Skin and Haircare favourites

Being over 35 (did I mention that), I have tried and tested so many products over the years. Some failed dreadfully, some tagged along for a while, whereas others stayed for the long haul. I used to be a slave to the familiar when it came to skincare, not in the actual ritual of taking care of my skin, that has never wavered, I mean in the sense of sticking religiously to the same products. Even when I knew it was game over deep down for a product, due to a change in my skin or the product just wasn’t working like it used to, I would cling on as it was familiar and safe. I think fondly of my Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream as I type this. I loved the smell, the texture, the way my 20 something skin felt when I used it. Even early 30 something me still reached for the tube everyday, despite my beautician telling me that I needed to progress to something a little more substantial for my skin type. I would promise I would change, but every time a tube ran out, there I was on the Dermalogica website ordering more. However, I have to say that I did manage to move on from this amazing product last year, and despite having half a tube in the back of a drawer (for old times sake), I no longer use it. You can do it, you just have to know what you are moving on to.

As I move into 2018 and I do my annual reflection on the year gone and what’s to come, I decided this year to extend my reflection to what has worked well for me in health, beauty and wellness this year. So, here I am, having spent the last week putting together this list of what comes with me and what I am leaving in 2017 (and probably should have been left in 2015 if I’m being completely honest with myself).

As always with these things, it is a personal account of what I love, and might not be to everyone’s taste.

Kiehls Amino Acid Shampoo & Conditioner.

I have such fine hair and not much of it. I have been diagnosed with a severe B12 deficiency and a slight Vitamin D one too. I live in the sunshine, so the D diagnosis was surprising. Nothing some shots can’t fix every now and then though. But the limp, fine hair was seriously starting to do my head in (no pun intended). I use Nanogen shampoo and conditioner every time I wash my hair, as it is designed for people with thinning hair. But every week, I treat myself once with a lovely hair wash with Kiehls.

It says on the website:

  • Creates a rich, creamy lather for a delightful shampoo experience
  • A special blend of moisturising ingredients imparts softness and shine as the formula adds body and fullness
  • Suitable for all hair and scalp types when mildness is desired
  • A customer favourite

I have to agree, my hair feels so soft, full and bouncy after using this. The coconut oil I am sure plays a big part in the softness. I am not sure if it will be as effective on shorter hair as it really does leave everything so soft, the structured style type of person might not like it as much.

L’OCCITANE Precious Cleansing Foam

I absolutely adore this cleanser. It is light, luxurious, and does the job. My skin feels clean and soft after every use. The smell is divine and the pump delivers a generous helping of the liquid in a rich foam.

I have used this for about a year now, it is a firm favourite and I have also delved into other L’Occitane products after using this one.

One their website it says:

“L’Occitane revealed the exceptional anti-ageing powers of immortelle – an essential oil proven to enhance circulation, protect against free radicals and increase collagen synthesis”.

I am not 100% what the immortelle is, but it seems to be doing its job on my skin.

Eau Thermale Avene Mousse Cleansing Foam

Another favourite of mine. Amazing for sensitive skin and even though it is pretty pricey, it is totally worth it. The glutamic acid is an active ingredient and this matifys the skin, taking away redness and soothing.

On the website it says: “Formulated for normal to combination sensitive skin, Cleansing Foam gently cleanses and removes make-up from the face and eyes”.

It does exactly what it says, with a lovely scent. I highly recommend this product.

L’Occitane Immortelle Oil Makeup Remover

Anti aging properties, the oil really removes every last trace of makeup. I love using it after a full on face of makeup on a night out. It takes everything off. The texture of the oil is lovely and has a great scent. My skin feels smooth and well cleansed afterwards.

Sephora Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

These are the best things I’ve ever used to take off my makeup. They are so refreshing and the smell is absolutely gorgeous. The quality of the actual wipe is soft and thick. Some of the wipes I’ve used in the past feel very flimsy and the product isn’t really saturated into it. These wipes are different. They are inexpensive and feel luxurious on the skin. They remove everyday makeup and leave my skin hydrated.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

An oldie but still a goodie … my smoothing cream might have evolved but this Cleansing gel is still my everyday go to. The gel pumps out and then once water hits it, froths up leaves my skin clean and smooth. The scent doesn’t overpower, and it is just a lovely fresh cleaning agent for the skin. Clearing away makeup residues is the best thing. I love having a fresh face!

There are some more to add to this list, but where does it end. I could easily keep going, but I need to be strict with my absolute go to, everyday routine products. I will continue to reflect on my favourite moisturiser, serums, eye creams and primers in a later blog.

Now onto what I am leaving behind in 2017. Some of the items on this list have been a long time coming, but I feel that writing it down finalises its demise.

Bare Minerals Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam

This product is just too harsh for my skin. The citric smell is too overpowering and it leaves my skin dry and tight. I did persevere with it for a good 2 months, and I have gone back to it a few times to test it again. Alas, it just isn’t for me.

Hollywood California Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Mask

This is a controversial choice I understand, but it just isn’t for me. I find the way it sits on my skin just too sticky and heavy. It stings as well, which I am sure isn’t right. I just don’t feel that for the price that this is a product that I can recommend.

Dove Cleansing Bar

This was one of my quickie makeup removers. I used it so many times over the years, going through bars of the stuff. But, it is no more. I have to let it go. It’s basically like using a harsh soap on my skin these days and I can’t do that anymore.

So there you have it. My go to products and some that I’m leaving in 2017. I would be very interested to know what products you like to use.

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