14 January 2016

Updating My Skincare

I've had the same skincare routine for so so long, and as it approached the new year I said to myself that I would try to change it up a little because to be honest not only had it become boring, but it just wasn't working as well for me anymore. I've tried to do it by implementing three new products into my routine, two of which were from brands that I was already familiar with and loved - L'occitane and Merumaya, and a new one that I'd been meaning to try for a long while - Nip + Fab.
L'occitane got in touch with me and I filled them in with the kind of problems I was having with my skin and they kindly sent me the Light Comforting Cream as something they thought would really help - and I've been testing it out since to let you guys know how I got on with it. 
The bottom line is I freaking love this stuff. Normally when you think of a cream in a jar, you think rich and really intense, but this stuff was pretty much the complete opposite because it only has 5% shea butter compared to it's much richer sister which has 25%. It was light and thin in texture even though it isn’t at all runny in consistency, and as soon as you rub it into your skin it basically disappears and leaves behind an almost matte skin-like texture which allows you to start putting your makeup on straight away – no sign of grease here.  

Saying that, the fact it’s so light really doesn’t mean it loses out on it’s hydration properties because it always leaves my skin so supple and nourished, which is what you want it to do, not just for it to sink in and then 5 minutes later be left with dehydrated unhappy skin again. On top of that I found that it has quite a calming effect on my skin, especially on days when it’s acting up a bit and washing my face and sticking this on afterwards feels like the best thing ever.

One thing that did have me a bit worried about this moisturizer is that it is scented, not by any means a bad scent, but considering how sensitive my skin is, I always hear alarm bells going. But after patch testing it and then eventually trying it out all over for a couple of weeks, it really didn’t do anything to aggravate my skin and as I mentioned above it actually comforted it (I guess it was in the name huh!). This one's definitely going to be sticking around in my routine and you can find it right here and the rest of their skincare bits here

The second product I tried out was the Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum. After using their Melting Balm cleanser I was already a fan of the brand and excited to see what the serum could do for my skin.  The texture of it is like a gel-serum, and it can be blended into the skin so easily and I usually get away with less than one pump for my entire face because a little bit goes such a long way. It sinks in really quickly, which again is great because you don't have to wait around too long before applying moisturiser. 

Another thing that you might notice about it if you pick it up is that it does have a really distinct smell, which I can only really describe as a clean scent and I quite like it but even if you don't, it does fade after a little while anyway. The actual product itself goes deeper into the layers of the skin than a moisturiser and has really helped my skin to look nourished on a daily basis and has even made a start to combatting some of my drier areas. Also, IT HAS A PUMP!! 

On the topic of hydrating the skin and helping dry patches, I have also upped my water intake and I feel that it's helped so much too, you really can't underestimate the effect that water can have on your skin and I always noticed the way my skin looked so crappy on days where I neglected water intake.

The final product that I changed up was my exfoliating product - I used to use the Pixi Glow tonic, and although it worked amazingly for a while, I think after a year of use it stopped having as much of an effect (cry). As a replacement I knew I had to try the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix pads because everyone and their mother had been raving to me about them, and boy am I glad I did. Within a week I noticed that this was helping my blemishes to heal much quicker, shrinking my pores and generally giving my skin a really even texture, and it has stayed that way since. Over a few weeks it has allowed the serum and moisturiser to work even better for my skin because it gets rid of the dead skin and allows the products to penetrate the newer, healthier layers. There were 60 pads in one pot so it lasts me around 2 months as I only use them at night. 

All Nip + Fab products are in this sale at the moment where you can get it for an unbelieveable £5 so I've stocked up! 
Together these three seem like an absolute dream team to me, and my skin had been playing up so so much beforehand that it was really getting to me, so to be changing things up and actually see it working is such a breath of fresh air because it can really knock your confidence when you invest so much time and money into your skincare and see no results. 

Let me know if you've tried any of these products, or if you'd be interested in trying them! 
Hope you have a great rest of the week, speak to you soon - 
Disclaimer - this post was created in collaboration with L'occitane, however all opinions in this post are honest and my own, and I always test products in the same way whether they have been sent to me or have been bought with my own money! Don't hesitate to message me if you have any questions about this! 
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