Monday, 3 April 2017

Latest: Skincare Picks

New skincare products picked up from the drug store

I mentioned a few weeks back in my Testing the Waters post that I am currently reevaluating and refining my skincare routine and the products I use. So as things have been running out I have been replacing them with products I have never used before and would normally have shied away from.

Recently my favourite oil cleanser and all of the sample cleansers I was trying ran out. Tight on money, I had a shop about and Superdrug was offering 3 for 2 on selected skincare for Health and Beauty Card holders so I took the opportunity to try a few new bits in the hopes of finding a winner.

L’Oreal did a lot of PR work back when they launched their new skincare range and it peaked my interest then but I had a bulk of products I was using at the time and thought no more about it. The day before my existing cleanser ran out I saw the Pure Clay Glow Scrub featured on Adrienne’s (TheSundayGirl) post Some Thoughts on 10 New Beauty Launches and I was intrigued once again. It was this product that led me to the Superdrug offer in the first place.

Even when my skin was really oily I have always suffered from a quick build-up of skin on my nose so an exfoliator is vital in my routine. The difference with this one is that I am finding it effective but gentle enough for everyday use, which now that my skin is dryer has proven a godsend.

The combination of 3 clays means it helps to remove excess oil and impurities but the gel base stops it from being drying like some clay products can be. I find the texture of this really unique. As I said it is clay based, with an initial gel texture from the tube but upon application, it actually foams.

This is by far one of the most versatile cleaners I have ever tried and it is working wonders on my skin. Keeping the build up of dry patches exfoliated and balancing the rest of my skin. I can definitely see this being on permanent rotation for some time to come.

I actually wanted to try the mask version of this but they were unfortunately sold out so I decided to give the cleanser a go instead. I have always been partial to a ‘detoxifying’ cleanser, mostly due to my oily tendencies, so thought this one was worth trying. Unfortunately, I am not a besotted as I am with the Glow Scrub.

I don’t think this is the fault of the cleanser at all, I just don’t think it is a match made in heaven with my skin right now. As with the Glow Scrub, the Detox Foam wash contains 3 clays for the same purpose and has the addition of Red Algae for it’s brightening properties. I do enjoy using this, it has really interesting gel texture that feels cooling and then foams as it is rubbed into the skin. My only issue is that it makes me feel quite tight after I have dried my face, but as I said, I just think it might work better with someone with more of an oily complexion, shame this wasn’t about a year ago.

I will continue to use this up as a night time cleanser, as once I have applied quite a nourishing night cream my skin feels lovely and I think the Red Algae definitely help with brightening the complexion. I just don’t think I will repurchase unless I become oilier again in the future.

I have been after a new facemask for a while now and it’s always something I like to incorporate a couple of times a week. As I was taking advantage of a 3 for 2 offer I thought I might as well try something new. Most masks I have tried in the past have always had a clay or mud consistency to them, nothing to hydrating and always concentrating on reducing oil and removing impurities.

Not only have I noticed my skin becoming dryer recently but those lines are becoming more pronounced with the lack of sleep! Nip+Fab’s Dragon’s Blood range is designed to hydrate and plump using hyaluronic acid and uses amino acids to brighten skin tone.

This mask has a gel consistency (notice a theme here!) and is quite sticky when applying which stops it slipping right off the face again. I tend to layer this thickly on my t-zone, which is currently my dryer area, before a bath twice a week and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing. The directions state you only need to leave for 10 minutes but I just keep in on the whole time I am in the bath. I also use this if I am planning on quite a heavy makeup look, as it really is a shot of hydration. It lives up to all its promises, plumping the skin and leaving a smooth canvas behind. This will be making its way into my basket many more times!

Unfortunately, all 3 of these items seem to be out of stock on Superdrug right now, so I have linked each one through Boots instead as they are a price reduction offer. But if you are after anything else skincare related, Superdrug do still have their 3 for 2 offer on!

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