Being someone who has temperamental skin, I’ve tried just about everything under the sun. If you’re a bit of a beauty junkie like I am, here’s a review of ten skincare products worth trying out. Currently my skin is a happy medium, leaning towards combination but nothing extreme. Typically my skin is more dehydrated but oily and has leaned more sensitive when I’ve gone overboard with clinical peels and treatments.
1. Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief
This is a very gentle toner that is calming and lightly hydrating. It doesn’t have any alcohol and is perfect for skin that gets red or irritated after cleansing. It really balances the skin and keeps it happy, something that a lot of products with claims of calming don’t do. Because it is a treatment lotion, it gives it a slightly more essence like texture than a normal watery toner. It’s a perfect mix of being hydrating as a first step treatment and calming for irritated skin. Find it here or here.
2. Pixi Glow Tonic
Do I even need to go on about this? Such a blogger and online staple! I picked this bottle up while I was in the London store and have loved it since. The reason it’s hyped is because it’s an acid toner that is gentle and can be used daily. It has cucumber extracts and this makes it quite calming and soothing for a very very gentle exfoliating treatment. I like to use this one for mornings and is perfect for everyone (all skin types). Find it here.
I love a good acid toner for days where I want to give my skin a good detox and cleanse. Often time if it’s a gentle acid then I’ll apply it in the morning followed by lots of sunscreen (as the acid exfoliates and removes the top layer of dead skill cells- it’s important to apply sunscreen liberally).
3. The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%
This is a newbie to my collection but I have used many retinols/retinoids in the past and they have worked so well at keeping any acne at bay. They’re more commonly used for anti aging as the Vitamin A dosage treats a variety of skin issues from acne to pigmentation to fine lines and wrinkles. This one is so affordable compared to everything else on the market and I do think it is highly comparable though of course not as strong as some of the prescribed retinols you can get at the dermatologist. This is such a wonderful brand and one I’ve jumped on the hype for. Find it here.
4. Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum
This little gem is from the french pharmacy and is the best hydrating/brightening serum in this collection. It’s a milky texture that adds a layer of hydration (which many serums don’t do because they’re focused on improving other imperfections).Simple, gentle and just really effective.
5. Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-oxidant Serum
This is a repurchase and I’ve always liked this as a simple aloe vera based serum. It doesn’t change your skin or make crazy claims that can’t be met. It’s gentle, simple, slightly brightening and hydrating and an overall winner. I really enjoy using Aesop products as it is just so luxurious every time I use the product. The scent is very gentle and this serum serves as my morning serum before moisturiser.
6. Caudalie Anti-Aging Face Sunscreen
I am a firm believer in using sunscreen every single day but I hate the texture of certain sunscreens that have thick consistencies. The Caudalie is fairly good at being lightweight and non tacky. It is a runny texture and feels a tad greasy when first applied but the sensation goes away quickly and you don’t feel it on your face for the rest of the day. Compared to sunscreens on the market, this is a good one. I will say that many Korean and Japanese brand sunscreens do a great job such as the Innisfree or Missha Sunscreens.
7. Skinstitut Moisture Defence Oily Skin
Best moisturiser ever. This is another repurchase and I love that it is just so hydrating while being lightweight. After a few minutes I can’t feel it at all but my skin is hydrated. It has Vitamin B3 as well as some brightening ingredients and I couldn’t be happier with this product or think of a better formulation.
8. Avene Tolerance Extreme Rich Moisturiser
This is a good one for skin that tends to be dry and sensitive. It’s a rich and thick moisturiser that creates a protective barrier on the skin. I used this while travelling and really enjoyed it. It’s rich but doesn’t feel sticky or greasy and is a very basic but effective product. I prefer something like this to the Drunk Elephant which was a little blah. I liked it at first but it really wasn’t very hydrating now that I’ve tried the Avene.
9. Aesop Fabulous Face Oil
This oil is a dream to use for those with acne prone or oily skin. With all the hype of using oils for all skin types, I’ve never found one that worked really well and was lightweight. The rose hip oil is really effective with acne scars and pigmentation but it still felt a little greasy and heavy for my liking. This Aesop is lightweight, smells amazing (though I don’t normally like fragrance) and is just such a luxurious treatment to use before bed. It’s meant to be a clarifying oil and does what it says!
10. Origins Drink Up Intensive
This is my favourite sleeping mask and is a rich buttery consistency that isn’t greasy once applied. I don’t use this too often, just once or twice a week at most for a boost of hydration the next day. Definitely this is one for dry-normal skin as I feel like it would be too heavy for oilier skin types. It promises hydration and it does just that!
The Jurlique Activating Water Essence is not a bad product but one that’s just a bit meh for me. It does brighten a little, does hydrate a little but the effects are not as noticeable as some other essences I’ve tried (SKII). The price point is getting very close to SKII’s essence and it doesn’t quite compare.
The Alpha H Instant Facial on the other hand is a good product but one that I just don’t reach for as often. It’s stronger than the Pixi Glow Tonic so I use it a couple times a week (although the instructions say everyday). It’s good but there’s a lot of alcohol in it like most acid products which makes it just a very little bit unpleasant to use when compared to the Pixi Glow Tonic. I will definitely use it up and it’s still extremely brightening and exfoliates well.