A short while ago I blogged here about how dreadful my skin had been since spending all of it's time sat in an air-conditioned office. Lot's of you took the time to comment, tweet and email me with some skin recommendations so I thought I would blog this evening and tell you all what I've been doing to get my skin back to it's normal state...
First up, I've been drinking a crapload of water. I've pretty much stopped drinking tea completely at work and I'm just having big glasses of water from the water cooler in the office.
I've also been eating lots of fruit and veg, although this comes with my weight watchers plan really so I suppose that's not a change... I've just kept it up!
Myself and my boss have been keeping our office windows open and the air-conditioning off in an attempt to get some fresh air into the room.
Finally, I've tried and tested a bunch of products and thankfully managed to find some that have sorted me right out!
First up, my trusty Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
This is my absolute Holy Grail cleanser. I'm on my fifth bottle (so far!) and I'm not intending on stopping using it any time soon! There's a million reviews all over the internet and I've written about it before so I don't think I need to fully review it again! It's amazing ♥
For the particularly large breakouts/zits I use Sudocrem:
Again this is something lots of bloggers have written about and it really does work to dry out spots and reduce redness. I use it overnight normally but if I've got a particularly bad mountain on my face I dab it on first thing in the morning before I apply my make-up... For the few pounds it costs it's fabulous!
For the first time ever, I've been using an eye cream. Not just any eye cream - Liz Earle Daily Eye Repair:
I had noticed lots of dry skin around and under my eyes so decided to branch out and use my first ever eye cream. I didn't think I needed one at the 'fresh' age of 21 but I was very, very mistaken! This is really cooling and soothing and has genuinely really helped to get rid of the pesky dark circles under my eyes. Added to that it plumps up the skin and has SPF10 in it so it's an all rounder really! I'd 110% recommend this no matter what age you are, it feels lovely on the skin and means you don't need as much concealer under your eyes as well as all of the things I've rambled about above! ♥
For any spots/breakouts that aren't quite horrific enough to warrant the use of Sudocrem, I use this:
I've been using the Clean&Clear Dual Action moisturiser since I was about 15 whenever I've had spots or breakouts and it literally does exactly what it says on the tube. Moisturises and helps prevent spots and blemishes. Kelly has also used this for years and years and she often writes little snippets about it on her blog. Proof that Clean&Clear isn't just for teens!
I've absolutely cracked out the big guns:
Liz Earle SuperSkin Concentrate:
Holy Macaroni. This is genuinely one of the most amazing and addictive products in the world. It smells gorgeous (like all Liz Earle products!) and warms your skin ever so slightly when you apply it. You can use this absolutely anywhere on your body at night time for a really intensive treatment and I would recommend you slap it on all over, lay back, relax and thoroughly enjoy the scent and feeling of your skin being pampered and nourished. The 28ml bottle costs £28.75 but if that is out of your budget you can buy a little roller ball version for £19 or a dinky 2ml bottle for £5.50. I know it's expensive but it's an absolute miracle worker and has absolutely banished the dry skin from my face. I wouldn't recommend using it in the day time (and neither do Liz Earle) as it can be a bit greasy if you use too much! I know for a fact that this is going to be yet another Liz earle product that I go and pick up regularly from John Lewis!
I'll be writing a much more in-depth review of this in a couple of weeks but I've found that it's really helped my uneven skin tone and has reaaaaaally hydrated my skin :)
Body wise I've been using my Elemis body oil, reviewed here and my Liz Earle SuperSkin body cream reviewed here.
I've also taken a leaf out of Victoria Beckham's book and started using these little bad boys:
These are cotton rich gloves and socks! HOW CUTE ARE THEY!
I slap my SuperSkin body cream onto my feet then pop on the socks, then cover my hands in it and pop on the gloves! After all that, I lie back.....and go to sleep! My hands and feet are super soft and moisturised when I wake up and it eliminates the faffing and messing about when you're trying to let moisturiser soak into your hands and feet so you just have to lay on the bed for ages and do nothing! Lot's of other brands do these but I'd recommend the Liz ones, just for the colour if nothing else! ♥
So! That was really long but thank you all so much for your hints, tips and tricks! It's only fair to share the knowledge so I really hope you enjoyed this post :) Do let me know if you've tried or want to try any of these amazing products in the comments! I love to read them :)
Until next time! xo