Thanks to the blog, I get to try a lot of skincare products and I fully appreciate how lucky I am to be a facial guinea pig! I go through phases where I try new things, then get bored and go back to my usual favourites but this time, I think I've cracked it and wouldn't you know it, when I go to purchase these myself, I'll be out of pocket big time but with the huge improvement I've seen in my skin, it's an investment I don't mind shelling out on. No, that's a lie, I do mind, but I want nice skin more!
Behold the eight superstars that I love lots.
There are extra products that I haven't put in here, like masks and treatments, but they'll get their own post soon. I just wanted to talk you through the products I use every day.
I'm up at 5am every day which means that a) I'm gee eyed and b) I want minimum fuss and faff at that hour. I don't have long to play around with makeup so these are the products that help prepare my skin for the war paint that will make me look human at stupid o'clock.
This is the newest addition to the family and I got it in a gift bag recently. I met Oskia founder Georgie Cleeve a few weeks ago and knew I'd be giving this a go (along with lots of other gorgeous products!) The Renaissance Cleansing Gel is unlike any other cleanser I've tried in that it's a gel to oil cleanser that breaks down any makeup while giving a deep clean to the skin, leaving it super soft. Any gel cleansers I've tried in the past has left my skin feeling a bit dry and tight after using it, but this one... Oh I just want people to touch my face when I use it! I massage a couple of pumps into my face, before using a small amount of water to emulsify it into milk. Then I use a face cloth to remove it and my skin is clean and soft, and completely nourished. Obsessed with this stuff like nowt else.
Described as the ultimate concentrate to help strengthen the skin's defences against environmental factors and daily stress, this promises to help give your skin a boost by working with your serum and moisturiser to help them work better while helping your skin fight against the visible signs of ageing. I know we all get older and ageing is a natural process, but if I can put the breaks on it a little bit, then so be it!
This feels nice and light on my skin, absorbing quickly, which is what I need first thing in the morning. I don't usually use a serum in the morning and can't say I saw an immediate difference in my skin when using it. But I think it's a grower and needs a few weeks to let it do it's business and I've been using it for a couple of months now and wonder if this has given my skin the boost it needed and has helped it work better with the rest of my skincare routine?
I think this is the thickest moisturiser I've ever used on my skin and I love it! Aimed and normal to dry skin, my normal/combination skin and I are thoroughly enjoying using this in the morning. I like to warm it between my fingers and work it into my skin, immediately feeling how smooth and firm my face feels. Now I don't have deep wrinkles which this is said to visibly correct (fill in), so I can't say anything about that, but it'd be a great summer moisturiser with it's SPF20 and while I'm not using it for that benefit as it's dark when I go to work and is almost dark when I'm coming home, it makes for a lovely, even base for my foundation and helps keeps my skin looking fabulous!
Night time skincare.
In the evening I have more time to get stuck into a proper routine and while I don't always have the inclination to do it, I just think about how great my skin has been looking and feeling lately and up the stairs I go!
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - €6.29
I know, I've mentioned this about 11 million times but I love it. This is probably the 5th or 6th bottle I've gone through and I use it every evening to remove my make up, mainly my eye makeup. As I've said time and time again, it doesn't irritate my eyes, it takes off all my mascara and doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped. It also means I only have to use one pump of the next product to remove the remainder of my makeup and the longer that lasts, the better for my bank balance! I don't mind lashing my way through this cleansing water because it's cheap as chips and is the best one I've tried.
Yep, I use this in the evening too! It's just so effective at removing every shred of makeup and I take my time in the evening working it into my skin (not the eyes) before wiping it off and going around the house saying "Seriously, how soft is my skin!" Can you tell I love this?
Pixi Glow Tonic - £18
An extremely generous reader sent me a bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic (thanks a million Audra!) and for the past couple of months, I've finally started using it every evening. This glycolic acid toner chomps away at dead skin while help toning and tightening the skin without leaving the skin feeling stripped or tight. I feel like this has helped completely even out my skin's texture and I've waved bye bye to the dry patches on my cheeks that were starting to rear their heads again. This stuff is brilliant and while my skin isn't usually sensitive, I've had a couple of bad reactions to products this year, but not with this guy. It's true love folks.
Yon-ka Guarana Scrub
On days where I end up washing my face in the shower rather than beforehand, I give this scrub from Yon-ka a whirl. The Guarana Scrub polishes and exfoliates my skin without tearing the face off me, leaving my skin soft and smooth. And it's got the perfect ratio of cleanser/scrubby bits in it which is very important for professional exfoliators like myself! I love that it's gentle on my skin while giving it a good and proper scrub and I use it maybe once or twice a week. If your skin is on the dull side, then the guarana and brown rice micro beads will give you instant radiance bish bash bosh.
Have you ever spoken actual words to your skincare products? After a couple of uses of these last two products, I asked them both the same question - "Where have you been all my life", sometimes singing the question like I'm Rihanna. The Divine Cream from L'Occitane's Immortelle range is the actual business and I see and feel why it's won so many awards. This anti-ageing cream is super thick, needing to be warmed up in my hands before slathering my face in it. It leaves my skin feeling intensely nourished and while I use this just at night, I could use it in the morning too, but I'm trying to make it last as long as possible! A little goes a long way and it'll be a good while before I reach the end of this pot. I brought this and the next product to New York with me because I couldn't handle leaving them behind! Ob. Sessed.
The final step in my skincare routine is this beast of an oil. I don't know why I've just called it a beast... But it packs an absolute punch when it comes to looking after my visage. This golden bottle makes my skin look and feel plumped, radiant and all round fabulous. I've learned from Caroline Hirons and Kat from DollyRouge that putting oil on over your moisturiser helps seal in your moisturiser as the oil acts as a barrier. Sometimes I use this on it's own without moisturiser and sometimes I layer it over the Divine Cream, depending on how lazy I'm feeling. I think I will cry actual tears when I finish this bottle, but only for a little while until I repurchase. The fact that the bottle itself looks and feels luxurious is the icing on the cake. Love you forever Divine Youth Oil.
So that's my current skincare routine. Is it bad that I don't really want to introduce anything new into the mix, such is the level of happiness I have with everything? I think between now and Christmas I'll hold tight and continue to enjoy using this team of products so that I can have perfect skin and in the new year I'll start trying new things. Slowly...
What are you using on your skin at the moment? Is there anything I need to try considering I want to constantly repurchase all of these forever and ever amen (for now)? To the comments!