The weather is starting to feel decidedly autumnal, and my skin is showing the signs.
There has been a host of wonderful new skin launches in the last few months, so I took the opportunity to switch up my routine in favour of richer, more nourishing, radiance-enhancing formulas.
Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, R720
So what on earth is a skin booster when it’s at home anyway? Well, the idea is that helps restore the health of your skin’s surface layer. It fortifies the skin’s natural ability to repair and renew itself. I’ve told you girls before that a healthy. Strong barrier is everything is healthy skin, and that is what this helps create. It also improves the effectiveness of any skincare you put over the top.
I’ve been using it as the first step in my morning routine, and have noticed a marked improvement in the texture of my skin, as well as the absorption rate of my other products.
Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Eye and Lip Contour Global Anti-Aging, R475
A stable mate to this mask, I have only been using this around my eyes (thankfully I don’t have the need for a lip contour cream just yet). I don’t normally reach for such natural eye products (this is 94% natural ingredients), but the caffeine in the formula convinced me. Caffeine acts as a draining agent, so makes light work of puffiness. Botanical ingredients tackle fine lines and wrinkles as well as dark circles. My eye area feels nourished and looks brighter, but I can’t say whether it’s working on my fine lines just yet. I need to give it a few more weeks before I can give you feedback on that.
Filorga Skin-Absolute Day Ultimate Rejuvenating Day Cream, R1790
Those of you who’ve read the blog for a while will know how much I love Filorga. So when I saw that they’d launched a day version to Skin-Absolute Night, I just had to give it a whirl. It promises to combat wrinkles, skin tone, sagging, dullness and uneven texture in just 30 days – fighting words, them! After 3 weeks of using it daily, I have noticed a vast improvement in the texture of my skin. My complexion is brighter and my fine lines are definitely less noticeable. I realise that this may also be thanks to the other products I’m combining it with, but I wouldn’t ever be able to test a day cream in isolation, so I’m going to go with it. What I like best about it is that it plays well with my sunscreen. It doesn’t pill or separate when I layer my Clarins over the top.
Clarins UV Plus SPF50 Day Screen Multi-Protection, R395
I have literally used Clarins face sun protection for years. Besides that fact that it’s non-oily, not ashy and works well with all foundations, it also contains an anti-pollution complex. This complex protects your skin from external aggressors that can cause just as much damage as UVA and UVB rays. We’re exposed to free radical damage all the time these days. Phones, computer screens, TVs, lighting and pollution all cause your skin to age, and this sun screen protects your skin from it all.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellaire Solution, R190 for 250ml
I’m not even going to explain why I use this. I use it to remove my makeup and as a pre-cleanse. Sadly these dinky bottles aren’t available in South Africa; I got this in a press pack, and had to reach for it as I finished by big bottle without having repurchased. Fail.
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel Illuminating Vitamin Melting Cleanser, £30
I hear SO much hype about this cleanser that I just had to get my hands on it. (I got it off Cult Beauty here https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/oskia-renaissance-cleansing-gel.html). And boy, am I glad I did! It’s like the YSL Top Secrets Natural Action Granule-Free Exfoliator with super-duper cleansing properties. It contains Vitamins A, C & E, omegas, pumpkin enzymes, and chamomile and rose extracts. Basically it’s an enzymatic exfoliator that cleans the skin while it does it, but without damaging or drying the skin. It’s a flipping incredible product, and I wish they’d bring it to South Africa so we wouldn’t have to deal with customs, but until they do, I’ll persevere with the red tape!
Lancôme Hydra Zen NeoCalm Purifying Moisturising Multi-Relief Anti-Stress Gel Essence, R780
I got a sample of this while I away last year, and was impressed, so I got a full sized bottle to give it a proper trail run. It is another barrier boosting product that hydrates and soothes at the same time. Stress (emotional and environmental) plays havoc with your skin, and while we can try and reduce the amount we’re exposed to, you can never eradicate it completely from your life, so why not give your complexion a helping hand? The formula contains oils encapsulated in water, so it feels like the product is literally melting into your skin.
I’ve been using it as my night serum for a few weeks now, and have been waking up with the most hydrated, plumped skin.
Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, R1355
Needs no introduction. I’ve used it weekly (twice if my skin is seriously dry) as an overnight mask for years. Once a week I switch my Lancôme for this to give my skin a bit more of a boost to keep it soft and supple. I love trying new masks, but I’ve never found one that works as well as this to rejuvenate and nourish my skin.
Phew, that was quite the ramble, but I hope some of your got some recommendations that you can incorporate into your autumn skincare routine.
What are your autumn skincare must haves?