My skin seems to really hate me. As a teenager, I wasn’t very spotty, but I’ve suffered from cystic acne for years. I also have oily skin, particularly on my T zone, and suffer from redness and scarring. Yay!
As such, it took me a long time to get a skincare regime that actually works. Clinique has been an absolute life-saver, but, sadly, they’re not cruelty free. And they’re expensive AF. So I need to find alternatives.
I decided to hit The Body Shop, taking advantage of their Black Friday sale. I’ve been using the Clinique 3-step for oily skin for about half a year now, and it has made quite a difference. I feel like I’m going to need to try several products before I find a suitable alternative, so I’ve splashed out on a range of new items.
I bought the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash and Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub from The Body Shop. In the shower, I started with the scrub, then used the facial wash. They both have a really pleasant smell, if you like tea tree oil that is! And my face felt brilliantly clean after use.
I’ve also bought some Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Foaming Facial Cleanser on Amazon, which I’ve yet to try out.
Cleanser & Toner
The cleanser in the Clinique 3-step is strong yet gentle on my skin, banishing oil and grime. I knew this would be the most difficult thing to replace, so I bought a few options.
I bought some Micellar Water from Superdrug, and I shit you not, it is incredible. It’s so gentle, but it tears through grime and makeup like it’s made of steel. I love it, but I don’t think it’s quite enough to cleanse my face properly. I also bought some Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner from The Body Shop, which is supposed to be good for oily skin. On first application of the toner, I felt a slight stinging across my cheeks. But it soon disappeared, and afterwards my skin felt so clean and fresh, with no oil in sight.
I started using Pixi Glow Tonic a few months ago, and I was delighted to discover that they’re CF! So I’ll stick with this magic in a bottle. Don’t buy it on Amazon though – places like Beauty Expert are much cheaper. I’m going to use this at night in future.
I have to be pretty careful with moisturiser. Too much, and my face will glow. I rarely get dry skin on my face, so I just use a tiny amount after cleansing and toning, and only at night. I’ve been using the Clinique 3-step moisturiser, but I decided to try the Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion from The Body Shop.
After using this skincare routine, my skin was baby soft. I used the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash and Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub from The Body Shop in the shower, followed by the Micellar Water and the Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner, finishing off with the Mattifying Lotion. In the morning, I used the Micellar Water and Seaweed Toner before applying my makeup. At time of writing, it’s almost lunchtime, and my skin is still matte, my makeup still in place.
One huge cruelty free brand taking social media by storm is Sand&Sky, an Australian company that only sells one product: a face mask.
I love a face mask. I was using L’Oreal before, but I never really felt like they did anything (and they’re not CF, so bye Felicia!). Enter, Sand&Sky. You can read my full review here, but I will just say that Sand&Sky is well worth the money.
I’ve been really lucky in finding cruelty free skincare alternatives. I feel like this new regime is going to work perfectly. It does mean buying more from different shops, which makes it a bit more difficult, but it’s probably cheaper than the Clinique products. You can read about my cruelty free cosmetic alternatives here.