After settling onto a nice skincare routine, I seem to have.. run out?! As much as running out is a rare occurrence for me, it's also given me the opportunity to try out some new skincare bits. Now I usually don't like the vast majority of skincare products I try, but this time, I've been pleasantly surprised.. perhaps a skincare routine coming up soon? Perhaps indeed!
Ahava Time to Clear Refreshing Cleansing Gel - £14
Wary of the fact I was quickly running out of my favourite Elemis Peachy Perfect Face Wash, I thought to try something similar but from a different brand and I landed on this one. I've been super impressed with how it keeps my hormonal spots at bay, like Elemis, and doesn't strip the face of oils, so it's perfect for spotty combination skin like mine. However, the lack of nasties is significantly more obvious than in Elemis - it's much less foamy and you need a lot more product. But there's no question about the quality of this - super duper impressed!
Yon-Ka Lotion Yon-Ka PS - £33
After hyperventilating heavily at the thought of not being able to repurchase the NUXE 3 Roses Toner (they don't seem to stock it in the UK!), Yon-Ka came to the rescue with a non-alcoholic toner for dry skin, with healing and sanitising properties.. oh it's gorgeous. Not to mention the large, luxurious frosted glass and the pretty pink liquid, it's SUCH a hydrating product and has really helped to reduce some of my dehydration lines on my forehead that can sometimes look like wrinkles! I love to spray this for hydration (it's a bit big for carrying around though) and wipe away like most people do with a toner, but it works amazingly when I use it like Japanese people use toners - by pressing it into my skin. This is a step I like to do instead of the traditional Western method of wiping when I need some extra hydration.
L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3-in-1 Purifying Micellar Solution - £4.99
While I liked the Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water, I didn't love it enough to pay quite a lot of money for it because it's not something I'd use everyday. I wanted to give this cheaper alternative a go and I've been in love. Aside from the given that it's easy to use, it's effective and doesn't leave your skin greasy or dry either. What's more, it doesn't sting your eyes when you're removing eye make-up - score! It's a must-try considering how cheap it is and how good it is!
L'Oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil - £7.99 (£6.79 at FeelUnique)
Oil cleansers are my favourite. So when I heard about this drugstore oil cleanser, I was super intrigued, and now I'm super impressed. L'Oreal are really stepping up their skincare, I must say (needless to say a few years ago, I was heavily unimpressed by their scrublet facewashes..). This is a really light oil, so it's great for oil-cleanser converts, and it really works. It even gets rid of most of my waterproof mascara, and there's no fears of greasy residue - it'll leave your skin squeaky clean! You can't go wrong for the price-quality ratio!
DHC Cleansing Oil - (available from £4.50)
Leaning slightly more to the high end of the spectrum, the DHC Cleansing Oil is a cult status beauty product and I have no reason to dispute that. It's a nice, thick oil that smells like olive oil, and it removes every single trace of make-up. I'm talking waterproof mascara coming off to the point there's NOTHING between your eyelashes. Nothing. So it's a bit more effective than L'Oreal, and you also use less of this. So you can see the reason for the price difference!
Amie Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Wash - £4.95
You may know I love my industrial face scrub, LUSH Ocean Salt. But the idea of a daily exfoliator intrigued me. I started by using it as a morning thing and didn't really see effects and it didn't have the balancing and spot-preventing features of Ahava above. However, I started using it at night, and it really helps for the toner, oil/serum and moisturiser to sink in and do its work overnight! It does brighten your face nicely but for me, it's more the fact that it reveals fresh skin that will take in the hydration!
What new skincare products have you been trying?
Have you tried any of these?