cruelty free skincare
If there's one thing, aside from clothes and shoes, that I have an abundance of, it's skincare. Cleansers, toners, serums, moisturisers, exfoliants, face masks, you name it; in fact just the other day I counted six different eye creams in my drawer. Who needs six eye creams at any one time? But looking after my skin is one of my favourite ways to look after myself; if I'm feeling stressed, if I'm tired, if I'm run down, skincare is just ~self care~. And we all know a pamper night isn't complete without a face mask and an abundance of serums! 

So I thought I'd talk about some recent favourites. Skincare is very personal and I am absolutely not an expert, so these are simply what seem to be working for my face right now. I have combination skin that is really rather sensitive, and I only use brands that are cruelty free!

Soap & Glory Glow Your Mind Nourishing Cleansing Balm, £10 (PR product)

On an evening, I always do a double cleanse to get rid of any make-up as well as dirt/grime from the air, before properly cleaning the skin. For this, my first cleanse is always always a balm. I've used the Emma Hardie Moringa Balm before which is delightful but very spenny, and The Body Shop Camomile one is a go-to, but then I was introduced to this new release from Soap & Glory which is an absolute DELIGHT. My favourite thing about cleansing balms is that they are never drying on the skin; not only does this one contain marula oil, avocado oil, apricot oil and jojoba oil to help with this, but also contains Vitamin C to help with brightening the skin. It's unfragranced too so great for sensitive skin!

The Inkey List 15% Vitamin C and EGF Serum, £14.99

I first discovered The Inkey List a couple of months ago when I saw Demi talking about some of their products. And boy am I glad I did! I've wanted a good Vitamin C serum for a while and the one I tried from The Ordinary simply wasn't cutting it, but this one has made such a big difference to my skin. The formula is nice and lightweight and using it every morning has really brightened up my previously dull complexion. One of the best things about The Inkey List products is that they give full descriptions of their products and specified ingredients online, detailing exactly what they are for. 

The Inkey List Vitamin B, C & E Moisturizer, £4.99

For only £4.99, this moisturizer is an actual STEAL. It contains Vitamin B3 (aka Niacinamide) to help control excess oil and redness, Vitamin C to aid with brightening and Vitamin E for soothing redness and calming the skin. I've taken to using this every night in preference to my previous (much pricier) choice and I also sometimes use it in a morning too, before my SPF, if my skin is feeling especially dry. It's literally a product that you can't go wrong with?

Nip & Fab Retinol Fix Over-Night Cream, £29.95

So Retinol is something that's become a bit of an Instagram hype over the past year or 2 and I absolutely fell for it, picked a product that wasn't right for my skin and it was a disaster. So I steered clear of anything containing the R word until I was recommended the Nip & Fab Renew range. I only use this once of twice a week, and with it being an over-night cream instead of a concentrated serum it's much easier to manage and much better suited to my skin. It is lightly fragranced, but it's been ok for my skin so far and it does seem rather delightful! 

The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Liquid Peel, £18.50 

Since I started using the Retinol cream regularly, I actually use this rarely because I don't want to overdo it. But I started using this weekly as a good pamper product in place of a face mask. The best thing about it is that you can physically see it working. If you've not tried a liquid peel from The Body Shop, you simply rub it into clean, dry skin and watch all the impurities and dead skin rub up with it. It leaves your skin feeling super soft and silky, but is certainly not to be over-used. (I may have also used this on my feet to help with dry patches and it works wonders!)

One thing that I am still missing from my skincare routine is a good SPF that doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky or looking white. So please leave any recommendations!

Loves. Emma.

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