9 Mar 2016
Boots Skincare Haul & First Impressions
My skin always used to be so well behaved, but recently it's started playing up. It's been frustrating as aside from the odd dry patch and a touch of dehydration, my skin has been relatively good since getting over my breakout phase in my early teens. For some reason that I can't quite pinpoint, my skin has apparently had enough of being a goody two shoes and has been throwing a massive strop. My usual trusty routine was doing very little to calm it, so I set off to the Boots website to try find some new skin saviours.
The first stop on my quest to better skin was a new cleanser, and having heard some great things about the Boots Botanics range I decided to order the All Bright Gentle Cleansing Cream, encouraged by the fact it was half price. I had expected this to be a more traditional cleanser that you use with water, mostly because I hadn't read the full product page, so was a bit surprised to see that it's just used with cotton pads. It does a decent job of removing my face make up, however my face doesn't feel all that clean afterwards so I tend to follow it up with another cleanser. I have a lot of similar products in my collection, but I much prefer this to the likes of the Simple Cleansing Lotion which is a lot heavier on the skin. So far, this hasn't broken me out but I'm not noticing a massive change in the brightness of my skin either.
Back at Christmas I was given some of the normal Boots Eye Make Up Remover pads and had worked my way through the tub pretty quickly, so decided to pick up some of the Cucumber Eye Make Up Remover Pads to try out. My eyes have been quite puffy lately, which is why I was drawn to the cucumber scent, but otherwise these work just as well as the original version and do a great job at wiping away stubborn eye make up. It is a bit on the greasy side, but as I use this very early on in my routine it doesn't have that much of an impact.
To really fight the puffiness, I figured I would pick up the Cucumber Eye Gel from the same range as it was a mere £1.50. For the price, I wouldn't expect a miracle worker, but as someone who more often than not forgets to use an eye cream I've been pleasantly surprised with the results. The cooling effect makes a big difference to my under-eye area and it sinks in quickly, with no trace of sticky residue to be seen. It's super affordable and has been an easy way to incorporate more under eye care in to my routine, so I'll keep using this for now.
I've raved about the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads before, which you can read in this review, so as soon as I noticed that they had 1/3rd off I added them straight to my basket. I think these have possibly been reformulated since I last tried them, but I'm just not finding them to work as well as they had before. Maybe it'll just take a bit more time because of the state of my skin at the moment, but I've not been seeing the instantaneous results that I'm used to from these. I might need to give the "extreme" version a go instead and see if they work anywhere near as well as I remember.
Finally, a bit of a cult product. The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ has been raved about in the blogosphere for years now, but as I'd not previously had much of an issue with breakouts I hadn't been all too bothered about trying it. Over Christmas I'd had a little sample size that I'd been pretty impressed with, as it cleared up a small hormonal breakout quite quickly, so when I was able to pick it up on Boots for a little over £8 thanks to various deals and voucher codes I figured it was worth trying out.
Whilst it makes quick work of clearing up my breakouts and calming my angry skin, I'm not quite sold. I think my main issue with Effaclar Duo+ is that it's not quite moisturising enough for my skin to be able to rely on it alone. I find that it leaves a bit of a residue on my skin, which I'm really not a fan of, but I think I'm willing to overlook it for the fact that it is so calming. I don't see myself picking up a tube at full price again, I think I'll just stick to a targeted treatment instead, but it definitely made a difference to my blemishes.
On the whole, my skin is slowly getting back to normal. I can't pin point it on one specific product, instead I think it's more the combination of new products and a new routine, but I think I'll be keeping these new additions in my daily line up for a few more weeks at least! Whilst I wasn't blown away by any one particular product, I can see that these do work and understand why some of them in particular are so raved about.
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