Since moving to Cyprus, I have become very low maintenance. Long gone are the days of spending all my money on makeup and taking a quick trip to Boots for razors and coming out with 7 bags of things “I just had to have”. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely miss having the ability to do those things but life is so different here. Not to mention the fact that, for 6 months of the year, makeup would just slide off my face if I were to put it on. However, I do have some skincare essentials that I just cannot live without. I have really sensitive skin and there are days when I use products that I have frequently used and I end up with red, swollen skin, so I tend to stick with products I am familiar with. Everything I have mentioned in this post is something that I have been using for a prolonged period and never had an issue with, so let’s hope that I haven’t tempted fate by speaking about them here!
Cien Sun Factor 25 – I mentioned this on Instagram earlier in the week but the Lidl range of sun creams are my favourite. It is so easy to apply (especially to Alex and Emma). It aborbs quickly and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. The price is great too. The factor 25 in the above picture was €2.99. We use factor 25 or 50 on the face and factor 20 on the body and have never been burnt or had any kind of reactions to it. I use it religiously on my face so I don’t look like a leather bag in my 50s.
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream – This is my holy grail, cannot live without, one of my 3 items when I am stranded on a desert island, item. I have been using this for more than 10 years and I am never without it. My lips sometimes get sore from too much sun (usually because I end up licking them to stop them drying out!) and one application of this has them perfect again in just a few hours. I use it on stubborn dry patches and just about every other skin ailment that I have and it never fails me. I have even branched into their hand cream which is amazing. If you don’t own this, you should! If you live in a hot country, stick it in the fridge as it will help it retain a thicker, less gloopy consistency in the summer.
(Disclaimer – it smells kind of odd. I like it, but Michael hates it and won’t kiss me if I have been wearing it. The smell may not suit everyone but that one small negative is far outweighed by all the positives.)
Dr Organic, Organic Manuka Honey – About 2 years ago I saw George from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust talk about these products on her Instagram. Not long afterwards, I found them in my local pharmacy and I just had to pick them up. I get congested on my chin and the scrub really helps clear up my skin. It always looks so clear and bright after I have used them both together. In the summer, I use them 3 times a week as I find that the constant use of sun cream combined with sweating can lead me to getting more spots. However, using both the scrub and face mask regularly really reduces any issues and keeps my skin in good condition.
Botanics Hydration Burst Dual Action Cleanser – I actually have several cream cleansers that I love, but I find that this gel cleanser from the Botanics range is far more effective at cleaning my skin, particularly when I have been wearing sun cream. It is like it melts away all the product and grime on my face and I really like the tingly feeling I get afterwards. My skin doesn’t feel dry after using it, which for me is always a plus and as a result, I am using less moisturiser.
Cien Soft Moisturising Body Cream – This is a relatively new find for me. Some of our wedding guests left this in our house in October. I much prefer a cream texture for my body and this body cream is exactly that. It applies really well and a little goes a long way. It absorbs well meaning that I can get dressed and go instead of fanning myself intensely in the hope that the cream will dry as I run around after the kids (what a wonderful image that is!!). It’s great on the really stubborn dry patches I get on my ankles too!
Omega Capsules – As I have mentioned, I have really dry skin and no matter how much I drink or how well I eat, large parts of my skin remain exceptionally dry. When I was in University I started taking omega capsules and the difference they have made is unbelievable. Within days of taking them the dry patches disappear and my skin is glorious. I don’t take them long term, just for a month every few months and it really does do the trick. By taking the omega, it means that I am less picky about which moisturiser I use as my skin doesn’t need as much as when it is very dry.
So these are my favourite skin products. I am sure to most, they are not the most exciting of products but they work really well for me on a few levels. Firstly, I know that they are safe to use and not cause me any problems which mean I am hiding under a paper bag for a week! And secondly, they afford me the opportunity to use them quickly in the morning so that I can devote my time to breaking up fights and ensuring Alex and Emma don’t kill each other.
I am always interested in hearing about what others use and what they find effective in similar situations. I would love to hear about the skin products that you cannot live without in the comments x