Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser – Review

589291_xlargeThe weather is getting colder, the central heating has been switched on and even my oily skin is feeling a bit drier. Historically, I don’t get on with a lot of night time moisturisers as they are formulated for dry skin which leaves my skin feeling clogged by morning time.

What I require from a night cream is something to lock in my serum, provide moisturisation throughout the night and one that doesn’t feel occlusive on my skin. On my hunt for a drug store moisturiser I came across the Australian, natural, organic skin care brand Sukin. Having liked the look of the brand and the price range I decided to buy the Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser. I don’t have particularly sensitive skin but I always choose these products as they will have less (or no) allergens/ irritants in the formula which I believe are unnecessary in skin care anyway.

I chose the day cream instead of the night cream as I felt the night cream might be too heavy for my skin and the day cream doesn’t have any SPF in it anyway. A 125ml bottle of this moisturiser costs just £8.10.

Taken from the Sukin website “Shea butter and Aloe Vera with Rose Hip, Sesame and Jojoba oils to promote moisture and balance the skin. This light and gentle moisturiser, boasts Shea butter and Aloe Vera to calm and soothe the complexion.
Rapidly absorbed to deliver essential hydration to delicate skin, whilst Rose Hip, Sesame and Jojoba oils help promote optimal moisture levels for radiant, balanced skin.
Suitable for normal to sensitive skin types.”

Formula: The formula for this product is based on water, glycerin and numerous plant oils and butters such as sesame, rosehip, shea, cocoa, jojoba, avocado and wheatgerm. It also has a few ingredients known to calm the skin such as aloe and cucumber extract. I like that they have added vitamin E into the formula, a great antioxidant. The formula is free of parabens but does contain Phenoxyethanol and Benzyl Alcohol to preserve the formula safety for 6 months after opening.

Packaging: I love the packaging for this product. It comes in an opaque pump bottle, which is easy to use, hygienic and the ingredients will be more stable in this kind of packaging.

Application: One pump of this product is enough for my whole face and neck. The product once pumped into my palms melts really nicely into my hand and absorbs very quickly into my skin. It leave it feeling moisturised, but not oily. If you have normal-dry skin I wouldn’t recommend this for you as it isn’t moisturising enough.

Long term effects: I’ve been using this product for a few months now and I have to say I’m really happy with it! My skin feels soft, moisturised, I haven’t experienced a single breakout and I’m never greasy when I wake up. Overall this is a great, cheap product to use and one I will be repurchasing for sure.

Have you tried Sukin products before? Comment below and let me know!

Jay

 

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluid Moisturiser – Review

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Sensitive? Oily? Problematic? Rosacea? Fret not people, if you skin falls within this type, I have found the moisturiser for you. However, before I get onto that, let me tell you about how I fell upon this product.

I’ve been on the search for a night time moisturiser for a while now. Having combination-oily skin means that by morning time my face looks like an oil spill. I knew that I didn’t want to spend too much on a moisturiser and was searching for something without fragrance, alcohol or colourants. Recently, having had no success with Clinique Dramatically Different Gel Moisturiser, I found Toleriane Fluid from La Roche-Posay. A 40ml bottle of this costs £15 from FeelUnique and is sometimes on offer for £10.

As with all La Roche-Posay this product has no parabens, no perfume, no alcohol and no colourants, great! There are very few ingredients in this moisturiser in fact just 8. This is evident when you pump the product out into your palms, you’ll find that the moisturiser is very fluid; water and glycerin makes the bulk of this product.

This moisturiser doesn’t claim to do anything other than just that, moisturise, but what it does, it does very well. I use 3 pumps of this for my face and neck after my serum at night. It absorbs very quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. Come morning time my skin doesn’t have any rough or dry patches and it isn’t oily in my T-zone.

It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve started using this moisturiser and I can honestly say my skin now feels as soft as a babies butt, my pores don’t appear as clogged, I haven’t experienced any breakouts and my skin appears calmer (no redness).

Toleriane Fluid doesn’t help with wrinkles or hyper-pigmentation but I feel like that is what my serum is for. At this stage in my life I require a simple moisturiser that locks in the ingredients of my serum and gets rid of dry spots. This product does just that and doesn’t causing any irritation. If your skin is like mine then I whole-heartedly recommend it. It’s also a great non-fussy moisturiser for the guys!

Have you tried any products from La-Roche Posay before? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – Review

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If any of you remember seeing my previous wishlist you’ll know that I was looking for a night time moisturiser for my combination/oily skin. An ever so popular choice that kept cropping up during my research was Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I’m a big Clinique fan so I thought to give this moisturiser a go. I bought a 50ml tube of this for £17.50 from Feel Unique

Taken from the Clinique website “Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is oil-free and non-comedogenic. It gives you the lightweight hydration without oiliness so your skin feels smoother, softer and more comfortable”. This moisturiser is specifically for combination or oily skin.

The moisturiser has some decent ingredients including my favourite sodium hyaluronate which is very hydrating, caffeine (invigorating), cucumber extract (soothing) and a couple of antioxidants, which wouldn’t remain stable in this packaging anyway.. The yellow tint (colouring has been added to give the tint) gel has a very slippery, silicone texture that absorbs very quickly into the skin providing some immediate moisture that doesn’t leave a residue on the skin. There is a natural fragrance with this product but no added fragrance making it suitable for sensitive skin. With this having no SPF in it I wouldn’t find it suitable for daytime use.

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For the first 2 weeks of using this product my skin didn’t experience any amazing benefits from this product. I mean, it did the job of moisturising the drier parts of my face whilst not aggravating the oily parts, but I certainly didn’t see a “dramatic difference” in the texture of my skin. It seemed to be working just like any old moisturiser that I can buy from the drug store and didn’t give me the glow I expected.

