The last few months I’ve fallen in love with both Skincare and doing my nails, both a symptom of being at home more and lockdown life but today I thought I would talk about the former.
My skincare routine is largely all new to me, so this could even be a 10-15 skincare products that are new to me but I wanted to select 5 that I had most to say about, if you enjoy this post I can do another soon. (FYI before we get started- I have normal-dehydrated skin and I’m in my late 20’s)
Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm Rosewood*- SHOP HERE
I was a little unsure I was going to feature this product, as to be honestly, I’m weirdly indifferent to it but this is rare so I’m including it.
This is a balm cleanser which is (in my opinion quite reasonably priced since balm cleansers can be pricey) £35 for 40ml . I’ve been using it as my first cleanse to remove my makeup and although it’s been doing the job I just find it’s not as easy and enjoyable to use as most balm cleansers.
The product feels a little thicker than most and just doesn’t seem to melt down and loosen meaning that spreading it over the face and massaging it all over can be a little difficult. It’s not that this product is bad, it’s that there are so many other products I would rather use. It smells great, love the glass jar but the experience of using it just isn’t quite right for me. I’ll keep going with this until I finish but it’s just not something I look forward to using in the evening. I had such high hopes as so many of my friends love it but I don’t think I’ll be using it again once I’ve finished.
Cerave Hydrating Cleanser– SHOP HERE
I was starting to feel like the only person that hadn’t tried the CeraVe cleansers but I had heard such good things about them all that I had even recommended them to a few people. After those people all reported back with glowing reviews I thought it was finally time that I try it too, and at £9.50 for 236ml I feel it would have been rude not to.
I opted for the hydrating one, as I have normal to dehydrated skin and I started using this as my second cleanse. Obviously, this isn’t a luxury product, it hasn’t got a luxury price point or luxury packaging and I’m not using it for the experience (like I am with a balm cleanser). I’m simply after a product that will clean my skin without stripping it and I really think this does just that. For ages I struggled to find a good second cleanser and I think this one will quickly become a staple in my routine. It is a wash-off product so doesn’t stay on the skin for too long but I do like that it has Hyaluronic acid to help keep the skin hydrated, it uses 3 ceramides to protect the skin’s natural barrier whilst cleansing, plus it’s non-foaming and fragrance-free. It’s no frills but exactly what I was after in my skincare routine.
Hum Glow Sweet Glow Vitamins*- SHOP HERE
Although not the topical skincare you may have been imagining coming into this blog post, I wanted to touch on the Hum Glow Sweet Glow Vitamins. Vitamins are something I’m quite new to- well, I’m new to taking them regularly- but I started keeping them on my desk and that has really helped. I am onto my second bottle of these and although I can’t be sure that these are the reason why my skin has been better than usual, I can say that I don’t think I’ve ever been happier with my skin. I take two of these a day and they taste so good I pretty much never forget. The have hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and E- plus they are vegan. I felt that before taking these my skin was feeling very dull and dehydrated but I’ve seen a huge improvement over the last month and a half since I started taking these. They are £27.25 for a month long supply so not the cheapest but I think they work!
Omorovicza Midnight Renewal– SHOP HERE
I have been a big Omorovicza fan for quite a while and although they are pricey, I have loved almost everything I have tried from them. Their newest addition is the Midnight Renewal which is a Retinal product. I am somewhat new to Vitamin A and haven’t had the best experience with some so I was a little worried starting with this one but I have had no issues or even any dryness. I have only been using this for a few weeks but I am really looking forward to using up the whole bottle. It is a painful £140 but if you struggle with retinol or have sensitive skin I think this may be one worth trying.
Origins GinZing Serum – SHOP HERE
If you have been into beauty and especially skincare for all of 5 minutes you have definitely heard of the GinZing range from Origins. I’ve always dabbled in it but never really stuck to anything from the range until the GinZing Serum. This serum is a Vitamin C Serum with a 5% skin renewing complex to help reduce the look of pores. It can be used morning and night but I like using it in the morning just to help brighten my skin for the day ahead. I generally love vitamin C Serums but this one also has Hyaluronic Acid which is always a plus in my books. This the product I always reach for when my skin needs to look a little brighter and I always follow it with an SPF.
What skincare products have you recently added to your routine?
*Product sent in PR for consideration.