A spring clean in every form is under progress in these parts and I have made up my mind to document things as I go, kicking it off with skincare. This isn’t the first time I am going to mention these products (or the last) but before I decide their fate for the upcoming warmer and brighter season I thought I’d give them a final shout-out and let you know how they fared for me.
As the title may or may not suggest, I have had the same products in rotation for nearly 5 months all through October to February. While this period didn’t really mean a frigid winter for me, it did bring along a lot of dryness and dullness meaning, a special emphasis on brightening and hydrating products. As most of these products are “winter-only”, I may have to change a few things in my routine and replace them with something more spring-summer appropriate. Let the musings begin!
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate I have been consistently using this every night and I only have
good great things to say about it! This is a very light textured oil with Squalene, Lavender oil and Primrose oil as its star ingredients and suitable of every skin type. This is definitely crossing over to the new lineup because it just works for my skin, doesn’t feel heavy, sinks in quickly and lends me an even supple complexion every morning! I don’t have it in me to replace it just yet! Review
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Another Kiehl’s bestseller that I’ve had lying around the house and not used thanks to its super rich almost oily texture. I was so besotted with my Pai Argan and Echium eye cream (Review) that I completely neglected any and everything else in my stash! Although, when my tube of Pai pumped its last I decided to use the Kiehl’s one up before repurchasing. After using Kiehl’s for all this while I have figured out the right amount to apply and definitely appreciate it more! Also, I am nearly finished with this but won’t repurchase in a hurry. I have a brand new tube of Pai to dig in as soon as this gets binned!
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel What started as a mixed reaction turned into a full-fledged love affair with this cleanser! My skin adores it and during super-dry spells I used it for both morning and evening cleanses and it worked really really well. Its very hydrating and almost exfoliating with fruits extracts and Vitamin A in abundance and pretty much eliminates the need to exfoliate. I have (or used to have) very sensitive skin which would react to the slightest of aberrations. Using the right cleanser has not only strengthened it but I also feel much more balanced with my T-zone much less oily and my drier cheeks much more supple. This is definitely staying inspite of its heavy and oily texture, I think I can make it work in the evenings. Review
Shu Uemura Makeup Cleansing Oil Hands down my favorite makeup removing oil of all times. Its not saying much because I haven’t really used too many others, and actually never felt the need to. This removes every thing from waterproof mascara to sunscreen etc. and never leaves a residue behind. My only gripe is that its difficult to repurchase so I have been trying out samples of other makeup removers/balms of which the Clinique one has caught my fancy! Will keep you posted.
Avene Thermal Spring Water Over rated water in a pretty can. This really doesn’t do much except calming down my skin and neutralizing tap water on my face, for which I’ll keep using it.. forever! This one’s a no-brainer, I am definitely going to need it around. I am also thinking of bringing back my Caudalíe Beauty Elixir in rotation as its a great toner for the hot months. More on that later.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser This has been my go-to morning cleanser for the past three years now and while I have no reason to discontinue using it I am just itching to try something else (which is also easier to purchase). Its a very gentle almost-nothing cleanser which doesn’t upset my skin and only freshens it up for the day. I have a few others in mind like the REN Gentle Cleansing Milk and Tata Harper’s Refreshing Cleanser both on two ends of the price scale. I used a sample of the TH cleanser and cannot get it out of my head; its going to burn a hole in my bank account if I ever bought it!
Here’s when things get tricky! While I have a few staples and some really good ones for super dry skin, I don’t think my skin is going to be particularly happy with them in the upcoming season. I need something lightweight but also super moisturising! I am inclined to get the Clarins Hydraquench Gel-Cream (Review) which I loved last summer or might try a few others before I settle for any. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to get something that suffices for both day and night. Clearly, moisturisers aren’t my favorite skincare thing!
Clarins UV Plus HP Day Sunscreen I have now been using it diligently for the past two months and can see what the hype is about. If you have a medium-dark skintone (like mine), this is one of those rare few sunscreens which do not make you look ashen or turn your makeup into an oily mess. I really like it now which is to say I am hooked! Definitely stays for the hotter sunnier months!
I have a lot of face masks in my stash, way beyond the healthy limit! Its obviously difficult to go through face masques frequently because you need a very little amount everytime and one never uses it more than weekly! Also, I try and not go over board with both the exfoliation and leaving-the-mask-on part and things stay in check!
Pai Kakui & Jojoba bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator This is a new one in the stash and although its gentle and non-abrasive, my complexion (particularly the nose and chin) do crave for that traditional old-school scrub to feel cleansed and smooth! I like this for my face which it cleanses very well without stripping but I may have to hunt something down specifically for the T-zone.
Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Masque This is a staple for me and I am never NOT going to need it! It is especially good for the summer months and for the times when an unwelcome breakout hits! I am only half way through this tube after 9 months so it definitely goes a long way! Review
Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Masque This is the only hydrating mask I have ever used/liked and I have gone through multiple tubes of it already. This is an excellent deep hydrating treatment which can be worn as a moisturiser and it instantly sinks without a trace. I usually pair it with a concentrated serum like the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and wake up with unbelievably good skin. Review
Rest assured, there will be a similar painfully long post on my revised skincare lineup soon!