Balm cleansers do well on my skin. As fussy as they can be to use, once you get into the ritual, there is nothing as pleasing. (more…)
Sainsbury Skintherapy Moisturiser. Look at that jar! Sure looks like it should be worth more than £8. The product itself is lovely too. It’s a light cream, texture slightly leaning on gel-side. I could find absolutely no information about it online. That is the only reason I won’t repurchase it.
So far, my favorite product in the bunch. I already know this is going to be featured in my 2015 yearly favorites. Alpha-H generally makes amazing skincare products, the uber popular liquid gold is or has probably been on every beauty-blogger’s wishlist, anyone who needs to get rid of blemishes that is.
Micro cleanse is basically a granular scrub with glycolic acid. The texture is white, gritty and smells minty. As much as I dislike granular scrubs on my face, really can’t diss it on that alone. The moment you put it on, the skin will start feeling slight prickly and tingle, which is normal and for me, quite pleasant. I like that feeling because I associate it with acid peels done at a spa or a skin clinic. I think the first ever AHA product that I used was Freeman’s facial enzyme pineapple mask, a gorgeous gloopy tingly mask. BUT the exfoliation factor on the Alpha-H micro cleanse is atleast double the strength.
Directions: Dampen face and apply exfoliant. Massage over the entire face, avoiding the eye area and remove with a warm damp face cloth. Apply exfoliant twice a week and follow with your preferred moisturiser.
Some things to remember when using any exfoliant is not to go overboard. People with active acne might not like using this since it’s granular and it will hurt. On the day of using micro cleanse, I make it a point not to use any other exfoliators in form of moisturizer, toner, blemish lotions etc. Currently I am using the Alpha-H Essential Hydration Cream (£35/50ml) on it’s own at night and the Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ (£29/50ml) at daytime. They are both lovely moisturisers but don’t stand out to me as anything special really. I am sure they are made with great care and with good ingredients but for that price, I can’t justify buying them. Not right now, anyway. I have used liquid gold, but not nearly enough to write about it. The Balancing Cleanser (£25/200ml) is nice. I don’t see myself getting the full size, even though it’s quite affordable, it just didn’t feel like it did anything. But I have only used about 1/3rd of it in my 30ml tube. I might do a proper review later on others. Overall to me, Micro Cleanse is worth the price at £26.50/100ml.
For unknown reasons, my skin broke out quite badly leaving scars and bumps last month. I have a feeling it was those sleep teas because they stopped soon as I stopped drinking them. Has this happened to anyone else? The ones I alternated between were Pukka Night Time Tea and Clipper Sleep Easy.
Effaclar Duo my trusty Zit Zapper didn’t do much this time. Could have been because it was almost empty? I am guessing the strength reduces with time, which was probably stowed away for over 6 months. Anyway, top that with winter dryness skin and common sense will tell you to avoid any drying ingredients. Pepta-Bright sounded like just the thing I needed. Honestly, for the first week, didn’t feel like it did anything. I only noticed the difference when out shopping one day!
I have been using Pepta-Bright with Hydraluron to help with dryness.
Retinol has become a staple in good skincare. Retinol Reface by Indeed Labs is a beautiful cream consistency, to be used as a serum. It’s moisturizing enough for my skin but those with dry skin might want to layer up with moisturiser. This badass wrinkle fighter is a great for a retinol newbie. I didn’t experience any redness, breakouts or any other side effects. It’s best to skin test before use, since some people have reported being allergic to retinol.
30ml of product comes in a tube with a pump-nozzle, has no fragrance. This is easily one of my top 5 skincare items. I love it!
Don’t bother piling up this serum. Just dab on visible wrinkles/lines and spread it around. The power of retinol does not increase with the amount. A light layer is all you need.
Follow up with a sunscreen at daytime. Even when it’s cloudy. Re-apply when needed.
Retinol, the chemical breaks down in sunlight. Meaning, it won’t work as well at daytime and you should store it away from sunlight. Research also says that it works if applied under sunscreen. I like to use a different serum for day-time.
Often neglected areas -neck, back of neck, décolleté.
Retinol Reface by Indeed Labs is available at Boots (and they have a 1/3 off offer on right now!) for £13.33.
This was sent to me with my Azafran purchase. So glad they did cos I wouldn’t really pick it on my own. This little bar blew me away, guys! Have I missed some kind of soap evolution? It doesn’t dry out skin and it doesn’t lather much. What I loved most about it was how it smells. Not Herbal, not exactly sweet or citrusy. Quite honestly, new to my olfactory nerves and makes me think of Heidi in the Alps… Milk, cream, soothing and lush. I mean look at it, it looks like a block of cheese. Azafran products are certified organic and use ingredients grown from their own farms! Pretty cool, right?
This is what the website says about it:
Enriched with rosemary freshly picked from our farms and distilled at our site, this oil has potent antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Formulated with this potent rosemary oil and a highly moisturizing mixture of safflower butter, safflower oil , sunflower oil, coconut oil and milk cream, this soap has a mild creamy lather that leaves the skin soft and supple as though the skin is freshly moisturized, with no trace of dryness. This soap is mild enough to be used on the most sensitive of the skin and can be safely used on face and all over the body.
It makes me a little less sad now that Lush is closing down business in India. It’s priced at 200 INR for 100 gm.
After the recent (skin) outbreak, I decided it’s best to put all the enhancing moisturizers aside. The retinols, AHAs, and anything with “special” ingredients in them. Something that does nothing? Well, something that won’t irritate the skin at the least. What drew me to Sensiphase is that word on it.. Soothing. Yes, yes, that’s exactly what I need!
An episode worth mentioning here is about out beloved Effaclar Duo, the one that can do no wrong. Seriously, it has never failed me before that one overnight application, that turned my skin bright red and raw. I don’t know what happened but I am not using it until my skin has healed.
It reduced most of the redness within four-five applications. I had it on all day and overnight. It has been a little over two weeks of usage and I am ready to start my normal regime. Although, I will alternate it with Sensiphase for atleast another week. It feels good on skin and reminds me a bit of the Cicaplast by La Roche posay but the texture of Sensiphase is different. This is white coloured lotion that leaves a light layer of moisture after applying but not oily at all. Even though it is meant for sensitive and combination to oily skin, I am pretty sure it will work well as a light moisturizer for someone with dry skin. It smells like pharmacy to me..think medicinal creams but light and barely noticeable when you put it on. It can be used as a make-up base and on body. Overall, I like this product. Definitely a back-to-basic favorite!
Price – 380 INR for 30ml
Available at The Skin Store
Note: The product is best used within 6 months from when opened.