This year has been a bit of a learning curve in terms of skincare. I discovered my skin type has actually changed from oily combination to dry. Who knew?! Armed with this I've now started working out what I like and what suits me and found quite a few products that I want to stick with. I've done a review of these face creams here, but I still love the Derma V10 Q10 Day and Night Creams. For such a cheap face cream, these are ridiculously good and work better than some high end ones I've tried! Speaking of good cheap products, I tried out the Loreal Micealler Water and think its a great dupe for Bioderma, but half the price and more readily available. I've also been really into face oils, and the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil(*) is a great one to try. This is the mini size, lasts ages and leaves your face feeling clean and nourished. Lastly, something I'm using very sparingly because I don't want it to run out is the Elemis Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash(*). This is the best face wash I've ever used, and has done wonders for my dull, dry skin. I urge you to try it. Even though it is a little pricey for a face wash, using it twice a week, the change in your skin is worth every single penny.
I had to be quite strict with myself when choosing masks, serums and treatments because they are my weakness. For masks, the Glam Glow Youth Mud is the perfect instant gratification mask. I do begrudge how expensive it is, but I like the think of it as an investment in my skin. It's a spa-quality facial in a pot that will give you a Hollywood glow. I don't think I'm ready to be without it yet, regardless of the price. If you do want to try it, I believe you can now buy sampler packs too from here. A mask that has a similar effect but for longer and a lower price is the Dead Sea Spa Magik Algimud Active Seaweed Mask. One sachet lasts for about 4/5 masks and it can clear up some major breakouts. It's quite hard to get hold of so I tend to order it from Holland and Barrett's online when they have their 1p sales.
The Caudalie Vinosourse SOS Serum is a miracle product for me. When I'm stressed I get a huge painful dry rash on my neck (so attractive) and nothing will help, not even E45. Since I discovered this I've used it one night a week and I've never experienced said rash since (touch wood). If you have dry skin, invest now, thank me later. Another serum discovery was the ESPA Essential Protective Serum(*). This A/W we seem to have had such strong winds in the UK, and that type of climate can really effect your skin. This serum has been a lifesaver and I've only seen a change for the better through its protection from harsh environmental factors. It's also a really good price for a high end serum at £25. Finally, I could not do my skincare favourites without including the mother of all spot treatments, Skinetica(*). When I was younger I wished their was a product like this that would get rid of angry spots overnight; my confidence would have been so much better. I use it as both a spot treatment and a super toner if my skin is really bad. The results are simply magic. Now that I've found it, its another product I refuse to be without, so much so I have two in back-up.
What skincare items did you swear by last year?