I started this blog with a healthy passion for skincare and six months in the passion may be approaching obsession territory. Ooops. My skincare regime is becoming more and more detailed and to be honest, I love it. Of course it doesn’t have to be this way, it’s certainly possible to maintain healthy, glowing skin with just a few key products. One skincare essential that shouldn’t be skipped is face serum, the low molecular weight allows the skin boosting actives to the sink lower in the skin. I have cherry picked two of my favourites for AM and PM but you have the option to use either one both morning and night.
- SKINCEUTICALS HYDRATING B5* A favourite with dermatologists, you might not have seen this brand outside of skincare clinics. It’s becoming increasingly available and I couldn’t be happier because I really like their products. This is a lightweight moisture serum containing vitamin B5 and hyluronic acid. I was surprised to see some negative customer reviews on the skinceuticals UK and US websites, some saying it wasn’t moisturising enough. I find this incredibly hydrating – it plumps and brightens my skin perfectly when used underneath my normal moisuriser.
- Kiehl’s MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE* Definitely a cult product from the Kiehl’s range, whenever I post about them on twitter I get many comments from people who truely love this brand. Definitely worthy of it’s hero status, this lightweight serum is the perfect addition to anyone’s evening skincare routine. My skin always looks better the morning after using this and I absolutely love the lavender fragrance which aid’s a good night’s sleep.
Both Kiehl’s and Skinceuticals are available worldwide. *Press Samples
I’m currently living in South Germany which happens to be a handy location, it’s driving distance from Switzerland, Austria and parts of Northern Italy such as Lake Como. Weekend trips galore! On Monday I made an afternoon trip to Oberstdorf which is a small town located within the Bavarian Alps. After Berlin the mountainous regions are my favourite parts of Germany, everything from the fresh air to the views is beyond beautiful. I spent an afternoon taking it all in, whilst clearing my mind (and my lungs).
– In collaboration with SALT. OPTICS
For this post I’ve teamed up with Jurlique UK where I will be answering questions live on Periscope. The live Q&A takes place Thursday 25th February between 7-7.30 UK time. Please join us @JurliqueUK where I will be on board to answer your questions regarding the Celendula Redness Rescue range. You can submit your own questions on instagram or twitter, simply add #jurliquetalks for the team to pick out your question, the best one will win a prize (I believe this is only open to UK residents).
So, let me talk you through my first encounter with Jurlique. Whilst I hadn’t used any products from Jurlique in the past I do recall the brand as I’ve seen it in Selfridges and Space NK. I was sent the Calendula Redness Range which consists of three products – Calming Mist – Restorative Treatment Serum – Soothing Moisturising Cream. As the name suggests these products target anyone with sensitive skin, I was pleased to see the use of calendula which is an excellent natural anti-inflammatory.
The calming mist smells really good, I couldn’t quite work out the smell, juicy yet fresh but delicate, not too sweet. I’d describe it as grape and white tea but it’s actually fresh cucumber and chamomile. If you like to create a skincare ritual and layer your products then this will make a lovely addition but it’s certainly not an essential unless perhaps you have sunburn – then a refrigerated bottle of this would be ideal.
The restorative treatment serum is a great product for anyone with sensitive or irritated skin, it works well in combination with the moisturiser as it’s lightweight and absorbs quickly. It has a gel texture so distributes across the skin easily, I found 2 pumps enough, anymore and it might feel sticky. The soothing moisture cream is my favourite product in the range. My face needs a rich cream at this time of year and I’m impressed at how hydrating this product is. Avocado oil is what’s behind the hydration and chamomile will calm the skin alongside the calendula. I’ve been using the three products morning and night, I apply extra moisteriser at night which I love. I’m still using 1% retinol which I featured here so the calming elements of these products are a handy addition alongside the retinol.
I’m not sure why I’m exhausted today. I went for a run with the dog which usually get’s me going but for some reason it hasn’t helped – someone pass me the coffee so I can write this post. Anyway enough moaning and on with my introduction to Rodin*. I’ve had my eye on this brand for a while because I find it so chic. Founded by former fashion editor Linda Rodin, if you’ve read about or seen pictures of Linda you’ll understand why the branding is so on point.
Linda’s approach to beauty is simple. Preferring products that caress the skin noticeably over the anti-ageing claims and complicated regimes. After experimenting with essential oils in her bathroom for nearly two years, Rodin put the finishing touches on her first dream elixir, the original RODIN olio lusso face oil, in 2007.
At 190€ this oil is definitely a luxury purchase. The base fragrance is jasmine which I absolutely love. Whilst the packaging looks beautiful the clear glass bottle will not preserve the oil from degrading day light so remember to store it in the box or in a dark cabinet. This is a shame because the whole point of this product is the packaging, you can purchase less beautiful yet just as effective face oils for much less. The fragranced plant oils can cause irritation in some cases therefor everyday use might not be the best idea.
This product is all about the luxury, it’s the ultimate skin treat. It looks precious and should be treated as such, stored away for occasional use when you want to feel special and pampered. Only then does it warrant the expensive price tag.
Retinol (vitamin a) is one of the most effective anti-ageing skincare ingredients on the market. It’s ability to fight fine lines & wrinkles, refine pores and even target breakouts seems almost too good to be true. Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment is one of the few brands that offer retinol in this strength which is the highest you can get without having to visit a dermatologist. This product really does what it says on the tin so be sure to make sure your skin is prepared to take this kind of treatment. The brand offers milder retinol products so if you haven’t used this before I recommend you start with a milder version. My facialist/bestie has been treating my skin and gave me the all clear to use the 1% as long as I introduce it slowly. If you don’t take these precautions your skin can become ultra sensitive with extreme peeling – so unless you want to scare small children then please take their advice.
I started by applying this at night, twice a week for the first week and since I haven’t experienced peeling, sensitivity or redness I am now using it every other night. I apply a pea size amount after cleansing and then finish off with moistutiser. I’m using the Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser as it’s very gentle and soothing, in the morning I use Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser.
Now let me get started with the results. Once word – beyond! My skin looks incredible after using this and thanks to a multitude of skin calming ingredients my skin is baby soft, even toned, hydrated and glowing. I even have rosy cheeks which I haven’t seen since I was like, eleven years old! I really like Paula’s Choice as a brand, I first featured them last year and it’s become a brand I completely trust. I can just tell the founder is obsessed with making the best products. Alongside hyaluronic acid, retinol is now one of my favourite skincare ingredients. You need to continue using it to retain the increased cell turnover and collagen production so it’s worth making it a permanent fixture in your skin care routine. My thoughts on ageing? Prevention is better than cure. And as I’ve seen the first signs of ageing in my own skin I feel it’s better to introduce this type of product now to ensure my skin looks it’s best in ten or twenty years from now.
A brand I am very, very, very excited to introduce here for the first time is SkinCeuticals. Eeeek I absolutely love this brand because it makes a huge difference to the skin. They have sent me some samples which I will be featuring soon but for now I’m using their Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50+. When using retinol it’s essential to use an SPF during the day, I know, 50+ is on the higher end of the spectrum but I like it. I apply a small amount over my moisuriser which blends perfectly without leaving me ghostly white or chalky. It’s brilliant! Lastly I want to introduce a quirky little product that I was sent by Niche-Beauty. Egyptian Magic is an all natural cream but I’d say it’s actually a balm. It’s contains olive oil, bees wax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly extract and bee propolis. I used it as a daily moisturiser during the first week of using the retinol as I find it gentle and comforting, whilst it offers lasting hydration. It’s an all purpose product so I’m now using it at night on my elbows and lips.
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