17 Jan My 2017 Skincare Favourites
Some people like to choose a word that represents each year. Me? I like to focus on a certain part of my beauty routine. Back in 2015, I dared myself to wear more bold colours on my lips, 2016 was all about grooming my brows and this past year focused on skincare. It was the year where I went weeks without wearing any makeup because, for the first time, I was confident in my skin. So to kick off the best of 2017, I am sharing the skincare products that made that all possible:
Dermalogica Pre Cleanse
I started my year by going for a free Dermalogica face-mapping which completely changed the way that I treat my skin. I had no idea that I had dehydrated skin but now that I do, I pay attention to the products that I am using, making sure that they don’t strip my skin of the moisture I so desperately need. The Dermalogica Pre Cleanse is step zero to your everyday routine – it melts away impurities, makeup and dirt, leaving your skin feeling ultra-clean, healthy, free of pollutants and any residue. By adding water, you transform the oil formula into a milky emulsion that easily rinses debris from the skin’s surface, allowing your cleanser to penetrate even further.
Vichy ProEVEN Brightening Cleansing Foam
I started using Vichy’s ProEven Brightening range after noticing darker spots around my face which is common during pregnancy. I thought it would be interesting to see if a skincare range could really lighten my dark spots and scarring, and was pleasantly surprised by the entire range but especially loved the Brightening Cleansing Foam. It deeply cleanses skin and gently exfoliates dead skin cells to reduce the look of dark spots, revealing smoother, newer-looking skin and a more even and radiant complexion.
A massive skin concern of mine is texture which becomes even more apparent when I am wearing makeup, but since I have started using Dermalogica Superfoliant every morning, that’s all changed. Duped as the big brother of the infamous Microfoliant, Dermalogica’s Superfoliant is a powder formula that activates upon contact with water, releasing enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids and anti-pollution technology to combat bio-chemicals and environmental triggers known to accelerate skin ageing, revealing smoother skin.
The Resurfacer is my most recent discovery from Dermalogica and one that has completely changed my skin. No lies, this is my favourite product from the brand! The daily, leave-on exfoliating treatment brightens and tones all skin conditions while helping to reduce the signs of premature ageing without causing irritation or redness. It also improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture and reduces the appearance of fine lines. I don’t know what exactly it is about this product, but after a week, my skin’s texture and appearance had improved significantly.
Clarins Double Serum
Clarins just did the damn thing with their release of the 8th generation Double Serum, which ranks as my number one skin product of 2017. Clarins Double Serum is formulated to leave skin looking youthful and radiant, and contains 21 active plant extracts including turmeric which is great for anti-ageing. I thought that bloggers were just reaching when they described their skin changing overnight after using this serum, but they weren’t! Within a week of using the Double Serum in my routine, I noticed that my complexion had become more even and that my skin looked brighter and healthier. I don’t think I have used any other product with such immediate and satisfactory results – it is a game changer! Since finishing my Double Serum, I have tried going on without it but find that my skin is looking dull, so will be ordering a new one next month.
SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque
I had never even heard of SkinCeuticals before receiving a beautiful package which included the Phyto Corrective Masque. To say that this mask has set the bar of incredibly high expectations for anything that I try after, is a huge understatement. The SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque contains highly-concentrated botanical extracts, a calming dipeptide, and hyaluronic acid which work to soothe and replenish your skin. As I am sure you’ve already seen from my Instagram, I often experience breakouts which results in skin sensitivity and dehydrated skin, but this mask calms and cools the skin, easing any sensitivity, and restoring natural radiance. Like I said, I hadn’t even heard of SkinCeuticals before trying this product, so I am really wanting to explore more of their range this year.
Skin Republic One-Use Masks
I have also fallen head over heels for one-use masks from Skin Republic, who offer an extensive range of beauty treats that take any home spa to the next level. I have tried several of their masks and am yet to be disappointed, but thought I’d share my top 3.
Skin Republic Charcoal Peel Off Mask
The Skin Republic Charcoal Peel Off Mask is resealable and comes with 3 applications – or more if you only use it on troubled areas, like me. The formula is thick to apply and once dry, peels off easily without causing any pain. Charcoal is known to provide a deep cleanse which removes blackheads and dirt from your pores, while the peel-off action exfoliates and brightens your complexion.
Skin Republic Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Mask Sheet
When I want an all-over cleanse, I turn to the Skin Republic Bubble Purifying Charcoal Mask. When exposed to air the oxygenating mask begins to bubble and foam, providing a super deep cleanse into the skin’s pores and eliminating impurities. Besides leaving my skin looking and feeling super clean, soft and bright, this mask is loads of fun and gets a few odd looks from my kids.
Skin Republic Youthfoil
And lastly, the Skin Republic Youthfoil – a must-try for people with dry skin, and my number one mask from the brand. The foil backed sheet mask gives your skin a double dose of Hyaluronic Acid locking in moisture and leaving skin feeling nourished, younger, and more luminous. Believe me, you won’t want to try anything else after giving this one a go!
Vichy’s LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector
I had always heard that Vitamin C is great for your skin, but had never given it a try and now I am afraid that I have tried the epitome of Vitamin C treatments and won’t like anything else. Vichy’s LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector is a 10-day treatment that transforms dull and tired skin to look and feel firmer, hydrated and even. Just like our bodies need a pick me up, so does our skin!
And that rounds up my yearly skincare favourites – what were some of your favourite skincare discoveries in 2017 and what would you like me to try next?
I’m a beauty-obsessed, caffeine-fueled, soccer-loving, chocolate-eating, picture-taking, occasional-blogging, faith-inspired, mom of two.