This is the first in a series of posts called Deal Changers
Just a quick note first - we have electrics on and off and intermittent internet at the moment as our building works power on so please forgive my lack of posts lately. Pearl arrives today and the kitchen is looking great - I am hoping I will have a picture for you very soon!
As you know I have been looking into my skincare routines this year and tweeking them a little. Your skin changes as you get older. Actually I find my skin changes from season to season and also when I am unwell.
For those of you who like random facts here are a few about your skin you may find interesting:
1) It is your biggest organ - 2 metres when stretched out, accounting for 15% of your body weight.
2) Every inch of your skin has the exact stretchiness and strength for it's location. The skin on your knuckles is very different to the skin on your belly.
3) The thinnest skin is found on your eye lids
4) The thickest skin is found on the soles of your feet
It is not surprising that when we are sick or we don't look after skin it shows. I know if I am tired my skin becomes dry and dull. If I don't drink enough I find it looks spotty and uneven.
I have found a group of products that have made a huge difference to my skin.
Exfoliating and Clarifying Toners.
I began by using the Ren Clarifying Toner and have since added the Clarins exfoliating Toner into my weekly routine.
They keep my skin clear. They tighten pores and deep cleanse. They diminish the need for exfoliating and facial brushes. I have never really used rough exfoliaters. I have always used Dermalogias daily microfoliant as it is so gentle. I don't like to rip at my skin with rough bits of debris or whatever it is they put in these products. I do have a facial brush as well which is very soft and I use this twice a week to massage my skin gently and again I find this really tightens pores and cleanses well. I don't use it daily as I feel it is a little too much for my skin.
You can read about the Ren toner here. It is more gentle and I use this daily.
The Clarins Toner is definitely a stronger treatment. I hear some people do use it daily once their skin is accutomed to it. At the moment I use it 2 - 3 times a week and that seems to be enough. There is a lot on the box about the white nettle extract and Tamarind, whilst sounding delighfully natural, it does also contain other less desirable ingredients. However, it also contains natural acids which are so good for the skin.They revive the complexion, smooth skin texture and deliver an even and radiant complexion.
BUT, here is the thing. It does have alcohol in. I have this raging discussion that goes on within me about alcohol in products. There is plenty to read online about it and I have written about it before so I won't repeat myself, but I don't think it is particularly necessary or good for your skin. However, it is the case at the moment of " don't throw the baby out with the bath water". If it does not adversely affect your skin and is not in high levels I suspect it is ok.
This product has really given my skin a glow ! Even more so than the Ren toner did. Having said that I do have a little voice niggling in the back of my head saying " alcohol is the second ingredient" . This means it is quite a high percentage of this product and really if you were to ask me if I am happy about that, I would answer "no". So when this is finished , despite seeing such a radial improvement in my skin I am going to try the next toner on my list - the pixi glow tonic . It does not have alcohol in it. It is a bit tricky to get hold of, but is reasonable in price so we shall see.
What product has been a deal changer for you?
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