So I have decided that it is time for me to regale you with my current skincare woes that I have decided it is time for me to combat, and the products I have purchased/want to purchase to try and help the issues.
As I said in my recent update post, I have been travelling a lot for various events and a lot of this time I was staying in tents at the side of the track with very limited access to showers or sinks decent enough to use for washing my face. So my skincare routine has been very broken up since I was in Rotterdam in May when the travelling really started, and the majority of the time my routine was the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and Simple Face Wipes followed by moisturiser… so not the best really.
This left me with eczema patches (although my prescribed cream has got rid of this), loads of bumpy patches where my pores are clogged and blemishes, as well as terrible dark circles under my eyes from so many late nights. The takeaway diet really hasn’t helped either… I promise that I am back to the fruit, salad and healthy, delicious, home-cooked meals now though!
So as you can probably guess, I am in SERIOUS need of some help here. I ran out of some of my previous skincare essentials recently, so I decided it is time to change it up a bit and tackle my issues.
Personally, I like to start with a make-up removing cleanser like the Garnier Micellar Cleanser which I mentioned above and am still using. It is very good at removing my make-up and doesn’t affect my eczema so long as I don’t rely only on this. So why fix a step that isn’t broken?
As my second cleanser, I have decided to try out the highly recommended Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (100ml started kit; £15.50). Having used this once, I am so far feeling very positive about it. My skin felt soft and not at all tight after use and I didn’t feel any issues in the areas where I have problems with eczema so all around a good result and long may it continue. In terms of the smell of the product, I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t know what I was expecting really, but it wasn’t the tea-tree smell that I get. This is usually a warning sign for me that it is no good with my eczema, but I persevered anyway and I didn’t get the usual feeling of tightness that I get after most products with that smell, so it seems good. I am hoping that this may be the perfect product to help my skin in its current condition with the blemishes. Fingers crossed!
After using these cleansers, I like to follow with a soap-substitute lotion (Dermol 500 lotion – purchased over the counter) that was recommended for me by my doctor because of my eczema. I have found that only using this has not helped/added to my clogged-pores; however it is brilliant when used after my cleanser as my face has been properly cleaned and feels a lot nicer.
In the morning, I also like to use a very gentle toner before I moisturise. The only toner that I have found which does not affect my eczema is the Lush Eau Roma Water. This is gentle, but still helps to remove any excess grime that may have been missed and helps my moisturiser sink in better so my skin feels a lot better and brighter at the end of my routine.
The next step in my routine is my Aveeno Cream which I have been using for a long time now. Initially, I didn’t like using this in the mornings as it didn’t sink in very quickly, but I have found that when I use a proper cleansing routine, it sinks in a lot quicker and isn’t a problem.
So that is my current routine… now on to the items that I want to add…
Firstly is an eye cream. I have just run out of my Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and, as much as I love that, I don’t think it tackles my current concerns. As I feel like the dark circles under my eyes are currently worse than normal, I want something that targets this as well as being very moisturising. A few months ago, when this was also a concern during my exams, I got a sample of the Origins Dr Weil Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer Eye Cream, and damn did it work! The sample lasted a good couple of weeks too; I intend to pick up another sample to test it before I buy it as £32 is a lot of money for me and I don’t want to waste that if it doesn’t help my current situation.
Finally, I want to get a targeted treatment for my clogged-pores. For this I am considering getting the Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask pods. As I will only use this on small specific areas, I have decided to get the 4 pods for £5 and see how they are, although, I will probably try to get a sample first in case it aggravates my eczema.
The last improvement I am making is with water… I am trying to drink a lot more of it and back off the sugary drinks!
Now then, I want to know what your suggestions are for helping get my skin back to a good condition, I really need the help! Comment your suggestions below!
Thanks for Reading!
~ The Mechanic x
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