Due to the nature of this blog my skincare routine gets adapted very often – I try to use serums, creams and lotions for at least 3-4 weeks at a time for the sake of my skin and to get a fair opinion of the product. If I like it and see positive effects I’ll carry on using it, but more often than not something else is waiting to be tested and I move on to a new or adapted skincare routine .
For those wondering, there are certain skincare products I no longer test on my own skin (anything with a scary mineral oil, artificial colour or -fragrance content for example) and I generally don’t have problems with reactions/adapting to new products. The products below form part of my current skincare routine, and I have to say my skin has been really happy lately.
Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel
I’ve been using this gentle face wash for more than three months now and I couldn’t be happier with it. I use it every time I shower (once or twice a day) and there is still quite a bit left. Click on this link for the review with more details.
Payot Soothing Cleansing Water (Eau Dermo Micellaire)
This Micellar water is part of the Sensi expert range from Payot and its free from perfume, colourants, soap and alcohol. It contains trace minerals, oils and soft cleansing agents, and I can happily dig into my lashes with cotton wool on nights when I’m too lazy to wash my face (which means pretty much whenever I don’t have an evening shower) without worrying about having red, burning eyes.
R295 for 200ml at Dis-Chem and independent pharmacies.
Dr Gobac Exfoliating Mask
Very happy with this product, more details in this post on enzymatic exfoliators.
Bio Therapeutic BT Cocktail
Well. It took quite some time and a lot of, err, encouragement from the PR’s side to get me to start trialling this system. Because seriously now, applying three products in a row before you even get to your day cream doesn’t sound like my idea of fun and I wasn’t blown away when I attended the presentation.
Turns out these three little tubes are an absolute joy to use, and I could see the clarity and vibrance of my skin improve from the very first day. The textures of all three products are unique and super pleasant, and they absorb within seconds – applying the three steps takes me less than two minutes in total. Number 1 (ampoule) looks like an oil but feels watery on application. Number 2 is a clear gel and I anticipated a sticky disaster but nope, soft and smooth application there. Number 3 is a feather light lotion. You’re supposed to follow with moisturiser, but I use this in the mornings and mostly just follow with a rich-ish SPF.
The crux of this system is all about increasing cell energy in the form of ATP. Without boring you with all the details, I can tell you that the three step system claims the following: sebum regulation, lightening, brightening, free radical protection, increased cellular respiration, improved skin barrier function, neutralising pollutants and enhanced production and cohesion of collagen. You’re meant to finish the system (30-45 days) 3-4 times a year, and continue with your regular regime inbetween.
R1600 for 3 x 30ml tubes, available from salons and spas. Find a stockist here.
Kiehl’s Super Multi Corrective Cream
A couple of us received lab samples of this when it was still under embargo, which made me feel very James Bond-y. Kiehl’s Super Multi Corrective is currently my night cream of choice because it’s rich, smooth and nourishing, and it will be well suited to older skins too. Just remember not to try and do damage control only once all the signs of ageing is already visible on your skin – the sooner you can start, the better.
The three active ingredients are Jasmonic acid to support skin renewal in the epidermis; Beech tree extract for firmness, plumpness & density; and fragmented Hyaluronic Acid for short & long term moisturisation & improved elasticity. Once again I won’t bore you with the details but apparently combining these specific active ingredients is a world first, and putting it in a cream instead of a serum is quite the breakthrough formulation-wise.
Kiehl’s Super Cream, as it’s affectionately known, makes my skin feel smooth, nourished and cared for; and a little goes a very long way. It’s a rich cream that quickly ‘melts’ when you start applying it and it feels very oil-rich, so I wouldn’t recommend it for oilier skin types.
R715 for 50ml from Kiehl’s stores.
SPF30 – SPF50
I’m going to put up my long-promised post about my favourite sunscreens really soon, so I won’t go into that now – there are 3 or 4 that I’m happy to use, and I alternate as the mood strikes me.
Does this type of post about my skincare routine interest you, and is it something you’d like to see every 4-6 weeks?