Buff, Exfoliate, Renew…whatever you want to call it

So I was intending on posting a lot more regularly as it’s been nearly 2 weeks since my last post, but boy does life get in the way!  I honestly don’t know how people can have a blog that they update regularly, other jobs, kids…and a life!  I read recently 3 women I admire greatly have that and more going on.  The lovely Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends and The Uphill has a 1 year old, 2 fantastic blogs and has just finished her first novel!  Rosie Nixon (@Rosie_Nixon), joint Editor of Hello! Magazine has 2 young children and has just finished her second novel, sequel to the The Stylist out in June 2017.  And Georgie Coleridge Cole, Editor of the fantastic SheerLuxe Magazine is pregnant with her 3rd child.  Incredible.  I don’t know how they all do what they do as well as continuously updating their social media, being mums and wives and all the things we don’t even hear about.  It puts me to shame as I always planned to write a book, write more in general, don’t think I’m nearly as busy as them, yet still complain I don’t get enough time to myself!  I am finding my other role as social media manager is taking up a lot of time as it’s so constant and I don’t want to put just any old thing up on Twitter and Instagram so take a lot of time to think about wording, target audience etc. It’s a crazy world we live in where people put just everything on for the world to see. It’s a real eye opener let me tell you as I have tried to shy away from all that in the past.  As my friends can testify I hate Facebook (she says through gritted teeth) and only go on it occasionally to see photos of my son at nursery or for work.  I totally avoided it around the whole Brexit situation!

Anyway back to beauty and I thought it would be good to write about exfoliators seeing as we are finally enjoying some sun in the UK and it’s good to have dead skin cells and impurities scrubbed away and clear skin ready for a bit of natural colour and Vitamin D.  I’ve been trying Onsen Basic Series Daily Choice Peel which my mum kindly gave me.  She was suckered in by a sales assistant in Westfield (they don’t have a shop, but a stall in between the shops.  This was a while ago so I can’t say for sure if it’s still there.) She thinks she spent around £47.  I can’t find this particular product on the Onsen website, but it is on Amazon.com.  It has lovely packaging and I like the way the pump pops out when you twist it.  It feels very gentle and you can use it 2 – 3 times a week (for a more intensive treatment, use for 3 consecutive days.)  You apply a thin layer with dry hands onto a clean, dry face, leave on for about 15 seconds then gently massage with a circular motion and you will see the dead skin cells become little beads on your face which you can wash off with warm water.  It has a pleasant scent and nice feel to it, plus skin feels fresh and deep cleansed.  I’m not sure I would have spent this much money on it, but it’s very nice to have.  Another gentle exfoliator is the Decleor Paris Aroma Cleanse Phytopeel Exfoliating Cream (£27.50) which you can also use a few times a week and it works the same way as the Onsen except you put a rather more generous layer on (leave to dry, massage off etc.) Skin feels very clear and radiant afterwards. For a more deep clean exfoliator, the Sisley Paris Gentle Facial Buffing Cream (£49) is much rougher and thicker in texture than the other 2, but you also apply the same way by gently buffing using rotating motions.  You can still use it up to twice a week though and it’s quite satisfying to see those dead cells and bits of dry skin come up and be able to wash them away.  It has a gorgeous scent and skin feels extra polished and luxurious when followed by the Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge Day and Night cream which is really rich, creamy and thick and smells like lavender and ferns and feels like it’s doing wonders for your skin (which it probably is at £285 a pop!) Skin does feel super firm and it fights against visible signs of ageing.  Personally, I’ve always liked more rich/thick moisturisers than some of these lighter, liquidy types, even back in my early 20s, but it sinks in really quickly and skin is left looking dewy. I only have a sample of this, but after a week of twice daily use my skin does feel amazing and I would definitely purchase.

Oh and it’s been nearly 2 weeks since my milia removal and in case you’re wondering my skin looks great now where I had them.  I had tiny scabs for about a week and a day after the treatment I had to scratch some of the milia away very gently with a fingernail, but it’s all clear now.  Although typically I’ve been blessed with some lovely spots of late so I can’t speak for the whole of my face looking great!

Enjoy the sun and I will (attempt very hard to) write again soon.