Five Essential Skincare Products (for every skincare kit)

I’ve always been someone who really loves skincare and will always get more excited about a new serum than a new lipstick…although I’ll still get pretty excited about the latter too! Consequently, I’ve worked my way through a lot of skincare, and since I started blogging I’ve been fortunate enough to try some amazing products from fabulous brands.

There are a few that really stand the test of time and work wonders on my skin, so I tend to recommend them to anyone who ever asks my opinion on great skincare, especially as these five are the sort of products that’ll do great things for all skin types.  Here’s a quick look at each product and why I think it’s so fabulous:

The Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner is one of the best products around for introducing acids into your routine, and I’ve mentioned many times how brilliant this is for anyone with sensitive/reactive skin.  It’s a very gentle mix of salicylic and glycolic acid that’s sooo mild, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s not doing anything, until you feel your skin afterwards which will be smoother and prepped for the rest of your routine.  It’s around the £12 mark and used to be quite widely available, but for some reason it’s out of stock from most of the places I would recommend.  However, I’ve found it at Skinstore here – link.

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Rescue Cream Mask is something everyone needs in their stash as it’s such a fantastic product that boosts hydrating, soothes redness or sensitivity and gives skin an amazing glow after just one use – I cannot get enough of it! It’s a particularly fab product if you’ve overdone it with the acids or spent too long in the sun, as it’s brilliantly soothing and thick enough to stay on the surface so it doesn’t just absorb, therefore leaving skin feeling and looking a lot calmer – I love the whole The Body Shop Aloe range, but this is definitely the star product.  It’s £11 here – link.

I had to include the Murad Blemish Clearing Solution as I had a little breakout a couple of weeks ago as a result of using too many rich products in one go, so I dug this out and was reminded of just how incredibly effective it is for speedily reducing breakouts – seriously, I don’t know of any other product that works as quickly as this does and each time I revisit it I’m blown away.  It’s £32 here – link – and as you only need a smidgen for treating a breakout, the 50ml tube will last for ages.

I’m *terrible* with applying SPF as I always find it interferes with my skincare/make-up, resulting in pilling and an uneven finish. So far, the only one I’ve found that doesn’t create those problems is the Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection, which not only provides a fantastic SPF50 (I had a computerised skincare assessment today and my UV damage is very low, so it’s clearly working!) but it also acts as a kind of primer for make-up, so I find my base sits and looks better after using this.  I was expecting this to be a small fortune but it’s £34, which I realise isn’t exactly budget, but it’s definitely well-priced for such a great product.  Find it here – link.

The Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Transforming Multi-Correction Treatment is pretty much as it sounds, a multi-tasking, acid-based product that’ll do great for things for all skin types and help you maintain decent skin.  I drag this out regularly for when I need to give skin a quick, overnight boost so it looks and feels more radiant, smoother, toned and generally even, and if ever I was to try and convince someone to up their skincare game, I’d start by introducing them to this.  It’s £37 here – link.

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