SkinCare – May 2018

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – To the surprise of absolutely no-one, this cleanser gets yet another mention on my blog. Yes it’s still my number one, yes I continue to repurchase it time and time again, and yes it’s still the best facial cleanser I’ve ever used. It does a great job of keeping my skin clear (even from pesky hormonal spots) and works really well with my combination/normal skin. Highly recommend.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is a long-time favourite that has recently made a come back in my routine. I can easily notice the difference in my skin when I use this regularly, and my skin loves to complain if I skip using this for a few days in a row. I think this is a great cold-weather staple because it provides gentle exfoliation that helps to keep skin smooth and glowing.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – I didn’t intentionally pair my toner and moisturiser with my current cleanser, I tend to rotate through both depending on what I’ve got in my cupboard and what I feel like my skin needs at the time. This is a basic toner that I use when my skin is in decent condition and doesn’t need any additional care or hydration.

Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum – This is another old favourite that has made a reappearance in my daily routine. This is a product that I can see almost instant results from, and I’m not sure why I stopped using it for so long. This is a lightweight serum that sinks into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave any sort of oily residue.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – Because I’m working from home at the moment my skin isn’t copping the full brunt of winter and is not too dry or dehydrated. This is a lovely light moisturiser that I use in both Winter and Summer, depending on how my skin is behaving.

Darphin Beauty Revealing Cream – My skin went through a phase of extreme dehydration earlier in the year, and this was my savior during that time. Now that it has settled down and is back to normal this cream is a little bit too heavy to use on the daily, so I’ve switched it up and am using it as a neck cream.

Summer Skincare Routine

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – This will continue to feature as my go-to cleanser in every seasonal skin care routine, until I run out of my slowly dwindling stash. Paula’s Choice have discontinued the Hydralight range, and as you can imagine I am not very happy about it. This is one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used – it keeps my skin clear without feeling like it’s stripping anything away, and works really well with my sensitive skin.

Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Toner – I decided to switch up my toner to something a little bit more moisturising for summer, and it’s been working wonders. I know the rule of thumb is generally to bump up your moisture in the colder months, but I feel like my skin needs it more in summer. I love this toner, and I can feel how moisturising this is compared to the others I’ve used from the Paula’s Choice range, and it leaves an almost creamy sort of feel to the skin after using it.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusion Lotion – Another of my go-to products that I’ll be using until I run out of what I have stashed away, because of course it’s been DISCONTINUED. It’ll be a sad day when I run out of this, because it’s one of my all-time favourite skin care products. It’s the perfect summer moisturiser – lightweight, soothing on the skin, and sinks into the skin well without leaving any sort of residue.

Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque – This is probably the best clay mask I’ve ever used. I know, those are some strong words; but it’s true. It’s so soothing on the skin, and even when it hardens up it really doesn’t feel uncomfortable at all. My face is prone to a bit of redness, especially when I remove a face mask, but for some reason that never happens when I rinse this off. If you’re in the mood to splurge a bit on a lovely face mask, I’d highly recommend this one.

Eve Lom Muslin Cloth – I use this every morning in the shower to remove my cleanser, and find that it’s a really gentle way to exfoliate my skin on a daily basis. To be honest I don’t know if it’s worth buying a brand name muslin cloth, I’m pretty sure you can buy lengths of the material from Spotlight for a whole lot less.

Ren Flash Hydro-Boost – This is something relatively new in my routine, and my skin is really loving it. I try to use this a few times a week when I want to give my skin a bit of an extra hydration boost, and I think it really shows. I’m glad a little bit of this product goes a long way, because it’s not exactly inexpensive. I’m in two minds about whether I will repurchase it, but for now I will just enjoy it.

Product Review – Ren Flash Hydro-Boost

I received a Mecca Voucher from my girlfriends for my birthday last year, and decided to pick up a couple of new things to try. One of which was the Ren Flash Hydro-Boost. I had no idea what to expect with this product, as I did absolutely no research before purchasing it. All I knew was that Ren was a highly recommended brand by many of my favourite beauty lovers, and that I wanted something that could add a little bit of extra hydration to my skin. This product is different from anything I’ve used in the past, in that once you apply it you actually have to dab water onto your face to activate it. It sounds a bit weird, but it really does seem to work. I use this a couple of times a week when I feel like my skin needs a bit of an extra moisture boost, and I honestly think that results are obvious on the day that I use it. My skin somehow looks plumper and my makeup seems to sit a lot nicer on my skin. If you feel like your skin needs a bit of extra hydration this summer, I’d highly recommend picking this up. The Ren Flash Hydro-Boost retails for $64 AUD and is available for purchase from Mecca.

