Product reviews

Current favourites – product reviews

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Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel (£5.99) – someone recommended this to me as a cheap dupe of the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (around £32). A bottle lasts a long time. I personally think it’s better than the REN one, and at a tiny fraction of the price it’s something I regularly recommend to people. I try to use this at least once a week (preferably twice), and it’s particularly good if your skin is breaking out. I tend to to use a balm or cream cleanser the next morning, along with moisturising.

Suneeta Cosmetics Mandarin & Calendula Cleansing Balm (£5 for 50g) – I stumbled across this stall when I was at Portobello Market one Friday, and I’m so happy I did. This is one of my favourite new discoveries and I use it almost everyday. It’s quite solid and I use a spatula to take it out. It takes off (very) stubborn eye and lip makeup better than any micellar water or cleanser I’ve ever used. It smells like Terry’s Chocolate Orange and melts into a beautiful oil when you rub it between your hands; follow with a hot cotton face cloth to wipe it off.

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm – a kind friend sent me this as part of a care package a few months ago when my health was particularly bad. It feels a bit like wax, contains lots of nice oils and melts on your skin for a really nourishing cleanse. The Boots Botanics range on the whole is affordable and good quality. The only bad thing is that I can’t find it anywhere and I fear Boots have discontinued it.

Pixi Glow Tonic (£18 for 250ml) – this is one of the more expensive products I repurchase. It contains glycolic acid, and it is what is known as an acid toner, which helps remove dead skin cells and brighten your skin tone in general. It also contains aloe vera and witchhazel. I have mildly sensitive skin and it is gentle enough for me. I use it every evening and am still on my first bottle (which feels like it’s lasting forever).

Aesop Control Gel (£13 for 9ml) – another more expensive product, this was recommended to my sister and I by another sister (who is literally a skincare wizard). My skin tends to break out quite badly (mostly related to stress, I think) and this is pricey, but it works. Originally I thought it was useless but it turned out I was using it incorrectly. You only need a tiny bit at a time, and it works best if you apply it twice a day to spots that haven’t broken, or are red/sore/swollen. It works best when you leave said spots alone, which often works as a good incentive for me to keep my hands away from my face.

REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (£28 for 50ml) – I got this in the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar, and it’s the only day time moisturiser I’ve tried that isn’t too heavy on my skin. It’s expensive, so once this is done I’ll likely use up any other small tubes I have before budgeting to buy it again. I’ve begrudgingly accepted that moisturising is as important a step as cleansing or toning, and am trying to integrate it into my skincare routine. I moisturise before I go to bed (sometimes with a heavier night cream) unless I have an overnight treatment on, in which case I moisturise in the morning. I only tend to moisturise twice a day if I’m applying makeup. When I get slack with moisturising I break out, which should be incentive enough to keep at it.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them?

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