Over the months, I’ve gathered quite the collection of skincare, some have become my holy grail while others have become discarded. In this post I’m decluttering and sharing which products I’m keeping and which products won’t be staying in my collection.
Click here to read my in-depth skincare routine.
These first 3 products that I intend to keep around are products I use practically every day.
The Soap and Glory peaches and clean cleanser is a makeup remover and it’s a holy grail. In a blog post that you can read here, I compare this cleanser and Micellar water to see which is the better option for makeup removal. This literally melts the makeup from your face with just one pump! It’s also so affordable due to it being a drugstore products. Even more so, the peach scent is amazing!
The Biore cleanser is one of the best and it only makes it better that it’s a drugstore product! It has a cooling effect on the skin and really lifts the dirt from your pores. This does make your skin purge at first but then your skin feels so soft and clear so it’s worth it! If you don’t have a problem with acne or blemishes then you can get the deep pore cleanser which is the same but without the spot fighting ingredients.
Let the good times roll! Of course I had to include this! I mentioned it in my blog post about my favourite lush products. Lush skincare is so underrated, it smells absolutely gorgeous and even has small pieces of popcorn in it! I use this every morning and I always get left with glowy skin after using it. This is slightly pricier than the other two but I’m willing to pay because of how good of a product this is!
Another Biore product I’m keeping is the anti-blemish scrub. This is quite gritty but it works so well with the cleanser and has the same fresh scent as the other. I only use this once a week and it provides the exfoliation I need.
The Pixi Glow Tonic, oh my days! Holy grail! I never used to understand the hype of this but now I’ve started using it, I can see it. The glow is so real and my skin has actually cleared a little since I’ve started using it. This is just an added bonus since it’s not it’s primary reason.
My chosen moisturiser is the Simple hydrating light moisturiser. My skin is oily (in case I haven’t mentioned it all before in a blog post, I have.) so this light moisturiser is perfect as my skin doesn’t wake up greasy, only supple and hydrated. This was also extremely inexpensive so I was over the moon when I discovered it!
This serum is a new one to my collection but it’s great. The Ordinary salicylic acid serum is so good! It really helped clear my skin when it was in a bad state and you can really tell it’s working. Surprisingly, this was also inexpensive and I’ve heard it’s a dupe to the Drunk Elephant babyfacial which is a product I’ve been dying to try for ages!
For eye cream, I’ve actually been enjoying this one from Aldi. I never used to use eye cream as I never saw a point but since using this one, I’ve seen a huge reduction in my eye bags. I really like the gel consistency of this.
As for acne treatment, I really like this witch hazel gel. I apply this just before I go to bed and by morning the spot is dried out and considerably smaller in size. I picked mine up from Superdrug for less than £5 and it’s lasted me a while.
Both the face masks I’m keeping are glamglow and I’m keeping the Thirstymud treatment and the Supermud clearing treatment. These both do exactly as they say and I use them both regularly. These are the mini versions but I’ll definitely be picking up the bigger versions when I run out. The Thirstymud is absolutely perfect for flights. I came off the plane at Spain which perfectly hydrated skin!
As for tools I’m keeping my spinning brush from Primark. As you can see I’ve used it quite a lot and it really helps get the products working. The bristles are also very soft which I love. I’ve seen expensive versions of this from other places yet mine was only £15!
As well the brush, I’m also keeping my facial razors because as I mentioned in my blog post on face shaving, it really helps the appearance of my makeup!
So, the first item I’m throwing is the Cetaphil Oily skin cleanser. This wasn’t a bad cleanser, it was gentle and did the job, but I just found a better replacement. I didn’t find it changing how oily my skin is but that didn’t concern me all too much. It neither improved nor worsened the condition of my skin.
The next is the Dr Organic Manuka Honey face scrub. I’m not too keen on the scent of this but I’m not keen on the scent of honey overall. The scrub is very gritty and it can be slightly too much as I rub it in. I’d read so much on the benefits of manuka honey but I found it having no impact on mine.
I will not be keeping the Ancient Clay Healing mask. This is not the same brand that is raved about but it’s pretty much the exact same product. I followed the instructions and I didn’t get the miracle results that were promised. It’s not a bad mask, my skin’s condition did improve but it’s a lot of mess and hassle for the slight improvement.
Clearasil’s rapid action treatment cream was not a hit for me. I’d apply it before I went to bed and when I woke, the spot was more inflamed and painful than before! I really wanted to like this but it didn’t work well with my skin at all.
Neutrogena’s light therapy mask was seen all over social media when launched and I didn’t want to dish out for it if it didn’t work. Therefore, I purchased the stick to test before I bought. I used it every night and no results were seen. It recommended using it for 30 days but there are other products that can give results overnight so why go through that trouble?
This vitamin C serum shown in the photo is also a product that I won’t be keeping. I don’t know the brand of it unfortunately. It was really good, it faded my scars and was light on the skin. The problem however, is that it’s gone off. I’ve heard about vitamin C being able to go off easily and it’s done it with this. This is my fault as I didn’t store it in the fridge. Despite how good it was, I don’t think I’ll repurchase as I got it at TK Maxx and I’m not sure where else you can get it.
The next 2 are toners from La Roche-Posay. The first is the Effaclar clarifying toner and this wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good. For me, it felt like just rubbing water on my face and I saw no results from it. The next is the Serozinc toner. I love the spray of this and it’s very refreshing but I just prefer the Pixi one! This Serozinc one also did help with my oiliness but it didn’t help with the texture of my skin like my glow tonic!
Last product! The Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel night clearing gel. This brand used to make up my whole skincare routine as it was really good on my skin. This gel was especially favourited. I used to apply it before I slept and when I awoke my skin was almost completely cleared. Then it stopped working, I’m not sure why but it did. I kept trying but it never worked again which is strange. I have used it occasionally since then but the results have been no where near as amazing.
What’s one skincare product you had to throw away or keep? Let me know in the comments below!