Silicone Free Moisturisers – My Skincare Revelation!


About six months ago I suddenly realised something…I realised that I hadn’t had a major break out for months!  Yes, months!  You know the ones I mean, those big red, MASSIVE, nasty spots that don’t really form a head and are really painful.  No matter how hard you try or how many YouTube makeup tutorials you watch on covering spots, you can never hide them.  After the spot eventually goes, it then leaves some pigmentation for weeks…great…not!  I still get the odd small break out here and there but for a few months now I have managed to keep those nasty boil-like break outs at bay and I am pretty sure that it has been down to cutting out silicones from my moisturisers.  I’m not saying that this will work for everyone but I wanted to share my thoughts and experiences on this in case it helps a few people.

So I discovered this theory quite by accident.  I needed a new moisturiser so off I went to SpaceNK with a mission and was introduced by the sales assistant to a new product range that had just launched in their stores at the time.  A dermatologist brand called Goldfadden MD which claims to be free from “nasties” which means no silicones, alchohol, parabens, mineral oils, etc.  It sounded great!  I selected the Vital Boost Moisturiser and after a couple of months of using it realised that my skin was generally less greasy and that I had not had a major breakout for the months which I had been using it.  I thought about the rest of my skincare routine and whether anything else had changed…nope…it hadn’t…only thing was the moisturiser.  Since this realisation I have gone on to try other silicone free moisturisers with the same effect…my skin reacts well!  I have to admit that finding silicone free moisturisers are a bit of a pain seeing that the ingredient is a staple for most moisturisers but for me the results are totally worth the time trying to find them.

I’m not saying that silicones are a product to avoid as I believe that it is not generally considered a “bad” ingredient in skincare so if your usual moisturiser works for you and its not silicone free, then by all means carry on using it.  However, if your skin is on the oily side (like mine) and you suffer from time to time from big break outs that don’t seem to be down to anything else (e.g. diet) and your skin is not particularly acne prone or sensitive otherwise, then I would urge you to try cutting out silicones from your moisturisers and see what happens.  I can honestly say that my skin has felt so much better and overall less oily when using a silicone free moisturiser.

Since, like I mentioned that silicone free moisturisers are a slight mission to find, here is a rundown of my tried and tested silicone free moisturisers:

1.  Goldfadden MD – Vital Boost Moisturiser;

2. Estelle & Thild – Rose Otto Face Cream;

3.  Estelle & Thild – Rose Otto Night Cream;

4.  Omorovicza – Rejuvenating Night Cream;

5.  Omorovicza – Balancing Moisturiser;

6.  Omorovicza – Illuminating Moituriser.

I also hear that the Nude Skincare range does good silicone free moisturisers – I will be trying some soon!

Have you had any skincare revelations or have similar experiences with silicone free moisturisers?  I’d love to hear about it!



Evening Skincare Routine

So here it is…my first blog post!

I love hearing about people’s skincare routines so thought that this might be a good topic for my inaugural post!  So what have I been loving lately and what’s made the cut as holy grail?!

I am an avid fan of Caroline Hirons‘ blog (those of you who have yet to encounter her blog…I advise you to head straight there!) and took on board her advice in relation to having a good skincare routine about a year ago.  I have oily/combination skin, prone to breakouts at certain times and HUGE pores.  Since locking down a skincare routine, I have hauled my skin from oily/combination to…dare I say it…normal!  I am now a total convert to a good skincare regime!

So here are the products that I have been enjoying using:

1.  I start off with the Emma Hardie Moringa Amazing Face Cleansing Balm.  This stuff is amazing!  It is an oil based cleanser that removes make up like no other.  I have used a variety of cleansing balms in the past but always come back to this one.  I use a face cloth to take the balm off…I love this step!

2.  After using the Emma Hardie, I head in for a second cleanse.  Yes, this is the step that apparently cleanses the skin (not just takes the makeup off).  I have a number of “second step cleaners” (yes, seems excessive…but a girl’s gotta have cleansers!).  I am loving the Zelens Luminous Facial Cleanser at the moment.  It’s a beautiful product, has a mild pleasant scent and somehow manages to get those pores really clean so that they appear smaller.

3.  After cleansing, I apply a serum.  I’m currently flitting between two… the new Nude Serum and a Kate Sommerville Total Vitamin Anti-Oxidant Serum (good if you suffer from pigmentation after getting spots).  Both have hyaluronic acid as an ingredient (a wonder product for infusing the skin with moisture).

4.  Eye cream is the next step and I am currently testing the Liz Earle Superskin Lip and Eye Treatment.  I have been pleasantly surprised by this product.  It doesn’t contain any silicones which I have tried to keep away from with eye creams as it tends to make my eyes puffy.  I am pleasantly surprised by this product…I think it will be a re-purchase!

5.  If my skin is feeling particularly dry, I will use an oil.  I find that oils really help to balance my oily skin…it’s a strange thought but it works and I highly recommend it.  My current favourite oils are the Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil (a beautiful product without a strong scent like some other oils on the market) and the Zelens Z-22 Absolute Face Oil (another wonder product that feels amazingly light for what it is).

6.  Then comes moisturiser. I have tried countless different moisturisers in the past but I am currently using the expensive but really amazing Omrovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream at the moment.  It is silicone free; something that I look for in my moisturisers and skincare in general nowadays as I have figured out that silicone breaks me out and makes me quite oily.  The product leaves my skin really plump by the morning and I am never greasy.

So…phew…quite an epic skincare routine…but it has really helped to keep my skin in check recently and has totally confirmed to me that a good skincare routine can do wonders for your skin!

I would love to hear about your skincare routines or about other product recommendations…so please feel free to comment and share your thoughts!  Also, let me know if there are any products that I mentioned that you would like me to produce a more in depth review on!