City Skincare Essentials

Spending the vast majority of my life surrounded by tractors, mud and many an lungful of O2 allowed my skin to become very comfortable with the carefree lifestyle of next to no skincare regime. So it’s safe to that my big move to the city really took its toll on my poor little face. And so with this new metropolitan and ‘Sex and the City- Esque’ lifestyle I’m still trying get my head around, there comes the need for some of that movie star skincare. Us city gals need some protection from the elements… I’m not talking about the UK’s current sunshine then thunderstorm fiasco, but more about those pesky manmade pollutants that find every possible way to cling to your skin. So here is my little guide to help battle that nasty bacteria and keep your skin glowing all day every day.

The Magic Masks

I don’t know about any of you but I definitely use face masks more than the suggested amount of 3 days per week. I’m a mask obsessive and I can’t go about my life without one. Below are my favourites that I cannot get enough of…

Peel Off Mask – JorgObé

I was really excited to get my hands on this little hero of a product by JorgObè. After reading countless amounts of good reviews I went to purchase it only to find out it want sold out everywhere. As a last resort I took a little trip to Selfridges in the hopes of trying to find it, and low and behold they had ONE left in stock. I genuinely can’t tell you how quick I ran up those escalators to snatch this off the shelf but I feel like I may have broken a world record by doing so. Anyway, enough about my desperation, onto the product. This was one of the original black face masks so I’ve been told, and even now is probably the best on the market. I’m going to be honest, I have some of the worst blocked pores ever. And I can’t tell you whether I felt disgust or amazement when peeling off this mask and seeing the amount of blackheads left on it. My skin has looked and felt so bloody smooth, definitely a magic product.

Pure Clay Purity Mask – L’Oreal Paris

I feel like every blogger/Youtuber has raved about these L’Oreal Clay masks and I’m not going to be any different. Originally I wanted to get my hands on the ‘glow’ mask however my nanny surprised me with this one quite recently saying that this mask has changed her skincare regime. We both share very similar skin types, so I trusted her opinion and I’m so glad she bought me this one as I feel like it really toned down the redness of my skin, which is perfect because I’ve been attempting to rock the no-makeup-makeup look recently.

Visible Difference – Elizabeth Arden

This peel off mask has been a favourite of mine for many years. However with the endless amount of new masks coming out I kind of forgot about it for a while. After seeing it in store recently I decided to try it again and I really don’t know what went through my head when I stopped. Not only does it smelly bloody amazing, it makes me feel like I’ve got the sin of Chrissy Tiegen. Being the most expensive of all the masks on this post, I wouldn’t say it is an essential in my skin regime but its definitely a nice treat to use every once in a while when my skin feels a a bit on the dull side.

City Protect InCellium Spray – Institut Esthederm

This handy product is THE ‘city girl’ handbag essential. Not only does it act as a finishing spray for your makeup, but also fights off any pollution from the minute you step outside and inhale the city fog to the moment you step foot back in your house. Institut Esthederm is a luxury skincare brand from France, I discovered the brand when working at an internship at the beginning of the year and ever since then I have been hooked on all their products. Also their packaging is a bloggers dream – totally instagrammable.

Intense Nutrition Lip Balm – Decléor

My lips get so dry this time of year, as the seasons change and the weather gets warmer my lips don’t know how to cope. Unlike everyone else my lips get chapped in summer not winter… I feel like I’ve tried every lip balm on the market by now and none of them seem to work as well at this little number from Decléor. I can put this on at night and wake up the next day and my lips feel revitalised. This product also lasts a lifetime it seems as a little really does go a long way, sometimes luxury skincare is the best way to go, especially when it comes to my lips.

Sensibio Range – Bioderma

I’m sure many of youhave heard of the brand Bioderma. They are famous for their incredible Micellar waters and skincare line.  I was lucky enough to try some of the products from the Sensibio range. This range targets those with sensitive skin, so all their products are very gentle towards the skin. As well as being super affordable, they work wonders on your face. You’ll definitely be having a good skin day when using these.

Aromessence Néroli Amara Oil Serum – Décleor

I haven’t actually used this product and I doubt I will. But I felt like I had to include it anyway purely because my name is on it and it’s quite possibly the cutest little addition to the dressing table as of yet. I intend on getting a normal version that I can actually bring myself to use and tell you all about it. But for now this ones sitting pretty in my room.

I hope I’ve given you my insight into some of the things that keep my skin protected from the big ol’ city of London. If you have any hero products you love then please leave them in the comments, as I’m always so excited to try out new things and recommendations.

Have fun in the sun babies!

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