Thursday, 27 September 2012

Currently Using: Skincare Edition {September 2012}

When I blogged a few months back saying I was having a complete skincare overhaul, I wasn't joking...

Alpha H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid
"Expensive", was my first thought about the now infamous Alpha H Liquid Gold when I first looked into trying it. However, when a product is so highly endorsed by the likes of those I trust {and whose skin I covet}, eventually, the lure will prove too much and I cave. Plain and simple packaging, for a seemingly plain and simple liquid, this is a brand and product that don't need to shout from the rooftops about being great, because as soon as you use it, you'll know. Liquid Gold is like magic, you sweep it over your face on a cotton wool pad, experience a light tingling sensation, go to sleep and wake up with noticeably plumped and improved skin. Don't get me wrong, my skin is FAR from perfect, but my previous acne scarring is faded significantly, existing blemishes are healing quicker and I *think* appearing less often {aside from when Mother Nature's monthly gift calls upon me}. I wholeheartedly believe this product is a worthwhile investment.

Avéne Micellar Lotion
Although I use the REN No1 Purity Cleansing Balm {see below} to remove the bulk of my make up, I found it really stung my eyes, making the removal of mascara and the like rather unpleasant. In a concerted effort to ditch make up wipes from my skincare routine, I opted for a gentle micellar solution to partially remove my make up - and more specifically my eye make up - before doing a deeper cleanse with my balm cleanser. I've really enjoyed using Avéne products recently, they are gentle yet effective and good value for money.

REN Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel
I'll be honest, I've never really found an eye cream/gel that actually works wonders, although as eye gels go this is nice, and feels cooling upon initial application to the under eye area of a morning. I wouldn't say it makes my eyes any more radiant, or any less puffy, however, it is refreshing and does trick me into feeling as though I'm doing something proactive about the serious eye baggage situation {being an insomniac doesn't help, trust me}.

Caudalíe Beauty Elixir
It was always inevitable that I would give into the hype surrounding the Caudalíe Beauty Elixir, and although it's early days yet {I've been using it for approx. 3 weeks}, and although I'm slightly terrified at how quickly my {30ml} bottle is disappearing, it's safe to say I like it. A lot. Although I'm not a huge fan of herbal smelling products, I can't say I find the scent overly offensive or off-putting, and have been religiously spritzing this on my face twice a day since purchasing it in Sephora at the start of the month.

Avéne Light Hydrating Cream SPF20
Despite having the oiliest skin of anyone I've ever known {fact}, my skin is also dehydrated, and as I've come to realise, those two factors can result in a somewhat vicious circle. As the name of this Avéne moisturiser might suggest, it is a light cream that still offers plenty of hydration and even sun protection. I have found this to be an excellent base for make up, it holds up a fairly decent attack against oil, and makes my skin feel softer and more supple. I'm not sure it's 'the one', but it's proving to be a worthwhile test.

In case you've missed out on the buzz surrounding Hydraluron, it's essentially an unassuming serum that packs one hell of a punch, in skin hydrating terms at least. Designed for seriously dehydrated skins, this serum is intended to be used in addition to your existing skincare products, as an enhancement. I use it after my Caudalíe Beauty Elixir and before my moisturiser {day and night, unless I'm using my Alpha H Liquid Gold}, and most definitely notice that my moisturiser is absorbed more efficiently and effectively. I have been using this for just shy of two months, and although the effects are noticeable, I expect them to be longer term with continued use. Again, this product is pretty expensive - you get what you pay for, and if you want something good, you might have to part with a little more cash to get it. Fortunately, a little goes a very long way.

REN No1 Purity Cleansing Balm
Using a cleansing balm to remove my make up has been an entirely new experience. I'd previously dabbled in the world of cream cleansers, gel cleansers, oil cleansers, liquid cleansers and even the dreaded make up wipes *shock horror*, but never balm cleansers. Recommended by a very wonderful friend of mine, I purchased the REN No1 Purity Cleansing Balm and although I admit it took me a while to get used to a slightly different method of make up removal, I loved how my skin felt so clean and calm after use. I find this a strangely comforting product to use, and the whole process of a night time skincare routine helps me 'wind down'.

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask*
I had tried a {tiny} sample of this mask as a GWP, and greedily finished it off within two uses. The consistency is unlike anything I'd ever used before, and feels a little like smoothing a sticky fruity smelling syrup onto your face, however, the effects are worth it. As the name might hint, this mask has radiance in mind, and with the potency of it's ingredients it certainly helps my skin to look and feel less congested, brighter and healthier. Not my favourite mask by any means, but certainly worth a try and my current 'go to'. A brief word of warning - use this with caution, it HURTS if you get it in your eyes, so learn from my mistakes and don't apply it before getting into a steaming hot bath!

Disclaimer: Products denoted with a * were provided for review consideration purposes. I am not affiliated with any of the brands/companies mentioned. All words, opinions and photographs are 100% my own. Some links may be affiliated.