Skincare: upping my game

IMG_4101Having been plagued by breakouts throughout my twenties, last year I resolved to pay more attention to my skincare or lack thereof. I was a lazy cleanser and would frequently sleep in a full face of makeup.

It might have taken time to find my routine, and what works, but I am starting to see the benefits. And yes, I do still breakout if I go on a bad food binge – diet does matter too!

At the moment I am using (and loving):

Simple’s Micellar Cleansing Water

I have tried a few of the more expensive drugstore brands cleansing water, and been left with makeup on my skin, or horribly dry skin around my eyes. Simple’s water is totally affordable and does what I need. £3.68 from Waitrose


Balance Me’s Congested Skin Serum

This stuff… I love it! I use it before my moisturiser, morning and night. I would say I have noticed a significant improvement in my skin, this definitely seems to calm down any breakouts quite quickly. It’s not a miracle cure – if I eat rubbish I still breakout! £16 from Balance Me


Olay’s Complete lightweight day fluid

This moisturiser is super for my combination skin, it’s really moistrising without being oily, and soaks in quickly. It also has the added bonus of SPF 15, I’m all for protecting my skin from being damaged by the sun.

£5.99 from Boots


Amie’s Morning Clear – a ‘purifying facial wash’

I have actually tried a few items from the Amie range before (and you can read that little post here) and I have enjoyed continuing to use the facial wash. You can use it daily and it’s very gentle on the skin. £4.95 from


Good Thing’s Manuka Honey Refining scrub

I sneakily once tried a friend’s body shop scrub, and loved it, but not the price. This is a great alternative. The feeling afterwards is very similar. *Not to be used if you are allergic to bee or wasp stings* £4.99 from Boots

I use this once or twice a week, and it does what you’d expect: exfoliates and helps clear pores and remove dead skin.


What do you use on your skin? Any recommendations for me?

*Disclaimer* These are all my own opinions, I am not a skincare expert, and I was not asked to review these products. I just like them.

4 thoughts on “Skincare: upping my game

    • lauratells May 1, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      I definitely wish I’d got my act together when I was 21! All those many years ago! *sobs about approaching old age*

    • lauratells May 1, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      I love it! I used to use cleaning wipes, but I think they are to dry to get up all my makeup. Definitely worth a try.

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