After reading the skincare tag over on Ramblings of a Beauty Bird and more recently RottenOtter, I couldn't help but get involved myself. It's been ages since I've done a tag of any kind but I really do enjoy reading them, plus this one looked a little more interesting than many if the ones I've seen floating around! If you're reading this then I tag you to give it a go; just remember to leave links in the comments below so I can sneak a peak at your responses too!
Describe your skincare routine in 5 words.
Simple, hydrating, spot-fighting, brightening, obsessive
What's your skin type?
Combination, sensitive and blemish prone - not the easiest to deal with!
What's your favourite skincare product?
I love using masks, I have a fairly big collection and a wishlist as long as my arm. I particularly love Origins masks - and anything by Origins for that matter. Their Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is one not to be missed no matter what your skin type.
Top blemish zapper?
I haven't come across anything that's made as big a difference to my skin as Effaclar Duo from La Roche Posay. I'd read so much about it before purchasing and I was worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations, but it's far outlived them! It's not so much a 'blemish zapper' as a long term treatment that helps improve the texture and tone of the skin - something which has helped my blemishes ten fold.
Face wipes: yay or nay?
Despite being an avid face wipe user before I started blogging, I'd definitely have to say nay. Since moving away from wipes I've been getting a much deeper cleanse, meaning my skin has improved as I've spent increasing amounts of time looking after it.
Toner: yay or nay?
I do think that toner can be incredibly beneficial for the skin, but I don't use it personally. I've used many high street options in the past but was never blown away by any of them - although after reading Caroline Hiron's Toner Fact Sheet I'm definitely interested in giving it another go! The La Roche Posay Serozinc is pretty high on my beauty wishlist at the moment, as I think it is everyone's.
High end skincare or high end makeup?
Definitely skincare! I'm a firm believer that it's worth splurging on things like moisturiser, serums and facial oils. One day I'd love to have skin that doesn't require a foundation with full on coverage, but I can't see that happening any time soon! The more I spend on skincare the less I have to spend on makeup though, so it works out well for me in the long run.
What's the most unusual skincare product you've tried?
I can't say I've used anything particularly unusual! I remember finding it really strange to use facial oils to begin with but I'm hooked on them now - not very adventurous I know!
You're in a French pharmacy and can only pick one item - what is it?
I'd love to have a good rummage around the Bioderma shelves, although I don't think I'd pick up the Crealine H2O. I'm interested in trying the Sebium Pore Refiner so perhaps that - although I can imagine it would take me a pretty long time to choose! I love how a lot of French brands are becoming more accessible here in the UK now though, sites like Escentual are my best friends.
Top skincare tip?
Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse! Allow yourself time two nights a week to really give your skin a good pamper and get all the crap out of it. Also, using as many natural and organic products as possible has improved my skin - something to consider if yours is sensitive too! I also love using essential oils on my skin, particularly when it's looking and feeling overly stressed. Lavender Oil is my favourite for spots and blemishes and it's great at helping to heal scarring.