Natural skincare favourites

Natural skincare favourites

After suffering from acne for two years from 2013-2015 I have a hell of a lot of experience with skincare products and what works and what doesn’t. I was forever being advised to try different scrubs/creams/masks and after years of trialling what was probably hundreds of products, I have finally found my favourite products.

The one big breakthrough I had that really helped me to clear up my acne was that I realised that less is definitely more. I know when you’re covered in blemishes and you’re desperate to change that, you want to do something about it – so you scrub at your face and plaster it in numerous different chemical-packed substances but actually, you’d be so much better off leaving it all alone.

My go-to skincare routine currently involves a bar of Dove soap, Aloe Vera gel, St Ives Apricot Scrub and Freeman face masks. Yes, that’s right. No special zit-zapping soap or creams. Just these guys and some water.

When I finally cut out the zit-zapping cleansers and creams and switched to a standard, good old Dove bar of soap and Aloe Vera gel (twice a day, morning and night) my skin rapidly improved. Now I won’t lie, I was also on antibiotics to help clear up my acne, but the antibiotics take a couple of months to kick in and my face started clearing up way too early for it to have been the antibiotics – I believe it was down to the lack of harsh chemical-filled products.

The dove soap is super natural, as is the aloe vera gel. Equally, the St Ives scrub that I use very sparingly once a week is super gentle on your skin and super natural. The facemarks that I use once every other week are also full of natural goodness – using ingredients like sugar, seaweed and yet again, aloe vera, they’re really gentle on your skin but still do their job in keeping it clean and baby smooth.

The key to keeping clear, happy and gorgeous skin, I believe from my experience, is being gentle and keeping a consistent routine with the same natural products. It probably sounds crazy to some of you, probably like it’s going to create more spots than it will get rid of. I’m not saying it will work for everyone, but for me, being gentle and therefore keeping irritation to an absolute minimum made a world of difference.

You can buy aloe vera gel from most chemists/pharmacies and I get my Freeman facemarks and Dove soap bars from Tesco. The St Ives Apricot face scrub is available on Amazon, here. The apricot scrub is a little on the pricier side, but it’s 100& worth it, the other products though, are really reasonably priced and work wonders.

If you decide to give any of these products a go, let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions for other natural, gentle skincare products then please feel free to let me know in the comments as I’m always on the look out for new little gems!

Thank you for reading, if you haven’t already, check out my last post, ‘gooey vegan brownie goodness’ย and stick around for a huge clothes haul coming on Tuesday!

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11 Comments

  1. February 5, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Girl, I am all over this!!! In December, I added pure aloe vera to my skincare routine and I think it’s made a huge difference! And I use St. Ives face scrub religiously! I like the apricot one but my favorite is the green tea!

    • February 5, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      I honestly swear pure aloe vera is some kind of miracle worker, it’s amazing! I didn’t realise there was a green tea St Ives! I’ll deffo have to check that out!x

  2. February 6, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    I just recently found out that aloe vera works on acne and it was a serious game changer! I literally could not believe it and I wish I knew this for way back when I used to suffer with acne. I mean now it’s much more tamed but every time I have a little break out now I’ll always apply the aloe to help speed up the process!

    xo, JJ

    • February 6, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      It’s brilliant isn’t it?! I wish I’d have known about it when I first started getting spots, then it might not have turned into acne. But it definitely helped to clear mine up and helps to keep spots away now! It’s a real miracle worker I think, my dad suffered from a skin condition for 40 years and after using aloe vera for a week it completely cleared up! Magic!x

  3. February 17, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    The St Ive’s scrub has been a favorite o mine for years. It leaves my skin so smooth and clean!

  4. February 24, 2017 / 5:48 am

    I have used St.Ives for so many years. Infact my first physical exfoliator was the apricot one with salicylic acid. I totally agree with you on Aloe Vera being a must have product.. I have had very complex skin type and aloe vera was that onething I could rely on.. I wonder why I do not seem to remember mentioning it while writing my posts.. Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ
    Looking forward to read more of your posts๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š

  5. February 25, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    I love using natural products. It makes such a difference to my skin. I’m definitely going to try find some pure Aloe Vera gel. You should try something called Buchulife for acne. It works MIRACLES. It clears up redness and scaring from my spots in a few days.

    I love your blog! Can’t wait to read more posts

    xxx
    Jenna

    • February 25, 2017 / 3:17 pm

      Me too! Honestly, I totally swear by Aloe Vera, I think it’s an absolute miracle worker! I very rarely get spots anymore but my brother suffers from acne so I’ll get him to check out Buchulife – thank you! And thanks for the lovely comment!xxx

  6. Amy
    February 26, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    I haven’t ever see those Freeman face masks before but will definitely look into them they look good, I love youre blog so far xxx

    • February 27, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      They’re really great, and really cheap too! Definitely give them a go. Thank youuu!x

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