Skincare is a funny ol’ thing; you get your regime down then out of nowhere your skin decides to throw a tantrum and you need to start all over again… Or is that just my skin? Even at 31 my skin is acting like a teenager. Most recently it’s started with those under the skin spots that stick around for 6 weeks, and they’re kindly making themselves at home on my neck, of all places.
Instead of ripping up my current skincare basics I’ve decided to just add in some mini saviors. I am sticking to my usual cleanser (for now), day cream and night oil, but I have added in some newbies for the things considered as skincare extras.
THE GLOW GIVER
Tropic is fast becoming one of my favourite skincare brands, as it’s just as good as all my previous faves but it’s also cruelty free, so I can buy it all. Phew. Over winter I was using quite heavy serums to add in moisture and keep it in, whereas now the weather has mellowed a little I’ve been scaling back on the heavy duty stuff, and adding in lightweight serums. The Tropic Good Day Resurfacing Serum (£42.00)* has really help to perk up my skin a little, and add some much needed brightness. This little beauty has been in my routine since around Mid-January now and I still have well over 2/3s of a bottle left, a little really does go a long way.
It’s a great transitional product from winter to the brighter months, as it resurfaces the top layer of skin and reveals brighter and less uneven skin, so perfect to shed yourself of the dull winter skin. Not only that but recently I had noticed my botox had worn off and I was dreading going back to my sunken in wrinkled forehead. But this serum has really given my skin a plump youthful look, so my forehead is looking younger now too, even without botox.
Sometimes I write these mini reviews and wonder if people just think I rave about products for the sake of it, which I don’t by the way… If I don’t like something I am sent it doesn’t see the light of day on this blog. But I can in all honesty say I am in love with this product, and brand. I have recommended it to my mum, my beauty blogger besties and everyone I can find in Whatsapp group chats. Basically, go give something a try from their site and I guarantee you will fall in love with the brand; even Percy loves it.
FOR DARK SPOTS
As I have being using the Tropic Serum on my face which is also a resurfacing treatment I have only been using the Merumaya Retinol Resurfacing Treatment (£33.50)* on my neck nightly & twice a week on my face before bed for now, as I didn’t want to risk overdoing it on my face. Much like the serum this uses active ingredients to help remove the dead top layer of skin to reveal a new layer. If you have sensitive skin and are a little apprehensive of using Retinol, this cream is specially formulated to work on sensitive skin without causing irritation.
The cream has really helped the appearance of the scarring on my neck from the cystic like breakouts I have been having. They’re still visible, but they’re less angry looking and nowhere near as noticeable as the older ones were without being treated.
Another little God send that has been helping me feel less self-conscious about the breakouts is the Merumaya Concentrated Spot Treatment (£14.50)*. It hasn’t helped to stop the cystic type breakouts, which I think are due to hormones, but it’s worked wonders on the ‘normal’ every day spots that I get. Also, coupled with the treatment mentioned above it’s working amazingly well to stop the redness and scarring on my neck before it begins; the spots still appear but using this and the retinol treatment make sure they don’t really get to the giant angry red scar stage.
Well, this one doesn’t so much relate to my current skincare woes in terms of breakouts, but I have a lot going on in my life right now, which is taking its toll on my sleep. So the eye bag situation is very real and very blue/purple. I had the Antonia Burrell Bright & Light Eye Cream (£44.00)*sat in my ‘to blog’ pile for around 3 weeks before I gave it a shot, after the lovely Emma from MyShowcase recommended it very highly after her clients raved about it.
This is now a Holy Grail product for me, it has really made a difference in the appearance on my under eyes; brightening them, hydrating them and reducing the puffiness. Usually with an eye cream you see little difference immediately and they’re focused on long term effects, whereas with the Antonia Burrell one I saw a difference within a few uses.
If you have used the roller ball style creams before you’ll be well versed in trying, and failing, to get an even amount out to apply. This doesn’t happen with this at all, there’s no messing around and just a click to get the right amount for each eye. The roller ball makes it easy to apply the to under eye, plus the really cooling and soothing, then just a few taps with my ring finger and it’s all done. No mess, no wastage but lots of soothing.