Whenever I switch my skincare up, I’m always one to take things one step at a time- be it sampling a new cleanser, serum or moisturiser- I tend to do it over a period of time, to avoid anything too much all at once- so, although I do try to avoid switching my skincare up too often, over the last couple of months (even up until the last couple of weeks) I’ve definitely discovered some new face-friendly gems I couldn’t not share, and have been hugely excited to include in a post. So without further a do, let me introduce you…
This year has been the year I finally got into serums- exciting, I know. In all seriousness, tying them into my routine (or using one as an alternate to a moisturiser) has seen real benefits, and certainly helped up the hydration stakes. Let’s talk about the serum that changed my mind on them first. I was introduced to Dr Hauschka earlier this year, and sampled the Night Serum after hearing it’s job was to help repair the skin (as it’s more active during the night than it is during the day)! Even though its super light and fast drying (really, it’s easy to not get carried away), I feel my skin has absolutely loved this product (with zero breakouts and dryness)- and I’m tempted to think it could be down to its natural properties too. Another serum worth kudos is a more recent love, the Chanel Hydro Beauty Micro Serum. It’s slightly different to the Dr Hauschka one in that it’s perfect for morning and evening use (and can be used before a moisturiser instead of as an alternate), but so far this has been the perfect partner for morning boosts of hydration, and pairing with other favourite moisturisers too.
The Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream Ultra Rich is definitely one I’m more partial to using once a week (although using more frequently wouldn’t be a bad thing)- purely because it feels like such a luxury. Elemis always wow me with their spa inspired products (I’ve spoken about my love of their Pro Collagen Cleanser numerous times, see here and here)- and this moisturiser is another nod to the full at-home-facial feel they nail so well. Anyway- this little tub of goodness tops the nourishing charts, and is one of the most skin softening treats I’ve turned to of late. Perhaps it’s time to make treat days more regular?
You really need no introduction to this little wonder, but in case you missed this post (and, ahem, the video)- let me fill you in. I shan’t bore you with the details (you can read all about them here), but if you need a wake up in the morning that doesn’t come in the shape of a black coffee, an acai bowl or yoga class- this is a good bet. It’s the first thing I do when I wake up to perk up my peepers, and turn to it daily to get my eyes ready for the day. This means no darkness, extra moisture and a hella hydration which is never a bad thing when you’ve spent the previous night watching First Dates ’til late.
Now this is the other new discovery I’ve been meaning to share, along with the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum- this La Solution 10 de Chanel is certainly another worth waxing lyrical about (the fact alone it took 4 years to test is quite an accolade too). With a mere ten ingredients, it already offers more than any of the unknown nasties in a lot of products- and with standout additions including silver needle white tea and shea butter extract it’s super calming, gentle and fantastic for sensitive skin too- which is a huge plus (I’ve experience no redness, breakouts or dryness). I usually pair this with the serum for a perfect base (or last thing at night ritual) and it always leaves my skin feeling like it’s had a wonderful bout of TLC too. Dreamy!
If you haven’t heard of a maskimizer (a.k.a mask primer) before, then you’d be forgiven- as Origins are the first to do it. Although it could easily be perceived as a bit of a novelty product, I’ve been using this before applying their Rose Clay mask (which is my absolute favourite mask, FYI)- and in terms of application, it’s definitely prepped and softened my skin perfectly before popping a mask on. Although I’ve yet to use it with sheet masks or anything other than clay- I’ll report back, as so far I’m a big fan!