Seasonal change requires a skincare switch up, and I am finding as I get older and struggle with hormonal change, I need a little more help. After some recent finds, these new additions have found their way into my skin routines, and for now are staying I am sticking with them. Read on to found out the deets.
So I have a couple of products for a morning routine, a couple specific for night time, and one that can be used when needed. Some body recently told me on instagram, they are grateful that I include ingredients lists in my product posts. I know many don’t, but with a therapist background, I feel it is important as some of you need to know ‘what’s in it’, if you have issues with some ingredients. I try and include the listing where poss, and hope many of you find it helpful for choosing what to add into your routines.
Okay, here come the goodies…
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist – £18 for 50ml
I do like Jurlique’s botanical formulas, they have several different ranges within their brand to cater for all. This lovely facial mist contains Mallow, Rose and Aloe Vera which all help soothe the skin, so it is soothing as it is balancing. Ideal for using post cleansing morning or night, for cooling or refreshing throughout the day, (and lovely during a hot flush!), plus it can be lightly spritzed over makeup later in the day to refresh the skin.
Ingredients : Aqua (Water); Alcohol; Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract; Rosa gallica (Rose) Flower Extract; PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate; Fragrance (Parfum)*; Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate; Lactic Acid; Polysorbate-20; Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract; Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract; Geraniol*; Linalool*; Citronellol*; Eugenol*; Benzyl Benzoate*.
This glass bottle looks pretty on a dressing table, but more importantly, the spray delivery provides a wide yet super fine mist. It has a delicate rose fragrance and once spritzed over the skin a few times, it is hydrating, refreshing and enjoyable. In the morning, I apply my facial oil straight after as the moisture helps it absorb into the skin. I am really enjoying using this, along with the gentle hydrating effect it has on my skin. The Rosewater Balancing is one of my favourite facial mists this year.
Glossier Priming Moisturiser – £18 for 50ml (tube version)
With Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, antioxidants from Vitamins A, C & E, plus and Anti-Redness Complex, this is a skin food not just a product that helps makeup to stay on. I find this really moisturises, plumps and creates a fabulous base to apply makeup over. It also contains an Oxygenating agent which helps improve the surface texture of the skin, so if you are tired and skin looks dull or feels dry, this is a perfect base. Ideal for winter, tired and hungover skin, so you may want to grab a tube ready for Christmas and NYE!
Ingredients : Aqua/Water/, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Stearic Acid, Propanediol, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Palmitic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Tropaeolum Majus Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Beeswax, Honey Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Phospholipids, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Tetrapeptide-14, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Polyacrylamide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Butylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Citric Acid, Cetyl Palmitate, Betaine, Potassium Sorbate, Ceteareth-20, Laureth-7, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate.
The first time I used it this, I was pretty blown away. I am not a fan of many ‘primers’ as such, apart from Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base. This is similar in the fact it is moisturising and gives the skin a drink, plus, it retextures the skin surface and leaves it dewy. It can be layered if you need to add a little more on a thirsty skin. This can be worn on bare skin, but it totally preps it ready for makeup application, without resulting in product roll off or makeup slide.
A really great first product for me from Glossier, which leaves my skin calmed and feeling super plump all day.
Skin 689 Firming Neck & Décolleté Cream – £36.50 for 50ml
DermCom®crocus bulb extract and CoAXELTM, a combination of Coenzyme A, L-Carnitine and Caffeine. These active ingredients boost collagen production and elasticity, to help tighten and firm skin and lessen lines and wrinkles. In this age of head down, looking at our phones, tablets and laptops, this can also increase weakening of the skins cellular structure.
The skin on the neck is delicate with not much fatty tissue, so it can slacken easily as we age, especially if damaged by over exposure to the sun, plus weakening of the muscles. This light viscosity firming fluid contains ingredients including Hyaluronic acid, Vitamins A & E, L-Carnitine and botanical oils. The formula is designed to help plump and firm, by boosting the collagen fibre network within the skin. It is suitable for all skin types, and can be applied just once a day using gentle strokes, rather than rubbing in.
Ingredients : Water, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Glyceryl stearate, Glycerin, Methyl glucose, Sesquistearate, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Dimithicone, Nylon-12, Stearic acid, Phenoxythenol, Ethylhexyl, Methoxycinnamate, Sodium glauconite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Carnitine, Chlorophenesin, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, Caffeine, Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, Tocopherol acetate, Isomalt, Arcacia senegal gum, parfum/fragrance, Lecithin, Retinyl palmitate, Sodium hyaluronate, Argania Spinosoa callus culture extract, Coenzyme A, crocus crysanthus bulb extract, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium benzoate, caramel tocopherol, Ascorbyl palmitate, Citric acid.
