August 27, 2013

Starting Off: Skincare

I think that having/getting bad skin is such a downer when you're experimenting with make up, even if you've been using it years. It's taken me ages to find skin care products that really suit my skin and it's been a nightmare journey of spots, blemishes and dry patches, but I think I've cracked it.

So first off, I thought I'd introduce you to my skin. Say hello to a combination-oily gal! I've *touch wood* never had real noticeable acne but my skin is very prone to pimples, particularly on my forehead and chin. I occasionally get huge spots (lumps) too that never really amount to anything, they just hurt like a bruise and look really red! I'm a real sufferer of open pores (you know, the little dots all over and around your nose?) and it really bothered me when I was younger and to be honest, it still does today. I've been experimenting with different skincare products for a number of years now and have found some staple items that I find essential for keeping spots and pimples at bay.

A skincare must-have is face wipes! You can find face wipes to suit your skin type pretty easily as there are just so many types and brands! I find that the Simple range is perfect for cleaning your face up and they do a fantastic job at removing make up too! I try to take off my make up before bed every day, but let's face it, nobody is perfect and this doesn't happen. I do it most days but not all of the time. On the mornings after those dirty skin nights I can always tell that I've made a mistake - the pimples worsen, the dark circles get worse....just use your face wipes, okay?


I think that the best product for keeping your skin clear is most definitely an exfoliator. I've tried and tested so many but the ones that I always go back to are the Neutrogena ones. Not only do they exfoliate but they cleanse leave your skin really smooth and leave pores noticeably reduced. A lot of exfoliators can dry your skin out but I've never found these ones to do that. They're just perfect for leaving your skin soft and clean! I can use these every day without irritation too. The one I'm loving at the minute is Pore and Shine by Neutrogena. I definitely think that it's a good idea to find an exfoliator with both small and large beads in, or if not, go for ones with just smaller beads in. I've found that the exfoliators with only large beads don't tend to do as good a job.


It's really important to cleanse and tone your skin if you want to keep it in tip-top condition! I'm a huge fan of the No7 skincare range and I've been loving their Soft & Soothed range for years now. I apply the cleanser with a cotton pad all over my face and then do the same with the toner, without rinsing. My skin is always left feeling fab and smelling fresh after using these! Together, cleansers and toners remove any all make up, dead skin cells or skin pollutants that have built up on your skin over time. It's certainly a good idea to use them if you struggle with spots or acne.


Moisturisers are always a tough one. I have tried a countless number of them and I still don't think that I've found the perfect one for me. It's all about striking a balance! You don't want your moisturiser to make you shiny, nor clog your pores! At the minute I'm enjoying using Nivea's Hydrating Primer. Not only does it hydrate your face but it acts as a base for your make up too. It smells fresh and somewhat floral.


Good skin is great for your self confidence and not only does it have a positive effect in that respect, it's so so much easier to apply make up when your skin is clear!

What are your favourite skincare products? Have you used any of the ones I use?
Post links to your first #theSOproject post down below!

Lots of love, Steph xxxx

39 comments:

  1. http://www.anouskamillar.com/2013/08/the-so-project-week-one-skin-care.html xx

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  2. Great post! :-) xx

    http://kinderhealthandbeautytips.blogspot.com/2013/08/starting-off-skincare-thesoproject-my.html

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  3. Wahoo - the first one is up! A great read Steph. The pore and shine scrub looks really good!
    As I've been ill today I've written all of mine in advance haha - eager beaver! My first one is on clay masks, here it is: http://love-and-wardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/starting-off-skincare-face-mask.html

    Isabella

    LOVE & WARdrobe

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    1. Haha get you!! I need a day of that I think! Love the post :) xx

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  5. The number 7 Skincare range is just fab in general but I have yet to try out this cleanser and toner ! And gosh the packaging is so darn pretty!

    Hayfa
    http://chic-and-cliche.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I'm a fellow combination skin girl! And picked Neutrogena in my favourites, too :)
    I posted my very first video for week one! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD_zvj3OwMk x

    Danielle / danielletc.com

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  7. I also have dry and oily skin, it is such a pain sometimes finding the right balance! Great post Steph, you can find mine at http://fashionisourreligion-x.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/starting-off-skincare.html :)

    Amie xx

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  8. http://talesfromthesalerails.com/starting-off-skincare/

    Love reading about everyone else's skincare favourites!

