Running on empty - a review of my skincare products
I am so excited! In all my years of using product, I have never run out of so many items at one time. I mentioned before that I have been trying to weed out some products in order to look into better alternatives, as well as unclutter (I hate wasting things) so this is perfect timing!
As some of you know, I have extremely dry and highly sensitive skin, and suffer from breakouts of eczema. It's mostly under control but I will have random breakouts here and there and sometimes it can get really out of hand if I don't make sure to keep my skin in check.
I've mentioned in previous posts that I had a year where my entire body was fighting off something and my skin would not heal - I was so scared that I had some sort of flesh eating disease. Thankfully, after a year of suffering that affected me in more ways than just my skin, I recovered - as suddenly and without warning as it came, it was gone.
Now, when my skin is not having an off day, I get loads of compliments on how clear it is - this took my years of trial and error to achieve because I was so scared to put stuff on my face but I perfected it - my skincare routine is cleanse and moisturize and don't do anything extra to it. Of course, now that I'm getting older, my skin is changing again and I have to adjust.
Here's a run down of my empties and how they've worked, or not worked for me, and whether I will be buying them again.
- Rocky Mountain Soap Kid's Root Beer lip balm - wonderful smelling stuff and all natural! (Yes, my lips get affected too!). I used this for almost a year and while sometimes lip balms give me hives on my lips, I did not experience that with this. I WILL be buying this again, once I am done using other brands that I have stashed away (I don't like to waste).
- Body Shop Aloe Day Cream - THIS is one of my staple items. I've used this daily for almost 5 years now and it has not let me down - it's light weight and absorbs fast, and doesn't feel oily. I used to purchase the night cream but found it felt kind of heavy on my face and I would break out at times, so I stopped.
- Body Shop Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo - I regularly get random dry patches on my scalp that can get itchy so this shampoo is great for it. It's soothing and gentle and even though I don't use conditioner, it keeps my hair shiny, thick, and strong. I recommend buying in bulk because it seems like it's hard to find in -store. I've started on my last bottle of 4 that I previously purchased so I'm on the look out again to stock up.
- Body Shop Vitamin-E face cream - I found this one to be too thick and heavy for my face. I originally bought it to use for winter when it can get really dry but this didn't make me feel moisturized, rather just oily and itchy. Not a fan, and will not be buying it again. REALLY happy to be done of it.
- Body Shop Peach Body Scrub - now, I have super dry legs that can get really flaky; I have some sort of condition (can't remember the name right now, or the exact effects of it - my skin either sheds too fast, or doesn't shed properly, so they get scaly - TMI? Sorry). No amount of scrubbing or exfoliating has gotten rid of it. I actually bought this one day on a whim (I think it was on sale and thought, why not, at least for the lovely smell). To my surprise, this works! It didn't work right off the bat, but with regular use, I felt like my legs were actually presentable and the scales were less apparent. Looking back, I wonder if I expected results to be instant with previous scrubs - I'm pretty sure I didn't use them as regularly as I did with this. I will further explore other brands but if they don't work, I will be buying this again.
- Cosilong Premium Hand Cream (Cactus) - my hands are extremely dry and I've tried many different hand creams and this is my favourite. It was introduced to me by my sister-in-law who brought it over from Korea, so I asked her to bring me several tubes when she visited. I'm on my last two tubes and running low on both so thankfully I'm going in August and hope to be able to bring back more! It can be ordered through e-bay and the texture is like Glysomed (without the linger oily effect that I find) and absorbs quickly like the Body Shop hand creams (but lasts much longer - I find their hand creams go on great but are thin so I have to constantly re-apply).
- Body Shop Vitamin-E Sink-in Moisture Mask - I really enjoyed this item. When I found my skin became dry, instead of applying heavier creams, I changed to using leave-in masks (although I don't leave them on over-night like recommended; I wipe them off after about 10 minutes. If I do leave them on overnight, my skin does feel irritated). This was my first time using it and while I liked it, the Body Shop recently launched an Aloe leave-in mask so I'm going to give that a try first.
I hope this information can help others! The Body Shop recently launched some new products so I'm giving them a try and will follow-up with my thoughts. I also found an all natural deodorant that I will be starting on soon, so I will share my experience with that.