Don't know about you, but I find it so hard to find a combination of skin care products that work on a long-term basis.
Cleansers and toners that work well for a couple of weeks will suddenly lose their effectiveness thereafter.
Finding the right ones is made doubly hard by my skin type. I have oily skin that also happens to be quite sensitive, which puts me in a bit of a skin care dilemma: the products that are effective at treating oily skin are usually those that are a little bit too harsh for sensitive skins, dammit.
BUT, the current combo that seems to be treating the oilyness without irritation are...
Clean & Clear Advantage Quick Clear Daily Treatment Wash (£3.99 from Superdrug)
Garnier Pure Active Pimple Reducing Toner (around £4 from Boots and Superdrug)
Now, I am a sucker for anything that promises quick results and these two do just that. The cleanser claims to contain 'fast acting technology' and the toner claims 'instant' results. In this day and age of instant-gratification, that's just what I want to hear.
Hello, I'll have 5 of each to go please.
I really love this. It leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed, not too tight and there's no weird residue. The active ingredient in it is salicylic acid which is effective for clearing blackheads and congested skin. And guess what - I do find that spots are reduced in size and redness the following morning. I've been using it for a while now and there hasn't been any adverse reaction. Touch wood it continues...
The toner seems to be one of the few on the market that contains the highest legal off-the-shelf content of salicylic acid (2%) and claims to reduce spots and fade marks on the skin.
It also contains 'Herba Soothe'... whatever the hell that is.
Well, the Herba Soothe seems to be working, as other 2% SA toners that I've tried left my skin sensitised and drier than the Sahara, but that hasn't happened with this one. This does however leave a moist (slightly clammy) residue on the skin, but I think it's a small price to pay. In fact, this must be what is countering the overly-drying effect of the SA.
There is definitely satisfaction to be had in looking at the cotton wool after using the toner and seeing all the gunk it has removed :S
The best thing about this combination? It costs under £10. How good is that?!