You could fill up a book with the different types of skincare available today. I’m guilty of using quite a bit myself. My products include:
- Toner (now and again)
- Body Lotion
- Hand Cream
- Sun Cream (in the summer)
- Shaving Gel
- Body Wash
- Lip Balm
My first choice for cleansers and moisturisers was Lush once again, and for the same reason (natural ingredients). I have terribly dry and sensitive skin, especially around my nose. Unfortunately, the moisturiser I have chosen, Celestial, does not help my skin condition. My nose is still itchy and dry. It was one of the three moisturisers recommended to me, so I will keep trying because it’s foolish to think that you’ll find the perfect skincare product on your first purchase.
The cleanser I chose was Ultrabland, bland being the operative word. It has no particular smell off of it. I found it to be quite a change from my previous cleansers, which allowed me to simply squirt what I needed onto a cotton pad and wipe my face with it. However, with Lush cleansers, they come in pots and they require you to spread the cream onto your face and then wipe off with a cotton pad. Freaky!
Before I ever stepped into Lush, I devoured the reviews on their website. It was these reviews that put me off buying shaving cream there. Unfortunately, with Lush you can’t simply try it for yourself due to the high prices, unless you have money to burn of course. While the shaving products were commended for their enticing smells, on the shaving side, they weren’t effective.
It wasn’t reviews that put me off their sun protection products, it was simply that they didn’t have a high enough SPF for my ridiculously sunburn-prone skin!
I did indulge in their hand cream, Love and Light, which smells very strongly of oranges. Orange is not my favourite smell, but you get used to it real quick. I sampled other hand creams in Lush, but this was the one I chose because it wasn’t heavy, hene the name!
And finally, body lotion, I bought Sympathy for the Skin, which I’m convinced smells like ice cream (no one else agrees with me), and I love it. It comes in a large pot and is really lasting.
Superdrug have their own limited range of skincare, even for sensitive skin. I was weary of trying them only because I have had such bad luck in finding a moisturiser that doesn’t irritate my skin. I did, however, indulge in their shower wash range. I bought three different scents of body wash, Coconut, Bubblegum and Shea Butter, for €2,25! Bargain!
I have also invested in their deodorant range, with a Buy One Get One Free offer.
They stock all of the above, as well as Masks, Night Creams, Serums, Body Butters, etc. Their ranges include treatments for dry skin, which is my next choice after Lush.
The JASON range stocks most of the above, including Cremes, Gluten Free products, Body Wash, Hand Soap, Hand & Body Lotions, etc. I have indulged in their Sun Care range, as their highest SPF is 45. They also sell an insect repellant spray, which is always handy!
The Body Shop
In their skincare range, The Body Shop stock most of the above, including Cleansers, Exfoliators, Eye Care, Facial Oils, Lip Care, Toners, Treatments, etc.
Skincare range includes Washes & Soaps, Body Lotions, Bath Oils/Crystals, Hand/Foot/Sun Care, Cleaners, Moisturisers, Eye Creams, etc.
*Burt’s Bees range is also available in Marks & Spencer
Eucerin’s skincare range is based on your skin type (dry, sensitive, uneven, etc). Their range includes Cleaners/Toners, Eye Care, Lip Care, Hand & Foot Care and Sun Care (highest SPF is 50).
Products that need more investigation:
I haven’t mentioned Marks & Spencer above because I haven’t concluded my research into what skincare products they stock, not because they test them on animals.
Yes to Carrots
Same as previous entry.
Again, if you feel I have left anything out, please feel free to mention so in the comments below. I hope you found this entry helpful!