2016 is now over and it is time that I stop procrastinating whether I should be writing about my ultimate skincare favourites. If you missed out on my previous post about my makeup favourites in 2016, you can catch up on that here. Skincare, as you know played a big part in my 2016. I had gone through tough skincare issues like dehydration, redness, large pores, irritation and oily t-zone. Many of us experience this all the time, but 2016 for me was about tackling those issues one day at a time.
There are so many more products I could have included in this mix, but these products I have chosen, have basically become the important players in maintaining the look of my skin up to this point. There are no surprises here, but I picked each of these items for the reasons below.
*Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire – This has been one of the first few micellaire waters I have used. These are on the higher priced micellaire waters and often find myself picking this up when they are on special at Priceline. I love how it cools down my skin after being exposed from the sun. How it keeps my skin hydrated and cleansed after makeup removal, and this gets rid of any residual makeup too! This solution is suitable for sensitive skin folks like me, as it is very cool, calming and nourishing to skin.
Go-To Skincare Exfoliating Swipeys – You all know my love for everything Go-To and this, just like every single product I have used so far from their range have been amazing to my skin. Hallelujah! This chemical exfoliant comes in single-use 50 facial pads soaked in an all-natural solution that will gently exfoliate face and neck as it locks in moisture. I only use this once a week or every second week, as I find this can be a bit strong for my sensitive skin, but works magnificently for those dull and flakey skin days.
Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Serum – Hylamide is a scientific skincare brand that I have been wanting to learn more and to understand about my skin needs in order to heal from dehydration. I used this serum before moisturiser and just after cleansing and toning my skin. This is a thick, translucent serum that appears like water, but oh so hydrating. The Low-Molecular is part of the booster series and means it is absorbed deeper into the layers of the skin than usual Hyaluronic Acids (HA) products. It leaves my skin feeling rehydrated, supple and soft to touch.
*Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser – Clinique had launched a new range of skincare line, Pep-Start and I have had the pleasure of sampling 3 products under this line. This hydroblur moisturiser is one of my faves, as it is a multi-tasker–can be used as a primer as well. I enjoyed using this on its own and also under makeup. I have written a full review where you can read more about it here. This is basically a staple in my skincare/makeup collection. I encourage anyone who experiences dry skin, dehydration and wants to minimise the visibility of large pores to try this as you will not be disappointed.
Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream – And just like the Tony Moly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream, that featured in my July part 2, faves, read here. These 2 water creams share the same consistency, as well as similar texture (jelly(maybe siliconey)-like-cream-consistency). They share similar properties in brightening the skin, rehydration and minimise the look and texture of skin. I used Tidal more on nights when my skin needed that extra boost of hydration. This cream best suits mature to dull-dehydrated beauties, but anyone with any type of skin can use it, as it does not clog pores, keeps skin feeling refreshed and radiant.
*Antipodes Skincare Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream – One of the best skin-brightening eye cream I have sampled, maybe ever. I am quite pleased with myself that I am half way down on using this beautifully, silky-like texture on my eye area. It gives my eyes the “I woke up like this” look every time I use it (mainly in the evenings), but absolutely works best obviously in the morning too!
LaVanilla Laboratories The Healthy Deodorant (Fresh Vanilla Lemon) – I have officially and completely moved on to using only healthy solid stick deodorants. I have been on the all-natural deodorants for 2 years now and I have never felt better. My armpits are loving it and have never considered looking back. This fresh vanilla lemon scent is subtle on the skin, but feels so good that it does not disrupt my natural skin oils. I also do not experience any white marks that I used to see when I would wear dark clothes and use other branded antiperspirant spray/roll ons/stick deodorants.
Are any of these skincare products made it into your beauty favourites in 2016?