Beauty | Time Delay Anti-Ageing Day Moisturiser @ Boots

We all need a good moisturiser, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to have dry skin, like I do. Like many, I’ve hopped around different brands, never really settling on one moisturiser but recently I decided to opt for an anti-ageing on instead.

Now, I’m only 22 and have been asked many times why I would want an anti-ageing moisturiser – especially as I don’t have any wrinkles yet! But I’ve also heard so many times that if you start investing in anti-ageing products earlier than you need them, it can be beneficial in keeping wrinkles away for longer … and I’m all up in that!

However, it’s really important to get the right anti-ageing product for your age group – and that’s where Boots has come in really handy. Not only do they have products to reduce the signs of ageing, but they now have a range called ‘Youth Maintain’ for people like me who want to prevent the ageing process. Using a product that someone much older than you would use can actually do more damage to your skin than anything else, especially as many of these products contain collagen, which younger skin will already have plenty of!

Having used the Youth Maintain exfoliator by the Time Delay range at Boots, I decided to try out their moisturiser too. This particular one is for during the day as it contains SPF15 which, although isn’t the highest SPF factor I’ve ever seen in a moisturiser, is still a plus.

I was really happy to see upon opening the box that the product was contained in that it had a really pretty, attractive look to it. The shiny, metallic lid was something that was really appealing to me as I’m practically a magpie, especially in this gorgeous purple/pink colour.

The actual moistuiser itself is lovely and creamy – it feels very soothing on your skin when applied so it’s something that I always look forward to putting on. This also ensures a nice smooth base for applying makeup and getting rid of any dryness in your skin. It does feel ever so slightly heavy on your skin but dries in quickly so isn’t much of an issue for me. It’s definitely not greasy and there’s plenty of it as well, so thankfully it isn’t running out any time soon!

All in all, it’s great value for money, especially as it’s usually on some kind of deal and it’s ideal for helping to maintain the youthful aspects of your skin – although I’ll let you know how well that has worked in 10 years time!

Stacey x

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Beauty | Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish

With so many skincare products out there, it’s no wonder that many of us find ourselves blankly staring at millions of products on the shelves in Boots with not the faintest idea what product to buy for what problem. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times I’ve went to get a product to clear up my latest breakout and had thousands of brands staring back at me, all promising amazing results. Well, enough is enough.

When I finished my dissertation in March, I’ve never been more relieved to have finished anything in my life … ever! I dedicated a whole week to recovering before starting on the last of my university coursework – and then I looked in the mirror. I might have felt considerably less stressed, but my skin definitely didn’t look it. Spots were taking over my face like a mini army, my skin was dryer than the Sahara Desert and my complexion resembled that of a ghost. And I had no one to blame but myself – my dissertation had taken over my life meaning that stress and lack of sleep had replaced my skincare … and it was obvious.

After looking online, I spent a considerable amount in The Body Shop before heading over to QVC to invest in my favourite cleanser – Liz Earle. This is a product I’ve sworn by since I was a teenager – and looking back, I definitely took my fairly good skin for granted, especially when compared with some of my peers. So naturally, I bought three bottles.

When going to buy the Cleanse and Polish, there are many different packages; for instance, you can get two/three bottles of it, with or without a muslin cloth, in a pump or in a tube, with other Liz Earle products or without. Personally, I always opt for the product in a pump, purely because it’s more convenient and easier to use – and it looks prettier than the tube too. Although it’s not exactly the cheapest cleanser out there, it’s definitely worth the money and if you create an account on QVC, you can opt to pay the cost in a few monthly installments too!

The product itself is very creamy and just heavenly to put on your skin. The routine is very simple – just pop the product on your face, then take it off with warm water and a muslin cloth before finally splashing your face with some cold water at the end. And that’s it! I do this twice a day – morning and night – and I honestly find that if I skip either of these, I’m far more prone to breakouts.

In addition to keeping the breakouts at bay, the product also gives my skin a brilliant, healthy and natural looking glow – so much so that I don’t really mind not wearing makeup anymore. For when I do wear makeup though, it’s fab for taking it off at the end of the day.

It’s definitely a product to bear with though as because it gets rid of all the dirt and impurities in your skin, you may actually find you break out at first, but honestly don’t worry – a few more applications of the product and it will clear them up in no time and keep them away for good!

So there we have it – smoother and clearer skin in a bottle! And it only takes a few minutes each day. Lifesaver.

Stacey x