Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Best Products For Dry Patches

A bit of a different post today which you may not have expected from me - I do have very oily and problematic skin, but I also sometimes get dry patches. In these years of dealing with my skin, I've found some great options for my dry patches and I would strongly recommend all three of these. Let's see what my top three choices for dealing with dry skin are.

First of all, we have Weleda Skin Food, which I've mentioned countless times. This natural moisturizer has a strong herbal scent and is incredibly potent. It's a little slow to sink into the skin, so I would recommend applying it overnight. In the morning, your skin will look supple and refreshed. You can use it all over your body, I especially like it for my knees, elbows and feet (though Weleda also makes a Foot Cream which is just lovely as well). Price is around 7€.

Next we have Bepanthen. If you can, get Bepanthen Plus, which is even better than this one. It's basically a moisturizer which you can get in pharmacies without a prescription, it costs around 6€ I think (for a smaller size, mine is ginormous). Do you remember the main character's dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding? That dude used Windex for everything, and I'm a bit like that with my Bepanthen. I put it on dry patches, cuts, blemish scars ... It's a bit greasy so again, apply it overnight and it will sink in slowly. Miracle worker, this one! If you cannt get Bepanthen, I would recommend a nappy cream for children, but make sure to patch test for allergies and to see if your skin gets a reaction.

In the summertime, it's really annoying to use a super potent cream, so I also like to reach for the Balea Aqua Serum. You might think this would do nothing, but when my skin feels tight, this does miracles to relieve the feeling. It's very light, moisturizing and cooling. I love applying it under makeup as well. Just a great product, and so inexpensive as well, it costs under 4€ in European drugstore drogerie markt.

There we go, my selection for dry pacthes. 
What is your favourite skincare product for dry skin?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Best Summer Body Moisturizers

Let me tell you something a little bit disgusting. My skin gets incredibly dry in the summer and sometimes it peels ... Cue horrified stares and retching. But I've found the best way to combat the dryness is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! So here is a selection of my favourite moisturizers for the summertime. I've recently gotten a few new ones, but these have been favourites for a while ...

Starting off with something very light, we have Balea Body Mousse in Raspberry. This was limited edition, so I'm not sure if it is still available, but if you'd like to dry something similar, go for the Garnier lotion in light blue packaging. This Balea number smells absolutely divine and is so light and cooling on the skin! It's a real pleasure to use and I enjoy it so much in the hot months.

Next we have a thicker number, but with an amazing summery scent. If you suffer from very dry skin, you'll love the I love ... Coconut & Cream Lotion. This smells so creamy, almost milky, and quite heavy. The coconut is a nice addition. If you're not sensitive to fragrances, it's one for you, but it is a bit of a Marmite scent so give it a sniff before you buy.

I also wanted to mention the Balea Sunny Peach Body Cream, which is sooo delicious ... It smells of ripe peaches - I'm sold. It's also quite a light consistency but manages to provide a lot of moisture to my skin. I also enjoy Balea's hand washing gel with the peach & nectarine scent which I must have mentioned about a thousand times already! It comes in a huge pump package so you can easily use it in the shower as well (though they make a shower gel as well, I just prefer the scent of the handwash). Well, that was a huge ramble!

Finally, the Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil. I really enjoy using oils in the summer, they make my legs look healthy and glowing. My favourite part about this oil is the amazing scent, which is kind of nutty and floral at the same time, just beautiful and luxurious - plus, it's quite inexpensive at around 7€.

I got a few new bits as I mentioned since we're leaving on holiday on the 1st, so I'll have a haul up ASAP - definitely before we leave! Hope you enjoyed today's post.

What is your favourite summer body moisturizer?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Minimizing My Skincare Drawer & Must-Haves

Our second themed week on the blog will have to do with skincare. Be prepared for 7 posts, one each day, featuring different skin and body care products! Let's kick it off with minimalizing our routines ...

Back in May, I posted about my beauty drawer. That thing was slightly horrifying with the amount of products in there, which is why I recently did a little revamp and decided to clean out my collection of skincare. I managed to get rid of some things which found new homes with my family and friends, and I'm left with some amazing products I know I love and really want to try out. I've also put together a little guide in case you'd like to do the same. Here are the products that are must-haves for me. Remember, my skin is combination to oily and problematic, so this may not suit your needs exactly ... Here we go!

Makeup Remover - I think if you use makeup, you absolutely need a makeup remover! My favourite is the Garnier Micellar Solution, but if you want something stronger or don't like micellar waters, try the Clarins Instant Makeup Remover (two toned, great for removing waterproof makeup).

Cleanser - I am a self proclaimed cleanser addict! There's nothing like cleansing my face and feeling clean and refreshed after a long day of wearing makeup. My favourites are listed in this blog post.

Light moisturizer - I absolutely love Balea's Aqua Serum, which is a newer discovery, but very popular locally. I love this light, nice-but-soft smelling moisturizer, which feels like nothing, is cooling and soaks into the skin incredibly fast. Another bonus is the price since it only costs around 3-4€ in European drugstore drogerie markt.

Mask - I have a few favourites here, but my favourites are the REN Pore Detox and Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey masks. They serve different purposes - the REN one really cleanses pores and the gunk in them, while Antipodes gives my face a fresh, dewy glow, which is just lovely.

Blemish treatment - I have so many favourites it's hard to pin point one, I'll have a post on all of them soon, but if you can only get one ... Get Vichy Hyaluspot, it's amazing. Or, if you don't use Vichy and want a natural product, go for Lush Grease Lightning.

Something for dry patches - I get really dry skin in the colder months and sometimes need a stronger moisturizer. My absolute favourite for this is Weleda Skin Food - very herbal smelling, potent but not greasy moisturizer. Takes a while to sink in, so try applying it overnight. You will wake up and see amazing results.

There we go! I still have way more than the must-haves I mentioned, but these are definitely my top skincare products. Why not try minimizing your own skincare drawer? It did me a world of good to get rid of all the products that were not suited to my skin type.

What's one skincare product you cannot live without?
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