|Witch Hazel Lotion or Gel. // Avene Thermal Water. // L'Occitane Angelica Instant Hydration Mask. // Neutrogena 2-in-1 Wash & Mask.|
The first product is plain & simple witch hazel. I've tried a lot of spot treatments in the past but witch hazel works the best for me without being too drying. If I'm having a particularly bad skin time I'll take a bit on a cotton pad and use it all over my face, but usually I'll just apply it to specific areas. It's not a miracle worker, but it does manage to take down a lot of the redness very quickly and it never feels overly harsh or stripping.
Avene is one of my all time favourite skin care brands, I love a lot of their products and the one that stands out to me, the Thermal Spring Water, is one of their most simple & affordable options. I always buy the mini size so I can keep it in my bag and I use it as a refreshing spray or whenever I feel my make up is looking a little worse for wear. This is an absolute life saver in the warmer months because I find it really soothes my skin if it's feeling irritated, but I also use this all year round as part of my night time skin care routine.
The L'Occitane Angelica Instant Hydration Mask is a product I originally received to review and I've since gone on to repurchase. If my skin ever feels dry or starts to look dull and is in need of some moisture quickly, I always reach for this. You only really need to leave it on for a few minutes to see results, so even if you're in a rush there's still time to use it. I also think this would be amazing to take if you're going on a long flight because it goes on clear so you won't have to worry about getting odd looks from fellow passengers. I would go so far as to say this is the best mask I've ever tried.
For times when my skin has been really bad I turned back to an old favourite, the Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Wash & Mask. I'm sure this doesn't contain the best ingredients but you know what? It bloody works and it's so affordable. I wouldn't recommend using this a lot if you have dry skin like I do because it can be drying if used daily, but used sparingly even just on specific areas of the face I think it's amazing. Cheap and cheerful!
|Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Moisturiser. // Pai Avocado & Jojoba Day Cream♦. // REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate. // Nuxe Dry Oil♦|
One of my all time favourite moisturisers is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Moisturiser, not because it's anything super fancy that promises to iron out every wrinkle, make you look like you've had a face lift or turn you into Kate Moss, but because it's reliable, it works perfectly and leaves the skin feeling wonderfully hydrated. It's gentle and hydrating without being oily or greasy. They also do a light version which I think would be perfect for a less dry skin type. It works. I love it.
The Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream from Pai is a product that has really intrigued me because it's quite thick but it's not oily in the slightest. It doesn't have any slip to it which makes it perfect for underneath make up as it fully hydrates any dry patches of skin but sinks in instantly leaving no shine. The only thing that bothers me is the packaging, I'm not sure that a bottle with a pump is the best because it is quite thick. I get that it's more hygienic that way etc but I just love creams in jars.
The REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate is my miracle product of the year. I feel like I want to stand on the rooftops and tell the world how AMAZING this product really is. If you have acne scarring or dull looking skin you need this in your life. It's essentially a chemical exfoliator (which isn't as scary as it sounds!) and if you're persistent with it, I can almost guarantee that you will see a difference in your skin within a month. I have a whole post about it which you can read here and I'll say that although it seems expensive, a bottle will last you such a long time and it's so worth it! I will always have a bottle of this for as long as they keep making it, I already have a back up ready and waiting!
The Nuxe Dry Oil is something I discovered through GlossyBox and I didn't use it very much at first but then I realised how utterly amazing it is at pretty much everything. I've used this on my face if I have a particularly stubborn dry area, I've used it on my legs after shaving to soothe the skin and I've used in on the ends of my hair if they were looking a bit dry. It's not greasy, not too much and it has a really delicate scent that doesn't linger for an uncomfortably long time. I love this!
|Lee Stafford Treatment. // REN Exfoliating Body Balm♦ // NEOM Tranquility Bath Foam♦ // REN Rose Otto Body Oil ♦|
The one hair product I wanted to mention is the Lee Stafford Treatment For Hair That Never Grows Past A Certain Length. Okay, so it's the product with the longest name in the world and these little tubs are a little overpriced in my opinion, but I really do think it works. It's clearly not a miracle worker, but I do think it works wonders at improving the condition of the hair, making it stronger and this ultimately makes it grow. I use this once or twice a week fairly sparingly and I think it's great. It's one of the only hair products I'm totally loyal to, everything else I usually just go for whatever's on offer at the time.
It's taken a long time, but I've finally found something to replace the scrub from Naked Bodycare that I loved so much and they so cruelly discontinued and it's the REN Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm. REN is such a consistent brand and basically what I mean by that is all their products are amazing. If I'm honest I'm not crazy about the scent of this, it doesn't really smell of very much but I don't even care because it leaves my skin feeling incredible. It's not a scrubby scrub, it's relatively gentle but it's perfect for me and most importantly it's hydrating! I was going to say it leaves a bit of an oily residue on the skin but that makes it sound horrible and it's not. It doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy, it just allows me to skip moisturiser if I'm feeling lazy (which is all the time) and I LOVE it. I know there's a Rose body scrub that I think I'm going to try next! Thank you REN. I love you but I hate you. And I only hate you because now I'm addicted to your products and I want to try more. I want to try all of the products! Yeah.
If you love to take bubble baths and you love to indulge in fancy bath products every now and again you need to try the NEOM Bath Foam. I use this on evenings where the day has been particularly stressful to really relax before bed and clear my head of, well, pretty much everything. This has lavender in it which honestly, I usually hate, but in this it's almost a very subtle and sophisticated lavender scent and I'm always happily in the land of nod within an hour after a bath with this. It comes in a beautiful glass bottle, everything about NEOM products screams sophistication and something like this would make a beautiful gift!
Finally another REN product that I only discovered towards the end of the year but I love so much that I couldn't not include it here. The Rose Otto Body Oil is absolutely perfect if you're like me and hate moisturising after a shower because you're a little bit lazy or don't want to wait around for what seems like an eternity before getting dressed. A few spritzes of this, a few seconds and your whole body feels hydrated and you can get dressed pretty much instantly. It feels luxurious on the skin, the rose scent is beautiful and very classy. It's really lovely and definitely one to try if you like body oils!
Well, if you made it through all of that then you deserve a medal! Skin care is definitely a very subjective thing, what works for me might not work so well for you and I always recommend doing a bit of research before investing in a product! This is why beauty blogs are so wonderful, you can easily get multiple opinions on something and then you can decide whether it's something you think you would like!
What were your favourite skin, hair or body care items from last year?