What to take on holiday? I always have far too many lotions and potions to fit into my toiletries bag, it is literally bursting at the seams! However, I tried to narrow it down this year, taking the essentials plus a few sample sizes to try out while I was there (blog post to follow). So here is what made the cut…
First up is my favourite micellar water of the moment, L’Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution (review here) which I use to remove all my make-up at the end of the day as a pre-cleanse before I move on to use my newest addition to my skincare regime, Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel. I had heard so many good reviews of this, and because of its travel friendly packaging decided to indulge. This gel cleanser melts into a beautiful smelling oil once massaged into the skin and once removed with a hot cloth leaves the skin super soft. So far I am really enjoying using this and has definitely helped to calm down my sensitive skin. Next, I tone using Liz Earle Skin Tonic (in clear bottle) which refreshes and soothes my skin, especially after a day in the sunshine. This is followed with an injection of hyluronic acid in the form of Hydraluron which increases the skins hydration level leaving it plumped up and glowing, an absolute essential in the summer months! I then use Origins A Perfect Moisturiser (which I have depotted) and Ginzing Eye Cream to brighten and de-puff.
Finally, before I go out in the sun, I apply a layer of SPF to protect my skin to UVA and UVB rays. I took with my the No.7 Anti-Dark Spot Sun Protect SPF 30 which I bought last year before No.7 rebranded so wanted to use it up before it expired. I like the consistency of this and is not too greasy on the skin, however this product made me break out unfortunately. After a bit of research, I am putting it down to the chemical sunscreen ingredients in the product. I recently used an Origins SPF moisturiser and never have any problems with Origins, but it caused me to get cystic acne, not pretty at all! The No.7 did the same and once I stopped using it, so did the cystic acne. If however, you know you are fine with chemical sunscreens then it is a lovely SPF. I am now researching into new sunscreens using physical sunscreens, so hope to have some better recommendations soon.
Coming up on the blog….summer skincare samples and my thoughts.