Today I’m going to be talking about my top skincare products. These are things that I’ve been using for quite a time now, and that I see no reason to try and replace (even though I’m usually the type of person to always want to try new products!) because they serve me so well. Naturally, what works for me may not work for you, so bear that in mind while reading this list.
For reference, my skin is combination, often dehydrated, and very acne prone.
First up, let’s talk about Scinic Aqua All-In-One Ampoule. I’m about half-way down my second jar of this, which is saying something as they come in whopping 250ml jars! The texture is initially fairly thick as you can see in the image below, but once spread on the skin it thins out to an almost watery texture and absorbs very quickly, leaving the skin hydrated and residue-free. There are tiny blue beads suspended in the liquid, but these dissolve quickly upon contact with skin, so I don’t feel them against my face by the time I begin pat-patting the product on. Because it absorbs so well into the skin, it can be used for morning as well as evening. This is my go-to product whenever my skin is feeling a little dry or dehydrated, so I often do use it at both ends of the day. It also contains niacinamide which adds a brightening effect. The product’s main focus is definitely the hydration, but it’s a nice bonus to have, especially if you are also looking to even your skin tone.
This is a product I’d recommend for all skin types because of how light it is. Despite the ‘all-in-one’ title, I personally wouldn’t use it alone. Certainly for my skin, I need a moisturiser of some sort over the top, and I often use it alongside other essences and serums as it layers beautifully as part of a more in-depth routine. However, just this ampoule and my day cream is enough for my skin in the summer time. All in all, it’s an extremely versatile product that I think would be good for most people. The only downside to this product for me is the packaging. There is no decanter or pump, it’s just a regular jar, which is a bit of a pain. I know that Scinic’s newer products have a pump, so I’m hoping that they will update the packaging for this too.
I buy my Scinic Aqua All-In-One Ampoule from Unique4U.net for USD19.99 which is about £16. It’s more than I would normally spend on one skincare item, however because you get so much product, and because it’s so effective, I feel it’s definitely worth what you pay.
Next, my two favourite moisturising creams. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream, which I use in the mornings, and Guerisson 9-Complex Horse Oil Cream, which is my night cream. In the image below you can see a comparison of the textures on the back of my hand.
The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream is a fairly light gel that gives me just the right amount of moisture for the daytime. You only need a small amount, and it spreads across the skin nicely, leaving it feeling smooth. Like most gels I’ve used, if you use too much you will be able to feel it on the skin, however if you use a small amount it’s quite weightless. It has no fragrance to it, which I like. It’s simple and effective, and it’s often on offer at Boots which is a bonus. They also do a gel version (as opposed to gel-cream) which I believe is aimed at oilier skin. The RRP is £12.99, but I bought it when it was half price. It’s currently priced at £8.66 on the Boots website. I’d recommend this for combination or oily-leaning skin, as I don’t think it would be moisturising enough for dry skin.
The Guerisson 9-Complex Horse Oil Cream is probably the first skincare product that I came across that was a real holy grail for me. I know the idea of horse oil is a no-no for some people, but it works incredibly well for me. It’s very rich but unlike other heavy creams I’ve tried, it absorbs nicely and doesn’t overwhelm my skin. I find that there’s a noticeable difference to my skin the next morning if I haven’t used this the night before. When I use it, I always wake up with well-moisturised, smooth skin. I find it works for me all year round, even in the summer when I’m definitely on the oily side, so I’d recommend this for all skin types other than the very oily. I’m on my third tub so far, and I’ll continue to repurchase it. It’s available from various sellers on Ebay, as well as on Amazon (prime eligible) for £16.98. Again, this is more than I pay for a lot of my products, but I only use a tiny amount so it lasts long enough to be worth the spend.
Underneath both of these creams, if I need a bit of extra hydration (and sometimes on its own in summer) I use the Kikumasamune Skin Care Emulsion, which is by far my favourite emulsion. Its main advertising point is the inclusion of ceramides, which help the skin to maintain a healthy moisture barrier, and I find it’s definitely helpful in doing that. I occasionally over-exfoliate my skin and this emulsion is so soothing when I do. It has a very thin, watery texture when applied to the skin and it absorbs very quickly. My skin drinks this stuff up and after it’s absorbed there is no heavy feeling or residue on my skin. Even my partner, who doesn’t like feeling any product on his face, enjoyed using this. It’s the most weightless, hydrating emulsion I’ve tried, and I would recommend it to anybody. I buy from RyushinjoJapan on Ebay who price the emulsion at USD14.80 or £11.82, which is fantastic value for the 350ml of product that you get.
I’ve tried a lot of sunscreens trying to find one that I really love, and my absolute favourite is the Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel Super, which has SPF 50. This sunscreen feels like absolutely nothing on the skin. It is so light and just sort of melts into the skin. It has a light, slightly citrusy smell that I find pleasant and refreshing, and not at all overpowering. The fragrance disappears when the product has absorbed into the skin. It has the added bonus of being a little bit hydrating. It’s not loads, but when my skin is dehydrated every little helps. Other sunscreens I’ve tried have left me feeling dry, so I like the hydrating feel the Nivea has. It comes in two sizes, as well as a refill pouch, which I again buy from Ryushindo Japan on Ebay. The pump bottle pictured above is priced at USD 14.23 or £11.36, and lasts several months with daily use.
I also want to share with you my favourite body cream, which Neutrogena’s Deep Moisture Comfort Balm from their Norwegian Formula range. I’ve used a lot of different body creams, and usually I find that they are either too rich and leave a tacky residue, or simply not moisturising enough (especially for my dry, post-shave legs). The Comfort Balm is everything I’ve been looking for. It doesn’t make me tacky, yet it soothes and moisturises my skin, leaving it feeling comfortable and smooth. I usually add a tub onto my order whenever I buy something else from Amazon for £2.84, but it’s also available at Boots.
I hope this has been helpful! Let me know if you have an questions about any of these products (or anything else, really!). Of course please do check the ingredients (you can use the CosDNA database to do this), and patch test if you decide to try any of the products.
What are your favourite skincare products? Do you have tried and tested staples, or like to change it up?