I've been thinking about skincare a lot recently. I will soon officially be in my late twenties and feel like I'm constantly bombarded by magazines and ridiculous celebrity tips about how to keep your skin in good condition to avoid the dreaded, but inevitable ageing process! While I was in New Zealand my skin condition noticeably improved, so much so I pretty much stopped wearing foundation. That probably helped too, you can't exactly pack a ton of makeup right on there 24/7 and expect your skin to be cool with that. So since coming back to the fresh, clean air of London I'm trying to be as good to my skin as possible. I've changed my makeup (bad) habits and finally quit fake tan, however I cannot promise to keep this one up come summer time, my legs would reflect the light and blind people. The most important step though is proper skincare, so I've put together a break down on what prevents my breakouts!
When I was in Australia there was one thing and one thing only on my shopping list - Kora Organics. Kora is a skincare range created by Miranda Kerr and generally I don't believe things celebrities endorse but this is a great line of products that she genuinely helped create, and you can tell. Almost all the Kora products contain noni extract, which is an antioxidant fruit that Miranda swears by. She says she's been drinking noni juice since the age of twelve thanks to her grandmother. It has no proven benefits as of yet so I'm not going to drink it, I mean it won't make me look like her so y'know why go to the trouble. The products do have a bunch of things I do like though, including Rosehip oil, Camomile, Lavender, Aloe Vera, and Jojoba. The 3 step programme consists of a cleanser, mist, and moisturiser. They are just so gentle and refreshing. The cleanser takes off every bit of makeup, doesn't irritate eyes or dry skin, same with the moisturiser. The mist though, oh the mist! I thought this was ridiculous to start with, why am I bothering to spritz my face with Lavender water? It turned out to be my favourite product, it's the fastest way to tone ever and the scent is beautiful. The mist was a life saver on my 37 hour trip home, Lavender helps with sleep and the freshness of the mist helped with the gross feeling you get on long haul flights.
REN is my next favourite after Kora. I love natural products, sulfates and parabens are a big no no. REN used only plant and mineral derived actives helping skin to normalise. My favourite products is ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. French clay tackles oil, Salicilin acts as an exfoliant and antibacterial, Mayblossom tones pores, and Manuka extract soothes skin. You skin is left so clean and never feeling tight. They also have just brought out a Hot Cloth Cleanser that I can't wait to try!
When in doubt with skincare, buy a French one. Bioderma, Decléor (the scents are to die for!), Klorane, Caudalie, Darphin, Nuxe… I could go on and on. This Bioderma Sensibo H2O micelle solution is a cult product with makeup artists and models. Doesn't irritate and takes off even waterproof makeup. Done!
Now that I'm well, ageing, serums should be a key step but I've only started incorporating them recently and this has been my favourite. Serum is just a concentrated moisturiser in a lighter formula that absorbs quicker so acts faster. It's more like an intensive treatment that you should do at night so you don't counteract it with makeup and environmental exposure. If your skin gets any way congested I'd skip moisturiser and only use the serum, but if not then both is fine. When I bought the Cell Food Serum the woman at Space.NK told me to lightly pat my cheeks and they should feel soft and bouncy and that's how you know you're moisturiser is good. I was like yeah, sure thing woman, just give me my science-y looking bottle of youth juice. Cut to later that night and my cheeks are like a soft trampoline.
If you look in my handbag right now you will find keys, wallet, ID, and at least 7 lip balms. They reside in the pockets of all my jeans, so every time I put on a put on a pair it's like hey, these jeans come with a new lip balm! I have a problem, I'm aware. Introduced to this by my friend, Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm one is my newest addiction. As someone who suffers from constant dry chapped lips syndrome, I need something super moisturising and long lasting which this is. It's actually not even a balm, it's a gel and while that might seem odd it's in fact way better. Never sticky or even tacky, it absorbs really well, and you need only use the tiniest amount.
Now where to get all of these I hear you wonder? Links after the jump.
Space.NK.apothecary - has Elemental Herbology, Malin+Goetz, and REN plus a few hundred other things you'll want. Other great ranges are Rodial, Eve Lom (these are my treat products), Kiehls, Nude, and This Works. Be careful how much you spend!
Bioderma is in any French pharmacy so I stock up when I go, but otherwise it's all over Amazon, maybe a little overpriced there but not too much.
And last but not least. Now that I've sold Kora Organics to you I'm going to burst your bubble, it's not available in the UK. Well not the full line anyway, you can get a limited selection on Net-A-Porter but otherwise it's just online with free shipping to Aus and US only (the international shipping, I can't even) or actually go to Australia but that's a bit too far for skincare. The way it's catching on though I wouldn't be surprised if it was available soon. I'll just keep my fingers crossed!