder. I first tried this after hearing a colleague wax lyrical about how it had *actually* reduced their fine lines. Count me in then!

I’m not afraid to admit that I also fell hard for all the scientifically proven stuff – just marketing guff? Maybe, but I’m always willing to give it a punt.

As for the product itself, the packaging has recently had a pleasing face-lift (no pun intended). Quickly absorbed, this serum sits well under moisturiser and/or SPF whilst also delivering on the anti-ageing front.  There’s not much to say about the scent, which is inoffensive but fairly non-descript.

The facial oil

We’re at The Body Shop again. This product may be described (by The Body Shop) as Vitamin E Overnight “Serum-in-Oil” (£16.00) but I’m going to suggest that it is simply a facial oil – or for me at least, that’s how I use it.

The scent is slightly reminiscent of baby lotion (in a totally non-weird way). And it is suitable for all skin types (including oilies). It is worth spending some time on a bit of facial massage before bed with this one – hands are just fine unless you already have a Jade Facial Roller  – silly me, of course you do!!

So there you have it. I’d love to hear your tips for getting the most bang for your buck. Hit me up!

Sar x

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