From left to right: REN invisible pores mask, REN vita-mineral day cream, REN glycolactic radiance renewal mask, Coloresciene sunforgettable powder & brush (perfectly clear), REN AHA serum.
From left to right: Trilogy rosehip oil, REN mayblossom cleanser, Neutrogena age shield sunblock, Waitrose baby bottom cream.
I had a laissez-faire attitude towards my skincare routine until two years ago. As long as my face is clean and I've slathered something on, who cares? Ever since that scary visit to my beautician (there's tiger mom and then there's tiger beautician) in New Zealand who told me that my physical age was 37 but my skin was at least 10 years older. You can always count on an Asian for no holds barred honesty.
So I've been experimenting with skincare in the past year with the hope of finding a handful of natural products that would work for my combination skin. A few were binned after a couple of months because they were just that bad. Some produced rather meh (technically not an English word but....) results. I've finally whittled the list down to 9 items which are fantastic and have never failed me so far.
You'll probably notice that most are from REN skincare range. I'm totally biased here as you can tell but after using them for 2 years, I can say that they're truly awesome. I can safely say this after talking to numerous individuals who waxed lyrical about the brand. Not the cheapest by a long shot but they work.
Let me start with the top 5 of the bunch.
1) REN Glycolactic radiance renewal mask. A mouthful to say but hands down, it's the best I've ever used. It smells and looks like apricot puree. The orange concoction draws blackhead to the surface. More importantly, it leaves the skin moisturized and dewy. My skin just glows for days after using it.
2) Next is REN AHA serum. There's a lot of scientific babble on the little leaflet inside the box but all I know is if I use a few drops (I know they say use a pipette but seeing that they're £30 a bottle, I make mine last a year) every night, my skin looks radiant. You know something is working when your husband actually notices your skin. My pores seem to look smaller too which helps seeing mine are crater size on a hot summer day.
3) I've talked about Trilogy rosehip oil many times before. I know some of you mentioned that it's not for you. I'd say it works better for those who are in your mid 30s and above. I don't use fancy schmancy anti ageing creams anymore because the rosehip oil seems to keep fine lines at bay, at least for now. It's completely natural, organic and safe for babies and kids.
4) I bought Colorescience Sunforgettable powder after reading about it on Garance Dore's blog. I wish I knew about this product earlier. I'm very fair and tend to freckle easily. It's hard to reapply sunscreen when you've got a face full of make up. This gives an even coverage without an oily residue and it's even water resistant up to 80 minutes (in the water). It's perfectly safe for kids too (and husbands who think their skin is naturally equipped with SPF 100). I love that it's small and easy to carry around. I don't dig the brush as the bristles seem to fall out but on the whole, it's a brilliant product.The price tag of £35 may make you feel lightheaded but a little goes a long way.
5) So the product is called Waitrose Baby Bottom butter. It would've been considered cringe-worthy except that it IS made for babies. It's 100% natural. The main ingredients are olive and chamomile oils with a bit of vanillin for scent. It's ridiculously cheap (£2.89) which is always a bonus. I use on my body especially on my scaly legs. It's incredibly moisturizing but bear in mind that it takes a few minutes to absorb.
**UK residents: FYI, some of the REN skincare and Trilogy products seem to be 10%-20% cheaper on Active Beauty so compare the prices before you buy.
What skincare products are you using that work for you?