I really am a total skincare fiend and am always trying out something new. Theses are the latest products to successfully make it to my bathroom shelf:
First up is what is now a cult product from French brand, Bioderma. Bioderma have just launched in pharmacies across Ireland and so I have their famous Micellar Solution* to try out. I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and I really like it. I've tried other micellar waters but they don't really compare to this one for me. I tend to have sensitive skin and this causes zero irritation, redness or eye stinging and removes all my make up as simply as wiping a cotton wool pad across my face. There's no messy cleanser, no need to even wash your face after using it (I still do though cause I'm old school), really it's exactly like cleaning your face with just plain old water except that this will actually remove your make up. Genius!
I have however been trying out the benefits of double cleansing lately too. After using the Bioderma I then apply the Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm*, massage it in and remove with a muslin cloth soaked in warm water. This ensures every last trace of make up, dirt etc is gone and my face is left squeaky clean. I don't always do that as I'm mostly varying between using the two and it generally depends on how tired I am. Either way, this is a really lovely cleanser and an absolute bargain as well. I wrote about it recently in more detail, HERE.
Lastly then we have the Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix pads. I've been meaning to get into chemical exfoliants for a while now and so jumped at the chance when I saw these fellas, which again are pretty reasonable at around €12 for 60 pads. These are soaked in Glycolic acid to retexture and resurface (what your traditional "gritty" exfoliators do but more gently), Hyaluronic acid to moisturise and refresh and Blue Daisy to soothe and calm. I've definitely noticed an improvement in my skin since I started using these; they're gentle enough that my skin feels soft and smooth afterwards, no tightness or sensitivity and I find my make up is applying more easily now too. Recommended use is twice a day- morning and night but I find I don't need to use them so frequently and I actually avoid using them in the morning as your skin is left more sensitive to sun damage post chemical exfoliants. Obviously you should wear SPF anyway but I just skip the glycolic pads in the morning altogether.
And that's the lot. Are you trying any fancy new skincare products that I should know about?
Do you also have a bling lip-balm-filled rubber duck on your bathroom shelves? No? Unlucky.
*Indicates a press sample. All opinions my own, as always!