Spring Skin Care Routine

My skin is currently throwing it’s standard change of season hissy fit, and I am struggling. On top of this living nightmare, I’ve also come down with a random bout of dermatitis. Nice. I’ve gone back to basics in a lot of areas of my skin care, and stopped using my standard routine until I can figure out the culprit (so far I’ve narrowed it down to two possible products that could be causing the issue). Here are the products I’m currently using in an attempt to keep my skin in check –

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – Because I wasn’t sure which of my skincare products was causing the dermatitis, I stripped everything back to basics. I’ve used Cetaphil for many years as an all over cleanser, and it’s what I return to anytime I need to use something that I know won’t have any negative effects on my skin. I’ve been loving using this lately, it’s gentle on my skin and is a nice break from my standard cleansing routine.

Kora Balancing Rose Mist – In my old faithful Paula’s Choice Hydralight toner’s place I decided to use this rose mist that I had forgotten I owned. I really love this, the only down side for me is the spray is hard and doesn’t feel pleasant on the face. Having said that, I don’t remember that happening with previous bottles of this I’ve owned, so I think I might have just got a dud one this time around.

Dermalogica Active Moist – This is one of my holy grail moisturisers, and the one I turn to whenever I’m not using the Paula’s Choice Hydralight moisturiser. This is the perfect balance of moisturising and lightweight, and is something I love using around this time of year.

Egyptian Magic – I wasn’t sure what to think of this when I purchased it, and to be honest I only bought it because Jessie Baylin noted it as one of her holy grail beauty products. As it turns out, this really is a magic product. I’ve been using this on the areas of my face suffering from Dermatitis, and some how it’s miraculously cleared up dry skin that literally nothing else I have tried has managed to do.

MD Skin Care Alpha/Beta Peel Original Formula – I’m noting this as part of my Spring routine, but really these are part of my ALL THE TIME routine, because I love them so much. I use these wipes once a week as a chemical exfoliant. They’re surpisingly gentle, and work really well with my sensitive skin. If you’re afraid to give alpha/beta hydroxy products a go due to sensitive skin, I’d recommend trying these.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil – I bought this in the hopes it would save my dehydrated skin while we were away in Adelaide earlier in the year, and it did. If I ever have the luxury of a nap, I like to slather my face with this before hand, I always seem to wake up looking hydrated and fresh afterwards.

What’s In My Shower – Spring 2016

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – I’ve been using this as a standard body cleanser for years now, but lately I’ve reverted back to using it as a face cleanser as well. I’ve had some issues with dermatitis this winter, so I went back to basics in my skin care routine so I could figure out the source of the problem.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser – This is my all-time favourite cleanser, and one that you can guarantee I’ll always have sitting on my shower shelf. I’ve gone back to using this on a daily basis now that I’ve figured out it’s not a culprit in ‘dermatitis saga 2016’, and my skin is much happier for it.

Paula’s Choice Pore Normalizing Cleanser (sample size) – I picked up this sample sized cleanser the last time I placed a Paula’s Choice order, with the intent of my partner Sebastian using it to help keep his clogged pores at bay. I’ve been “borrowing” this to use as a spot treatment cleanser whenever I can feel a breakout brewing. A few of my friends have told me this is is a strong ass cleanser, and can be quite drying on the skin but I think because I only use it occasionally I haven’t seen any of the negative effects.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is a long-time favourite of mine, and I use it every couple of days as a manual facial exfoliant. I alternate between using this or my Eve Lom muslin cloth, depending on my mood.

St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion – I’m dipping my toe into the world of self-tanning this season, and I thought a gradual tanner would be a good place to start. So far I am liking this product, although the fact that you have to leave it on in the shower for three minutes has restricted my use of it to evening showers (which I rarely have), and weekend use. Due to that, I am not yet a bronzed goddess… But watch this space.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil – This is one of my favourite shower products, and one that I’ve repurchased quite a few times now. It feels like such a little luxury when I use this, it’s so luxurious and smells amazing.

Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub – I have to admit, body scrub is probably my least used shower product. However, considering I’m trying out different self tanners this season it’s become something of a necessity. This is another of my favourite products, and if you’re into gourmand scented body products it’s worth picking up for the scent alone.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner – This is my go-to inexpensive hair cleaning duo, and one that really works wonders on my hair despite the low price point. I always return to these products when I’m at a loss with what to use, as they’re my old faithfuls and they’re guaranteed to leave my hair looking and feeling soft and smooth.

LUSH Big Shampoo – If you haven’t yet tried LUSH’s Big shampoo, what the hell are you waiting for? I try to use this one a week to deep clean my hair and give it a little bit of extra bounce and shine.