I’m not hugely into beauty products and makeup, but a while back I decided it was time to do something about my quite dry skin and fine lines from the outside as well – I was only using one cream (Aveeno) for both day and night and it was clearly not moisturising enough. I still use it during the day though as I do like it. I started googling and came across a whole range of interesting products, and I want to share with you the ones that I’ve liked the most and can recommend.
Apparently overnight masks are a great way of restoring moisture, so I decided I needed one in my life. This mask by Origins kept showing up in searches so I bought it and couldn’t wait to try it. I can put on layers of moisturiser at night and still wake up with dry skin in the morning, so I was very pleased to wake up with perfectly soft and moisturised skin for once. Whenever I use this mask I don’t even have to re-moisturise in the morning as my skin is already ready for makeup. Thumbs up for this one – I bet it’ll be really useful in winter!
2. Argan Oil
There are so many different oils that are supposed to do wonders for dry skin, but after some research I had narrowed it down to argan oil and rosehip oil, of which I decided to buy argan oil having come across a good 2 for 1 deal at Holland & Barrett. I’ve tried coconut oil in the past but just felt like it didn’t absorb properly and I was just left with a really shiny face even in the morning having applied it in the evening. I only use argan oil as a night cream because of the shine factor, but unlike coconut oil it feels lighter and I wake up with a nice glow (not greasy shine) and without a trace of dryness. It’s a natural, very gentle moisturiser that you can use for your hair too – love it.
The area around my eyes is very sensitive and I’ve had countless dry patches and irritated skin for many years. I’ve tried so many different eye creams but haven’t found anything as good as Avene. A few times I’ve decided to try something else a little cheaper but I always return to this cream – especially as I often get dry patches or strange rashes when I stray from this product.
I’ve been addicted to Klover Vaseline, which is essentially just petrolatum, for years. I’ve tried countless products but always kept going back to it, but having finally gotten rid of it (yay) I now realise how much it was actually drying out my lips instead of adding moisture. I’ve been looking for a tinted, hydrating lip balm that isn’t too sticky, doesn’t have too much colour in it and I don’t have to reapply every two minutes. Australian Lanolips is 100% natural and animal cruelty free, has no petrolatum, parabens, PEG’s, mineral oil and sulfates. Need I say more?! I have it in the colour Rhubarb and I love it. Been meaning to get the colour-free 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm as well, which is baby friendly too.
I have to admit that only a few months ago I thought you had to go to a beauty salon to have a beauty acid treatment, but how wrong was I! The Ordinary is a very hyped sub-brand of Deciem and they have revolutionised beauty products by stripping out the unnecessary stuff, leaving only the ingredients which really make a difference. The packaging is also very basic. By doing this they have also managed to bring down the prices a lot. For example, the Hyaluronic Acid bottle I bought was just around £5! I apply it in the evening underneath my night cream and when I wake up I can see how my fine lines are a lot less visible and my skin is just plumper and more hydrated. (Hyaluronic acid is something that naturally occurs in your skin if you think it sounds scary.) No Ordinary products have been tested on animals and most of them are vegan as well.
Lumene is a Finnish brand that uses Arctic and Nordic plants and other natural, potent ingredients in their products. I really struggle to find a foundation that wouldn’t feel too heavy and dry, so when I came across this tinted serum over and over again on different blogs I decided it was something I needed to try. So I did and it does everything it promises; it gives light coverage, a beautiful glow and keeps the skin hydrated throughout the day. Something my dry skin likes! It’s also so easy to apply just with your fingers – I only add a bit of powder on my nose, chin and forehead afterwards.
This liquid blush is from the same range and works well with the serum or on its own. It gives you a very natural finish but you can easily build it up – and again, your fingers are all you need to apply it. Perfect for someone who doesn’t like spending loads of time on make-up!
I haven’t had any dry patches for months now (I usually get them around my mouth for some reason) but I am aware that the warmer and more humid months might have something to do with it as well – as might the pregnancy hormones. But winter is coming so I’ll find out soon enough!
(None of the products above have been tested on animals, however, Origins and Avene do test the products aimed for the Chinese market on animals because the Chinese legislation demands it – how crazy is that?!)
What beauty product do you swear by?
x Nina x