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There have been a few exciting new skincare launches lately, so I thought I'd round them up and review them for you, breaking down the ingredients in full! Let's walk through the latest products to join my lineup...
I'll start with the Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturiser | £35. This is, of course, a vegan and cruelty-free formulation. It has a nice, rich texture and is aimed more towards drier and more sensitive skin types. Looking down the ingredient list, I think there's little in here that could cause irritation; only really the rosemary extract, which is one of the last ingredients. That being said, it does have pretty long ingredient list, which obviously does increase the likelihood of something causing you a problem. On the whole, I actually find it calming and it's exactly what my dry, lacklustre winter skin needs. It feels luxurious and it softens and smooths my skin. Some of the vegan milks included in the formulation are fig, oat and argan, and it also contains nourishing shea butter, softening sunflower oil and squalane, which mimics the natural oils our skin produces.
I have used this product both as a day cream and a night cream. I think dry skin types (even if you're like me and more temporarily dry during the winter months) will love this as their daily moisturiser, and more normal / combination skin types can definitely use it as a nourishing overnight cream. I wouldn't recommend it for oily or acne-prone skin types because it's just going to be way too much. Overall, I like this product a lot; it's very understated and there are no fancy actives in there but it's kept my skin soft, healthy-looking and nourished in the cold weather. My only negative is really the packaging - as a long-nailed person I'd way prefer a pump or a tube or anything other than awkwardly trying to use my fingers or finding a little scooper!
Next, let's talk the Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial | £44. I really like how hygienic the packaging is and how it stops the air from getting into the formula - I use 1-2 pumps of product. This overnight mask is formulated with ingredients that will help to strengthen the skin's barrier, making it perfect for winter weather. This mask is named after the Vitamin F it features; these fatty acids nourish and replenish the skin. It also contains ceramides, which are lipids our skin naturally produces but over time these deplete so using products containing them helps restore the skin barrier. There's niacinamide in there too, which can help protect the skin, reduce redness and even minimise the appearance of pores. Sodium PCA is a natural moisturising factor and attracts water from your environment and into the skin. The other ingredient to point out is plant-derived squalane; this oil mimics our skin's natural oils so is amazing and replenishing for dry skin. Overall, it's a great formula, it's very gentle and I think it would be suitable for almost any skin type (including sensitive).
The product itself comes out like a cream and feels more like a light humectant than anything super-nourishing. It's recommended that you use this product as the last step of your nighttime skincare routine as an added extra, as opposed to something you can slap on on its own. I did try the latter method once and it just wasn't the best. However when used after a night cream; it's a dream! I have normal dehydrated skin and this is amazing, especially when paired with the Vegan Milk Moisturiser. It leaves my skin plump, reduces the look of dehydration lines and really softens things out. I also recommend misting or dampening your face a little with water before applying it to pull that moisture into the skin. Overall, this is well on its way to becoming one of my top picks from the brand.
Finally, I've also been using the Glow Recipe Banana Souffle Moisture Cream | £36. Again, this moisturiser comes in a pot, which I don't love though you do get a scoop with it. Otherwise, the packaging is actually very cute! The formula is silicone-free, so won't pill up or feel slippery on the skin or break you out if you're sensitive to it, however it does contain some natural fragrance so may not be for sensitive skin types. It contains Magnesium PCA, which is another natural moisturising factor. There's also glycerin to draw water in and aloe to soothe the skin. Jojoba seed oil is a great ingredient for softening and smoothing the skin and banana itself is an antioxidant, acting to protect the skin from environmental factors. Turmeric is another great antioxidant and can help to brighten the skin. There's also cica in this moisturiser, which helps restore the skin's barrier, soothe irritation and reduce redness.
It was really the texture and blend of ingredients that drew me towards this product and I really like how it makes my skin feel. This is a really great day cream for dehydrated skin like mine, with its lightweight whipped creamy texture. It's light and absorbs beautifully, making it perfect for normal and combination skin types. It's moisturising but not rich or overwhelming for the skin. It leaves my skin seriously soft and smooth, and creates such a great base for fresh, radiant makeup. I do also feel it helps a lot with winter redness in my skin.
Have you tried any new skincare launches in 2020? Have any of these caught your eye?