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SKINCARE TOP 5 RIGHT NOW


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I've tried some really great skincare products over the past several weeks so today I felt like doing a bit of a 'round up and review' featuring them. I hope you enjoy...

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of hyaluronic acid, but in recent weeks I've found a really good new formula I've been using: the Jane Scrivner Bioluronic Buzz Smoothing Hyaluronic Hydrator* | £32. The ingredient list on this one is nice and brief, and doesn't contain 'fragrance' so it's nice and easy to figure out if this product is going to be for you. Alongside the star of the show (which pulls water into the layers of the skin), this serum contains soothing aloe and willow bark extract, a gentler alternative to salicylic acid (a BHA chemical exfoliator) to keep the pores clear and prevent blemish scarring. This serum has a gel-like formula but really melts into the skin as opposed to being a sticky, filmy layer on its surface, which I love. I recommend applying this to dampened skin to give the hyaluronic acid some moisture to draw in. It gives me plump, hydrated and healthy-looking skin pretty much instantly and the price-point is nicely mid-range.

I must confess, the GlamGlow BrightEyes Eye Cream* | £29 | has been knocking about in my 'to try' box for a little while, but last month I finally cracked it out and gave it a go. As well as fruit extracts (which have some antioxidant properties), this eye cream contains hyaluronic acid and peptides, which can help renew the skin and potentially even make it look younger. I really like the texture of this eye cream; though it's a true cream, it isn't thick or too rich and doesn't feel greasy or overwhelming on my eye area. Whilst nothing is ever really going to budge my dark circles (thanks, hyperpigmentation) I do think this eye cream helps depuff my eyes and provides a good amount of moisture, so I look a little less tired. I've actually used this both in the morning and at night, and it works for me either way.

I'd been meaning to try the Lano Face Base Vitamin E Day Cream | £20 | and the overnight mask from the same collection since last year, but only ended up getting them both quite recently. The packaging is really cute and I like the price-point; it's not exactly cheap but definitely not expensive either. I actually used to apply the Everything Cream from this brand to my face when travelling, so I had a hunch I might enjoy this. It's good for normal-to-dry skin types, I'd say, though if you're normal / combination, you could still use this during the colder months. This moisturiser is formulated with Lano's signature ingredient: lanolin, which is derived from sheep wool (so unfortunately isn't vegan) and makes a very effective moisturiser. Alongside this, the moisturiser contains sweet almond oil and shea butter, to up the nourishment factor, Vitamin E to protect and calm the skin and soothing oat. There is some fragrance in the formula, though, I do have to warn you. What I love about this moisturiser is really the texture; it's intensely nourishing without feeling like a thick layer on top of your skin or leaving a greasy residue and it's amazing at softening and smoothing the skin.

One of my favourite new discoveries this year has been Plenaire and one of my standout products from the brand is the Plenaire Rose Jelly Gentle Makeup Remover* | £16. I love love love the texture of this first cleanse; it feels like a gel and melts onto the skin but warms into something a little more oil-based that does a really great job of lifting makeup, including that awkward black eyeliner and mascara. If you splash it with water, it emulsifies and can be easily wiped away with a damp cloth. It doesn't feel heavy or overly oily, so don't worry if you're not into that; it's pretty much that perfect in-between product that removes makeup without being a really thick balm. It's also so gentle on my eye area and can be removed easily without leaving behind any excess.

Finally, I've also really been into the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oat & Cannabis Sativa Oil | £28. This product is packed full of oils like avocado (which is full of nourishing fatty acids), oat (a skin-soother), jojoba (which is super-nourishing) and cannabis sativa (a calming agent). I like that it has a lightweight texture that absorbs easily and doesn't feel overly heavy or sit on the surface of my skin (so you probably won't have to worry about your pores getting clogged). I use this before bed as the last step in my evening skincare routine to lock in the moisture so I wake up the next morning with seriously soft and nicely plump skin.

Have you tried any of the products or brands in this post?


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