It’s officially the month of love and I want to kick it off with a spoil for you! In 2017 when everything was going wrong, I at least had one thing going for me- good skin. I place high importance on maintaining my skincare routine, with everything from drinking at least 3 litres of water a day (most days anyway), to regular facials to using products that really work for me. I enjoy a good skincare ritual and I will NEVER go to sleep with makeup on, or without moisturizing my skin. What can I say, I have made it a habit! Looking through my bedside table and beauty draw, there were a few products that I had on repeat the whole year, products that I kept getting more off. Yes, I do like to venture and try new skincare every now and again but I try to keep what works for me the same. I thought it would be fun to share with you guys what my most loved skincare products of 2017 were, and giveaway a few of them too!
I have sworn by this facewash for the last 3 years, and to date I have not found anything that works better with my skin. I replenish it about every 4-5 months and I use this face wash every single night (I also have a mini size of it for when I travel). What I enjoy most about it is that it is very gentle on the skin, it removes all impurities as well as my makeup! It takes a step away in my beauty routine (because I no longer need to use makeup wipes to remove my makeup), and it is so gentle on your face that even the most sensitive user will love it. Bonus- You can win it today in the giveaway!
Along with my Calendula Face Wash, I have used this handy little device for 3 years straight (on and off though I will admit, as I sometimes lose my charger). I did an in-depth review of it here, and my view remains the same- nothing will give your skin a thorough cleanse like the Clarisonic device. I replace the brush head every 6 months or so, and together with a good cleanser this will make all the difference in your life. It is soft yet effective, and this long-term investment will give you radiant skin in a few weeks. Bonus-You can win it today in the giveaway!
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF(R1700)
Because I am now in my late 20s, (eeeeek) I started taking my skincare to the next level last year, as in, using active ingredients. When it comes to aging, prevention is ALWAYS better than cure, so with that in mind, I started using Phloretin CF from Skin Ceuticals, every morning after my cleansing. Phloretin CF features a patented synergistic combination of 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), and 0.5% ferulic acid for enhanced protection against atmospheric skin aging – environmental damage and premature signs of aging caused by free radicals from UVA/UVB, infrared radiation (IRA), and ozone pollution (O3). In addition to antioxidant protective benefits, Phloretin CF improves the appearance of discoloration, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.
It is best recommended for oily, normal and combination skin types (it can be just a tiny bit drying when I use it on very sensitive skin days). I have used it for about 6 months now (the bottle lasts about 3 months so I replenished it) and have noticed an overall change in my skin tone and general “plumpness” of it. This year I plan to add a few more active ingredients to my skincare routine, especially around the eyes! This is a bit of a hefty price, but worth it as in investment in your anti-ageing arsenal. I saw a difference in my skins texture after about 2 weeks, and now I’m hooked on this product! I highly recommend this to anyone aged 25-35 as an early aging prevention solution.
Next, after applying my Phloretin, I reach for the Vichy Mineral 89 fortifying and plumping daily booster. This is a unique combination of the Vichy Mineralizing Water, for the first time concentrated up to 89%, associated to the natural origin of Hyaluronic Acid. Minéral 89 reinforces the skin barrier function, to make skin stronger against aggressors like pollution, stress and fatigue. I am a big believer in hydration, and this is exactly what my skin needs- this is my skins glass of water in the morning. It keeps my skin hydrated and looking fresh, even when I have not had enough sleep. It has a gel-like texture that easily dissolves into my skin and makes it feel smoother and more even. I am almost finished with this bottle(I’ve had it from August) and will for sure be purchasing this again!
If Mineral 89 is my skins glass of water in the morning than this Hot Spring Gel is the daily three litters of water that my skin needs. Like I said, I’m obsessed with hydration, so some people might think that having so many hydrating products in my skincare in the morning is a little too much, but my skin loves it! The gel texture of this products feels SUPER light, in fact, its encapsulated water that bursts on contact, creating a cooling effect. Because the water in this formula is also hypotonic (meaning a pure form of water), it penetrates the skin’s barrier well and becomes absorbed more easily. The result? Instant hydration that leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, never greasy, and Hot Springs Hydrating Gel is low alkaline.
I am on my second tub of it (the first lasted about 4 months) and it is the product I reach for when I am feeling stressed, tired or overall dry. The whole thing behind it is that its “makeup prep”, getting your skin ready for the perfect makeup application. Bonus- You can win it today in the giveaway!
This is a product that took me a little time to get into, but once I got into it, I could not put it down. This nightly micro-peel concentrate helps to accelerate surface skin cell turnover to reveal fresher, newly radiant skin, while visibly evening skin tone and refining the feel of rough texture over time. Therefore, the reason I enjoy is so much is that I have little bumps on the skin (called milia) which require daily exfoliation in order to keep under control. I am lazy so I do not always exfoliate, but this is where this product comes in. I use it at night over my toner and because it has quinoa husk in it, it gently exfoliated my skin over night for me! It is a little sticky on the texture, so it takes a while to get used to it. I noticed a huge difference in my skins texture, which is a lot softer and refined now, and it really helps to keep my milia under control.
Always On Skincare
I took 36 flights last year, and with every flight, this baby came with me(I do have a travel size version of this that I pack in my carry-on, and this full sized one goes into my luggage). Airplanes can be incredibly cold and therefore drying for your skin, so this little guy helps me to keep hydrated when I am mid-flight. Spritz B6 Prep Priming Spray on any time of day to hydrate, prep and soften your skin with vitamins and antioxidants. You can use it in the morning to prep and “wake up” your skin, during the day to refresh your skin (without messing up your makeup), or at night after cleansing. Versatile enough for people of all ages and skin types and I like to spritz B6 all over my face when I am flying to give my skin that extra boost of vitamins!
Another “always on” item for me has been the Kiehl’s Creamy Avo Eye Treatment, and I went through two tubs of it last year. I have one in my handbag, one in my car, one in my travel bag and one in my beauty draw. It is just great for that instant jilt of hydration around you eyes, and takes them from looking tired to looking very fresh and “awake”. It is a quick fix for tired and dull eyes so I love it for it instant burst of hydration.
So now for the fun part! I am giving away a Kiehl’s Calendula Face Wash, a Clarisonic Mia 2 and a Rehab Hot Springs Hydrating Gel! To enter comment on this post and tell me what your favorite skin care product of 2017 was- it can be anything, I am just interested to hear!:) The competition will run until 18th of February 2018 and a winner will be randomly drawn and emailed the day after. Only open to residents of South Africa. Terms and Conditions apply.