We want to pay homage to our skin saviours. These are the products that not only help to protect and keep our skin healthy but additionally enhance beauty. Over the past year we’ve tried a whole range of skincare products and these are, in our opinion, the best of the best.
A cleanser that not only completely removes makeup effortlessly, but actually leaves your skin feeling clean without stripping and will keep spots at bay. The Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser does it all and goes a remarkably long way giving you value for money too.
Splash your face with warm water to activate the cleanser and make it easier to distribute; apply a pea sized amount of product in an upwards circular motion and for best results remove with a muslin cloth which gently exfoliates as it goes.
Eye Makeup Remover
Having used lots of variations of Micellar water in the past (Nivea products included), I was expected poor results. I’ve previously found they struggle to remove all traces of make up and as such, I find I have to use more product and almost scrub stubborn mascara off. Additionally, my skin didn’t feel clear or clean. But we were actually pretty impressed with the new Nivea MicellAIR professional make-up remover. So much so, it’s named our BEST eye make up remover for 2019. Effortlessly, it removes all traces of make-up, including eye make up (even smokey eye!), leaves no oily residue and my skin felt fresh and clean. Winner.
Personally, I don’t see a need to use toner every night but when my skin is stressed or I’ve been wearing excessive amounts of makeup, I need that extra cleanse. Toners are essentially additional cleansers that can really get into the pores and give them a good clean; if you’ve problematic skin or wear quite thick foundation, using a toner after a cleanse is highly recommended.
In particular we LOVE Elemis’ Balancing Lavender Toner; not only does it get rid of the nitty gritty but you can feel the extra clean. If you’re prone to breakouts or have sensitive skin the lavender is super calming and will help to alleviate redness almost instantly; the scent is also a pretty dreamy way to head off to sleep.
Like with our cleansing ritual, we need a cream specifically for our eye area. As the upper lid is prone to sagging (boo!) and the under eye is prone to dehydration- giving us that awful early onset ageing look- we need something that can tackle both of these problems. Unsurprisingly, once again, Avon’s Clinical Lift & Firm eye cream tops the lot! It really is a wonder cream and at exceptional value for money.
We all know that the biggest ‘secret’ to anti-ageing is protecting our skin from the suns harmful rays. So if younger looking (and healthier) skin is on your agenda, it’s essential to add it into your daily routine.
Many of our products contain some element of SPF, however, you want something that specifically targets and protects your skin from UV (A and B). For this, we LOVE Lancer’s Sheer Fluid (also loved by Victoria Beckham and how great does she look!). This lightweight liquid feels wonderful and helps to give skin a healthy sheen. Additionally, it has tons of antioxidants in it so helps to protect your skin from environmental factors and get working on existing damage. What’s more, it is the perfect base for your skin and helps for smoother application of your makeup.
Your new go-to moisturiser!
Not only will this hydrate your skin but it’ll give you a heavenly glow too. The Origins GinZing Hydrating Prettifying Finisher is a moisturier, primer and sun protector (with an incredible SPF 35!) all in one. We’d even go as far as saying you won’t need any foundation on top either. As this’ll even out your skin tone and diminish any concernable blemishes, it helps you to feel more skin confident. What can’t it do?!
Clarins tops the lot once more with its new Double Serum. Simply, it’s a luxurious serum that works deep into the skins many layers to help combat the effects of ageing. Simultaneously it brightens the complexion, smooths out fine lines and wrinkles, hydrates the skin and firms. It instantly and visibly changes the construct of your skin and face.
For best results, use morning and night with a facial massage technique so that you can really work the product into the skin allowing it to get to work most effectively.
Our favourite nighttime skincare duo has to be Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye & Serum. A combination of the two, will quite literally overnight, transform your skin.
Eyes are less puffy, dark circles diminished and fine lines shrink. The eye area looks hydrated, healthy and energized. Who doesn’t need more of that! As for the skin, it feels firmer, skin tone starts to even out and redness if visibly reduced. Love it.
Neck & Decollete
A winner every time. We have tried quite a few different neck creams and treatments over the last year and nothing touches it like Sarah Champan’s Neck and Chest Rejuvination. Much like our eye area, the skin around our neck and decollete is thinner and more fragile. If we use our regular creams on this area, which are generally focused around intense hydration, it can actually quicken the look of aging on the skin, simply because it is too much.
This lightweight formula hydrates the skin instantly, reducing fine lines and reversing early signs of aging. You’ll see an improvement in the skin texture and tone after the first application. After everyday use for 5-7 days, you’ll barely notice any fine lines.
Please note that the products mentioned here will have been either sent from the brand directly or we’ll have purchased them personally. This is an honest review based on our experience of a variety of products (in these categories) tried over the last year.