Skincare Haul | September 2017

by - October 29, 2017

Recently my skin hasn't been in the best condition, especially after the allergic reaction I had in August, which made my skin extremely itchy, dry/flaky, and bumpy. I narrowed it down to two possibilities, either from eating peaches (I'm mildly allergic to fruits, but some more than others), or trying a new foundation. I think it was the peaches as I've used the foundation a few times afterwards and my skin was fine.

Luckily my skin has recovered from that fiasco now, but with the seasons changing, and we're officially in Autumn/Fall, the weather has been making my skin dry again, especially my forehead area.

Believe it or not, it's taken 22 years of my life to realise that I need to up my skincare routine.. or actually start one should I say! So I did a lot of researching on skincare products to see how I can improve the quality of my skin while I'm still young and it's not too late to see the effects take place.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical 30ml
Purpose: Prevention/clearing of spots
Where to buy: Boots | Debenhams
Price: £21
They also sell it in 15ml for £15.50

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater 118ml
Purpose: Hydrating the skin
Where to buy: BeautyBay
Price: £7
They also sell it in 236ml for £11, and they have an alternative, Aloe Cucumber and Green Tea one if you prefer that instead.

Innisfree Sparkling Mineral Cream 50ml
Purpose: Moisturising the skin
Where to buy: Innisfreeworld | YesSyle*
Price: £22.70 | £25.52
This was gifted to me from my friend as she had an extra one lying around

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA 30ml
Purpose: Fading and lightening of hyper-pigmentation/dark spots
Where to buy: Very Exclusive | Deciem
Price: £7 / £6.30 - If you buy from Very Exclusive, and happen to be a student with a UNiDays account you get 10% off!

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 30ml
Purpose: An all rounder! Brightens, controls sebum activity, and many more benefits for the skin!
Where to buy: Very Exclusive | Deciem
Price: £5 / £4.50 - If you buy from Very Exclusive, and happen to be a student with a UNiDays account you get 10% off.
This is a very popular item and is always sold out everywhereeee! If you're interested make sure you're fast and get your hands on one if you see it in stock.

The Ordinary products can seem a bit intimidating to use at first with the scientific/technical words, percentages, and laboratory type bottle designs, it reminds me of my science classes back in high school haha! But there's a reason for all of that! Caroline Hirons, known for being the go-to-lady for any skin issues in the YouTube and Blogging world, did a great interview with the founder behind the brand, click here to read all about it. Or if you want to know how to use any of their products they have a really useful "regime guide" to help you out.
I've been using all these products everyday for about a month now, and I kid you not, I'm definitely seeing improvements and changes in my skin! It's the best it's ever looked in a very very long while. Better skin makes for a happier and confident me!You don't need fancy designer name or expensive products to have a good skincare. All mine are not from "big" name brands and comes to about £62, most importantly they work well for me. It's definitely true, quality over quantity.

 I'll be sure to update you all on how I'm doing with my new skincare routine! If there's any products mentioned above you want a thorough review on let me know, I'm also open to suggestions on what products you can recommend me on targeting prevention of spots, hydration, and hyper pigmentation.

Melody xo.

Disclaimer: I am no skincare or dermatologist expert, just a regular person who is interested in skincare products and the improvement of my own skin. What works for me may not work for you as everyone has different skin types and issues. For any serious skin matters, please see an expert/doctors who can give you professional medical advice.

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