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.

Product Review: Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil

I made an emergency purchase mid-holiday due to suffering from a severe head cold (how I survived the FREEZING COLD winds of Melbourne I do not know), but the spur-of-the-moment purchase was definitely worthwhile and now I feel like I can’t live without this product. I’d used the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil previously and had experienced really good results, so I headed straight to the Clarins counter when I knew I needed a hydrating oil ASAP. I have sensitive skin so knowing Clarins already had a product I knew I could trust not to cause a reaction meant that they were my first stop. After purchasing I went back to the hotel, cleansed my skin, smothered it in the oil, and promptly took a nap. My skin showed a difference as soon as I woke up. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. It absorbs quickly (but be sure to let it fully absorb before you apply your moisturiser), it has a pleasant lemon-herbal scent, and gives a healthy sheen but not a shine so my fellow oily-skinned girls need not fear. My skin seems to have found it’s balance again, so I’m not using this on a daily basis but I’ve incorporated it into my weekly skin care routine and it’s become a firm favourite. The Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil retails for $55 AUD and is available for purchase from Adore Beauty.

Current Skin Care Routine

It’s been a little while since I last shared my skin care routine, and only a few products have changed. It’s so nice to have a holy grail collection of skin care products that I know my skin loves, and I can add different things to my routine to mix it up from time to time. I’ve discovered over the years that regular exfoliation is the best way to help keep my skin clear, but now that I’m in my 30s I’m also focusing on hydration and trying to keep everything looking and feeling nice and ‘supple’. Here are the products I’ve been using on a regular rotation recently –

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – No surprises here. This has been my favourite cleanser for many years now. It’s gentle on my sensitive skin, and helps to keep breakouts at bay. I like using this with the Eve Lom muslin cloth in the mornings, it’s a small step that makes a big difference.
Paula’s Choice Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – Again, not a big surprise as I’ve mentioned this as my favourite toner quite a few times now. It’s light, gentle, and gets the job done.
Dermalogica Active Moist – I have two favourite daytime moisturisers, and this is one of them. I tend to alternate between this and the Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture Lotion, but as the weather has been a bit colder lately I’ve been using Active Moist as I feel like it’s the heavier and more moisturising of the two.
Paula’s Choice Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex – Always wear sunscreen! I thrive on people telling me I look younger than my years, and I probably owe most of it to never going out in the sun. When I do go out in the sun, however, I always make sure I’m wearing sunscreen and this is my all time favourite facial sunscreen. I have oily(ish) skin, and this somehow makes everything look nice and matte. It also wears nicely under makeup, and doesn’t leave a white cast to the skin (although that can be hard to determine with a ghostface like mine).
Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Oxidant Concertrate Serum – I was always scared of using serums during the day because I thought they might enhance the oilyness of my skin, but this one is divine, and does no such thing. I honestly feel like this makes a noticeable difference in the state of my skin, so it’s now a regular in my daily skin care routine.
Skinceuticals C + AHA – GIMME ALL THE SKIN ACID! I’ve been using this every other day for a couple of weeks now, and the biggest difference I can see in my skin is that it has really evened out my skintone and reduced a lot of my natural redness.
Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque – I am confident in saying this is the best clay mask I’ve ever used. No word of a lie. I bought this on a bit of a whim because I wanted to try some things from the Skinceuticals range, and I ended up loving this. It’s a little bit on the expensive side, but I think it will last long enough for me to get my money’s worth. It’s a very light mask, unlike any of the clay masks I’ve tried before. It’s easy to wash off, and my skin is left feeling soft and smooth and not irritated in any way.
Skinstitut Hydrating Mask – Another really wonderful mask, this gives an instant hydration boost to my skin. I know I’ll be using this a lot as the colder weather really starts to set in.
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Wipes – I had a bit of a skincare splurge around Christmas last year, and this was one of the products I picked up. I’d used this a few years ago (and loved them), but the price tag does make them hard to just throw into a basket. They’re really worth the cost though, as great chemical exfoliation that plays nicely with sensitive skin can be hard to come by.

Top 4 Paula’s Choice Products

I am a self-confessed Paula’s Choice fangirl, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I noticed that they’re having a 25% off sale (use code SPOOKYSCARYAU), so what better time to share with you some of my favourite products? Be sure to let me know if you pick any of these up, I’d love to know what you think of them if you do.

Hydralight Shine Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 15 – This is officially the best facial sunscreen I’ve ever used, and it has firmly cemented it’s place in my daily skincare routine. One of my favourite things about this sunscreen is that it doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. A huge win for a facial sunscreen. I wrote a full review of this product a little while ago, which you can read here.

Resist Ultra Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum – I’ve always been a bit wary of using serums during the day, mostly because I feel like they would enhance the natural shine factor of my skin. I decided to try this out a few weeks ago, and I have not looked back. My skin drinks this in, and if I leave it on my skin for a couple of minutes before applying my daily moisturiser, there are no shine issues. This has worked some kind of magic on my skin, which looks a lot clearer than it did before I started using this daily. I love it, and I’m going to continue to use it every single day.

Hydralight One Step Cleanser – My holy grail skin cleanser. This is such a gentle product, and I feel like it would work well on anyone’s skin. My face goes through phases (oily/dry/breakout-prone), and this has faithfully seen me through it all.

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant – This is one of those magical products that you can actually see results from the next day. None of this ‘it won’t happen overnight’ business. It will happen overnight. This leaves my skin glowing, and somehow manages to diminish my crater sized pores, even just a little bit. Liquid gold.

Product Review: Skinstitut Hydrating Mask

One thing that I never had to deal with prior to turning 30 was any sort of dryness on my face. Now it seems to happen quite a lot. I’m glad I have this mask in my weekly regime, because it really helps combat any sort of dry patches that my face decides to embrace. I’ve been using this about once a week in my morning skin care routine (an added luxury of being on holiday), or whenever I notice my skin feeling particularly arid. This isn’t an exciting mask, it doesn’t leave a fun skin layer to peel off or show up in gross patches where your face is oiliest. It does, however, work. And the results are apparent almost immediately. My skin feels softer, plumper, and more hydrated. This works really well with my sensitive skin, there is no irritation at all during or after use. This must be a pretty popular product, because it had sold out when I made my purchase (but thankfully came back in stock that same week). The Skinstitut Hydrating Mask retails for $31 AUD and is available for purchase from FacialCo.