I think I'm staging a small, and quiet (pamphlet campaign rather than a full on riot) rebellion. My mum is stubborn, and doesn't believe in spending anything on skin care, which is why she gets a Chanel lipstick and an expensive skin care item every year for Christmas. Actually, I'm starting to think she's kind of crafty...
Anyway - so my mum uses Nivea body cream on her face. And never, ever uses sunscreen.
So - now you see the mini rebellion, and my new found interest in skin care. I'm sorry mum - you're great and all - but you will never catch me smearing Nivea body cream into my face. These four products here are some I've been enjoying for the past few weeks, my little co-conspirators in a mini skin care 'I'm not going to end up like my mother' rebellion:
1. Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion.I've been looking for a moisturiser like this FOREVER. I fell in love a couple of years ago with a moisturiser for oily skin from La Roche-Posay, because it was bloody good. It was called Effaclar M, and kept me non-shiny for the whole day - until it stopped working, and then I found out the main ingredient was those pesky silicones - which aren't ideal for the main ingredient of a moisturiser. While moving house I found a sachet of this while scrabbling madly for something to slather on, and fell in love and bought it two days later. It performs brilliantly - keeps my oiliness at bay while hydrating my face. It's a gel formula, lightweight and not sky-high in the smoothy-smoothy silicones I was trying to avoid. Try this if you've got oily skin - and you can get it from Coco Beau.
2. Antipodes Hosanna Serum.*I was invited to afternoon tea in London a few weeks back - and first of all, I need to preface this with CAKE. I'm naturally greedy, so if there's cake involved, I'll be in the front stuffing them in my pockets to take home afterwards. Hosanna is a newly-launched serum from Antipodes, a Kiwi brand who are starting to make a bit of a splash. It's water-based, so sinks into the skin beautifully, and has a powdery, slightly baby products sort of scent. This is calming and soothing, and Antipodes have the science to back this up - it can stimulate the synthesis of Type I Collagen in the skin by up to 72%. I can't claim that my skin is around 72% en-plumpened because that sort of thing is difficult to measure in my own face, but this is lovely, lightweight and has been hydrating without making me feel oily.
This contains their patented Vinanza grape (which was in their Apostle serum, reviewed here), plus mamaku black fern, which apparently is supposed to firm the skin. I reaaaally like this. A lot. ThereIsaidit.
3. Antipodes Rejoice Light Daily Facial Cream.*I love this packaging! I know that's superficial, but I love how it looks like it has come from an apothecary. This is a great, light daily moisturiser that is full of nourishing ingredients for the skin. I use this when my skin isn't feeling hydrated enough - such as when I've washed it twice in the morning because I went to the gym (hahaha, oh the gym) or something. This contains avocado oil and manuka flower and smells sweet, slightly spicy and milky. It is a thicker texture than the Embryolisse I've been double-teaming it with, and takes a little longer to sink in.
4. Organic Surge Daily Care Face Wash.*This arrived a few weeks ago, and WE love it. Yes, we. Notice that? Kiwi is suddenly interested in skin care beyond gingerly applying his moisturiser with one fingertip in case he gets too much on. This contains rose and geranium essential oils, along with aloe vera and glycerine. Kiwi has used this everyday since it arrived, so unfortunately my bottle is looking a little empty! He loves it because it doesn't dry his skin out and has requested this be on the regular rotation (and that we phase out the Embryolisse soap-free face wash he used before).
I asked Kiwi if he had anything profound to say about the Organic Surge face wash, but he just said 'is niiiiice' in Borat accent, so I gave up. My only down point on this is it smells like geraniums. And roses. Which together smell like Turkish Delight - bleeeeugh. I'm not a fan, but the product itself is lovely and the scent doesn't linger. This is a great price at £5.19 too, so with the saving I'm making from Embryolisse, the Milky Bars are on me!
On a side note, Organic Surge have actually released a limited edition hand wash (which is here!) and are donating 100% (yep, one hundred) of the proceeds to the Archie Foundation, which is a children's charity, which is not something you see everyday!
As you can see I've been flitting around for the past month, but I've finally found a few things that I think might just stick - usually my skin care is very higgledy-piggledy and anything goes and then I complain a lot. Which isn't happening now, because ACTUALLY my skin care rebellion is going quite well.
What are your current skin care favourites?
* PR samples. All opinions are my own, and I'm always honest. If you don't believe me - well... er. I can't do anything about it. So believe me. You won't regret it!