#TheStruggleIsReal: Winter Skin

Aloha! It’s been a while and as most of you know, I have moved to university. This experience has been time-consuming, stressful and mentally draining – it is the sole reason for my lack of posts.

Since moving here everything has been about reading and essays, meaning that I haven’t had as much time to myself as I would like (apart from the time that I visited home for the weekend and it was lovely) and all this moving around (plus cold weather, plus general stress) has caused my skin to self-destruct – and I mean worse than usual.

This could have been down to moving and hormones, but the weather certainly didn’t help, it caused my skin to get very pimply and dry. I couldn’t let it stay like this as it was really starting to put me down and I had to wear make-up to cover it – something I hate doing.

With this in mind, I started getting testers of various skin products to find the root of my problem. I went to Origins because I am a regular user of the “Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash”, where I picked up testers for the “Zero Oil Cleanser” and “Zero Oil Lotion”.

These products started off by clearing up my spots and after a week the effects had reversed, leaving my skin worse than it was before! The cleanser didn’t feel like it was cleaning my skin enough, but the moisturiser was good – it really was “Zero Oil” and kept my skin matte for most of the day, but in the end it just made my skin really dry.

After these products quite literally blew up in my face, I opted for something familiar and headed to BareMinerals where I decided to retry  the “Purely Nourishing Moisturiser for Combination Skin”. I used this for around 2 weeks, my skin didn’t react to it at all, but I came to the conclusion that this is a summer skincare only option for my skin type. I had already purchased it because it really is a dependable moisturiser, just not for me in the winter.

Once again, I was back to square one and decided to use something I already had for the time being and also start using night cream again. I had some of my trusty Nivea “Night Regenerating Cream” left, so I used that along with The Body Shop “Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet”.

I remembered how much I loved the smell of the Vitamin E products, which led me to browse the entire Vitamin E line on the Body Shop website. After looking at countless reviews of various products, I decided that I wanted to try out a new night cream, seeing as night cream is something that’s usually a safe option for my troublesome skin.

I didn’t buy the products online, I kept browsing products for a week or so and went into the store to purchase. While in the store, a girl insisted that the toner would be a good addition to my purchase, along with an overnight treatment oil and I decided to try them out as I was already getting something new anyway and rarely used toners and treatments. In total, I purchased the “Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream”, “Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil” and the “Vitamin E Hydrating Toner”.

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The difference in my skin was noticeable within a week, my skin was hydrated and my spots were reducing. I have finally discovered a skincare line that actually works with my skin, one that doesn’t make it worse and since using these products, I have gone back for more from the Vitamin E line. It turns out that the “Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet” wasn’t working as well as I thought it was and it was actually too harsh on my skin, it just took products that didn’t hurt my skin to realise what was doing the damage.

I now own most of The Body Shop Vitamin E range, the “Vitamin E Moisture Cream” replaced the “Aqua Boost Sorbet”, I also got the “Vitamin E Face Mist” to see what all the fuss was about and so far I can see the appeal, it’s very refreshing.

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All-in-all, I’m loving the Vitamin E range from The Body Shop and I think it will be my staple skincare range from now on. It rescued my skin from whatever winter/stress induced hell it was in.

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I will most probably be separately reviewing these products to help others figure out which ones are best for their skin too. If anyone else suffers from sensitive skin that loves to react and break out – I seriously suggest trying out this range.

Until next time,

XOXO,

Hannah.

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Reviewing empties: Bioderma vs. Garnier

As I was going through my stuff and throwing things out I came across an almost empty bottle of the Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water, I decided to bin the very last bit and continue using Bioderma instead and here’s why.

After months of careful consideration and switching from bottle to bottle I have found that Bioderma is the winner, don’t get me wrong Garnier is the closest thing to Bioderma when looking at all the other micellar waters, it is also the cheapest alternative.

If you do not have the money to spend on Bioderma, I would still highly recommend using Garnier’s version, but I did notice a few differences.

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Pros of Garnier;

  • Still removes make-up just as well as Bioderma.
  • When removing lipstick, micellar water doesn’t taste horrible.

Cons of Garnier;

  • Skin doesn’t feel as fresh as it does with Bioderma.
  • Use a little too much and it begins to form face-wash-like bubbles on your face.
  • When removing eye make-up it does sting slightly (this might be why they released an eye make-up remover along with the micellar water).

Pros of Bioderma;

  • Leaves skin feeling clear and fresh.
  • Doesn’t sting when removing eye make-up.
  • Rarely forms bubbles when using a large amount of the product.

Cons of Bioderma; 

  • When removing lipstick or other lip products, the solution tastes rather foul.

I would still happily use Garnier if I didn’t have any Bioderma. Both of these solutions are great and do the job, and they both don’t cause breakouts.

If you want to buy either of these Garnier is available here and Bioderma is available rather cheap here at Escentual.

Now that Bioderma is available from Escentual I will be trying the other versions and have actually already tried the Bioderma Sebium H2O for Combination/Oily skin as I got it when purchasing all my other bottles in Paris back in March.

Hope this post is useful to many of you, I know it’s taken a while, but I needed to be sure of my decision.

Bioderma wins!

Love you all,

XOXO

Hannah.