Skincare – An Update.

So it’s 2016! My Facebook feed is full of people posting with a ‘New Year, New Me’ attitude. I personally can’t be assed with that. I don’t want to lose weight, I may be chunky but I like that. I work hard to make my little business succeed and grow. I have a loving partner and family and I’m not trying to be an obnoxious git, but I’m perfectly happy with my life right now.

But this year I turn 34! Not quite mid-thirties but pretty much as close as you can get! So I know that I’m at the point in my life where I’m losing collagen in my skin. My skin is starting to age and I’ll be damned if I’m not going to fight it every step of the way!

I know eventually I’m going to end up with wrinkles and sagging skin, that is inevitable, but I would like to try and maintain good skin for as long as I can.

So I’ve decided to take a really good look at my skincare routine.

The main ingredients that my routine was severely lacking in are acids.

Firstly, Glycolic Acid – This is a compound that chemically exfoliates the skin (I’m too sensitive for harsh scrubs, my skin deserves better) it is also a great ingredient for treating fine lines and acne and is often used on skin that is dull. I have extremely oily skin and Glycolic acid helps treat that too (trust me it’s like magic).

The Second Is Hyaluronic Acid this is a compound that has the ability to retain water so is great for hydrating the skin. It is often found in anti-ageing products as it temporarily plumps fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps maintain a healthy skin barrier for those with Acne.

After much research on the web I thought I would try three new products:

 

The first items are the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads.

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They cost me £22.00 from Look Fantastic and these contain Lactic and Glycolic acid and are an ‘Acid Toner’ which means they are used to chemically exfoliate your skin and remove dead skin cells. They are said to make your skin radiant. I’ve only used them for 24 hours so I cant really give them a full review just yet. I heard that they can sometimes give you a little sting when you first apply them but I didn’t get that, but then I don’t suffer from acne and I didn’t have any blemishes.

The Second Item was the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum.

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Jesus that’s a mouthful! I was lucky that Boots currently have a 3for2 on their skin care so I picked up two of these. I opted for this serum because as I mentioned I have oily skin, and being a water-based serum this won’t put any more oil onto my skin. This serum also contains Hyaluronic acid so is highly moisturizing and is so light-weight that it seems to just absorb into my skin really easily. It usually costs £24.99 a bottle but it is on 3for2 at the moment.

The last Product I bought was the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly by Indeed Labs.

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I was reading a post on Caroline Hirons Blog where she suggested the Hydraluron serum as it contains Hyaluronic acid and is really hydrating to the skin. Once in boots though, I opted for the Moisture Jelly as this is more like a moisturiser but with the added benefits of Hyaluronic acid. I’ve decided not to add this into my routine just yet as I want to ease myself in gently with the acids and I have moisturisers that I need to use up first.This cost £24.99

It has only been 24 hours so I’m not going to write a full review until I’ve seen the results of incorporating these new products into my routine for a few weeks.

Already I have noticed that my skin isn’t nearly as oily as it usually is so we will see if this is a permanent effect of these products or not.

I just wanted to let you ladies know what I’ve learnt and let you know what items I went for.

Have you got a new skincare routine? What new products have you bought?

Let me know!

The Secret Girly Girl

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