This year I really fine-tuned both my morning and night-time skincare routines, and with a little help from some skincare gurus (like Chriselle Lim and Caroline Hirons), as well as some research into skincare ingredients (Green Beautywas my skincare bible this year), I feel I really got a handle on and a good understanding of what makes a good skincare product.
One of the most talked about aspects of skincare is ‘anti-ageing’, and so many products boast results of removing fine lines, prevent ageing, and so on; the important thing to remember is that no matter how many wonder ingredients a products boast it contains, age is inevitable. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t slow the effects of aging by keeping your skin healthy, hydrated and most importantly, protected from the harmful rays of the sun.
While my exploration and experimentation with skincare products will continue, I am very excited to share with you my best of skincare 2016 picks…
Best Cleanser: Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser
Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanser was by far the best cleanser that I tried in 2016; I was never a fan of the cream cleanser but this one changed my whole perception of cream cleansers.
The thick creamy consistency combined with the smell and the invigorating sensation of the muslin cloth make this cleanser feel as indulgent a mini spa treatment every time I use it. On top of that the hot cloth technique leaves your skin thoroughly cleanser and gently exfoliated; continuous use of this cleanser will see you skin in it’s best condition.
As previously mentioned, one of the most important ingredients in your skincare to prevent premature ageing is an SPF; however finding a day cream with an SPF that isn’t too thick or heavy can be challenging. Olay’s Complete range are simple, yet amazingly effect skincare products perfect for sensitive young skin.
My favourite from 2016 was the Complete Radiance Illuminator with SPF15; this moisturiser is lightweight and highly absorbent what a very subtly illuminating glow that helps lift your complexion in the morning. This moisturiser is also pack with skin loving essentials such as B vitamins and vitamin E to insure your skin is renewed and protected all through the day.
Best Day Cream: Olay Complete Radiance Illuminator with SPF 15
Best for Dry Skin: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Finding Clinique’s Moisture Surge range, especially the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief was probably one of my best skincare finds in terms of the long term effects and improvement I have seen in my skin since starting to use them.
The gel like formula of this moisturiser means that it absorbs into the skin quickly and really packs a punch, leaving you skin feeling plumped and hydrated. In the Summer I kept my Moisture Surge in the fridge for an extra soothing sensation when applying it.
Garnier’s Hydrating Moisture Bomb Night Cream was a late edition to my night-time skincare routine, but for only £7.99, this night cream is really impressive.
Similar to the Moisture Surge, this cream is more of a gel that dissolves into the skin as you rub it over your face instantly leaving your skin feeling more moisturised, perfect to prevent waking up to puffy morning skin.
Best Night Cream: Garnier Moisture Bomb
Best Serum: No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Radiance Boost
If you’re looking for a night-time skin treatment that makes a visible difference every morning, then No7’s Beautiful Skin Overnight Radiance Boost is the perfect choice.
Of all the skincare products I mix and match in my night-time routine, this serum has been a constant staple, that I really notice the absence of the rare night I didn’t use it. This thick serum absorbs into skin and leaves it feeling refreshed before bed so that you wake up with bright illuminated skin.
Not an exfoliator in the traditional sense of the word, but do not be decieved by how this product may appear; Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion comes in a range of strengths to accomadate for all skin types, and insures that your skin is soft and glowing by lifting away dead skin from the surface of the skin.
This is also an excellent priming product after cleansing before applying your creams and serums; because of the fact that the Clarifying lotion removes dead skin from the surface, it allows anything applied after to soak right down into the moisture barrier.
Best Exfoliator: Clinique Clarifying Lotion
Best Eye Cream: Clinique All About the Eyes.
My eyes always give me away when I’m tired, dark circles and sunken no amount of concealer can lift.
Clinique’s All About the Eyes is a great eye cream for both night or morning, it hydrates, plumps and brightens the under eye area. Just like with Moisture Surge, I like to keep this in the fridge for a cooling, soothing effect on those days I really need it. This eye cream is suitable for all skin types and is great for both summer and winter weather because of the amount of hydration it infuses into the skin.
Clinique’s Clinical Clearing Gel is a product I wish I had in my teens when I was dabbing toothpaste on breakouts (not a good idea), this is a miracle product, no word of a lie.
Simply dab a small amount of this gel onto any blemishes with a cotton bud, and while it stings it will take down any blemishes in a few hours and pretty much heal them overnight. It never ceases to surprise me the power in this little bottle, it’s the first thing I reach for when I feel a spot coming on .
Best Blemish Treatment: Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel
Best Sheet Mask: Garnier Moisture Bomb
The biggest skincare trend of 2016 had to be the sheet mask, these serum soaked tissue face masks while they may look a bit scary are fast and easy to use with amazing results. However, because they are infused with powerful serums they can be pricey; enter Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, at only £1.49 they are a fraction of a price of some of the highend sheet masks yet don’t lack in any of the results.
I’ve used these when I travel, when I need a pick-me up or to lift my complexion after a long day at work when I’m heading out; when you buy, buy in bulk!
I have to admit that when I was sent Clinique’sMoisture Surge Melting Mask Balm I didn’t think that I would like it, as I’m normally not one to go for ‘oily’ skincare especially if it’s something that I have to leave on overnight. However, I have fallen for this mask!
The first night I used this I woke up to super soft skin, that felt and looked healthy and glowing. This mask has been particularly great during the colder months when I’ve felt my skin drying out.
Simply rub a small amount between your palms to warm and melt the balm, then pat onto your face over your moisturisers and serums to lock all the moisture to insure beautiful soft and glowing skin in the morning.
Best Overnight Mask: Clinique Melting Balm Mask