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My Favourite Skin Care Product.

Face Oils

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I honestly don’t know what I was doing all those years before I used face oils. Even when I did start using face oils, I would dab them around my mouth and eyes, like a targeted treatment product. Oh, yes, times have changed.

Face oils are my favourite skin care product. Could I live without them? If I was going to prison, maybe. But do I want to? No. And these are the three staples in my skin care routine. I use oil on my face at night, after serum and before eye cream. I only use a night cream if I really feel I need to.

Trilogy Rose Hip Oil. This is a can’t-live-without-it product for me. I love it. I love it so much. Yes, you need to use rose hip oil just about every day for a long period of time before you start seeing results – in six weeks I noticed that my scars were fading, and after six months of every second night use, my skin tone is very even and my skin feels great. If I take a week off from using this oil, I can really tell the difference. I have tried a whole lot of different brands, and in my opinion, not all rose hip oils are created equally. The Trilogy branded rose hip oil is certified organic, has a lovely thick and heavy texture, and has no added fragrance or rubbish I have found in other brands (even though it’s not listed on the ingredients- how do they get away with that!?!?!).

I hold the drops of oil (usually four to cover my face, neck and décolletage) in the palm of my hand for about 30 seconds before applying it; I find this really warms the oil up and makes it easier to apply evenly (for the record I do this with all of my oils). This is just the best product to make your skin hydrated, even out skin tone, work on dark spots or scars, and keep the wrinkles at bay.

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate: This is such a little treasure. Although it is far more expensive than the rose hip oil, this little beauty smells divine and really works on brightening your skin. I use this about twice a week, or I mix a drop or two in with my rose hip oil. It’s a dry oil- it sinks into the skin very quickly and I always have to use a moisturizer afterwards. I like the way it feels on my skin, and adore the brightening effect on my face. Love this product (and so does my husband).

Clarins Blue Orchid Oil. This is the kind of product that deserves a very slow O.M. G. The smell of this oil puts me in mind of a day spa, the cool and expert hands of a beauty therapist and soothing music *swoon*. The aromatherapudic (is that a word?) element of this oil alone makes it worth the price. As you can see in the photo above, I have nearly run out of this. Yes this oil is incredibly effective on dry and dehydrated skin. Yes, it plumps up your skin and makes you feel amazing, espcecially the next day. But what really makes me love the Clarins Blue Orchid Oil is that I know if I have had a stressful day, or if I am feeling a little worked up before bed time, applying this oil will make me feel relaxed, at ease and ready for a good nights sleep. What a gem.

What are your favourite face oils?

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Skincare focus- Antipodes

I only have three Antipodes skin care products, but I love them so much. I can’t wait to add more. I have dry to normal skin which gets dehydrated easily – some evenings when I am applying my serum and oil, I swear I can feel my skin sucking up all the moisture. So I don’t know how these products perform for other skin types, but I highly recommend them if you have skin like mine.

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Also, I love this brand as their ingredients are very gentle, few extra chemically bits, and just feel… lovely.

The Antipodes Hosanna H20 Intensive Skin Plumping Serum is a water based and cloudy product that smells divine. It’s very thin in texture. Some other serums I apply to my face and I feel like I don’t need any moisturizer or oil, as it’s rich enough for me. Not with this one, though that’s not a bad thing.

I find this serum really hydrating, as it says on the tin, and it’s taken me a bit to figure out how much to use. I definitely need moisturizer after it, but it sinks in so nicely and doesn’t leave any kind of residue on my skin, which in the summer months I really, really appreciate.

 

The Apostle Skin Brightening Tone Correcting Serum again, smells divine and is another water based serum. I use this every other night. I totally noticed a difference when I first started using this serum; in the first week after I bought it I used it every single night and my skin tone evened out quite a bit. Things just seemed brighter. And then I accidentally got a lot of sun… so I had to have a break from it.

Again, I like that it is very thin in texture, so I am not immediately sweating it out in this godforsaken Australian summer.  I will definitely be re buying these two beauties. They are also certified Oragnic, which is a big bonus in my book when they work so well.

