Sooo. Boots (our brilliant drugstore for you US folk) has 3 for 2 on all their skincare at the minute. Is anyone else as weak as me? I went with the intention of getting a new cleanser and daytime moisturiser and came back with 6 things. I spent AN HOUR in there, painstakingly studying ingredients lists and comparing prices. At one point my hands were too full so I dropped a cleanser and the lid flew off and shot across the store, causing a sales advisor to meekly pop her head around the end of the aisle and offer me a basket. I said no, I don’t know why. I shuffled off to the checkout with my Boots card and arms far too full, and here are the results of my trip (minus the bag of mini Malteaster bunnies which *ahem* disappeared).
I just can’t resist those offers. Anyway, this is what I ended up with. My skin is really sensitive, and as a result I get a lot of dryness, redness, flakiness and even tiny little wounds if I use stuff that’s too harsh. So everything I bought today is either suitable for or designed for sensitive skin to try and at least help my hopeless case of a face a little bit.
First is the Boots Botanics Ultra Calm skin relief serum (£7.99). This is meant to be used after cleansing and before moisturising, and is meant to both soothe skin and reduce its sensitivity in the long term. I’ve tried it today and it’s nice – quite thin, so it doesn’t feel like a film on the skin. Second is the Good Things Five minute facial mask.(£5.99) The Good Things range is nice – they don’t pack any rubbish like parabens, mineral oils or sodium laureth sulphate into their products, so they’re pretty good for sensitive skin too. Apparently it has ‘green clay and kaolin to draw out impurities, avocado oil to moisturise, goji berry extract to soothe and willow bark extract for radiance’ – I’m cool with that.
Next up are two of Garnier’s new moisturisers (£5.99 each), from the Moisture Match range. I like the idea that they’ve done one for all different skin types, and I also like the nice little interactive website (easily pleased). I got one for day and one for night – for night I picked the Goodbye Dry one, which is a really thick and lovely cream. For day I chose to go for the Protect and Glow, which is illuminating and also has SPF 20. I’ve tried this one – it’s lovely and really does illuminate the skin without being shimmery or anything. It’s moisturising which is welcome for a day cream – often my skin’s left feeling no better after using a light moisturiser. And it smells like holidays!
Next up was my cleanser, by a brand I’ve not tried before: Eau Thermale Avène. They specialise in products for sensitive, intolerant and allergic skin so this better work – the one I picked out is supposedly suitable to be used on babies’ skin. I went for the Cold Cream ultra rich cleansing gel, to use in the shower. I wanted a proper face wash rather than a cream cleanser, but it’s so hard to find one that doesn’t leave my skin drier than Gandhi’s flip flop. I have high hopes for my baby cleanser. And finally, St Ives scrub for sensitive skin. I’ve never used a scrub by St Ives (I know, OKAY?) so I lost my apricot scrub virginity today. And boy, was it good. My skin was left so gorgeous and soft – I had previously been using a No7 microdermabrasion sample from about 5 years ago, so anything was going to be an upgrade. But this stuff is reeeeally good. Not too gritty and didn’t make my skin flare up but it definitely works.
Right, that’s it. Self imposed skincare spending ban. For at least the next fortnight …