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#shelfie: Green People Sensitive Skincare

#shelfie: Green People Sensitive Skincare

For me self-love begins in the bathroom. I know that when I allow myself the time for a shower with some nice smellies, or put the effort in to giving myself a quick facial I tend to feel better about life more generally. Even in the toughest times taking just five minutes to attend to yourself can make a world of difference to how you feel about yourself.

I also really love beauty products and cosmetics. My bathroom is overflowing. So I thought I'd share a few of my favourites, while sharing how I use them to show myself a little love. First up, my everyday skincare regime. 

I have really sensitive skin that is prone both to tightness and the odd pulsating whitehead alongside blocked pores and the odd dash of eczema (notably around my eyes, which is deeply unpleasant). So in a bid to keep it as healthy as possible I try to use the blandest products possible, lest it get offended. Organic, nasty-free products are great for this because I know I'm not putting any icky chemicals on my skin, and it's even better if those lovely organic products are formulated with sensitive skin in mind.

A few months ago I was talking to the team at Green People about something pretty much unrelated and on mentioning my skin plight they exclaimed they had just the thing and sent me off with a whole new regime to try from their dedicated sensitive skin range. I have to say, after three months of whacking this stuff on my face morning and night I am sold. My skin is super soft, spot free and glow-y...which really is the holy grail. Yes I still use the odd product around the edges (which I am sure will feature here at some point), but as a core regime this stuff really is ace for sensitive skin. 

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I start each day with the ultra gentle Sensitive Cleanser and Make Up Remover, a creamy wash that is free of all detergents and softens as sooth your skin as you cleanse. I tend to use this with a hot cloth for a really deep clean, and although the creamy texture took a bit of getting used to (I'd always used gels) I now really love it, it feels like I'm being really kind to my skin each time I use it. This product is also a make-up remover, and it seems pretty effective, although I've not tried it on eye make up, preferring to use a micellar water instead (never wipes!). 

After washing my face I follow up with the Sensitive Hydrating Calming Serum. Now I've always been a bit patchy about using serums, probably because I've never really been sure what their for. However, turning 30 and wanting to take skincare a bit more seriously means I'm trying a bit harder, and I have to admit I have seen a difference in my skins texture after using this product for a few months, it is much more hydrated and I suspect it's this product that's giving me the glow. The product contains lots of lovely natural ingredients to calm inflammation and sooth sensitive skin, as well as to help slow the ageing process, which is nice. 

Before moisturising I dab on a little Sensitive Anti-Aging Eye Cream, a habit I am glad I've got in to as I think looking after your eye area makes all of the difference. I really like the texture of this one, it's not too heavy and pats on nicely without tugging your delicate skin. I follow up my eye cream with the Sensitive Light Day Moisturiser, which I have to admit I think is a misleading name as the texture feels more balmy than I'd expect from a light cream. However, once you get used to it is rather nice, but you do need to let it sink in a bit before piling on the SPF. 

So there you go, an arsenal of cruelty free sensitive skin products that don't contain any icky ingredients and keep even my eye eczema at bay (an achievement, when I am stressed it's vicious), but what's more by having a skincare regime you get into the habit of investing just a small amount of time in yourself each day in a ritual of self-love. That's really important for your wellbeing, and by carving out that time you'll not just see a difference in your skin (check out that glow!), but also in how you feel about yourself and your sense of wellbeing. 

*Green People kindly send me some products to try, which was really nice of them, however all opinions are my own. Yep they are actually good*

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