Skincare | Products In My Current Routine

Monday, March 05, 2018

svr micellar water, wishtrend mandelic acid skin prep, drunk elephanct c firma day serum, dr roebucks boost and tighten serum, wishtrend vitamin 75 cream, pixi glow peel pads, superfacialist vitamin c cleansing oil, son and park beauty water,

It’s that time again when I take you through a bunch of skincare products I’m currently using with a mix of first impressions, some general reviews, tips and thoughts. These products are not an overall routine as I use some of them in the morning, others in the evening and not all of these are everyday products either. My skin is still quite dehydrated and bordering on dry around my cheeks and chin area, while my t-zone remains as oily as ever.

SVR Micellar Waters* - 75ml, 200ml, 400ml | from £5

These French pharmacy goodies landed at my door a couple of weeks ago and I have to say they give me full on Bioderma vibes and I mean that in the best sense. Newly launched in UK, SVR is a French pharmacy brand established in 1962 with a focus on gentle skincare that works for all skin conditions. There are three versions of this cleansing water depending on skin type, which is a little lost on me as I only use Miceller water to remove the bulk of my eye makeup. And each of these does the job really well. They don’t irritate my eyes or leave any weird film on my eye balls. They’re unscented and perfectly pleasant to use and contain niacinamide in the formula which is an added bonus if you need to use these for a quick skincare routine.

Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil | £10.99

I’ve made proclamations about this being my favourite cleansing oil ever. I still stand by that although I have since tried a number of others that I like just as much in all honesty. This is a very effective product as removing every last bit of makeup from your skin, has a gorgeous orange scent (not necessary but I love it) and you get a whopping great bottle for a great price. The formula is that perfect viscosity that isn’t too thick and isn’t too runny so you can very easily massage it over your face with enough slip to spread it around without it dripping off and making any additional mess. You can add some water to it to emulsify it and enjoy a subsequent milky cleanse. And while you could rinse this off, a nice warm and damp flannel works best. I do find that if I use too much of this on my eyes it can leave a film of grease which is annoying but if I use less product and am careful it can be avoided. It leaves my skin clean without drying it out and my only desire would be to add a pump to the bottle to make it complete.

Son & Park Beauty Water | £5.50

This product has a bit of a cult following and is somewhere in between a cleansing water and a toner. It is a watery formula and contains rose water and witch hazel alongside a whole host of fruit oils and botanical extracts for a gentle exfoliation and refreshing cleanse. I use this after cleansing and find that it is perfect for balancing the skin and getting rid of any extra product or cleanser that remains on the skin’s surface and to prepare the skin for any following actives. It is so hydrating and skin softening too which I love. This is not a necessary product by any means and some people might find this to be an extra step but I love it and really value having a product like this for those mornings when I don’t want to acid tone or for evenings when I wear a lot of makeup and need a totally thorough cleanse of all the makeup. This is just a small bottle but I will definitely be picking up a full size soon.

By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water* | $22

An AHA that is being talked about more and more these days is Mandelic Acid, which is said to be less irritating but just as effective as Glycolic Acid due to its larger molecular structure. This exfoliating toner is said to help gently exfoliate the skin, target pigmentation and texture, prep skin for subsequent products and provide hydration and antibacterial properties. I use a few drops of this every other day on a cotton pad and simply wipe it over my skin, avoiding the eye area. I didn’t expect any stinging from this as I have been using acid toners for a couple of years now but I was shocked that this made my face tingle for at least the first couple of weeks of use. Now after over a month, I am accustomed to it and find it to be a great maintenance product as I do with most other exfoliating toners I have tried. I think those that find Glycolic Acid too stripping or irritating or those that have an aversion to Lactic Acid would benefit from trying this out because the results are just as good.

Pixi Glow Peel Pads | £24

I have had this little tub for a long time and the only reason why they’ve gone on for so long is because I savoured them and flitted around between this and other more potent acid exfoliants And was never consistent. These are quite powerful containing 20% Glycolic Acid for an effective skin brightening treatment that I can’t use more than once or twice a week. The pads themselves are quite abrasive and the formula instantly stings on the skin in a non-irritating way reassuring me that it’s doing something. I really like these as they’re also formulated with skin soothing and nourishing ingredients such an Vitamin E, aloe vera and rose water so it’s a very potent and effective product without being harsh or overwhelming. I use it after cleansing and let the liquid dry a little before using a face mist to neutralise the acid before carrying on with the rest of my skincare.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum | $80

I use a Vitamin C serum every single morning and as far as formulas go, this is the creme de la creme. With this product it isn’t just about the effective 15% concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid that makes this a superior formulation, but rather all the other ingredients packed in alongside that to really boost this serum’s ability to provide antioxidant protection and improve the skin’s appearance. This contains a high percentage of Vitamin C to improve any signs of photo damage, ferulic acid for added antioxidant benefits, pumpkin ferment extract to lightly exfoliate, hydrating factors and their signature marula oil to nourish the skin along with anti-irritants to make this a serum that feels good with none of the expected discomfort from such a high concentration of Vitamin C. The formula feels oily but isn’t greasy or sticky and feels more like a serum once you apply it to your face which is unlike most of the other Vitamin C serums I have tried which all have that oily heavy feeling. As with any skincare product, you will want to give this time to truly work but I can comment that the immediate results are an overall radiance to the skin that is beautiful and how soothing and calming it feels when I apply it. I don’t think I’ll truly appreciate what this is doing for me until it finishes and I move onto a less sophisticated and well-rounded serum. I love that this comes in a modern and cute looking air-tight and light resistant bottle with a pump, the only downside to which is that I won’t be able to tell when it reaches near the end. This is a great product but very pricey so I think this year I’ll just wait to order another bottle in another set towards the end of the year.

Dr. Roebucks Boost & Tighten Serum*

I haven’t used this serum for very long but I have to say I am really enjoying it. It’s a multi-functional serum that is said to help with the overall feel and appearance of your skin. It contains a mixture of niacinamide, aloe vera, Vitamin C, Retinol, hyaluronic acid, rosehip, ginseng and Vitamin E. I don’t know about you but that combination excites me on paper. And the actual serum itself has a lovely gel texture that absorbs into the skin really well and provides some light hydration. It also has a really refreshing zesty scent that I really like. It’s gentle enough to use every evening though I have been using this in rotation with other Retinoid products. I can’t say I feel any significant tightening but I really enjoy the way this feels and applies and look forward to keeping this in my routine.

By Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximizing Cream* | $27.99

This moisturiser is made up on 75% Vitamin Tree Water (sea buckthorn) and is said to help improve the skin’s ability to absorb ingredients and remain hydrated. This cream is formulated with a blend of oils such as sunflower seed and macadamia oil and provides a good dose of Vitamin E to help nourish the skin and improve elasticity. This product is a white gel texture that absorbs immediately and doesn’t feel heavy or sticky at all on my skin. I do think I would’ve appreciated this more in the summer because it doesn’t quite give me enough hydration in this winter weather. But layering hydrating serums underneath does help or mixing in a facial oil. For me this is a pleasant, scent-free moisturiser that even the most sensitive skin types would enjoy although I can’t really say how effective it is at boosting the effects of the rest of my skincare. I have however nearly used the entire pot up and just wish that it could provide a touch more hydration while retaining the same non-sticky and non-greasy finish.

son and park beauty water, pixi glow peel pads, by wishtrend mandelic acid skin prep, by wishtrend vitamin 75 maximising cream

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