I try to stay away from making New Years Resolutions however, I did make a promise to myself at the start of the year that I would be more strict with my skincare routine. The older I am, the more and more conscience I’m getting about aging, scarring and any other permanent damage to my skin. I admit, as a beauty blogger I am fortunate to be sent many skincare products, some of which I might not necessarily be able to afford other wise. I am offered opportunities that can be tempting to accept in order to stay relevant in the competitive world of beauty blogging. As trends and new releases come and go, I can find myself switching between brands and products at an alarming rate, without giving my skin time to settle into a new regime and properly reap the benefits. This year I vowed to put a stop to this… or at least try to!
It’s my responsibility as a blogger to properly test skincare products before sharing an in-depth review with my readers in order for them to make an informed decision about whether a product could work for them. I like to test skincare for at least 4 weeks before giving my opinions, I will however happily give my first impressions and introduce the brand to my readers prior to this. It frustrates me when I see bloggers raving about a new release or giving a detailed review about a product that has been on the market for just a few days.
This being said, I’ve had to change my skincare routine countless times over the last few months to cope all the hormonal changes my body is going through, but I think I’ve found a combination of products that have started to work for me.
Currently, I’ve been switching between two natural cleansers. I have been using the Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cleanser (£11.50/100ml) in the morning and the Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm* (£38/50ml) at night. Click the links to read my reviews.
I’m currently experimenting with an exfoliating toner that I’m not 100% sure works for me. I previously used the Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner* (£17.50/128ml) but after I finished the bottle, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to finally try the much hyped Pixi Glow Tonic (£18/250ml). Honestly, the jury’s still out on this one. I’m not seeing the amazing results I anticipated and I think it might be a little too harsh for my skin. I’ve cut down to using this to 2-3 times a week but will stick by it as clearly the beauty world is seeing something I’m not and plus, it was quite expensive!
I’ve moved away from my Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Creme which I received as part of a giftset as I feel it wasn’t giving me the intense hydration my skin was crying out for. I’ve now moved on to the Antipodes Hydrating Vanilla Pod Day Cream (£27.99/60ml). There’s something about this moisturiser that my skin loves! I feel like my makeup sits better because of it, it doesn’t add any oiliness and it tackles the dry patches on my cheeks and under eye area perfectly. It’s incredibly gentle and smells heavenly. I’ve just ran out of my big pot so I’m using a trial sample I received at Christmas but this is one product I’ll definitely be replacing.
I am currently trialing two products in this area both from organic skincare specialists, Estelle & Thild. Prior to this I used the Ole Henrikson Collagen Truth Serum (£23.50/15ml), but after discovering a few more fine lines than I cared for I decided to switch to products with more intensive anti-aging properties. I am currently coming to the end of week two of using both the Super Bioactive Age Control Serum* (£39/50ml) and Lifting Eye Serum* (£39/15ml), I’ll let you know my thoughts after week 4.
I am also trialing the Estelle & Thild Super Bioactive Repairing Oil Complex* (£59/30ml). I use this product every night before bed. Prior to this, I used the Model Co Rosehip Luxury Facial Oil (£15/17ml). I love that all three of these products are part of the same collection, hopefully this means that they will work in harmony together.
The brand of face mask I use often changes however I find myself reaching for mud based ones once or twice a week such as the Merumaya Mud Marvels Mask* (£19.50/50ml) to calm any hormonal breakouts my skin might be suffering from and draw out all the impurities.
And there you have it, my full current skincare routine. I can’t see much changing, perhaps the Pixi Glow Tonic being dropped, a few more face masks being added and a beautifully scented balancing facial mist I’ve been eyeing up thrown in too, but that’s about it… for now.
What products are currently part of your skincare routine?
Have you tried any of the products above?