The Skincare Obsessive

A Beginners Guide To Shaving.

As someone who has roughly started shaving from the age of 14 (I am now 27), it’s fair to say that I have picked up a few tips and tricks along the way when it comes to shaving. I never really learnt from anyone I just kind of picked up things I learnt from magazines and was mostly self-taught, once I started incorporating shaving into my routine more regularly I learnt what worked for me and what didn’t.

I like to start my routine by cleansing my skin, this will help to remove any dirt and oil build up in my skin and allow the products I use afterwards absorb better. It also helps to make way for a cleaner and closer shave, I like to look for a cleanser that contains exfoliating ingredients as it will help to clean out my pores and refine the overall texture of my skin.

After I have cleansed my skin I like to exfoliate, I think exfoliating your skin with a mechanical based exfoliant is one of the most important parts of your shaving routine. I find using a scrub before I shave helps to lift hairs up making it easy for my blade to glide over my skin, it also helps to prevent ingrown hairs from forming which is always a bonus in my books.

After my skin has been cleansed and exfoliated I like to apply my shaving cream, I like this one from Lab Series as it feels really hydrating on the skin and my razor glides beautifully over it. It also helps to calm the skin and reduce the appearance of redness which is something to look for when it comes to shaving creams, I like that it also rinses off the skin really well without leaving a residue.
*Product Recommendation: Lab Series Cooling Shave Cream.

I have tried a lot of razors in my time and I feel like I finally have a grip on the ones that best work for me, one that I have been recently trialing is the one from NuTouch Shave. The five blades on the razor are premium stainless steel with platinum which gives you a super close shave in minutes.

When it comes to shaving I like to either be clean shaven or have a little bit of a beard, I don't tend to go anywhere in between. When I prefer to be clean shaven I find this blade gives me a really close and even shave, I find the blades glide really well over my skin and make the whole shaving experience quick but effective.

When I happen to have more of a beard the blade works really well at cutting through my facial hair and leaves me clean shaven in minutes.

I highly recommend checking out their website as they have various bundles and subscriptions to choose from.
*Click Here For More Information On NuTouch Shave.

When I have finished shaving and rinse off any remaining shaving cream I like to go in with a toner that has exfoliating ingredients, this will help to reduce any ingrown hairs. Make sure you look for a toner that is alcohol-free as after you shave your skin does become quite sensitive and can sting easily.

As a finishing step I like to use a moisturiser that helps to calm down the skin and one that absorbs easily, I like this moisturiser from La Roche Posay as it has a serum like consistency to it and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. I find it really good at calming down any redness as well as any irritation caused by shaving.
*The products mentioned in this post that have been marked with an *asterisk have been given to me by the brand /PR, As always the review is 100% my honest opinion on the products. Every single product that I mention on the site has been personally tested by me and these are my genuine thoughts on the product.

Bye Bye Breakout. #Collab

*This post has been created in collaboration with Reface Laboratories.

For everyone who doesn't know me personally, here is a quick background on my skin. From around the age of 14 I have struggled with acne and breakouts, I have always had quite thick oily skin and being a male who shaves quite regularly it does have an effect on my skin.

As someone who has been obsessed with the beauty industry and all it entails for as long as I can remember this has always been something that has affected my self-esteem. I have never really had anything like cystic acne or anything like that but I do get breakouts on a regular basis.

Even now at 27 I am still struggling with breakouts and it is something still bothers me, my skincare routine and treatments all revolve around keeping my breakouts at bay. 

I think when your someone who does struggle with breakouts you are willing to try anything and you almost become your own skin expert as you start to know what works for you and what doesn't.

One product I have recently incorporated into my skincare routine is the Reface-X Anti-Acne Perfection Plasm which is a product that helps to reduce breakouts whilst at the same time treating your skin.

The product contains medical grade Australian Honey which is well known for its anti-bacterial properties, you can definitely feel the honey in the texture of this product and the thing I love about it is that it really adheres well to the skin, I can feel it instantly treating and soothing any breakouts and irritation.

It also contains Green Tea, Willow Bark, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E.

I really love that whilst this product helps to treat breakouts and irritation I feel like it's nurturing and soothing my skin, rather than drying it out or irritating it. I think it's hard to find a nice balance of a product being effective but non-irritating and this product is the perfect balance.

It can be applied directly to blemishes as a spot treatment or on larger areas of concern, you can also mix this product into your moisturiser to give it more of a boost.

I have found this product really great at calming down my breakouts and any redness in my skin, I also love that it's a small tube which means it's easy to take with you wherever you go.
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*For a limited time the brand is offering my readers a discount code, all you have to do is enter the code SKO20 at the checkout for 20% off your order.

For more information on Reface-X Click Here and their Instagtam handle is @refacelabs.

Thank you to the team at Reface-X for collaborating with me on this post.

Q&A: Venus Legacy Treatment.

A few weeks or so ago I went into Miss Fox in Melbourne’s CBD and had the opportunity to try the
Venus Legacy Treatment, below is a Q&A with Erin from Miss Fox on the treatment.


A Year In Beauty.

Hello and welcome to a year in beauty, I have never actually done one of these stories before but this year has been the year where I have really stuck to a routine and found some holy grail beauty products. As apart of my job as a beauty writer I am constantly trialing new products to feature on the site, but this year in particular I have really stuck to a strict skincare routine whilst adding bits and pieces to trial for the site.

At the start of last year I went into Rationale in the emporium for a skin consultation, I think that's one of the biggest things I have learnt not just this year but in general is to go into a clinic and get your skin properly diagnosed.

Since my initial skin consultation I have been getting regular treatments every 4-6 weeks and have found they have helped to keep my skin healthy and have helped with my personal skin concerns such as breakouts and pigmentation.

I thought for this story I would share my 17 favourite products from 2017, there are a lot of repurchases and backups mentioned and I feel like this year has been the year where I have figured out what works for me and my skin.


Daily Detox.

Our skin is exposed to a lot on a daily basis, whether your working from home like I am or you have a job in the city, things like pollution, air conditioning, smoke and change of temperature can really have an effect on the overall health of your skin.

This is why it's super important to incorporate products into your skincare routine that help to detoxify the skin and also help to protect itself from daily aggressors.

Continue reading to hear about the products I use to help protect and detoxify my skin on a daily basis.

Current Go-To Makeup Look.

I have been wearing makeup for over ten years now and I feel like I have finally found a look that I am most comfortable with, I am a huge fan of the whole no makeup makeup thing with skin being the main focus. I like my makeup to cover what needs to be covered but always remain natural.

Continue reading to discover the products I currently have on rotation.
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