As I mentioned in my previous beauty roundup 2018 post I said that I would also be sorting out a skincare edition, and here it is. The end of 2017 and 2018 was the year that I decided to expand my skincare knowledge and hopefully discover some new favourites, which I’m happy to say did happen. Here are my favourite skincare products of 2018…
In case you didn’t already know Dermalogica is one of my favourite skincare brands, and this cleanser is my holy grail. It’s been great for my oily/combo skin – it’s gentle yet feels like my skin has been cleaned without the tightness some cleansers have previously done. Moreover it doesn’t aggravate my skin in any way. What more could I want out of a cleanser.
Next year it’s my aim to try even more from the brand and hopefully discover even more holy grail products. If you have any recommendations please leave a comment below.
I introduced this product into my skincare routine at the end of 2017 after purchasing it from duty free. I’d heard many people talk about it and was curious about trying an oil as part of my skincare routine. Turned out that my skin loved it so much that I’m still using it even now. The oil isn’t heavy or sticky, in fact it’s quite a light oil that absorbs quickly while adding a touch of healthy radiance to your skin.
Will I ever stop talking about this product? Probably not. I love La Roche-Posay as a brand. They have amazing products for people suffering from acne prone skin and sensitive skin, which is why I use the Effaclar Duo+. This product has helped keep my acne in check, whilst also helping blemishes not overstay their welcome (not that they were welcome in the first place!).
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair products
Even though I haven’t tried the entire ANR range from Estée Lauder I might as well just write it all down because nothing that I’ve tried from it has let me down. However if you’re looking for a couple of products to try I can’t recommend the Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II and the Eye Concentrate Matrix enough!
I spoken about my love for the ANR serum before (here), but I don’t I’ve mentioned the Eye Concentrate Matrix. This product has been my favourite eye serum of 2018, and I’m so glad I’ve repurchase it. I used it both morning and evening and every time it absorbed my eyes (the skin around my eyes to be more accurate) look brighter, more awake and healthier. I’ve also noticed that my concealer has been applying better too.
I’ve never been one for drugstore skincare, aside from La Roche-Posay, but after discovering the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range in the US at the end of 2017 I’ve not looked back. I’m currently in love with both the water-gel moisturiser (I used this during spring, summer and fall) and the gel-cream moisturiser, which I’m currently using in winter as my oily/combo skin is needing more hydration, which has worked wonders – plus it has the added bonus of not feeling heavy on my skin even though it says it’s for drier skin types.
Since the start of December I’ve also been trying out the Hydro Boost Eye Awakening Gel-Cream, which is actually a great drugstore eye cream – and that’s coming from someone who is an eye cream snob. I have slightly drier under eyes compared to the rest of my face which is usually oily, so I need something with a bit more of a boost, but still remains light on the delicate eye area during winter (sometimes I add this to my Estée Lauder eye serum).
Not exactly a skincare product, but it’s something that I don’t think gets talked about much: nail care. I’m quite religious with my nail care as it took me years to get my nails looking and feeling healthy. Mainly because I used to be a serial nail biter.
I used to use the original nail envy by OPI, but switched to the sensitive one. For me this one has a slightly thinner formula which works better for my nails, in addition to strengthening them over time.
St Ives Exfoliators
I’ve been using two exfoliators from St Ives for the past year, the Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub and their Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub. These products are simply A-mazing. If you haven’t tried them you need to. I use both of these depending on what type of exfoliation I’m after. The blemish fighting scrub is a rougher exfoliator than its sister product the clearing green tea scrub, which is more gentle, but no less lacking in its effectiveness.
Since using both of these my skin has not only felt better, but I’ve noticed that my skins health is also better. My pores appear smaller, I have hardly any texture from my acne and in general my skin is better overall.
My favourite detox mask of the year. During 2018 I noticed that I was having a slight reaction to an old favourite, so I decided to try this one instead, and I’m very glad I did. Although this mask occasionally causes some redness it’s nothing that lasts for more than a day, and it’s probably due to the ‘detoxifying’ properties within it. As well as detoxing my skin it helps balance out any texture I have.
I only use it a couple of times a month, especially at the moment as during winter as my skin requires more exfoliation and hydration than anything else.
For a brightening and exfoliating mask I’ve been loving this one by Origins. Not only does this mask only take 10 minutes, it’s a amazing for when you’ve come off a long flight, or been away from home for a while and you want to freshen up and start to relax. This mask wakes up your skin and makes it feel baby soft.
The newest mask in my collection if the Jet Lag mask by Summer Fridays (can be found on Cult Beauty). This mask has received rave reviews and it’s not hard to see why. At a slightly higher price tag (£42) I was dubious, but it’s hydrating qualities and ingredients packed full of goodness gives your skin a big boost, especially if left on overnight.
If you haven’t already, make sure you check out my makeup roundup 2018 post (here).
Have I mentioned any of your favourite products of 2018? Or have you discovered a product that you might like to try in 2019?