I know for me, what was just a few necklaces lines, has turned into a bit of sagging in the middle, under my chin. Yes, that much joked about label of ‘Turkey neck‘. After using Skin 689 for almost 3 weeks, I already notice improvement in the texture and appearance of the skin. It is not heavy or gloopy like some neck creams, nor does it leave the skin feeling too tight. I enjoy using this and seeing results already, so I’m hoping to see some firmness as the weeks go on. Another interesting brand with an innovative product range.
Vis Viva Retinyl & Frankincense Restorative Serum – £35 for 30ml
A new kid on the block, this night serum contains Retinyl Palmitate (a natural form of Vitamin A), natural Vitamin E, 2 types of Frankincense, Squalene and Cholesterol, as well as other natural ingredients. The natural Retinol blended with botanicals and antioxidants, help renew the skin surface whilst also providing moisture.
Gentle enough for sensitive skins like mine, this is a night treatment in an oil form. Around 5-6 drops are all that is needed, apply after evening cleansing, job done. Some skins cannot take full-on Retinol, so Palmitate blends are the best way to go, so as not to strip the skin. the serum is a pinky red colour, and will slightly differ according to different batches of oils.
Ingredients : Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane (Olive), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil*, Cholesterol, Boswellia Serrata (Indian Frankincense) Resin Extract, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Alkanna Tinctoria (Alkanet) Root Extract, Boswellia Carterii (African Frankincense) Gum Oil, Limonene.
*Organic Ingredient, naturally occurring in essential oil.
I find my skin feels super soft and plump soon after application, and the aroma of the Frankincense is gorgeous. Skin looks bright in the morning, yet is not stripped of moisture and no sign of sensitivity. I use a couple of times a week, and may increase as my skin is fine with it, plus it is pleasurable to use. A new retinol blend night serum that even the most sensitive skins will love, and well worth checking out.
Skinsense Overnight Leave on Mask – £34 for 100ml
Beauty expert Abi Cleeve, known for launching and promoting Swiss brand Ultrasun here in the UK, now one of the leading brands in sun care. Well Skinsense is Abi’s little baby, a range combining modern skincare technology with ingredients that can offer long-term results.
I have been an avid Ultrasun fan for many years, it providing results for myself and Si, so I was happy to try this. The Skinsense mask contains Hyaluronic acid, Hydrolysed proteins, synthetic polymers, lactic acid and copper peptides. These ingredients can be found separately, or one or two, in other skincare, but to have an infusion of all in one mask is fantastic, especially for the price.
Ingredients : AQUA, GLYCERIN, , DICAPRYLYL ETHER, POLYGLYCERYL-10 LAURATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CARBOMER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, HYDROXYACETOPHENONE, DIMETHYL ISOSORBIDE, PARFUM, HYDRATED SILICA, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PANTHENOL, ARGININE, TREHALOSE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SESAMUM INDICUM SEED EXTRACT, LACTIC ACID, GLYCINE, SORBITOL, PROLINE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, METHYLCELLULOSE, LIMONENE, VP/POLYCARBAMYL POLYGLYCOL ESTER, HYDROLYZED SESAME PROTEIN PG-PROPYL METHYLSILANEDIOL, AMMONIUM LAURYL SULFATE, LINALOOL, HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN, BIS(TRIPEPTIDE-1) COPPER ACETATE
I use this probably 2-3 times a week, alternately with my Vis Viva Retinyl/Alpha H Liquid Gold Rose. Post-cleanse, I apply a large pearl size (as you don’t need much), over my face and neck and get into bed. The morning after, I find my skin looks totally different! It is hydrated, bright and much less lined, so the fast results really do wow when you look in the mirror. This will be a go-to for me in the future and I am keen to try others from Abi’s range.
So, there you have it, my recent skincare additions with, I feel, some real finds. I have some other products lined up to trial, but I like to use a certain amount at a time, then follow with the info on here. I would recommend any of these worth a try, and I feel some are going to be regulars/return products in my routines.
What new product have you recently added to your routines and fallen in love with?
*contains pr samples and own products