    Emily

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  9. No7 upsets me greatly as it is supposed to be hypo-allergenic, but I'm allergic to it :(

    http://fatgirlskinnyjeans.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/starting-off-skincare-thesoproject/

    Claire x

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  10. The number 7 Skincare range is on my wishlist :D Thanks for this amazing project and you can see my skincare routine here:
    http://sparkleandlove.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/the-starting-off-project-my-skincare-routine/
    kisses

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  11. Thanks to Stephanie for organising this whole project! Such a great first post!

    theotherdress.co.uk

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  12. Fab post!! Loving reading about everyones routines!!
    If you fancy having a read of my SKINCARE post for #theSOproject check out TheBrunetteSays...
    Lianne x

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  13. Great post Steph! :)

    www.gingerbreadsmiles.blogspot.co.uk
    xxx

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  14. I'm struggling to find the right moisturiser for me, it does seem to be the hardest product to find!

    Victoria

    FlorenceandMary.com

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  15. Thanks for starting up #theSOproject! I have really enjoyed reading all about everyones routines and tips! I love using Simple products, so glad you mentioned them!
    Check out my blog- http://hannahsbubbe.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/starting-off-skincare.html

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  16. http://whatemloves.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/starting-off-skincare.html xx

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  17. Ive just heard about your project, cant wait to see you in Sept and have a chat about it, such a good idea, you go girl, lovely post too, cant believe i wasnt even following you on here?! what is life ey! See you soon for sunday dinner and TEQUILA! lots of love Em xxx

    emtalks.co.uk
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3934124/emtalks

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    1. Haha thanks gaaaaal! So excited about it all! Yes - super excited! You'll have to DM me your number so we can arrange to meet up. Lots of luuuurve xx

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  18. I love the Simple wipes too! Go THE SO PROJECT! WOO! Okay, I'll settle down now...


    http://sookiespartan.blogspot.com/2013/08/starting-off-skincare.html

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  19. I love Neutrogena scrubs! Their blackhead eliminating one really works well for me! xx

    Here's my first post for the Project: goo.gl/EzXAEc xx

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    1. Is that the one with an orangey top? xx

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  20. Love your post and can't wait to see next week's!

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  21. So happy to see all of the posts up! You have done an amazing job bbz ;)
    I love neutrogena, they're so gooood. Especially the Pink Grapefruit ones, yum!

    Lovely post Steph! Love ya!!
    Beth x

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    1. Haha me too bbycks! So exciting seeing them all! Thank you :) I am going to get the pink one next!

      Love yooooooooooou xx

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  22. I love Neutrogena products, I find they really suit my skin-type.

    Jordan-Alice

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  23. Love the post. I love the neutrogena scrubs also, seems like they are really popular especially the pink grapefruit ones! I actually based my #theSOproject on a Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Scrub.
    xxx

    charlottemariaa.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yeah they are! My housemate uses the pink one so we are going to share at uni :D xx

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  24. I'm a combination-oily girl too! And I would have to try the Neutrogena Scrub as I was using one but didn't do too much!
    Thanks for the recomendation :D

    http://splashofpeach.blogspot.com.es/

    Mirisweet! xX

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    1. Definitely try it - it does wonders, especially on my nose! No problem :) xx

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  25. I want to try the hydrating primer, I like the sound of it :)

    Well done on your success missy, I think it's going to go really well.

    x

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    1. Great post! Can't wait to see next weeks! I also had a tough time finding just the right moisturizer. I feel like that's one of the hardest ones as everyone's skin is so different.

      TheSoProject: Skincare Tips for Dry Skin
      Lynn | Makeup With Tea

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    2. It's really good - not as good as other primers I've tried but to say it is a moisturiser too it's pretty good! Haha, thank you so much :) I'm loving every minute! xx

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  26. Definitely going to try that scrub, my skin has had the most awful break outs recently and my pores look HUGE. x

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