So, I'm not at all an avid skin care enthusiast, but recently I've been trying a lot harder to keep my skin looking at least half decent. I started by trying to find my own true skin type, I always thought I had oily skin - which made me over exfoliate my skin with really harsh abrasive scrubs and steer clear of intense moisturisers.
After some research I realised my skin was in fact dehydrated, and the oil I was experiencing was my skin trying to compensate for all the exfoliating I was doing. I also realised whist researching, my skin was clogged and congested - this is when areas of the skin appear slightly bumpy (not necessary spots) and inflamed, and in my case I also had quite a few black heads forming.
Once I'd found my skin type I started researching ways to care for it, the first thing I found out about congested skin was that acid exfoliators are much better than abrasive ones for this skin type, once I trawled the internet for affordable skin which had glycolic acid in it. Originally I was going to opt for the 'Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask' but reconsidered after I saw the hefty price tag. I then came across the 'Nip + Fab' range which is of course much more budget friendly.
Nip + Fab Deep Cleansing Cream £7.95:-
Now, I'm not sure whether this cleanser is actually part of the glycolic range or not, but it is an intense, moisturising multi-purpose cream. Like mentioned previously, I was in need of a good hydrating moisturiser, so I thought I would start the hydration process by adding this into my cleansing routine.
Claims - 'Deep cleansing cream with uplifting Eucalyptus fragrance. A multi-purpose cleansing cream which melts away make up and deeply cleanses pores, for a clear and fresh complexion.'
How to use - 'Massage onto dry skin using circular motions. Rinse with warm water or remove with a muslin cloth rinsed in hand-hot water, to aid exfoliation. Use as a 10 minute face mask or apply a thin layer overnight as an intensive hydrating treat. Apply a small amount directly onto blemishes.'
The consistency of this cream is really thick, and has luxurious rich texture. I personally use a thin layer of this over night, when I wake up and my face feels super refreshed and looks so clear!
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser £7.95:-
I tend to use this cleanser almost daily, as I only really use the 'Deep Cleansing Cream' as an overnight mask. I can honestly say that this is the best cleanser I have used. I apply this onto my face whilst its damp and it foams up really well, then I just rinse off. This is the only foaming cleanser I have tried that doesn't leave my skin feeling tight.
Claims - 'A deep cleansing and purifying formula for clear and radiant skin. 2% Glycolic Acid to gently exfoliate and retexture. Apple amino acid to cleanse and purify. Olive Oil to hydrate and smooth.'
How to use - 'Gently and thoroughly massage into damp skin. Rinse with lukewarm water.'
This cleanser has literally became my holy grail product, since I started using it I have seen such a difference in my skin. It is so much brighter and I hardly ever break out. One thing I would mention is that this isn't a cleanser you could use, morning and night as it may make the skin a little dry. I use it at night time only, and if I feel my skin getting the slightest bit dry I will use the 'Deep Cleansing Cream' to cleanse instead.
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum £14.95:-
I have to say, this serum is amazing. I apply it at night before the 'Deep Cleansing Cream' and I'm pretty sure it has managed to lighten some scarring from previous blemishes. I have also noticed since using this, that my under-eye concealer creasing has became almost non-existent!
Claims - 'PoreAway visibility reduces the appearance of pores for a more refined and even looking complexion. 4% glycolic acid smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. PoreAway minimises the appearance of enlarged pores. Aloe Vera soothes and calms.'
How to use - 'Gently massage on to clean skin and allow to absorb thoroughly. Apply daily for visible results after 2 weeks.'
The consistency of this serum, is almost gel like. I apply it after using the 'Glyolic Fix Cleanser' and before the 'Deep Cleansing Cream'. It sinks in perfectly leaving almost no residue on the skin.
I absolutely love this range and think it is well worth the money. There are quite a few more products in this range that I am interested in trying such as the 'Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads' and the 'Glycolic Fix Face Mask', if I ever end up trying them I will be sure to update you on my routine.
P.S - I managed to grab this lot whilst it was on a half price offer in Tesco and whilst I write this post I know it's also half price in Boots at the moment too!
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