I don’t very often do beauty posts but recently a few people have asked what products I use on my face. I’ve always been one for using natural products and it’s taken me a few years to find my go-to beauty products.
About a year ago, I was diagnosed with a type of dermatitis on my face. It took about three months to clear up. Although I haven’t had any issues with it since, I still have to use some prescription stuff to keep it in check. Especially in winter with all the skin sins of central heating!
Unfortunately I continue to suffer with some redness, which is more noticeable on my whiter-than-white skin. So I have to be really careful with what I put on my face, as I’m paranoid about not setting off my dermatitis again. The products I share below are therefore ideal for sensitive skin. Even if you don’t suffer from problem skin, I believe it’s always best to be as gentle to your skin as possible!
La Roche Posay
I’ve already raved about this brand on my blog before but I’m going to do it again because I cannot recommend it highly enough. All products by La Roche Posay are dermatologically tested and are perfect for sensitive skin. I religiously use four of their products:
I use this Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser to remove my makeup (not eye makeup) and honestly it’s one of the only cleansers I’ve found that simultaneously removes makeup really easily and doesn’t make my skin sting. I just pop some on a large cotton pad and wipe away.
Thermal Spring Water
I use the Thermal Spring Water after I’ve removed my makeup, just to remove any lingering makeup and to give my face a final clean. Although you can use good old-fashioned water from the tap, not may people know that tap water can actually be very harsh on your skin. Especially if your water is very hard like mine. Just think about what it does to your kettle or your shower head! Using natural mineral water on your face is a far better alternative.
Tolerance Ultra Fluide
Another great product for sensitive skin, this La Roche Posay moisturiser is kind to your skin. Occasionally when my skin is super dry, I use a more powerful moisturiser. But this one is great just for standard everyday use.
Effaclar Duo [+]
This is probably my favourite La Roche Posay product and also one of their most famous. I use the Effaclar Duo [+] every day before putting my makeup on and every night before bed. It’s perfect for reducing redness and blemishes. I always used to get frustrated that after a spot, I’d get a red mark that would linger for months after the spot itself had gone. This product works a treat in reducing these marks.
St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Face Cream
I’ve mentioned before that one of my biggest gripes with my face is how pale I am. I am absurdly pale and not in a nice ‘English rose’ way – more like in an ‘I’ve just died and been brought back to life’ way. It’s the only reason I don’t go out much without makeup on. When I do that, you would not believe how many people ask if I’m okay / unwell / about to die. My own mother regularly tells me I should go out haunting!
So I’ve been on the look out for a fake tan I can use on my face that won’t be damaging to my skin but will give me a nice subtle glow. I’ve been trying the St Tropez face cream for a couple of months now and so far (*touch wood*), it hasn’t caused any spots or dermatitis. It feels light and just like a really good moisturiser. There’s only the slightest, tiniest hint of fake tan smell but it’s so faint you’d hardly notice it.
I’ve been using the light option because of how pale I am but to be honest, it hasn’t made a huge difference. It’s given me a tiny bit of colour but not as much as I’d like. I may therefore try the darker version to see whether that brings more glow. Although it’s probably just my face. It’s immune to tanning – real, fake, summer, winter. I’m a pale little thing all year round.
Tea Tree Soap
I love a delicious and fruity shower gel as much as the next person but I often find that these types of washes can have a bad effect on my skin. Occasionally I get a breakout on my chest or back and last year I had the worst one yet throughout the summer. I hated it and did everything I could to make it go away!
One option that seemed to work was using a tea tree soap in the shower, on my chest and back. Tea tree is a natural antibacterial, so it’s perfect for spotty skin. Okay so you may smell like tea tree oil for days but I’d rather that than be spotty.
This is totally not related to this post but for anyone suffering from spots on your face, chest or back, here is my big piece of advice. Change your pillowcases every other day. I know it’s a massive effort. But you would not believe how much bacteria and grime is absorbed into your hair on a daily basis, and this transfers onto your pillowcases. You’re then rubbing your face in it every night. Since I’ve been changing my pillowcases (and using the aforementioned products), I’ve had totally clear skin! Obviously now I’ve said that I’m going to get a breakout. But honestly, it’s the best piece of advice I’ve had in a long time.
So there you have it, my go-to beauty products for keeping my face and body clean, glowing and problem-free. I’d love to hear about any recommendations you have, particularly for the fake tan part! Get in touch in the comments or on social media.