The Best Of Skincare For 2014Monday, 19 January 2015
Never thought I'd have skincare favourites.
Skincare was always the part of the beauty side of things I was never interested in. I grew up having great skin and it wasn't till I hit my 20's things started going downhill, and it wasn't until two years ago I really started investing time into researching what could work for me.
After some fantastic insights and lengthy researching, I actually find myself incredibly interested in ingredients and what works and what doesn't, and so the past year I have really turned my skincare regime up.
In saying that, I don't have an impressive post for you. I'm still trying so many products and seeing what works for me, so that the past year, I've actually only had a few firm favourites.
The first product is actually the last that I'd purchased, so it's a bit sneaky, but I have to talk about Sunday Riley's 'Good Genes'. Touted as one of the most life changing serums, I was initially apprehensive about trying it. At $125, it doesn't come cheap, but it is such a versatile product. It aims to increase brightness and radiance, with gentle exfoliation and firming qualities. What made me buy it is it's long term effects - decreased redness and uneven skin tones. I've only used it for two months but it's already won me over - never have I received so many compliments on my skin, and I haven't changed my makeup a single bit!
Two firm moisturising favourites which have been posted on here countless times before - my trusty Origins Ginzing Moisturiser and the High Potency Night-A-Mins. I've gone through tubs of this stuff and I have no desire to try anything else. I use Ginzing in the day time as it's a beautiful, light weight gel like moisturiser that sinks in quickly and is great under makeup. It feels lovely to apply in the morning as it feels cool and refreshing, and feels like it wakes me skin up. As I prefer to use something heavier at night, I like the Night-A-Mins as it feels luxurious and rich on the skin, and I wake up with plumper and more hydrated skin. They both smell delicious, and I really love using Origins as it's a fantastic, natural brand that can't do any wrong!
I wasn't sure if this fell into the skincare category or not, but I had to include the Lipocils Expert Lash Serum I purchased a few months ago. I have alright lashes to begin with, but I wanted a bit more length to emphasise them more and one of the girls I work with recommended this and said it worked great for her. Initially quite skeptical, I was extremely pleased with how well this product worked, and how quickly. I can honestly say I noticed results in as little as two weeks, applying it just at night. I don't know how it works, but for the easy price of $52, I was pretty damn happy.
A nice little affordable addition to my skincare was the Lush Grease Lightning. This is purely a spot treatment, nothing fancy. I don't tend to suffer from breakouts too much, but particular around that time of month, I'll get one or two nasty spots on my chin that are simply there to break my spirits. Sore, red and swollen is basically my life for days, and those buggers don't go anywhere quickly. This stuff is lovely though - thyme, rosemary and tea tree help with their anti bacterial properties, whilst lavender and aloe vera help soothe the redness and kickstart healing. This is a nice alternative to spot treatments which use sulfur or camphor to dry the spots up.
The lucky last product is a no brainer - Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm. This stuff was my saviour last winter. I had Invisalign which I found left my lips in poor shape, as I'd quite often sleep with my mouth ajar. I needed something ultra rich to nourish my poor lips, and after trying what felt like every damn product in the shops, I finally ordered this stuff and never looked back. This stuff is really rich - most people would only use it as a night treatment, but I find if you have seriously chapped lips during the day, this stuff sinks in so quickly and actually nourishes your lips for hours, unlike most petroleum filled lip balms which ultimately dry your lips out (thanks Paw Paw ointment, great marketing scheme there).
It's a small post, but my favourite one to share out of all my favourites. I really feel like I found some winners last year, and I wouldn't be surprised if they found themselves in yet another favourites post in the future. Have you tried anything here, and if so, what did you think? Any skin care recommendations you'd like to tell me about?