I always enjoy viewing other blogger/YouTuber’s monthly favourites and despite not planning to feature this type of content as often as monthly, I think it would be a nice way to provide some short reviews on products that I’m currently loving, every now and again. Enjoy!
NeoStrata Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum*
I kindly got sent this by SkinCity, who stock some of my favourite clinical brands. As a newbie to NeoStrata, this was a real surprise to me. It isn’t branded as an exfoliating serum, but this is exactly what it is, in my opinion. Containing PHA, instead of AHA and BHA, this is a much gentler alternative to harsh exfoliation and one that I have definitely seen subtle improvements in my skin with use. I don’t reach for this every day, but 2-3 times a week, morning or night leaves my skin hydrated, plumped and glowing. If you are in the market for a product that isn’t a Retinol or Vitamin C, but still packs a punch (maybe a slap across the face actually, not quite as strong), look no further.
RRP £75/30ml/1oz. – Available: SkinCity (UK).
Paula’s Choice Antioxidant Pore Purifier*
This serum has become a holy grail for me. I don’t know which specific ingredient in this can be pinpointed as my favourite, but Niacinamide, Vitamin C and BHA (at 0.5%) in one tube is always a welcome addition to my skincare wardrobe. I would say that I use this at least 5 mornings per week. When travelling, this has been a great multi-purpose, one-and-done serum for me. It offers a little of everything, but not too much of anything, which normally I’m opposed to, but this just works. A gel texture, coupled with instant hydration and a weightless finish. A firm favourite and one that I don’t wish to be without!
Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil*
Although I’m not the biggest advocate for facial oils, this has saved my skin recently when I’ve been experiencing dryness and flaking that moisturiser, alone, hasn’t rescued. Essential oil-free, this is suitable for even the most sensitive of skins and is a real medium weight oil; not dry, not greasy. I mix 4-5 drops into moisturiser in my hand, as well as occasionally mixing in with my serum to prevent any kind of oily texture. I find that this is the best way to aid absorption.
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid 10%
I don’t know what it is about Azelaic Acid, but my skin loves it. I think this could be my only active for the rest of my life and my skin would thank me greatly for it. Although I intend to use a 15% AA prescription product after this is used up, this is so affordable, accessible and effective. Closed comedones? Pigmentation? Acne scarring? Excessive oiliness? This could be the unsung hero that you’ve yet to try.
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm*
Where do I start with this? ‘A spa in a jar’ is the perfect description of this product. I genuinely look forward to using this to take the day off my face at night and try to massage it in for as long as humanly possible because of how much I enjoy the scent and texture. I’ve used this in the past and enjoyed it, but I’ve recently fallen back in love. This stuff is expensive, don’t get me wrong. Is it essential to spend £47 to remove your SPF or make-up? Don’t be silly, but if your budget affords it and you want a treat, this is exactly where I would look. Oh, and it doubles as a hydration mask when leaving a generous layer massaged onto the skin. Double the pleasure!
RRP £47/100ml/3.4oz. – Available: LookFantastic (Global).
Alpha-H Essential Skin Perfecting Moisturiser SPF 15*
Although the SPF is low in this little guy, I’ve been reaching for this on days that I know I will have little to no sun expose (aka Lazy Sundays). It is a very creamy formula that works great for my combination skin, but I think drier skins would need more hydration than this offers. It contains Niacinamide, one of my favourite brightening ingredients, which truth be told, sold me on this product. It’s basic but does the job. Not sure if I feel it’s worth its price, however.
RRP £39.99/50ml/1oz. – Available: Cult Beauty (Global).