Over the last year I have been on a mission to find the perfect combination of products, to keep my skin hydrated and free from texture.
At the beginning of 2018, my skin decided to develop a whole new issue of under the skin texture and bumps – something I had never experienced before. Having visited several different skin care experts, they all concluded that my skin was massively dehydrated.
These products will work if your skin type is dry, dehydrated, dry-normal or normal. Unfortunately as my skin produces very few oils, I cannot say how these products would work for combination or oily skins, as I do not suffer with spots or blemishes.
Finding a skin care regime that has worked for me has improved my confidence massively. The majority of last year I spent wearing makeup, simply to keep my skin hydrated, the moisturiser I was using did not hydrate my skin for as long as my foundation. I also was using full coverage foundations to hide the texture, which as my skin continued to dry out during the day, made it look cakey. The key to flawless makeup application is nailing the skin care underneath.
Here are the hidden gems that I have trialed over the last 3 months that have transformed my skin:
1. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant £34.50
This was a product I was very reluctant to use at first. If any of you have a similar skin type to me then you will understand that exfoliators are normally disastrous for our skin type, it leads to severe tightening and general discomfort. However, this has been an absolute game changer, especially for my texture. Its fine powder form, plus water turns into small beads and exfoliates the skin without too much irritation or abrasion.
2. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner £17.00
This is the newest addition to my Kiehl’s skincare collection and is the key to hydrated skin. Similarly to the exfoliator, I always shied away from toners because I thought they would dry my skin out further. Although I believe many others still would, this one is the answer to locking in the moisturiser. I simply take a 10p piece-sized squirt onto a cotton pad and gentle sweep over my entire face. It leaves my skin feeling baby smooth and very hydrated.
3. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser £24.50
The final step in my regime is applying my moisturiser. The Kiehl’s Facial Moisturiser is
hands down the best I have ever used. It is so thick and creamy yet sinks into your skin
so quickly that it does not feel sticky. Despite this, it has an incredible staying power and my skin manages to stay feeling hydrated throughout the day.
4. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream £30.00
Eye cream is one of those things that many of my friends in their early 20s do not include in their skin routine. To be honest I have to say I am not always that consistent, but since finding the Banana Bright Eye Cream it has changed my regime. I always hate the impact of buying eye cream on my bank balance, because for the pot size the price always seem outrageous – however you only need the tiniest amount of this cream. The Ole Henriksen range smells absolutely incredible, a mix of banana and orange, which lifts pretty quickly if you aren’t into heavy scents. The eye cream has the most incredible sheen to it and makes your under eyes look hydrated and refreshed.
5. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer £28.00
Having heard many influencers raving about this skin care brand, I knew I would have to give it a whirl and I’m so glad I have. Although it is quite pricey, it works so well under makeup and gives your skin this beautiful glow from within. Its tacky consistency works as an incredible adhesive for your makeup to smoothly glide over and last all day. It works amazingly in combination with the Ultra Facial Moisturiser.
Lots of Love,