2014 was a tricky year for my skin, as stress, hormones, and bizarre heating choices at the office all took their toll. No skincare can help halt the march of hormonal acne, but it can help usher individual spots out of the door, as well as dealing with flaky patches and redness (I’m painting a sexy picture, no?). These were the products that helped the most.
The best cleanser (apart from coconut oil) that I’ve found is Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£28.00). This Turkish Delight-coloured (and scented) balm turns into an oil when rubbed into dry skin which then becomes a milk when you add water. It has pumpkin enzymes to brighten and leaves my skin incredibly smooth and soft, without irritating my redness-prone cheeks. Love.
Serozinc (£8.50) from La Roche Posay, is a zinc sulphate spray which helps to calm down any angry patches. It comes out in a really fine mist and is great for either spraying onto a cotton pad and using as toner or spritzing on for a hit of coolness at any point. Until this month you’ve only been able to get it in France but it’s now available in the UK – hooray.
Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant (£17.00) is a chemical exfoliator which uses salicylic acid to get down into the pores. I’m super sensitive to glycolic acid so this works much better for me than the famed Pixi Glow Tonic at keeping my skin smooth. I use it three or four evenings after cleansing and find that my skin is much flakier when I don’t use it for a while.
I mentioned Pai Perfect Balance Blemish Serum (£42.00) in my Winter Skin Favourites post here and I still think it’s ace. I’ve been using it over Christmas, when my skin has been particularly bad, and although it isn’t a miracle worker it does seem to help with calming redness and reducing the smaller bumps.
I also spoke about Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer (£29.50) in the same post and I still like it a lot. It’s not a high-tech moisturiser but it keeps dry patches at bay and works well with the Pai serum to keep my skin looking less red and angry. It’s a great base for make-up too – winner.
Pai Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask (£30.00) is a new acquisition and is a limited edition only available in a set with the (also excellent) Kukui & Jojoba Exfoliator. To be honest, it was a toss-up between this and the Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask (seriously, can we have some shorter product names, please?); the Pai won out because it’s slightly gentler. Both masks are good for giving skin a deep clean, neither are drying or too harsh, and neither dry to hard shell, which is ace.
Finally, Aroma Actives Triple Hydrating Gel Mask (£8.00), which is the (much) cheaper version of Aromatherapy Associates Rose Hydrating Face Mask. Formulated by the founded of AA, Aroma Actives is still full of great ingredients but at much lower prices. I whack the mask on after one of the deep cleansing ones for quick moisture hit – you can wipe off any excess but there’s never any residue left when I use it. An excellent one for bathtime. It doesn’t seem to be available on the Sainsbury’s website but will hopefully still be in-store. They better not have discontinued it…
So, there we have it! Stay tuned for my make-up, hair, and body favourites over the next week or so.
What were your most-loved products in 2014? Are any the same as mine?