Regular readers will be well aware that Antipodes is one of my favourite skincare brands. I’ve previously reviewed their Manuka Honey Skin Brightening Eye Cream, Reincarnation Exfoliator and Manuka Honey Treatment Mask, all of which I absolutely adore and have repurchased several times. Their latest launch is the Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum which retails for £34.95 and is available to purchase from Beauty Bay and Look Fantastic.Cult New Zealand skincare brand Antipodes specialises in creating premium natural products which are certified organic and vegan-friendly. Their formulas combine sustainably sourced ingredients from New Zealand with extensive scientific research. My skincare routine was in dire need of a serum. I used the Clarins Double Serum in the past, however, I recently ran out so wanted something equally as good but a little more affordable. Let me start by saying this; I adore the Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum, but it confused the hell out of me. I first used the serum like I do every other serum; after my double cleanse and before my moisturiser… that’s right… right? Do feel free to educate me in the comment section below. At night, I usually top this off with a facial oil too. The Blessing Serum feels like an oil but is advertised as a serum. Antipode’s official website also states, “A true blessing for urban life, this super-light face oil offers protection from city pollution”. So is it a serum or facial oil? I guess it’s an oil-based serum which is a something I’ve never experienced before. The website also recommends to apply it every morning before your moisturiser to create a natural barrier against pollution particles as poor air quality stresses the skin and may also affect its function, risking signs of premature ageing like dark spots and uneven tone.I used way too much when I first applied the product as I was expecting more of a light, gel-like consistency which sinks into the skin. This left my face slightly slippy and, dare I say it, greasy. A feeling I don’t actually mind from an over-night sleeping oil but not for daily wear. So now, I use nearly half the amount and gently sweep it in upwards motions over my face and neck. The serum contains marshmallow bloom which claims to brighten the skin and liquorice root to target micro-pigmentation. It also contains Vinanza Grape and Asian ginger (both of which are antioxidants) to help “neutralise free radical damage” and kiwi seed oil (high in Vitamin C) and avocado oil strengthen skin. It is also fragranced with white jasmine. The Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum hasn’t broken me out so far, my skin does look brighter, healthier and bouncier since adding it to my skincare routine. It initially felt odd popping on an oil in the morning, however, when you don’t go in too heavy-handed, it’s very light and aromatic. It sinks into my skin well with no leftover slippery residue and gives my skin an added boost of hydration.
The Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum retails for £34.95/30ml and is available at Beauty Bay here (Affiliate Link)