My lovely new insta-bud Karlie tagged me in The Best Of Skincare tag making the rounds of the Instagram skincare community. Of course, I couldn’t be succinct enough to post within the word limit on Instagram. Short answers are not my super-power. So this is the full version here:
Temperamental: Oily, dehydrated, hormonal, sensitive – but not in a predictable way.
First signs of ageing: loss of firmness, pigmentation – although I did get carded today by someone who was clearly 15 years my junior so I must be doing something right.
2. How do you store your skincare products?
Haphazardly – I am not careful. I have product in my bathroom(s), office, handbag, glove compartment of my car and duplicates pre-packed in a suitcase for business travel. There is one product also in my fridge – hydrogel eye masks – so they are extra soothing when applied, nothing to do with preserving them.
I do keep jars hygienic, but I figure if any of my products ‘turn’ before I’m finished using them, I’ve held on to them too long. (Or I’ve got too much stuff)
3. Favorite ingredient?
Hyaluronic Acid. If you can fix the dehydration, so many of the other concerns fix themselves.
Estee Lauder Renutriv Intensive Smoothing Hand Cream.
Its $100 and totally worth it. It sorts out raggedy nails and crepey/rough texture instantly. It forms a barrier and continues protecting your skin through washing your hands multiple times. And over time it fights age spots. I freckle, I drive a lot, I’m worried about the backs of my hands.
Coastal Scents Fair Trade Unrefined 100% Shea Butter. So nurturing and healing. Use it post shave, for chapped lips, dry elbows/knees/heels, as a barrier to fake tan, warmed and whipped up as an all over body moisturiser. Its delicious. And at $7.95US for a 10oz jar why would you buy a tiny tin from L’Occitane ($42US/5.2oz)? You can even buy it in bulk.
Machinery? Hell no.
Other manual tools? A Facewasher every time I cleanse and an old foundation brush for face masks. I am however really interested in the Yu Ling Jade Facial Rollers from Cult Beauty. Wrinkles are not my main aging concern – sagging skin, turkey neck and jowls are. I think the rollers would be awesome for lymphatic drainage and help streamline a puffy face.
7. Best mask?
Depends on the effect you’re looking for.
For instant results, Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. Smells and feels like smearing pumpkin pie filling on your face. Literally polishes and nibbles away your surface dead skin. In about 3 minutes!
For deep skin degunk-ification, GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment. You can see it drawing out your pores. Follow with lots of hydration.
8. Best multi-use?
See number 5.
9. If you had to stick to only one skincare brand, what would it be?
If I absolutely had to probably Darphin. Not because I use a lot of their products already (currently using Intral Serum and Simulskin Creme Devine as a night cream) but because they offer something decent and delicious in every skincare category I use. And they got 30% off when Escentual do their French Pharmacy promos. Clarins would be a close second – but I’m not in love with their cleansers for makeup removal.
10. Best spot treatment?
Are we talking breakouts? Or pigmentation? For breakouts, I more of an ‘ounce of prevention’ kinda girl and for that, you want Effaclar Duo [+] (the European version – not the US version with benzyl peroxide). If you get those lovely hormonal outbreaks, use this daily from the week before you’re due until the end of, wherever your breakouts usually surface. Yep, 2 out of 4 weeks. But it does the trick. And if you do get a red lump come up, don’t attack it with drying stuff. Put some facial oil on it (NOT coconut oil or cocoa butter) and use a firm pressure to massage it in. It works a little bit like acupressure in that you are trying to trigger mild inflammation to promote blood flow and oxygen to the area and promote healing. Phew!
11. Favorite step of your skincare routine?
Oil/Balm Cleansing. Nothing quite so good as the feeling of fresh clean skin that isn’t tight. First step for makeup removal is DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. I will never not use this! Full review and availability here. From there, whatever I fancy. In the mornings, Oskia Renaissance Balm.
My fantasy wishlist? Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Re-Creation Face Creme and Night Serum. Because I have to see what $1650AUD of skincare is gong to do for me. (Incidentally, Australia is right on par with the US price of $1275 after conversion. Well done Estee Lauder!)
My actual achievable wishlist?
- The Yu Ling Jade Roller
- Allies Of Skin – All Night Mask
- Farmacy – Honey Potion
- May Lindstrom – Blue C0coon
- Mahalo – Rare Indigo
- Siam Seas – MEKHA Herbal Active Cleanser
- Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Sheild SPF50
- Anything from Sulwhasoo – I’m intrigued.
- NIOD – Neck Elasticity Catalyst
I could keep going…
This was fun Karlie! Thanks for the tag 😘