I’m not even going to call this Current Skincare ‘testing’ because I have no intention to stop using any of these products when the month is over – I’m finishing every single one of them, and I’m probably repurchasing at least half. I’ll start from left to right.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream
The first of many seasonal skin adjustments for me was this cream. It feels as if my skin is protesting against our dry winter pretty early this year, and the deliciously rich Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream definitely helps to take the edge off. There aren’t any groundbreaking ingredients in here, but it’s a great rich moisturiser to apply over serums.
R365 from Red Square, Dischem & pharmacies.
L’Occitane Immortele Cream Mask
I’ve mentioned it here, and I stand by what I said – it’s a brilliantly rich sleeping mask that you can slap on instead of night cream. I love how plump and free of sleep lines my skin is when I wake up the next morning, so I don’t mind the slightly peculiar tacky texture too much.
You can also apply a thick layer and rinse it off after 20 minutes. I prefer sleeping with it, and I use it once or twice a week.
R960 from L’Occitane stores.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Neck and Decollete Firm & Repair Cream
I really struggle with committing to adding extra steps to my routine, especially when it’s for isolated areas like lip/eye/neck creams – I’d much rather just use the same serums and creams all over.
I do have a bit of a problem neck (it looks older than my face already) so I’m giving this one my best efforts. So far, so good, but I’ll have to report back when I’ve used it for a longer period.
R1045 from Elizabeth Arden counters in major department stores.
Dermaceutic Activ Retinol 0.5%
I went into detail about retinol and how to use it here, and so far I’m very happy with how things are going on Dermaceutic’s retinol. It’s been about three weeks and I’ve had no flaking, redness or any other retinol-related issues – I’m looking forward to start seeing results!
R700 from Dermaceutic stockists.
Skinceuticals Resveratrol BE
This brilliant antioxidant complex not only does all the free radical protection your heart desires, it also helps to minimise the side effects of retinol. It’s advised to apply your retinol to clean, dry skin, wait about 20 minutes and then apply Resveratrol. I’ve been using it this way (although I usually only wait 5-10 minutes) and I suspect it’s making the whole process a bit easier on my skin.
Around R2300 from selected medical aesthetic centres.
MAC Prep & Prime Essential Oils
I never quite imagined that I’ll get along with MAC skincare – no reason, just my assumption. I am, however, very happy with this little bottle. It’s super hydrating and nourishing, and it wears well under makeup too – perfect if you get dry patches that your makeup sticks to.
R220 from MAC
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster
I forgot to photograph Dermalogica’s potent Skin Hydrating Booster, which might not be a bad thing since you may have missed the tiny 10ml travel size I have. Size aside, it’s one of those products that makes a different from the first use – my skin instantly felt soothed and more plump, and it seems to have a cumulative effect too. No wonder as it boasts active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, algae, panthenol and glycolipids.
I apply it to my skin in the mornings before moisturiser, but you can also mix in into your day- or night cream if you don’t like an extra step.
R850 for 30ml, get it from Dermalogica stockists.