 

Aura Manuka Honey Mask– I have only used this a couple of times, but I look forward to using it each week. I usually save it for a Sunday, when my skin has typically had makeup on it for two days if I have been out and about. This is the first cleansing mask I have owned in a super long time- I didn’t really use masks in my 20s, and for the last two years I have only been using the Origins Drink Up Intensive. I guess I haven’t used cleansing masks because my skin is pretty clear – it gets a little congested around my nose but I don’t really get pimples etc.

All that said I really enjoy using this. My skin is clearer – it doesn’t totally sort out that area around my nostrils, but to a certain point it does – and it hydrates really nicely. It’s very comfortable to have on while I do other things- washing up or painting my nails, and it works well on my sensitive skin. Love it!

 

I highly recommend these specific products, but I have a feeling I will fall in love with the whole range. I do wish they were a little more accessible, but hey, what can you do?

There are a few things on my Antipodes wish list – the eye cream, the avocado night cream and more… but what about you? What do you use/like in the Antipodes range?

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A battle with the Australian sun.

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Sun Protection

My primary skin concern is sun protection due to my fear of melanoma or skin cancer, which accounts for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers in Australia each year. Also, to be honest, I have very pale skin and I hate being hot, so I avoid the sun as much as I can anyway. The sun in Australia really burns you. My other reason for it being my main concern that sun protection is a key to protecting your skin from premature signs of aging. I am not against aging, we’re all getting older, I am just not interested in looking like an old leather couch. My taste, my opinion, not for everybody.

 

Moisturiser

Every single day I wear either Olay Complete UV Max Defence Lotion Sensitive SPF 30, or if I know I am going to be outside a whole lot more than walking to and from my car for work etc, I wear Ego Sunsense Moisturising Face Lotion with an SPF of 50.

Comparing these two, I prefer the Olay. It is far more moisturising, slightly thicker in consistency which is good for my dry and dehydrated skin. I can put a lot on and it all sinks in properly. The SunSense one sometimes balls up on my skin, or if I rub my décolletage at some point during the day, I can actually rub it off my skin. It also leaves a noticeably shiny layer on my face. I haven’t noticed a problem with putting makeup over top. I wish it sunk in further, because it’s really nice and light for hotter days when you don’t want to sweat everything off straight away, but it does ball up a little. If the Olay (well, stopped testing on animals for a start, but that’s a whole other thing!) came in a SPF 50 I wouldn’t buy the SunSense.

Actually if you guys know about sunscreen companies that don’t test on animals I would be very interested.

 

Sunscreen… Suncream, whatever.

For the Body and Face

Banana Boat Ultra SPF 50. I used to buy this years ago, and it always left me with a thick white sticky layer on my skin. I bought it on a whim when Priceline recently had 40% off all suncare, because it comes with a handy pump and was reasonably cheap. They must have reformulated it, because now it sinks in like a dream. I pop this on in the morning, after getting dressed, all over my arms, the back of my neck if my hair is up and on my feet if I am wearing open shoes, thongs or sandals.

Invisible Zinc SPF 50 4 hr Water Resistant. I also bought this on a whim because Zoe Foster recently wrote a long article about the benefits of wearing a physical sunscreen as opposed to a chemical one. Of course I didn’t take her actual advice about using the Invisible Zinc Tinted stuff, because that was about $10 more than this one. Holy mother this leaves you white and sticky. Not a fan just yet, but I do use it on the backs of my hands on long car trips, because being able to see it reminds me to reapply.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 (I also use the Body Mist). Oh, my goodness I love this stuff. I have been using it for years, even though Neutrogena’s animal testing policy, or rather, my conscience has caught up with me. It is the perfect chemical sun cream and the mist (again, issues with the environmental effects of using endless aerosol cans has prevented me from repurchasing since my last one ran out) goes on so easy. Sinks into the skin well, leave no really noticeable change on the surface of the skin, makeup goes over perfectly.

Favourite? While I really adore the Neutrogena, I think Banana Boat Ultra wins out- it comes in a pump bottle, and the application is quick and easy for all over the body and the face. 

Next I want to try some of the Japanese brands. 

What is your favourite sunscreen? 

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