Skincare Saviours

Hi lovelies!

Today I want to share with you my favourite skincare products I’ve been using recently. I have used so many different scrubs, cleansers and moisturisers in my time, and these are some new purchases that I actually think I might continue using for once!

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So, what products are we looking at here? I’ll tell you what they are first, and then I’ll get on to telling you why I think each one is a skincare saviour!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil £13
Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream £25.50 (mine is a sample size, like the one in this set)
Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator (they don’t have it online but you can see the rest of the range here) around £4

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Let’s start with the Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator. I had seen several blogger recommendations for this facial scrub, after using so many before that just felt like they stripped my skin and left it feeling tight and dry, and hoped this could be just what I need. Having eczema on my forehead during the winter, I need something to get rid of the excess flaky bits (eww) but not make them any worse!

Although scrubbing with this still makes my forehead feel bit tight afterwards, this is definitely the best I’ve come across so far and does still feel moisturising on the rest of my skin despite this. It also doesn’t have any synthetic-feeling or harsh grains that rub your skin raw, only natural oatmeal that gently scrubs away excess skin. You can see in the picture below it has a lovely thick oatmeal texture so you don’t actually need a lot- it spreads out nicely once on the skin. This is my new go-to scrub, and at such a reasonable price, too!

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The next product is another blogger favourite- The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil. If you read my Lunchtime Skincare Haul post then you’ll have heard a bit about my struggle with having such a dry, awful, uncomfortable face in the Winter. I was willing to try literally anything to help it out, and I thought it was about time I branched out into the world of serums and facial oils- this product ticks them both off in one!

I figured if it’s something designed for use overnight, it’s going to nice and intensive and could solve all my problems! Whilst it hasn’t completely gotten rid of my dryness (that would truly be a miracle), it has really helped to make my skin feel more comfortable in this freezing weather. I tend to apply it just before bed, and if I’m faffing about doing other things then I’ll let it sink in and apply another layer because my skin literally slurps it up in no time at all! If my forehead is feeling extra dry, I’ll apply my dry skin/eczema cream as well because it does feel weird not using a cream at all as I’m so used to it! If you do suffer from eczema or very dry skin, I really recommend the Boots Derma Care Range, particularly the Daily Moisturising Cream (I bought this because it’s travel-sized to take to New York, and ended up using it all over my hands and face until it was all gone- it’s so nourishing!)

I’m hoping this bottle will last me until the summer when the weather warms up and with it my eczema hopefully will clear, but would definitely consider repurchasing it next winter. If you don’t have skin that’s even a little bit dry then I probably wouldn’t recommend this for daily use like me, but it’s great to give your skin a winter glow and pick-me-up.

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Last, but not least, is my first ever eye cream- Benefit It’s Potent! I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the Benefit skincare range, as being a massive fan I obviously went and bought something from it as soon as it came out a few years ago, but when I bought their moisturiser and used it for a few days it really didn’t like my skin and it went so oily and shiny! I actually returned it (the girl at the counter was not impressed, but I stood my ground!) but was given a little sample bottle a few months ago, and when I tried it again I really loved it- typical!

I got this little pot of eye cream in a gift set I got for Christmas in 2013 actually, but always thought ‘eye cream is for older people, too much effort.’ WRONG. If you read my 10 Skincare Resolutions post last week, then you’ll see one of these was to start wearing eye cream since reading about its importance from various beauty blogs and in Fleur De Force’s Glam Guide. 

I’ve been making the effort to use this at least once a day, and although I can’t really vouch for its actual effects on my under-eyes, it does feel lovely and refreshing when I use it and I know it must be doing good. When my teeny-tiny pot runs out (which doesn’t look like it’ll be any time soon, although my finger might not actually reach to the bottom as it all goes in my nail- TMI?) I don’t think I’ll be reinvesting in the larger pot as it’s not cheap and I’m sure there’s better budget eye creams out there, but if I could afford it I probably would keep with this one.

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So there we are- three products that have helped my dry skin and been my ‘skincare saviours’ this winter! I’m hoping I’ll be able to switch up my skincare routine and find a lighter night cream in place of the serum-in-oil for the summer, and hopefully I won’t need my eczema cream at all- fingers crossed!

Have you tried any of these products? Did you find they worked for your skin? If you also suffer from eczema then I’d love to hear your thoughts on what products have helped you.

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Emma x

  • I’ve got the Vitamin E Overnight Oil and it’s really helped my skin, it used to be really dry and tight but now I feel I have some moisture back in my skin. I can’t use this all the time though or else my skin starts to feel really oily. I’ll probably keep this for when the weather is colder as in summer my skin tends to be quite oily anyway

    Emma emhasrednails

    • I’m exactly the same Emma, I haven’t been using this since the weather has gotten warmer as it makes the areas of my skin that aren’t as dry a bit oily- it’s a fab winter product though :)