Whether you are a one gal cleanser or you have an army of oils at the ready, skincare is never just simple. A stickler for my staples, I'm not a girl who constantly switches in new product. Preferring to take it one step at a time, over the past six months I have found some worthy additions I wanted to share...
Hot Cloth Cleanser - Ren* ∙ Pore Refiner - Bioderma ∙ Effaclar Duo - La Roche Posay ∙ Eye-cream - Kiehls ∙ Oil - Josie Moran
Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser - Placing my trusty Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser to one side, the Ren HCC alternative did not disappoint. Thick and creamy, I found this cleanser to be a pampering treat night after night. Not only does it easily remove every trace of my make-up, but I found the experience more enjoyable than my Liz Earle (gasp!). Winning major brownie points for coming with a flannel rather than a muslin cloth (of which retains hardly any heat unlike the former), I find the product distributes more evenly across my face like a luxury cream. Bliss.
Bioderma Pore Refiner - After spotting the legendary Lisa Eldridge using the Pore Refiner in one of her videos, I knew it had to be mine. A very light lotion, the primer glides effortlessly on to the skin. Smoothing over pores instantly, it doesn't fill them (like the nasty Benefit Porefessional) but simply blurs the appearance. Long lasting, it also keeps skin matte throughout the day. The perfect base for make-up application, it neither rolls under foundation but creates a seamless base. Try it, now.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo - I'm late to the party, I know. But by god, I'm glad I RSVP'd. The Effaclar Duo is the spot treatment that works. Full stop. Slathering a thin layer of problem areas, the little miracle worker gets to work straight away. Not only does it make my pores on my t-zone appear smaller, it works wonders during the pesky PMS blighters that appear on my chin. I use this as a lotion at night, being so light I don't find it too clinical or heavy. In-fact, I'm quite addicted.
Kiehls Creamy Advacado Eye Cream - Soft and creamy to the touch, this thick eye-cream has been the saving grace of my dark circled peepers. It aims to do nothing more than moisturise, and by heavens it does. Sinking in rather impressively, I reserve this for night-time for a hydrating boost. I can never tell if eye-creams are doing the whole anti-ageing shebang - but with such good moisturing properties, you've gotta be onto a winner right?
Josie Moran Oil - Come Wednesday and Sundays, I switch up my PM routine to include a nourishing oil. How fancy eh? I picked up a sample of the Josie Moran oil while stateside last year and now I'm a massive convert. Less fragrant than other oils I've tried (my eyes water at Trilogy's Rosehip Oil) I evenly spread a few drops on to bare skin, avoiding the eye area then moisturise with my night-cream over the top. Instantly sinking in, my skin simply drinks up this hydrating wonder oil. Waking up in the morning, I can noticeably see a difference with softer, smoother skin. Thankfully re-stocking my supply won't be such a chore, as Net-A-Porter now stock Josie Moran - phew!
I'm currently waiting for a new Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial to hit stores. I was lucky enough to sample a sachet or two, and I was so amazed I used both in one week.. Stay tuned for more details, I plan on purchasing as soon as that baby hits stores.
What skincare saviors have you discovered recently?