There have been a bunch of new skincare products that I have been trying out recently that would all be fab additions to your summer skincare arsenal. This is going to be a fairly lengthy post (by my standards anyway) so no chit chat, let’s get straight into it!
I have quite a dehydrated skin and so technically I should be using a milk or cream cleanser, but I really struggle to find one that I enjoy; most don’t take my make up off very well and then leave what feels like an oily film on my skin. When I was sent the Skinderm Pure Cleansing Milk I was hesitant, luckily it suprised me! In terms of consistency, it is a lot runnier than my other cleansers but also very lightweight which I much prefer over something heavy, especially in summer. It does a pretty good job of cleansing as well, removing most of my make up when I’m wearing a day-to-day look. On the odd occasion that I wear a heavier look (think full glam), I do need to use the product twice to make sure that my skin is perfectly cleansed. After I’ve rinsed off the cleanser, my skin feels great and there is no sign of an oily film, hooray! If you are looking for a good, every day, no frills cleanser, definitely give this one from Skinderm a go.
I’ve been giving two tinted moisturisers a go over the past few weeks, although they are completely different from each other. The first is the Optiphi Classic Hydration Tint with SPF 20 in the shade Ultra Light. First off, I love that it is in a pump bottle, it’s just my personal preference when it comes to products. The product itself is lightweight and dries down to a powdery demi-matte finish. Now generally, I stay away from matte finish face products as they tend to make my skin feel even more dehydrated. But not in this case; this tinted moisturiser from Optiphi has the added ingredient of hyaluronic acid which will deliver moisture to your skin throughout the day, as well as help to boost the skin’s natural barrier function. Other fab ingredients include vitamin C and B3.
The second tinted moisturiser is actually a tinted sunblock to be honest. The La Roche -Posay Anti-Shine Anthelios XL with SPF 50 is one of the best sunblocks for the face that I have used in a long, long time. La Roche-Posay is a brand that I have really started to enjoy over the last year or so, they have some really great products that work like a bomb for sensitive skin and even though my skin isn’t particularly sensitive, I do find that certain sunblocks cause a slight bit of irritation and redness. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios range is made specifically with sensitive, allergy prone skin in mind. In terms of ingredients in the Anthelios XL, it contains the wildly popular La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water which is the key to help soothe sensitive skin. It also has their patented UV filtering system Mexoplex, giving you broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. The product itself is really great; it dries down to a demi-matte finish pretty quickly and because it’s waterproof (hello summer holidays), it really lasts on the skin. It is also fragrance free, paraben free and non comedogenic. Even though this product is made for more combo to oily skins, my dehydrated skin was absolutely fine, provided that I had a good mosituriser on underneath. Well worth the purchase if you spend a ton of time outdoors.
Still on the La Roche-Posay train, I just have to tell you about this amazing suncare innovation – My UV Patch. Before you go into the sun, you need to download the My UV Patch app (available on both Apple and Android phones) and enter your specific details about your skin type. Once you have done that, you can place the patch on your arm. The patch itself uses UV sensitive dyes that change colour depending on the sun exposure. You can then scan the patch using the app on your phone, and it will then tell you what kind of sun protection you should be applying. How smart is that? The patch is available from selected Dischem stores, Skinmiles and Dermastore with the purchase of any other La Roche-Posay Anthelios product, while stocks last.
Last but not least, lets chat about a fab new offering from Garnier, their Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks. I love the traditional cream, gel and clay masks but recently I have been warming up to using sheet masks, they’re just so much easier to use and a lot less effort. The new Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks are made of 100% cellulose and are all water based and infused with hyaluronic acid, can I get a woohoo?! The masks also all have a blue protective layer that you peel off once the mask is on your face and Garnier claims that using one of these sheet masks once a week is the equivalent of a weeks worth of hydrating serum. I have tried two of the three masks that I was sent and both of them were ridiculously comfortable on the skin. I didn’t feel like they were constantly sliding off and the slits for my eyes and nose worked well. There are also slits for you to hook around your ears to further secure the mask, but I was too lazy to do that.
The first mask out of the range that I popped on my face was the Super-Hydrating Revitalising Mask. This masks function is to rehydrate the skin, reduce the look of fine lines and to revive radiance with the help of it’s star ingredients; pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid and plant serum. The second mask that I used was the Super-Hydrating Soothing Mask made to intensely hydrate, comfort and soothe the skin, with Chamomile extract. Both masks felt incredibly cooling on my skin and I didn’t notice any sensitivity while they were on. The results for both masks were very similar to me, my skin felt soft, smooth and plumped up without any visible redness which is a massive plus in my books! These fab sheet masks are available from Clicks and Dischem.
So, what are you going to pick up first?