Monday, 29 July 2013

My Skincare Routine

Hi Guys,

I thought the wonderful weather we've been having in the UK recently would be a great time to write about my skincare routine.
I always find in the summer people pay less attention to their skin as evenings are made longer so people can't be bothered to do a full routine. Things like holidays and festivals, which contain excessive drinking and exposure to different elements don't help either.

I used to have very oily skin and my skincare routine contained lots of products aimed towards that, however as I'm currently on Roaccutane (see the latest Roaccutane diary here) I now have dry skin so I've changed some of my products to cater to that. Not only this, but I have to be careful with which products I use due to my medication.

The first steps is to remove my make up. I start with the Boots Botanics Smoothing Eye Make up Remover. This is the type of product where you shake the bottle for the contents to mix together. I used to use the Simple eye make up remover, but I find the Botanics one so much nicer. After leaving the cotton pads to soak on my eye for 10-15 seconds, in a few swipes, my eye make up is gone. The eye make remover is £3.99 but it's currently £2.69, you can buy it online here.
I then use Bioderma Sebium H2O which is made for combination or oily skin, to remove my face make up. I prefer using this so much more to face wipes, and I feel they are more effective at getting my make up off. I buy mine from Zest Essentials for £9.99.

To wash my face, I use Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser as my dermatologist recommended it for whilst I was on roaccutane. After using this, any last traces of my make up has gone. I buy them in a big set of 2 from Costco so I can't remember the price. However, you can buy smaller bottles from Boots for £8.99.

After drying my face, I quickly use the Simple Tonor to just refresh my skin. I've been using this product since I was 15 and I still love it. It's only £2.99 from Boots.

My final step is my moisturiser. I use La Roche Posay Effaclar H, which is made specifically for skin which has been dried out from skincare. I once again, buy this from Zest Essentials for £.8.42.

This moisturiser was perfect after I'd been to Parklife (post here) as it really rehydrated my skin after a weekend of drinking, sun and late nights. House of Fraser also have a blog post on a perfect skincare routine for after festivals. Some of the products have crept their way into my wishlist. Read the post here.

Do you have any essential skin care items?
Thanks for reading

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Roaccutane Diary: July 2013

Hi Guys,
This is the 8th instalment of my Roaccutane Diary, you can see the very first one here to find out where it all began if your new.

Week 23
Once again, I've had no spots this week and I've still got my flaky lips under control. In my last instalment I mentioned the dry skin getting worse on my arms so I was prescribed medicated body lotion and shower gel. After a week, I can already see a difference in my skin which is great as it's no longer uncomfortable. Unfortunately I was busy getting ready for my holiday/ on holiday so I completely forgot to take a picture of my face, but it's pretty much the same as last week.

Week 24
This week has more or less been exactly the same as last week. Still no spots, or deterioration in my lips. The skin on my arms is constantly improving with daily use of my lotion and shower gel.

Week 25
This week, once again, has been exactly the same. No spots, no deterioration in my lips and the skin on my arms is still improving. I would say I can't believe how long I haven't had spots for, but I've never not had spots, so this is something completely new!

Week 26
For the third week running, my skin is the same with still no spots! However, my lips have been difficult this week. They've been painful and cracking, so I'm smothering on the lip balm.

Week 27
I've just come back from the hospital, and have been kept on 60mg for one last time. That means at my next appointment I'm being cut down to 40mg to start coming off woo!
I'm so impressed with my skin - I haven't had a spot in about 2 months and that has never happened! I'm still managing my dry lips so I cannot wait till I won't have to carry lip balm with me 24/7!

Thanks for reading guys!
Stay tuned for my next Roaccutane Installment