A while ago I posted a round-up on my favourite beauty resources, and whilst I’m certainly no beauty blogger I thought it may be fun to share with you my current favourite skincare products. Since hitting 30 (ahem a few years back) I’ve tried to invest in my skin more than I used to, and so have since become a little obsessed with beauty products! It’s a slippery slope my friend.
However, I’m the kind of person who reads every review, watches every beauty vlog, looks up the star rating and then tries samples with each product as I like to make sure it’s an investment (especially where the more expensive potions are involved!). So all of these are very much staples in my bathroom and have been well and truly tried and tested!
Worth noting that these are what I’ve found my skin is enjoying at the moment, so who knows if this may change in 6 months but I’d say my skin is sensitive, de-hydrated and very prone to hormonal breakouts (oh joy). You’ll also spot that I’m a bit of a sucker for anything with rose in it. What can I say, it brings the calm.
So first up, my Clarins duo of Multi-Active Day and Multi-Active Night Creams. I was actually given these as a present a while back and have since re-purchased both. These are like my comfort buy, I know they do the job quite well, and that my skin likes them though I will probably try something else when these run out. Feel free to suggest any ones you are loving below! If my skin is feeling particularly dry, maybe more so when it was a bit colder, I top up the night cream with a more recent discovery, the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. I add just a couple of drops and my skin LOVES this stuff. I even sometimes add it to my day moisturiser too for a added plumpness! At first the scent was a bit off putting as it’s quite a strong, herbal scent but I’ve now become quite fond of it!
Before I apply my night cream, I dab a couple of ring finger blobs of Benefit’s It’s Potent eye cream. I will admit this is my first ever eye cream (!) but I’m pretty amazed at the results. Definitely helped improved with hydration around the eye area which lifts it and i’m pretty certain the lines are smoother (or is that my wishful thinking!?). It’s quite light in formula so sinks in nicely and a little goes a long way.
I mentioned I suffer from pretty bad hormonal breakouts (although these have definitely improved since dramatically reducing my dairy intake) and when my skin gets bad, I reach for the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask. It’s clay based and I tend to apply to just the areas that need treating (so to not dry out the areas that don’t need it) and it goes on really easily. The product dries onto the skin as you’d expect with a clay mask and it does go pretty tight but after 10-15 mins I rinse off with cool water and a cloth and my skin feels calmer, very clean and surprisingly not dry. It’s also quite herbally in smell, which is nice to breathe in as you chill for the 10 minutes or so. It does tingle a little if my skin/spots are sore as I apply but that soon fades. Great for a weekly deep clean!
This one is perhaps my MOST loved product. The Effacler Duo + by La Roche-Posay is a light gel cream texture (is that a thing?) treatment and again, I apply to target any acne/spot prone areas such as the jaw line and around my mouth. I’m quite a big fan of La Roche-Posay products anyway as they tend to be really good for sensitive skin and that they contain no parabens. I apply this under moisturiser as I find my skin needs the extra hydration, but you can mostly use it in place of, if you’re skin isn’t as thirsty as mine. It really smooths the skin out, almost like a primer and I find my make-up sits well after too, refining the pores. It calms redness, and just feels quite light and fresh on angry skin, nothing greasy or thick and it’s definitely helped with scarring for me. An excellent product, good value and one I shall continue to re-purchase I’m sure!
My cleansing seems to have a bit of a rose theme! For my morning cleanse I like to use something fairly light and easy but that still leaves my skin hydrated and feeling super clean. I’m nearly finished with the Nuxe Melting Cleansing Gel for Face and Eyes and have to say it’s SO good for sensitive skin. I use it as a quick face wash, but it really is calming (that’ll be the rose!) and it’s great at melting into the skin to feel like it’s having a thorough wash. It’s creamy texture means it doesn’t foam up, so It’s reasonably hydrating, definitely no dry or tight feeling afterwards though I do tend to follow up with a spritz of the Jurlique Balancing Mist which is a hydrating rosewater spritz that, well, just feels quite nice in the morning! I could probably live without it, but it’s a little pick-me up.
The cleansing gel is also good at ‘melting’ away eye make-up for evening use too when I’m in a bit more of a wash n’ go kind of mood.
My evening cleanse product is something I’ve re-purchased now three times, and it’s the Ren No 1 Purity Cleansing Balm. Whilst this wasn’t my first ‘balm’ if you’ve yet to try one this is a great one to go for, although I think next on my list will have to be the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm which I’m sure will be along similar lines (just without the rose, sob). I actually have the larger version as I find the pot a bit easier than a tube and of course because I use it every day, though it’s lasting pretty well.
I apply with slightly damp hands to dry skin and just blend it in. It’s a lovely product that I can use all over and just dissolves eye make-up (though I know some people are more sensitive in this area, so may have to be cautious), I may sometimes need to remove my make up beforehand with the Bioderma Micelle Solution. It melts into a gorgeous luxurious oily texture that feels pampering and calming and leaves my skin seriously plump, soft, smooth and happy. Living in London I definitely feel I need the balm to remove all the grubbiness at the end of the day, and I’m trying to get better at using my muslin cloths for 1-2 washes only to make sure I keep the skin as clean as possible. I also gently massage it into my eyelids and eyelashes as I’m sure I read somewhere that it stimulates growth, and with my pointless excuse for eyelashes, I need all the help I can get.
Lastly, to keep the blemishes at bay and for London living, I exfoliate once a week if not more with the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exoliating Cleanser. I bought the full size having had a tester which I found I used up and really missed! It’s surprisingly gentle for sensitive skin, and is great for a really deep clean and for buffing the skin if it’s looking a little dull. Works well followed with a moisturiser for a make-up base as it smooths the skin out very nicely. Refreshing scent and a nice texture it’s a good go-to product and means I can cleanse and exfoliate in one too (lazy beauty, we all like a bit of that!).
So, it would seem I’m quite the Clarins and rose fan. Would love to get your comments on what you love and swear by, especially for any of those blemish prone but dehydrated ladies out there!