DETAILS: 1. STIRVECTIN ADVANCED RETINOL INTENSIVE MOISTURISER 2. VICHY AQUALIA THERMAL RICH CREAM 3. BIO OIL 4. OLAY EYES PRO RETINOL 5. PHILOSOPHY – THE MICRODELIVERY PEEL 6. PHILOSOPHY PURITY MADE SIMPLE 7. SKINSTITUT AGE DEFENCE SPF 50+ 8. VICHY MINERAL 89
I really was blessed growing up, as I never suffered with the teenage hormonal issues such as acne, however as I have become more mature, so has my skin and the drier it has also become. So the luck of my youth has turned into a slight curse as I have matured. So my beauty regime has been filled with a lot of trial and error searching for the best, and also most cost friendly products that are right for my skin and do the job they say they are going to do. Being a working mum of three, I also can’t justify spending a huge chunk of money on expensive products when there are cheaper and great alternatives available.
I try to steer away from products that dry my skin so I have taken to using cream cleansers. I do however make sure that I exfoliate at least once a week to remove dead skin, I use a peel to do this as it is gentler on my skin than a bead style exfoliator. I have just started to use the Philosophy Micro-Delivery Peel. It is not just a peel but it also contains peptides and vitamin C and leaves my skin feeling wonderful and with a dewy glow.
To moisturise I prefer to use products that contain hyaluronic acid. Don’t let the term acid confuse you. Your skin is not going to begin to fall off, it is in fact the exact opposite to this. Hyaluronic acid is able to hold 10 times its own weight in water, so it leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. I choose the Vichy Mineral 89 for 2 reasons. The first being that it is made in Europe. European products are certified, which means they are tested to a point that they must do what they say they are going to do. If they don’t produce the results then they are not allowed to be sold. The second is the price. It is extremely affordable in comparison to other products similar on the market. Some products retailing for well over $100-$150 U.S dollars. This one works and retails for around $30. If you have never used it, do yourself a favour and try it.
Another item I am a stickler for is retinol. Retinols increase cell turnover leaving your skin feeling and looking healthier. I use two particular products, both readily available. The first is the Olay Pro-retinol Eye Treatment. And the second is the StriVectin -AR Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer.
To me though the most important factor in my skin care regime is my daily face wash. I have recently changed this up as the one I was using my drying my face too much. It is okay during the Summer months, but during Winter it just dries my skin far too much. I have swapped it out for the Philosophy – Purity Made Simple Daily wash. This is a one stop facial wash as it dissolves impurities, oil and makeup to deeply cleanse pores. This cleanser is also mild enough to use around your eyes. It really is amazing. And I have noticed that my skin is not as dry as when I was using my previous cleanser.
For my day to day moisturiser (along with the hyaluronic acid) I also use the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream. I have been using this for around two months. Normally when I change my regime in any form my skin reacts by either break outs or I get a rash as my skin is also sensitive. But with all of these products nothing.
No woman should ever ever go without applying an SPF every single morning and I am no different. Being Australian I am certainly not unfamiliar with the harshness of the sun and the damages it creates to our skin. So I buy my face suncreen in Australia when ever I am home. I find so many sunscreens tend to clog the pores on my face, but this one is just heaven. It is also non-greasy so I don’t feel like my face has been lathered in butter. It is Skinstitut Age Defence SPF 50.
The final item in my daily regime is a little product that I have been using for about 15 years. Bio-oil is amazing for a variety of skin problems. It contains PurCellin Oil so even though it is an oil it is non-greasy. I use this not only on my face, neck and decollege but over my body as well. It really is the most amazing stuff!
What are some of your favourite products and why do you love them. I am always looking for new products, especially if I don’t need to take out a bank loan to be be able to afford using them. Comment below and let me know!