Who doesn’t love a bit of luxury? Some people spend money on clothes, others on restaurants while some flash their cash at bars. I personally love to splash out on a bit of luxury skincare. Your face is the window to the world so why wouldn’t you treat it with care?
My discovery for this month has started with Ark Skincare.
Ark makes products for different life stages. I have the Anti-Ageing Skin Protector SPF30 Primer which is great to use if your day cream does not contain SPF and it is a great base for make-up.
I am in love with Ark’s Regenerating Skin Defence Daily Cream. I have used it until the very last drop and was very sad to see it go. It goes on richly and thickly and is a great base for make-up. It uses stem cell technology from the Alpine Rose, which grows at very high altitudes and has adapted its leaves to resist the harsh cold, dryness and UV exposure. I definitely feel this is a great skin to use in the winter as it provides a thick barrier on the skin.
It also comes out by twisting the top and a bit comes out through a small opening in the top, making it a very hygienic product to use as you are not dipping your fingers in the pot again and again. I loved twisting this jar open every day and every night.
I also love skincare products by Trilogy. I first fell in love with their Organic Rosehip Oil and from then on it has expanded to their Rosapene Night Cream. Gorgeous scent and I feel good using Trilogy because they are organic.
Another new discovery in skincare that I have found is Marula Oil (available at Holland and Barrett). What makes this product so unique is that it comes from East Africa (Namibia to be exact) and most people haven’t heard of the oil. But you should know it because it has a 50% higher antioxidant level than the leading Argan Oil or Grapeseed Oil, making it superior at fighting the free radicals that cause pre-mature skin ageing. It’s available in Sephora in the U.S. (so it must be good) and now it’s available in the UK. Hooray!
It’s very important to take care of the skin around your eyes and this leads me to Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage Eye Cream. This is fantastic for reducing fine lines and after using it for four weeks, I feel that the skin around my eyes does in fact look smoother.
The eye cream delivers revolutionary Idebenone, still unsurpassed as the most powerful antioxidant. Prevage is much loved by Hollywood actresses to help fight ageing and I have been hearing how wonderful it was. So I was extremely excited to try it out for myself and was not disappointed at the results!
And it even comes with a cool metal applicator that feels nice and cold on the skin, perfect to wake up your tired eyes in the A.M.
Gazelli has been on my mind since my amazing Gazelli facial at Josh Wood Atelier in Notting Hill. I currently use their White Oil Skin Balancing Cleanser to help gently remove impurities. I also have their White Oil serum which is great for anti-ageing. So when their Intensive Age-Repair Cream came across my path I was ecstatic to finally be able to complete the three-step process of cleansing, serum and moisturiser.
Gazelli’s key ingredient in their products, White Oil, comes from Azerbaijan and was developed from a thousand-year-old natural medicinal resource that works to repair, rejuvinate, nourish and protect.
The moisturiser can be used both day and night and I found it very soothing at night, paired with the Gazelli White Oil Serum. Here’s to radiant skin!
Serum is the most important tool in your skincare regime and I have three from Vichy that I am very excited to use! Serum is full of concentrated ingredients so should be used every morning and every night for anti-ageing.
Let’s start with Vichy Idealia Serum for Ideal Eyes. An eye serum is a great idea and this one by Vichy targets the three dimensions of ideal eyes. The eye contour area shows damage readily and is one of the hardest areas to correct. The great thing about Idealia is that it has a double correction feature which means it works on both the biological and optical dimensions of ideal eyes. So while it is blurring fine lines it is working on them as well! Now that’s what I call multi-tasking.
Vichy also has an Idealia Serum for the face called Idealia Life Serum. This serum is targeted to skin exposed to pollution, stress and a busy lifestyle. Hello London! I know when I feel stressed and tired, my skin truly shows it. There is no hiding behind it and people even comment on it so for me it’s really important to take care of my lifestyle because it shows on my skin. When skin is over-polluted, tired, stressed and overexposed it is less able to repair and wrinkles and spots form more easily.
The next Vichy serum on my mind for October is Aqualia Thermal. This is the first skincare to boost water circulation and as the skin is composed of 70% water, this is seems like something worth considering. So in 2014 a new phenomenon responsible for dehydration was discovered. Poor water circulation in your face is responsible for the loss of the ‘fresh look’. The Thermal Spa Water is able to open intracellular canals to facilitate the passage of water between cells by simulating the expression of aquaporin genes 3 and 9. Sounds refreshing!