Skincare | Products In My Current Routine

Monday, January 08, 2018



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Temperatures remain low. The heating in the house remains on most of the time. My skin is still oily in some places and severely dehydrated in others and it’s only with the help of my skincare routine and choice of products do I manage to maintain some sort of in-between. Here are some of the products I’m currently using and how I find them to be performing on my skin.



Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm | £39

I’ve savoured this long enough and decided it was high time I started using it consistently and enjoy it the way it’s meant to be enjoyed - not occasionally and hoarded and adored from afar. This cleansing balm is known the world over for being one of the best and with good reason. From it’s decadent, albeit bulky and excessive, gold packaging and the delightfully soothing scent to the silky melts-to-the-touch balm housed inside, this makes makeup removal and cleansing into a luxurious ritual. Formulated with a selection of fruit oils including orange, mandarin and jasmine which lend to that beautiful fragrance, and of course moringa seed extract, Vitamin E and rose extract to help strengthen, protect and plump skin. You only need a small amount to melt off all your makeup and has enough slip to allow a good facial massage at the same time. It doesn’t strip the skin and leaves it feeling incredibly smooth. I also love putting on a thin layer as a face balm when my skin is looking extremely dull - I always wake up with a plump and radiant complexion.

Africology Purifying Cleansing Gel | £6.50

I picked this in one of my Latest In Beauty boxes last year because it sounded really interesting and I love that it’s a South African brand using indigenous ingredients in their products. This contains a host of essential oils for a very invigorating cleansing experience. It’s a gel that foams a little that I simply massage over the face and neck and remove with a warm damp flannel. Its fine for my combination skin but I can imagine dry skin types finding it a little bit stripping. Because of the presence of so many essential oils, the scent is very strong so I wouldn’t use this if you have sensitive skin and you’ll definitely want to avoid your eyes area. I’ve been particularly enjoying this for winter mornings because I usually wake up all stuffy and the scent of this opens up the airways.

Bravura Revitalising Ginseng Toner | £12.40

If you like Pixi Glow Tonic, you will like this. They’re almost identical in ingredients, results and even scent if I’m not mistaken. This glycolic acid toner is a great everyday product to keep skin looking bright and to balance skin in preparation for following products. This is my second bottle as I eagerly purchased two together (another habit I’m trying to shake off) but haven’t used it since finishing up the first bottle last year. And I still like it a lot. It’s gentle enough that it gets the job done without irritating my skin but isn’t that potent that I could say I can’t imagine my life without it. A good affordable toner though I am curious to try The Ordinary Glycolic 7% Toning Solution which is even more friendly on the purse strings. The only thing I don’t like is the bulky glass packaging and the fact that it has no spout so I end up pouring out a lot more than I intend.

Pixi Rose Caviar Essence* | £26

This beautiful little number comes from one of my favourite skincare brands and is such a luxurious skin treat. This very lightweight essence/serum softens the skin beautifully and is very effective in hydrating and locking in moisture throughout the day. It contains little capsules of oils - caviar beads - including macadamia seed, bergamot peel, sunflower seed, jojoba seed, grape seed and olive fruit that are suspended throughout the gel-like formula, which melt into skin instantly. This product is a whopping big portion of antioxidants that help protect the skin and I’m pleased that the rose scent is there but not too overwhelming. I use this after cleansing and toning in the mornings before other serums and oils and find that it absorbs very quickly and doesn’t make subsequent products pill-up (an issue I’ve experienced with other hydrating serums). This is almost weightless and I’m considering whether this would be better suited to my skin when it’s warmer because it isn’t greasy and my oily skin would appreciate this veil of hydration whereas my dryer more dehydrated skin right now can handle thicker products.


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The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F | £14.90

I bought two new Vitamin C serums from The Ordinary recently and decided to use this one first because of the addition of the fatty acids which I thought would be great for my dehydrated winter skin. This is a Vitamin C derivative in an oil formulation has a very runny consistency and actually I’ve used up half the bottle already because I can’t really gauge how much is too much with such a runny liquid. I find the formula incredibly gentle and very hydrating thanks to the oils in this. I wouldn’t use this in the summer months at all but it’s perfect for now. It’s too early to tell if its lending to any significant skin brightening or keeping my hyperpigmentation under control but I am enjoying it and I appreciate the additional layer of nourishment each morning.

Christian Breton Precious Gold Eye Mask* | £48

Usually when I use face masks my eye area stays empty (and often dry!). I do have those hydrogel eye masks but find them too slippery and they cover too much of my cheek area for my liking. So this product has come to rescue me from my masking conundrum. Infused with caviar extract and gold, this eye mask claims to be age-defying as it helps reduce the appearance of lines in the delicate under eye area while increasing radiance and smoothness. I slather on a decent amount all over my eye area and then simply wipe away after 10-15 minutes. I don’t really know what the addition of gold and caviar actually does but there is a pretty gold shimmer running through the cream and I find it to be a pleasant hydrating eye mask. I’ve even applied it and left it on overnight and woken up to plump under-eyes. I enjoy using it and it definitely has a place in my skincare regime but the price tag is rather hefty. I think this would make a lovely gift for someone who enjoys pampering their skin.

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalene | £11.90

After enjoying the Advanced Retinoid so much, I wanted to try something that would hopefully be a little more potent while being gentle with no irritation. And I’m happy with this so far. Retinoid/Retinol products in an oil-format are a good choice if you want to avoid any of the irritation that can come with using this wonderful ingredient. Formulated with squalene, a great hydrator that is emollient and versatile, this is not very different to a facial oil in consistency and is quite high strength at 5%. I don’t even feel a tingle or any tightness from it drying out my skin. It’s early days yet as I’ve only been using it for the last fortnight but I’m really enjoying the oil formula. I apply any water based serums beforehand then pat a few drops of this on and I’ve experienced no drama so far. Once it’s settled and absorbed into my skin I follow up with a heavier balm or even a nourishing night cream. My skin feels smoother the next morning though I have noticed some purging on my forehead. I can’t yet tell if it’s from the Retinoid working to get my skin under control or if it’s the oil blend. But overall I’m happy to continue with it and am excited to report back with my thoughts soon.

Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Rose Otto Night Moisturizer | $30

Another rose product which was gifted to me by the lovely Binita (she always introduces me to wonderful brands and products). This beautiful moisturiser is formulated with the brand’s signature organic Bulgarian rose oil, which helps nourish, soothe and protect the skin. It’s a beautiful formula that melts into the skin and forms a satisfying layer of nourishment without feeling too heavy or greasy. It smells delicious (I genuinely think I’m becoming a rose scent convert) and is a very sophisticated formula that I love finishing each day off with. In the morning my skin always feels plump and calm. The only downside to this lovely product is the packaging. I mean I love glass packaging and there’s something so fancy about moisturisers that pump out of glass bottles but it’s only fun 3/4 of the way down. The last stretch is messy as I’m currently having to unscrew the lid each time and use the pipe to extract the beautiful cream each night.


What skincare products are you currently using that you'd recommend to me? Is there anything here that you're interested in trying? I'd love to know...



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