Today, I am sharing some new skincare discoveries that I have been using since March of this year.
They are well and truly tried and tested. I know there’s no miracle cure for ageing skin – all I want to achieve is to use effective products without breaking the bank.
Like a lot of people, I couldn’t justify spending huge amounts on skincare especially if it doesn’t have the desired effect. Amongst my discoveries, are products from “The Ordinary’, a few serums from a company called “Balance” plus a few more you may be interested in.
I have been so impressed with some of these new additions that I have bought top-ups. Some products don’t always work out, especially if they cause a reaction. I will detail my day skincare routines; the products I use; and review my discoveries, below.
My photos on today’s blog are makeup-free. My sixty-year-old skin isn’t anything great and, along with most people, I’ve got my fair share of sun damage. My lifelines show exactly that – that I’ve lived a life!! Up until now, I haven’t had Botox or fillers, not because I’m against them, it’s just not on my radar. Like most people my age, when younger, I would sit in the sun until my skin frazzled – even applying sun oil to help it frazzle some more!
As well as finding new beauty products, my lifestyle has also changed in the last six months, as it has for most of us. At the beginning of lockdown, we were all a little bewildered by the extraordinary experience we were faced with. My boys, who are very much into their fitness and eating the right foods, inspired me to get off my backside and get out the door. This has changed my routine.
I’m still doing my exercise at least three times a week. I see a lot “like me” stomping around my local area doing the same thing – which is encouraging. I’ve bought a waterproof jacket and I also wear my very old sturdy trainers. Then, off I go, listening to a podcast or music.
I find it’s so good both mentally as well as physically. When I return home, following my 45-minute walk, I also do stretches/lunges and lift weights for another twenty minutes. I try my very best to push myself out the door because I feel great afterwards. I’m not perfect, though and, some days, when it’s dark and lashing down with rain or I’m too busy, it’s easy to not do it. That is why a realistic three to four times a week is doable, for me.
Morning Skincare routine
This takes no longer than a few minutes in between brushing my teeth and getting ready. Like a lot of people, if my routine were to take longer, I would have to cut something out.
I use cold water to wash my face, mainly to wake myself and my skin up. Then I use either “CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser” or “Boots “YourGoodSkin” Refreshing Face Wash”. Both do a great job – there are no perfumes included in these products.
Next, I use a toner, which I hadn’t used for years – applied with a cotton wool pad. This is my second bottle of Lacura’Healthy Glow Glycolic Acid 5% (Currently out of stock) usually £3.99. I picked this up when food shopping at Aldi. I was intrigued as I had read the glowing reviews on the Aldi website. It is a very good dupe of the toner by Pixie – glow Tonic £18.00. I have checked and compared the ingredients. Pixie does have a slightly higher quantity of glycolic acid and aloe. But, the packaging is identical. I find this toner to both brighten and exfoliate. Of course, the price difference cannot be ignored, which is why it is always out of stock. I feel this gives my skin an instant wake-up – a glow that I like.
Next is Vitamin C serum. I have used “Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid” serum since March 2016 – a creature of habit, you may say. However, I came across this one from Balance “Vitamin C brightening serum”. I noticed this brand when I was shopping in a discount store around March time. Usually, I would get my Timeless serum shipped from the US – which can be costly. So, I thought I would give this a try. I found it absorbs into the skin quickly, it’s fragrance-free and contains two active forms of stabilised Vitamin C) plus Zinc PCA and Oleuropein to help tackle age-spots, uneven skin tone and a dull complexion. Because of the price difference, I do lather this on and also apply to the back of my hands.
My next step is “The Ordinary’s Lactic acid 10%+HA2%. This is a night-time serum. However, I use Tretinoin in my evening skincare routine. Adding this product would be too much for my skin so I have gradually introduced it into my morning routine. As with retinol products this product can cause skin peeling, dryness and itchy skin in the initial week of usage. And, that is exactly what I expected from a skin-peeling/exfoliating formulation.
I started using this serum at 5% strength, then slowly worked up to 10%, over the months. I am now completely comfortable with it. This product has improved my skin tone, keeping it fresh looking, due to the exfoliating.
I have also been using a few other serums in the Balance range. They are the Balance Gold Collagen Rejuvenating Serum 30ml and the Balance Active Formula Hyaluronic Deep Moisture Serum, which I really like. I use both of these – and, you may think this is serum overload. But, my skin is looking so much better. I put a small amount into the palm of my hand and apply to face neck and the back of my hands. Both morning and evening
To finish, I moisturise using either Cerave moisturising cream or Lidl’s Classic Cream (Out of Stock) which continue to be my favourites.
Sun protection should still be worn when out in the winter sun. I have used Nivea factor 50 cream for the face for several years. This has a lovely texture and works well under makeup, too. I apply to my face, neck, chest and the back of my hands.
And, the grand finale…..for a subtle glow on those winter days when I don’t want to bother with makeup, the “Tan-Luxe Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum” provides a much-needed subtle glow with added hydration. It’s not cheap but lasts a long time.
I bought this, last year, following Caroline Hirons’ recommendation – and it does liven up my sullen pasty, wintry skin. It’s well worth the price tag of £35.00 because a couple of drops per day does go a long way!!!