I started this post last year and it’s been sitting in my draft folder for yonks… Finally it’s time to get it out there 🙂
I’ve reviewed skin products from time to time but this is the stuff i’ve been using on my face for the past few months and that my skin has been responding to well. FYI my skin is quite dehydrated, red and prone to the occasional breakout (mainly hormonal).
Cleanse – Confession, up until a few months ago I was never a morning cleanse person, it just seemed like too much work and I’d rather the extra few minutes in bed. Now though, i’m a total advocate for the morning cleanse and if I don’t cleanse I don’t feel right. I alternate between the Puretopia Whisk Away Creamy Face Cleanser (RRP $9.99 AUD) and Alpha H Balancing Cleanser (RRP $42.00AUD). I’m almost out of both of these (empties vid alert!) and I think i’ll be splurging on a full size of the Alpha H Balancing Cleanser (mine is just a sample size). It’s a really nice cleanser that makes my skin feel super clean but never stripped or dry. I also remove my cleanser with a flannel… if I can give you one tip to take from this, remove your cleanser with a flannel! It makes such a difference.
Toner – I remember when I was younger using Witch Hazel to tone my skin and I distinctly remember the sting…yoewch!. It was totally the wrong product for my skin. I think that scared me off toners a bit and I always imagined them to be stingy and drying – definitely not for someone with dry skin. That’s until I discovered toners come in different types for different skin concerns. I absolutely love the Michael Todd True Organics Blue Green Algae Toner (RRP $18.50USD) It contains Hyaluronic acid (a new ingredient for me this year) and is super moisturising on my skin. This is hard to get in Australia, I got mine from a sale on Ozsale, you can order directly from the Michael Todd True Organics website but personally i’ve never used it so can’t comment how service etc is. Keep an eye out on Ozsale though, I’ve seen it come up a couple of times and bought a backup of this last time it came on the site.
Eyes, Sun & Serums – An important step often forgotten if i’m honest. For my eyes I was recommended this Dermalogica Total Eye Care (RRP $62.00AUD cream for my eyeballs, it contains an SPF and is slightly orange tinted so attempts to hide dark circles (I don’t really have dark circles but it’s so sheer I doubt it would do much). In terms of sunscreen the image above is quite dated now because I’ve been using the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid (RRP $25.99AUD) besides being a hefty SPF 50+, it’s a thin formula that sinks into the skin quickly so you don’t have to mess about waiting to put on your face afterwards. The one pictured is the *Hamilton Everyday Face Daily Defence SPF 30+ (RRP $10.50AUD) I also enjoy this as a face sunscreen, it’s slightly tinted but not enough that it doesn’t match my skin tone, it is a bit thicker then the La Roche Posay offering and has a lower SPF, I will continue to use this maybe in winter when my skin needs a bit more of a drink. Finally, Indeed Labs Hydraluron (RRP $34.99AUD) this is probably my most coveted skincare item of 2013, I remember stalking the shelves of Priceline until I had it in my little hands. If you are experiencing dehydrating – get this! I must admit, since using my Michael Todd Blue Green Algae toner which contains Hyaluronic Acid (basically what Hydraluron is, in a nutshell) I haven’t needed to reach for this as much. On my bad Sahara Desert days though, this is a lifesaver! I’m almost out of my tube and will definitely be buying another of these.
Moisturiser – I’m currently going between 2 moisturisers in the morning. If my skin needs a little more hydration i’ll use the Michael Todd True Organics Citrus Cream Moisturiser (RRP $29.00USD) otherwise it’s been the Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream (RRP $23.99AUD) which I feel like i’ve owned forever. I think when these 2 are empty i’ll move onto something new because I don’t totally love either of them, they do the job but they don’t seem to be life changing or anything.
That’s what i’ve been using in the mornings, i’ll be posting my night time routine soon as well and maybe in a few months will do an update if I make any changes. Which is highly likely to be honest!
If you have any recommendations for a hydrating day cream that isn’t tooooooooo expensive, I’d love to hear it! I have my eyes on the Origins Ginzing at the moment.