As a bit of a skincare addict, I’ve been spotting products that I haven’t been able to help but add to my daily skincare routine. I’ve been finding that with the change in the weather, my skin has also been kicking up a bit of a fuss and I have been craving exfoliators and clay masks. It has been what I have needed as my skin is looking in great condition and looks and feels healthy and I have minimal blemishes. Over the next two days, I am going to run through the new bits that have made it to the bathroom shelf and give my thoughts on them. Covering everything from cleansers, oils and exfoliators, here’s the first four of my newest finds.
The first product took me quite some time to get used to, as I just couldn’t figure it out at all. La Roche Posay plays quite heavily into my skincare favourites and I have yet to find anything that has let me down. The directions on the La Roche-Posay Make-Up Remover Micellar Water Gel are quite ambiguous saying ‘apply to wet face, no rinsing’ with no detailed instructions. I always take my eye make up off separately so I found that splashing water on my face, applying the gel and then using a cotton pad to remove was the ideal way to take off make up. It does struggle with heavy make up so a double cleanse is necessary otherwise it needs a couple of attempts to remove all make up. I prefer to use this on minimal make up days, as it leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, with no dryness or redness.
A brand new brand to me is Claudia Louch and since discovering it, I have since accumulated a few more products from the range. The range has been developed with the use of natural, uncomplicated ingredients and are made without any nasties such as parabens and SLS. I’ve been using the Claudia Louch Mint Exfoliating Facial Polish which has left my skin so smooth and soft, it’s almost addictive. Keeping it away from your eyes is essential as my goodness, it hurts! The apricot oils within the exfoliate keep skin from drying out whilst sugar derivatives buff and polish away dead skin cells. I only use this once a week, twice at most as it does the job so well that it doesn’t need using too much. It isn’t harsh on the skin, however I do find that if I overuse it, my skin has a tendency to go a bit pink.
Facial oils really float my boat right now, and I must have a different oil for targeting different areas. My main cause for concern with my job is dehydrated skin, so I need to really work hard on keeping certain areas in tip top condition. I’ve been using Oilixia Brilliance Facial Oil every morning as it not only smells amazing (neroli, lavender and bergamot) but it works beautifully when applying make up over the top, and for making skin feel plumper and firmer. I concentrate most of the oil around the sides of my nose, under my chin and eye and across my forehead and smooth the rest out over my face, once I have massaged it into my problem areas. Over the last few weeks, I have seen a difference in my skin, and that my dehydrated patches look less like chicken skin and more like actual skin. I really do feel that a good facial oil is more important to my skin now than a serum or moisturiser.
My final piece of skincare for today’s post comes from the genius that is Deborah Mitchell. The Divine Cream from the Heaven Skincare range was carefully chosen for me as a gift from Bryony at the ThinkMoney event that I attended back in August. A really thoughtful gift and one that I have fallen in love with. Again, it’s another product that smells absolutely amazing with the mandarin and orange oil blend and it feels so luxurious on the skin. It’s not rich enough to cause an issue, but it packs enough of a punch to really see and feel a difference. I find it works best on my skin when I’ve been away on my long haul trips as any I am slowly noticing that the minor sun damage that I has seems to be fading away and my skin doesn’t feel crispy when I’ve been in the sun. I would love to delve more into the world of Heaven Skincare as I am loving what I am seeing so far.
I’ll be back with part two of Skincare on the Bathroom Shelf tomorrow with five more products.
*Contains PR Samples