The title of this post is a little misleading. To be utterly truthful I don’t really have a regime of sorts. As a teenager I was lucky not to get full-blown acne but did suffer from some quite painful spots. I tried different potions and lotions that all claimed to give me fresh and clean-looking skin but nothing did the trick. I ended up with either really oily or incredibly dry skin. I am quite sensitive to products with a strong fragrance so I started to avoid those.
My savour was actually closer to home. My mum suggested I switch to washing my face with a plain sensitive soap and what a difference it made! I also started to steam at least once a month and dabbed any nasty spots with a tiny bit of tea tree oil. Several years later I still pretty much use the same products as I did when I was 15 and there are no fancy brands or expensive “miracle” cures. I am loath to be sucked into buying a product that contains a huge range of chemicals and claims to turn back time. So this is what I use.
First up is Vaseline. Used by Marilyn Monroe as a moisturiser its possibly the one beauty product I own that has multiple uses. I use it as an eye make-up remover, to shape my eyebrows, as a lip balm and also as an overnight eye treatment. In the winter I also dab a little onto my cheeks to highlight and stop the cold wind from drying out my skin.
I don’t know what I would do without my Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. I have two varieties, the normal bottle for all year around face and body moisturising, and the SPF 15 for days when the sun is out. The SPF version is brilliant as I hate wearing sun protection that is waterproof on my face (it ends up looking greasy and feeling sticky).
For cleansing my face I prefer to use a sensitive soap and this organic handmade soap from Simply Soaps is divine. The Lavender and Calendula cleans gently without aggravating my eczema. It leaves my skin feeling fresh without being tight. I normally do not moisturise straight away as I think the skin needs a little bit of time to settle down.
I have loads of tubes of hand cream dotted around, hiding in different handbags and my favourites are from L’Occitane. Their cherry blossom and Shea Butter varieties are great for relieving dry hands. You don’t need a lot and it doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy.
So there you have it. I really don’t think there are any creams out there that will change the way your skin looks, all you can do is use an everyday SPF to prevent sun damage, make sure you get enough sleep and if you need to…cheat, that’s what make-up is for.