This month, I’m talking all things skin. The good, the bad, the ugly and everything-in-between. And as we come into these wintery cold months- what better way to connect than over this gloriously purposeful, sometimes frustrating, dry/oily/normal/combination, protective barrier.
As someone who has gone through the ‘Am I still getting a break-out in my thirties?’ absurdness, I am so excited to be sharing this with you here. Let’s get into it friends ;)
Siobhan: Skin is a funny thing - I’ve always had a contentious relationship with my own for a number of reasons. Firstly I seem to ‘get’ every skin ailment/ disease around - my list includes ringworm, shingles, all manor of rashes, spots and several bouts of cellulitis. And these are just from the ones from adulthood.
Apart from this my skin has always made me stand out. Okay maybe not so much now but when I was growing up in the Irish countryside, in the 80’s/90’s, having non-white skin was odd. Simply put, my half Irish and Chinese skin, had never been seen before. People would stare at myself and my siblings wherever we went and yes I know how ridiculous that sounds now but it happened...everyday. People were never intentionally rude (okay some were), they were just interested and wanted a goo at the colourful children. And as we all know, when you're a kid - ALL you want in the whole world is to fit in, so having different skin to all my peers was difficult. I would often wish that I could have the same skin as everyone else, it would have made life a lot simpler.
Of course now I don’t feel that way - I love my skin. I love that it turns caramel in the Summer, I love that it stretched as much as I needed it to to make room for my daughter and now I love that it makes me a little different.
After many years of trying EVERY skin tonic under the sun for my oily, spot-prone skin I've finally found the products that work for me.
I cleanse every night with La Roche Posay Effaclar Micellaire Ultra which is super effective but also feels kind on my skin, for a deeper clean I use Irish brand Pestle and Mortar's Erase which I adore. It feels and smells amazing but I don't always have the time to use it. In terms of moisturising my skin, my everyday care is Nivea's basic moisturising cream for my face - I find it light and really helps my make up go on smoothly, when I'm feeling super tired, I use Liz Earle's Superskin Concentrate for Night Oil which my Mum gifted me during my pregnancy. It smells incredible and is sooooo moisturising, you're supposed to breathe it in as you apply and I find it really helps me reach a calm space before I start my day. Oh and in terms of moisturising my body, I love Bio Oil - I used it every second day on my stomach throughout my pregnancy and didn't get a single stretch mark!
Running out to try the superskin night oil now! ;) Thank you to the gorgeous being that is Siobhan for allowing me to share here! Do you have any holy-grail products or beauty game changers? I would love to hear! xo
ps. April & the Bear is Siobhan’s BEAUTIFUL homewares and lifestyle store and filled with the most lovely of things if you’ve haven’t already had a peek at the shop!