Annabel’s Skincare Extras

Hello lovelies! Annabel here, today I’m going to be stealing a few minutes of your time and taking over Sabrinas’ blog while she’s off relaxing! I thought I’d share a few of my skincare ‘extras’ for summer.. We all know how to cleanse tone and moisturise, but those extra additions to your routine, daily, weekly or even monthly can make all the difference! 🙂
I am (if I do say so myself) a little bit of a skincare junkie and if I’m not lusting over atleast 15 new things to try, something must be wrong! I also believe you get what you pay for (even though I can never afford it) so try to buy products that are in most cases natural and free from nasties, cruelty free (very important) and targeted for my skin type. (Oily/combo if you were wondering…).
My first extra essentials have to be masks, there’s a million different kinds and I’m sure your favourite brand do a couple worth investigating. I have four or five that I use regularly, but I thought I’d just share my favourite two at the moment that can help sun soaked skin.
The Emma Hardie amazing face moringa cleansing balm – But wait, that’s a cleanser, Annabel. Ah no, this is actually a multi-use amazing life-saver holy grail can-do-anything product. (Can you tell I love it just a litte bit) I first heard about this from Caroline at beautymouth (aka skin wonder-woman) as she praised it to high heaven so I thought wow NEED it! and boy did I! As a cleanser yes it’s oh so great, but if you massage this oily balm into clean skin and relax for 10-20 minutes, you’ll be left with baby soft, nourished happy skin, it literally is like no other. Please try it! 😉
My second choice is the Origins Out Of Trouble mask which I’ve had for a while now, I know in summer that you can forget about your skin with all those holidays, parties, festivals and sunbathing (speaking from so much obvious experience as a hermit cough cough) and your skin might sometimes rebel, break out and become a mess. This mask is designed differently to the basic soak it all up clay masks you might know, it has a tonne of ingredients that fight spots and oil production while still soothing your sore skin. I loves it!
Next up is RENs Resurfacing AHA concentrate – which is a exfoliant you can use two different ways, every other day or less to gently exfoliate and resurface skin to leave it smooth and bright, or as an intensive treatment used for 7 days in a row then left for 14 days, this allows your skin to naturally complete its ‘exfoliation cycle’ (or something to that extent as I have not yet tried that method!). I’m sure you’ve all heard of liquid gold by now, well this is RENs version using a selection of fruit acids including glycolic to loosen those dead skin cells. I love using this as it feels quite luxurious with its glass bottle and pipette – very science-y 🙂 It’s also having quite a lovely effect on my skin, keeping it smooth and bright for the summer!
Last but not least for my summer skincare extra’s post is oil!! Both for your insides and your outsides, I thought it was a bit strange at first to be putting oil onto my already oily skin, but it really is beneficial for your skin. I’ve been loving this one by Botanics recently, it’s really light and is absorbed into my skin super quick leaving it soft and supple – not greasy!
Another oil you should take advantage of is fish oil, I got this tub from feel unique for a bargain price of £3.50, but you can find it in capsule or liquid form pretty much anywhere they sell vitamins (Flax seed oil is the equivalent for vegetarians and vegans). The benefits of fish oil is endless, it is so good for you. Not only will it be keeping your insides nice and healthy but your skin will really see the benefits too if you stick at it, trust me! 🙂
That’s it! I hope I havent talked your socks off and that’s you’ve discovered a few new things to try out! 🙂 & Thank you to Sabrina for letting me guest post while she is away on holiday!
Don’t forget to follow Annabels blog here and also check out her online shop here
I can’t wait to try some of her recommendations- what do you want to try most?


  1. 11th August 2012 / 6:08 pm

    In my opinion guest posts can be a bit of a flop! But this was a fantastic post. I'd never thought about skincare extras..but it's a good name for those products you use in addition to your regular skin care routine-well put! 🙂 I just followed your blog Annabel!

    xx Veronica

  2. 11th August 2012 / 6:41 pm

    I also take Omega 3 I think it´s really good to give an extra essential oil to the body, thanks for sharing

  3. 11th August 2012 / 7:53 pm

    I would love to try some Ren products. I love using the Origins Out Of Trouble mask, it's amazing for breakouts. x

  4. 11th August 2012 / 8:15 pm

    Really want to try the origins mask!

  5. 11th August 2012 / 8:38 pm

    I love Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm! I have been meaning to try it as a mask but keep forgetting – I will remember to do it tomorrow 🙂 Lovely post xx

  6. 12th August 2012 / 9:33 am

    Those products look so great, I wish I could buy REN where I live! I'll try out a mask from origins soon, heard only good things about the "Drink Up Intesive Maskk", too!
    Love, Lenna

  7. 12th August 2012 / 1:38 pm

    Really enjoyed this post! I'm a massive skin care fan too, so the ren and Emma hardy products have been added to my wish list – I'm a big ren fan anyway so sure I'll love this x

  8. 12th August 2012 / 2:06 pm

    Can't wait to try these products out 🙂 Great review x

  9. 17th August 2012 / 1:14 pm

    The review is quite convincing and impressive. I hope it will be available soon in the local market here in Asia as of now I'm only using Neutrogena SkinID treatment for skin care.

  10. 29th September 2012 / 10:06 am

    girls are more sensitive to skin health conditions. The main reason of the pollution and the dirt, they face on the work or outside the house. Hence extra skin care is required.

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