Monday 27 August 2018

Post-Summer/ Autumn Skincare Favourites

As the hot weather dwindles and there is the suggestion of colder spells ahead, I felt inspired to share some of my favourite Autumn/ Fall skincare products. I'm a strong believer in learning to 'read' your skin when choosing products or routines. Many of us are left with areas of pigmentation post-sun and perhaps drier skin types need a bit of nurturing as the temperature changes. These products help to brighten and nourish my drier, freckly complexion and make me feel ready to face those beautiful, chilly September days.
Votary is a brand that produces luxury face and body oils from natural origin. The Rose Geranium and Apricot Cleansing Oil was something I received as part of the 2017 Liberty advent calendar. It is a fragrant oil with a slightly higher viscosity when compared to cheaper oils I have used. For make-up removal in is amazing and can be removed with a damp face cloth. 

For all skin types, even oily, this is a joy to use.

How much does the Lixir Vitamin C Paste live up to its hype? For those who are fanatical about skincare, you've no doubt heard that it is magic stuff. This oil/ gel mask has a distinctive, somewhat addictive scent (mandarin, lavender and jasmine oils); it smells expensive to use- and it should as it is not cheap. It lasts a good few months with only a pea-size amount applied onto a dry face in the morning and is activated with wet hands. It does not sting me in the slightest, a tiny tingle perhaps. I can tolerate The Ordinary's Vitamin C Suspension 23%, so this is not at all harsh.

For those who are not sure of the benefits of vitamin C in skincare, it brightens and can gradually lighten pigmented areas. For me, with 10% L ascorbic acid (vitamin C) it is not going to have a drastic effect on my brown patches, but it does give me a sense of well-being and I notice a clarity about my skin. I like to think of it as a treat in the morning when I feel miserable about being up early for work!
If my skin has any dry or flaky patches or (as at the moment) blemish scars, I use an acid toner every day. The Pixi Glow Tonic is a mild one (5% glycolic acid) and it's so refreshing. I imagine most people could use this as I can be prone to sensitivity and have never had any issues. 

I also adore Josh Rosebrook's Hydrating Accelerator which is a refreshing, plumping mist toner with natural, organic ingredients. Like the Pixi Glow Tonic, it is aloe vera based- something that will soothe your skin and calm it- but also a range of plant oils. It is a real luxury and one I hoped to try as a treat and not love as much as I do. I might have to re-purchase as it seems to keep my skin tip-top. 

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is a pleasant to use watery serum which sinks in quickly and helps with pigmentation. It is actually another re-purchase as I do believe it works on a subtle level if used cumulatively. I use it often, but not as religiously as I should to get maximum effect. My thinking is that it's a nice product to layer with others in this routine to add to overall goal of bright and hydrated skin. 

Sunday Riley's Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is a cooling, light moisturiser which packs a punch when it comes to hydration. I find it to sink in nicely and a little goes a long way. I've re-purchased this as I enjoyed it so much. Although it is said to gently exfoliate and brighten, the effect is imperceptible just from this product alone, but the hyaluronic acid (known to hold water within the skin) really does seem to work. My link is left feeling moisturised and 'bouncy' (not old, wrinkly and dehydrated as it can do nowadays).

Finally, a product I absolutely love and makes me feel good about my 30-something eye area: NIOD's Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate. This wizzy, science-focused brand is the luxury line from Deceim. This water-like serum for the eye feels nourishing and is like a drink for the crow's feet. It makes my laughter lines feel pampered. It is often sold out (as it is at time of writing), but it is up there with the best skincare products I've ever used. 

I am not an expert, but I do my research and would consider trying product as a passion. I write my blog as a hobby and, of course, buy all reviewed products myself. Please feel free to ask any questions about the products and I will get back to you in the comments. I'd love to know if you've tried any of the items above or can recommend others.

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