There is every chance I may be getting over excited here, but I believe I have found something that not only doesn't leave me with a swollen red face (achievement!) but something that in fact...is helping.
I've only been using these products for about 3 days, but after the first use I could see a difference! My skin is already looking so much healthier, a lot less red, and a hell of a lot less dry (which is generally my main problem...it's silly how many people mistake red patches for acne and then attack it with acidic facial products.)
I present to you, my miracle products:
'Ultraband' from Lush
This definitely calms down my skin. It's full of soothing products such a honey, rose water and almond oil.
I'm pretty sure you could use it to remove your make up, but I prefer to use baby wipes before hand, leaving the cleanser to focus on really getting into my pores and giving them a good ol' clean ;)
Again, this is from Lush.
I'm particularly loving this as I can spritz it on my face, which is pure heaven considering we've been having some kind of insane heatwave. It's ultra refreshing, and it smells of Lavender which is one of my favourite scents and has been since I was a kid (my great grandma had a lavender bush outside of bungalow, so it feels like I'm shoving my face in that...without the prickliness!)
"Dry, sensitive or mature skins will find the rose water is calming and reduces redness, whilst lavender water will soften the skin and balance sebum production. A gentle tonic for everyday use that will help hydrate the skin without causing it to overreact. "That pretty much sums it up...don't be fooled by the 'mature' comment, I'm 19 and this is perfect for my skin.
This is particularly good for use at night time, as it's quite a thick product so might take a while to sink in if you're planning on using it before applying make up.
This has a really lovely smell, and is definitely packed with moisture! At first I wasn't too sure about it, but you really do only need to use a little bit as it spreads well.
Once a week, I also use Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask. I've been using it for about 2 months now, and I've mentioned it in a previous entry, but this really is a nice treat for your face!!
I cleanse, tone and moisturise first thing in the morning and before I go to bed at night.
I may cut down to once a day, but we'll see how it works!
Before, I've always been a little wary about using so many products as usually one item is enough to send my skin crazy. I'm so glad I took a leap of faith to try these out, but I definitely think it's the fact that it works so well because of the natural ingredients.
These are simply the products that I find are working well for me, I have incredibly awkward (pale, sensitive, acne prone, very dry) skin. It's been so hard to find something that actually works to moisturise and tackle acne whilst not giving me an allergic reaction.
I decided to give the above products a try because of the natural ingredients found within them. For example, for me I know I have to avoid Tea tree oil, but I saw no reason why Rose water and Honey would do any harm.
If your skin isn't the same as mine, but you still want to try something with natural ingredients, just have a look around to see what natural ingredients would work well for you. Lush is particularly good for stating how the ingredients work, but it wouldn't hurt to double check that what they're saying is correct.
I hope this has been of some use to you; let me know what products work for your skin.
Share your skin routine just so the rest of us can get some tips :)