How is it that no matter when I start my skincare routine, somehow favourites all manage to run out at the same time. I’ve definitely found myself in a routine when it comes to all things beauty. Generally opting to stick with those that work for me more than chopping and changing all the time as I have in previous years. At first I thought this might make the blog side of things a little stale as I wouldn’t be reviewing the latest and greatest constantly. But then I figured I’d rather (and hopefully anyone reading will agree) post about the things I’ve been using longer term, will be repurchasing or generally just those I feel I can’t live without. Essentially I’d rather rave about this one day cream that saved my winter skin three times than post about three products I’ve tried for a week and moved on from.
With all that in mind, I have a few new additions to my skincare routine that so far – I’m loving. So wanted to share, with the idea being that in maybe a month or so I might do an update on THIS post (all about what’s on my everyday use skincare tray) and will see if these are still stars of the show. I have no doubt that with baby on the way my skincare routine might become more of a face wipe and slap some moisturiser on and hope for the best… but fingers crossed I can make it a speedy version of my current one for a time-poor new mum.
Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion
I’ve never *totally* understood the whole ‘essence’ thing. But the way I see it (and the way I use it) is as a more hydrating alternative to a toner. Sort of like a pre-moisturiser prep, with a bit of that refreshing feel of the toner but leaving skin with a bit more hydration and fresher than before. The blurb on the Origins website for this one is all sorts of amazing and pretty much promises the world… including those ‘I’ll fall for them every time’ words like ‘glow’, ‘radiance’, ‘brighter’ etc.
I’ve taken to using this by popping a few drops onto a cotton pad and sweeping over my face in the morning to refresh and as a bit of a pre-moisturiser. It smells lovely so makes the morning routine feel good. Always a plus. It also seems to be really lasting well as I’ve been using this since before Christmas and the bottle still feels pretty full. Which is great value for a product that’s £22/150ml.
Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion – £22 150ml (Selfridges)
Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid (SPF 50)
On paper, this wouldn’t be my usual choice of a day cream. I tend to opt for either a gel or a rich cream texture over a fluid or lotion style one. But this one may very well have changed my ways on that. A very liquid lotion formula (i.e. it will drip through your fingers so put into palm of your hand rather than on finger tips to apply) it feels very light but not as if it’s lacking in moisture once applied. It absorbs in quickly and leaves skin soft and with the added bonus of broad spectrum SPF50 protection it ticks the box of sun protection for year round too.
When I first used this I was sure I wouldn’t feel like it was ‘enough’ for my skin as it tends to go to the dry side of things, but I stand corrected. It does the trick and my skin is very happy with it.
Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid – £33 60ml (Look Fantastic)
SkinSense by Abi Cleeve Anti-Ageing Eye Cream
SkinSense is a relatively new brand from the very clever lady behind bringing one of my all time favourite sun care brands (Ultrasun) to the UK. I’ve met Abi a couple of times in the past – a really inspiring business woman who is incredibly passionate about skincare (and suncare). This eye cream is the first product I’ve tried from the range and so far, so good. What I like most about the range overall is how it’s very simple. There’s a LOT of beauty offerings out there now and it’s easy to be swamped and overwhelmed by it all. But the SkinSense has a simplicity to it that is very appealing. The idea of the brand itself is that it’s skincare based on common sense – a simple approach that really does make a lot of sense (see what they did there). The range is simple and concise. Focussing on overall anti-ageing as the key benefits without branching into different skin types or detailed concerns. There’s a range of products from serums to creams and overnight masks. So you can essentially choose your ideal combination of products based on what you need. But overall, it’s simple and makes sense.
The Anti-Ageing Eye Cream is a lovely texture, creamy but not heavy at all. It absorbs quickly and feels like it hydrates and plumps the area immediately and lasts well. It feels fresh to use and is perfect for day or night. Simply, it’s a great eye cream.