I’m pretty minimalistic with my skin care products. I’ve suffered cystic acne my whole life until my-mid 30s and now, finally, enjoy blemish free skin (apart from pre-period or if I’ve partied too hard!), so I stick with the products that work for me.
When looking for skin care for adult acne, I aim for as natural and chemical-free as possible and tend to try a new brand each time I finish a product in a never ending quest to find a product that works for me. It may have taken more than 20 years, but I think I’ve finally found the perfect skin care products for my acne prone skin.
The one thing I learned is not to over-cleans the skin causing your pores to produce even more oil. Clean gently and moisturise with the right moisturiser for your skin. It takes trial and error and after years of testing different products, these are the ones that are working for me.
For My Face
Kaeso Rebalancing Moisturiser for oily/combo skin, OMG, I discovered this on Amazon and I’m in love! It’s so light and refreshing and doesn’t contain many nasties, it also smells wonderful. It’s free from parabens, mineral oil, sulphates and propylene glycol. Here’s a list of the main nasty ingredients in beauty products to avoid. Here’s a list of companies who make safer cosmetics.
In the winter I use a heavier moisturiser as I tend to get dry patches of skin during the cold months. I’ve found B Skincare Enriched Moisturiser to be so comforting and calming for my skin. It’s also made right here in Cornwall with beeswax and essential oils so it smells beautiful!
I wash my face with a warm face cloth and Tisserand Deep Cleansing Skin Wash which is a liquid soap containing tea tree, grapefruit and lemon essential oils.
When I need to, I use Bioderm’s Sensibio H2O Make Up Removing Micelle Solution which is amazing for removing eye make up even if I have contact lenses in.
When I can’t be bothered to wash my face, or if I’m traveling, I use Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Face Wipes which are a MUST HAVE. They remove all make up, are refreshing AND moisturising! These were a godsend when I was in hot and sticky Santa Teresa, Costa Rica recently.
For My Body
I’ve found Dr Bronner’s Organic Lavender Coconut Body Lotion to be the best body cream I’ve used so far. It smells amazing and keeps me moistured for longer and again, has minimal, if any, nasties in it 🙂
Obviously beauty isn’t only skin deep. Good skin comes from within, no amount of products are going to fix your skin if you don’t clean up what you consume.
Drink lots of filtered water every day. Take lots of vitamin C. I take at least 1000mg per day and up to 4000mg if I feel a cold coming on. Eat more fruit and veg than anything else. Skip the take aways and junk food. Try avoiding dairy and see how your skin is after a week or so, for me, cheese and my skin aren’t the best of friends. Reduce your refined sugar intake. Move your body daily and figure out where your stress triggers are and ways you can avoid them, cope with them more healthily or cut them out all together.
What are the skin care products you swear by?