Having been quiet on the skincare front for a while I thought it was about time I dropped in for a complexion-centric show-and-tell. So here’s the deal. With the cooler weather creeping in things have got a little dry concerning face-wise, a tad redder and combined with the fact that my skin still seems to be recovering from my Halloween face paint episode, it’s not all that great. I’m not painting the best picture here am I? But, there are a few products that I’ve successfully slotted into my routine that seem to be doing the trick from some debut brands to my line-up. I’ll fill you in…
In chronological routine order I’ll start with the cleanser – Aurelia’s Miracle Cleanser to be exact. Devout VDM readers may remember spotting this in a weekly round-up yonks ago and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s a unique formula in my cleanser collection – a thick cream that feels almost moisturiser-like when massaged in. It smells amazing (I’m putting that down to the rosemary and eucalyptus content) and when muslined off leaves my skin feeling clean, but not stripped nor coated like some of my oiler offerings can do. Plus points for the fact that their website has a very comprehensive and well-explained ingredients list. I’m working my way through this at a worrying rate because it just feels that darn nice in the evenings; right now it’s fitting my slightly drier needs perfectly.
Scrubs are something that I’ve completely shunned in my routine since the discovery of chemical exfoliants, but with my latest bottle of Alpha H Liquid Gold running out I turned to a grainy offering in my stash and was pleasantly surprised with the results. It was Oskia’s Micro Exfoliating Balm that got dug out; a hybrid between a cleansing balm and gentle exfoliator. It uses silica and MSM particles to slough at the skin softly, and a splash of water halfway through massage can always be added to lessen the sand-down. The balm-base hydrates, the beads buff away ready-to-go bits and I’m left with seriously silky smooth cheeks – I’m sold. An exfoliation epiphany has been experienced; this now gets dug out as a once a week treat and I’m unable to stop stroking my face for about a day after.
Finally I’ll move onto the final new-ish step in my regime – Perricone MD’s Face Finishing Moisturiser. I’m a moisturiser hussy – I think there’s only one I’ve ever repurchased (La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Matte Moisturiser interestingly enough) – I move on quite quickly. I’m currently using Kate Somerville’s Goats Milk in conjunction with this and I really like them both (don’t ask me to pick a favourite). I tend to use Kate in the evening as it’s a little richer, but Perricone in the morning is lush. It’s non-greasy and almost gel-like in texture and it blends beautifully under SPF without ever feeling tacky. It’s one of those things I just can’t imagine people not liking, a bit like burgers or chocolate or kittens.
Skincare stop-in sorted, though it’s not over just yet. I’ll be covering the delightful topic of spots come lunchtime. BRB. Blemishes ‘R’ Banished.