I wasn’t entirely sure if this post should focus on one passion of mine, or whether it should include all of them. I’ve decided to focus on all the things skincare that i’m loving at the moment! My opinions of these products are based on that fact that for the most part I have crazy oily skin with occasional dry spots, as well as being acne prone.
The first product that has been a favourite for a while now is the original Proactive solutions face wash. While I do agree with the claims that if you overuse or are too aggressive with it, more damage can be done to your skin, it does wonders for my skin! It’s the first product I can say has actually made a difference to the hormonal pimples I usually have. As well as clearing up pimples faster, it also gives my skin a generally better look. I will add that unfortunately when i’ve missed too many uses or tried to stop using it my skin goes back to it’s old ways. That could just be due to my acne being hormonal however, a simple wash isn’t going to completely solve that.
Pro’s- Effective, Come’s in a trial set, Trial set usually $30(Back to school deals atm! www.proactiv.co.nz)
Con’s-Can become too harsh for sensitive skin.
Now the second product is keeping in theme as it is the original Proactive solutions SPF15, oil-free moisturiser. Never before have I found such a good moisturiser that I can actually wear under makeup, and a bonus of having SPF as well! If there’s one thing i’ve learnt about skincare, it’s the importance of sun protection. As someone with super oily skin this can often be a problem as most sunscreen can be quite thick and especially don’t sit well on my face under makeup. However this one is perfect, not only have I found that it sits so nice and thin on my face but I can actually use it under makeup! Definite score on this one.
Pro’s- Included in the trial set mentioned above, Light-weight, SPF!!!
Con’s- Not overly moisturising, Wouldn’t use as an overnight moisturiser.
The Youth mud face mask by Glam Glow isn’t the mask I had originally planned to buy but with full sized jars ranging near the $100NZD mark, I was more than happy to take home a much cheaper tester jar of a slightly different mask. This mask is very much a grey mud and does in fact have leaves in it, and while the tingling(borderline burning) sensation scares you the first use it does get better! This product decongests my face more than I thought a face mask could, not only did I find many of my blackheads gone but it also gave my face the smoothest finish. Another product I would warn people with sensitive skin to be careful of as it does have a minty tingle to it, otherwise I think it is a perfect intensive exfoliant as when you wash it off it does exactly that! I think this would be perfect to use as both a before bed spa treatment and a right before makeup skin polisher!
Pro’s- Clears out ‘gunk’, Soft finish, Comes in a tester size.
Con’s- Not the most gentle product, How do you feel about leaves?
I haven’t tried a huge array of masks however if someone with more sensitive skin asked me to recommend either the above mask or this one, I would have to say this one. The Mario Badescu Silver Powder mask. Personally on my skin this mask doesn’t so much clear up pimples, but it does do wonder’s on my blackhead. This mask has a much more gentle cleansing action, as it isn’t exfoliating or harsh on the skin. I find that it sinks into your pores and when washed or toned off simply drags out any dirt with it, so it’s definitely a recommend for anyone who struggles with large pores or black heads. It goes on like a wet clay and dries to a powder, I also find it is really cooling and a go to for when my skin feels inflamed or irritated.
Pro’s- Gentle, amazing value for money as you don’t use much product($26NZD)
Con’s- Not intensive enough for tough skin.
The holy grail of all holy grails. The one and only Mario Badescu drying lotion. Yes you’ve probably already heard this hype from multiple other beauty guru’s and youtuber’s as I did, but as someone who does get pimples and especially the occasional under the skin monster that can take weeks of pain to go away(too dramatic?) I felt the need to try this magic concoction that a good chunk of the world seemed to be raving about. And yes it does work. I found that it worked very well on drying pimples out so that they aren’t all inflamed and speeding up the healing process so that a pimples life is cut in half, but the one thing it did that impressed me even more was it’s effective on one of those under the skin pimples I mentioned before. Usually for me a painful lump under the skin can take anywhere from a few days to over a week to have a head and clear itself away but at first sight of one of these bumps I started applying the drying lotion before bed every night and within 2-3 days it was shrinking in size and the pressure had gone. Long story short this lotion is a lifesaver and I now swear by it.
Pro’s- IT WORK’S, more affordable than similar products($26NZD).
Con’s- Can cause dryness around the pimple.
Love all these products and despite this post being a month late I’m still using them so that says something 👍🏼
Till next time, Chatterkiwi x