Today, I wanted to write up a (rather long) post about my skincare routine. I've been using a whole bunch of new products and felt like it was finally time to share my thoughts with you! I've split this post into two parts, Part 1 is all about the different kinds of cleansers I've been toying with and Part 2 will be all about face creams and eye creams!
Now let's just get into it!
First off, let me describe to you the texture and smell.
You know that really refreshing, minty smell that you know will leave your face feeling really cool and tingly? Well this cleanser does exactly that. First thing I thought was GREAT but after a few days of using it, I quickly changed my mind. I noticed my skin go from feeling pretty smooth to bumpy, dry and itchy. I trialled it for less than a week and had to stop as I felt like my skin was going downhill. I was starting to break out again and HELL NOOOOOOO was I going to let this cleanser continue its deviousness on my face. Usually, I would test a product for a couple of weeks to gage its effect on my skin but I know that if I continued to use it, my skin would've gone from mildly bad to worse. It's been about a week after I stopped using it and my skin has finally gone back to its normal soft self.
All in all, this cleanser definitely feels cooling (just like the mask) but it's honestly just another one of those cult products that everyone raves about BUT you DON'T actually need. At $56 a pop, it honestly just isn't worth the investment, you're better off using that $56 and putting it towards getting the actual mask.
The GlamGlow Mud Mask on the other hand is definitely worth it. I first tried this product in 2013 and repurchased it once again in 2014 and I absolutely LOVE IT. I raved on and on about it to everyone I knew but since then, the price has increased. I think I originally paid between $40 -$45 for it on Amazon but since then the price has increased to about $50+. On Mecca it's $86 which is absurd! However it is an Australian company so I guess it accounts for conversion and shipping. Although Amazon may appear to be cheaper, I have read reviews that people got sent counterfeit products. So BE CAREFUL.
Next up is the:This product isn't anything out of the ordinary as it's just a basic cream cleanser. I purchased it as I was using the Hope in a Jar Cleanser twice daily and felt that it was overdrying my skin. So to overcome this, I went on a mission to find a gentle cream cleanser to use in the morning and happened to stumble across this one. This cleanser has all kinds of natural, gentle ingredients such as apple extract, chia seed, avocado and coconut oils. Due to all these natural ingredients, it does have a mild scent to it. It isn't unpleasant it's just..... natural to put it at best. Would I recommend it? I'm gonna have to say yes. It's pretty affordable at $12 and I believe it doesn't hurt to try something that's going to really nourish your skin!
Another product I've been using is the:As stated in a previous post I really do like this cleanser. However, as I mentioned above using it twice daily really dried my skin out. In saying that, this cleanser really helped reduce my breakouts and gave my skin a really nice supple feel to it. I would recommend it but it is a bit pricer at $35. Is it worth it? I'm kind of in the fence about it, I mean if you rh want a cream foaming cleanser that sucks the dirt out of your face and tightens your pores, then yes it's worth it. However, if you just want a normal daily cleanser I would recommend the Goodness one!
Last but not least are a few product from the Natio range:I've been using this cleanser for around two years on and off and I really do love it. For starters it's super affordable and the cheapest on this whole list at a very very reasonable price of $9.95. It's specifically designed for acne and leaves my skin feeling super clean and refreshed. The formula has a fresh but weird smell to it. It's not weird enough to be deemed as gross but it's more so the combination of two ingredients, witch hazel and something called Tamanu.
I stopped using this cleanser when I ran out of it a good couple months back. When I was on my way to buy a new bottle, I got sent a bunch of new products from Murad and then Philosophy so I didn't need anything new. However, the consistency of the formula has changed. Before it was super runny and liquidy. If I opened the cap the contents would come pouring out. But now, I found that with the new tube, there's a more gel like feel to it. It still has the same smell, the same colour, the same everything but it's thicker. I actually have to squeeze the tube to get the product out which is a big change then when I had used it previously. Do I like it? I mean I don't hate the new formula but I do actually prefer the runnier version. Not sure why, but I just do. Either way, it still gets the job done and definitely remains one of my favourites.
In saying all that, I have also tried the Natio Detoxifying Face Scrub and the Night Repair Moisture Treatment which are all products from the same Natio Acne line. Truth be told, I didn't really like either of them. The actual smell of the scrub deterred me from using it and that's all I can really say about it. Bad smell = a no go for me. Also the jojoba beads within the scrub felt so miniscule that I felt it didn't really do too much for my skin either. On the other hand, the night moisturiser seemed like an average product and didn't do too much for my skin. I mean it could just be my skin it didn't work on...
Well I think that's enough of cleansers. Let me know what you thought, have you tried any of these before? If so, what did you think?