I continued to use this at night and by week 3-4 I noticed LOTS of whiteheads around my nose. It was really gross to be honest, I had to steam my face and scoop all the gunk out with a blackhead extractor tool. I continued to use the moisturiser and noticed the bumps reappeared around my nose. When I stopped using this the bumps reduced therefore I’m pretty confident this product is responsible for the clogged pores around my nose. I did find that this makes a really good make-up base however so I’ll continue to use it for that purpose.

From reading other reviews I know this product is either a hit or miss with people and unfortunately it was a bit of a miss for me. I would say if you don’t have very oily skin that is prone to clogging then this could potentially work for you.

Hope you found this post useful, comment below if you found this product worked for you or not.

Jay x

My Favourite Mineral Sunscreens for Combination/Oily Skin

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I’ve been searching high and low for a daytime moisturiser with SPF for the past year and have tried at least four different ones that haven’t worked for me. As many of you might know, sunscreens are notoriously thick and occlusive on the skin making it feel greasy and diminishing the appearance of make-up. Furthermore it is difficult to find formulas that contain only mineral sunscreen (Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide) that are suitable for oilier skin. I also prefer formulas to be without added fragrance.

I have combination-oily skin and find that when wearing sunscreen my make-up will last around 2 hours before I’m oily in the T-zone and by lunchtime I can’t wait to get home and remove my make-up. Recently I bought some sunscreen samples from one of my favourite skincare brands Paula’s Choice which are formulated for oilier skin and I wanted to give my quick opinion on these products.

The first is Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30 (60ml £25.50) which contains Zinc Oxide 6% and Titanium Dioxide 2.32% as the active ingredients.

This is a white lotion that is lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly. It doesn’t leave a white cast and feels moisturising on the skin with no tightness. However, even after the product has absorbed the finish is not 100% shine free, although it doesn’t leave any greasiness. It leaves my skin baby soft and is a great base for liquid and powder make-up. I find that the oiliess in my T-zone is kept at bay for at least 4 hours when using this moisturiser and I didn’t experience any breakouts after 7 days of using this product.

The second product I tested was Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 (60ml £29.00) which contains Zinc Oxide (12%) as the active sunscreen ingredient.

This product is lightly tinted so if you have very fair skin then it may actually be too dark for you. On me, this product still leaves a white cast because it is tinted lighter than my skin tone and I find that it has a chemical smell when first applied. I actually think this may be a good product for any men who suffer from redness because of the light tint. The texture of this moisturiser is probably the BEST I’ve tried for oil control, it actually leaves the skin on my cheeks feeling a bit tight/ dry and keeps oiliness at bay on my T-Zone for at least 6 hours. I found that my liquid make-up didn’t go on as well with this moisturiser because it causes the product to catch onto the skin. I didn’t experience any breakouts after 7 days of wearing this product and noticed that my pores looked smaller when using this.

All in all these are both great moisturisers with SPF for combination or oily skin. If your skin is normal-combination or combination then Hydralight is the way to go. If you have oily skin all over then go for the Super-light. Personally I like both of these equally for different weather conditions as they provide broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays whilst not exacerbating oiliness and are fragrance/colourant free.

Jay x

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Cocoa – Review

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I don’t know about you but the idea of moisturising my skin after a shower sounds like the most tedious, time consuming, uncomfortable thing to do. When I step out of the shower the last thing I want to do is stand around butt-nekkid, freezing my nips off in order to lotion myself. Consequently this has left me with really dry, ashy, scaly skin, so attractive, I know…

Being the ultimate lazy girl, when I saw this product that allows you to moisturise while taking a shower I knew I had to have it. I bought a massive 250ml bottle from Boots for £3.75.

So last night I stepped into my shower and after washing my body with my current fave body wash (Dove Cream Oil Nourishing Body Wash) I squeezed some of this product into my palms and rubbed it all over my body and rinsed off, all within 30 seconds. The smell of this product is amazing, it has the classic cocoa butter smell but with a hint of vanilla or is it floral…I don’t know, either way it smells amazing. My shower became a bit slippery so be careful if you’re using this in a bathtub.

When I rinsed this off I noticed my skin was sooo soft and moisturised, just like I had spent 5 minutes massaging product into my skin. Furthermore when I stepped outside the shower I think the product somehow insulated me making it feel warmer! The moisturiser didn’t rub off onto my towel but I made sure to pat my skin dry.

I’m a night showerer so this product kept my skin supple overnight. It’s perfect to use when I’m in a rush and my skin isn’t going to be exposed to the elements. If I’m wearing shorts/short sleeves the day after then I would probably apply a moisturiser again before stepping outside, just because I have an irrational fear of ashy skin haha!

Jay x

Office Essential – Soap & Glory Hand Food (Pump)

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My hands are so ashy and uncomfortable these days and it’s especially true when I’m in the office.

Taken from the Soap & Glory website, Hand Food is:

“Packed with the original, super-smoothing shea butter, macadamia oil and mallow extract formula to soften & rejuvenate hands. Fragranced with Soap & Glory’s signature rose & bergamot scent.”

I bought this bad boy from Boots for just £7.00 and got a massive 250ml of it. I have to say this smells amazing and really does the trick of relieving my dry hands. This pump version is a wonderful product to keep on my desk at work. I hate fussing around with lids and tube caps and find that the tubes of hand cream run out in a few weeks, hopefully this bottle should last me a while.

What beauty products do you like to keep on your desk? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

Facial Oil for Acne Prone Skin (Hemp Oil)

Hello everyone! This post is going out specially for those of you who suffer from acne and breakouts but still want to use an oil on your skin either for cleansing or moisturising . I wouldn’t say I’m “acne-prone” myself but sometimes facials oils break me out.

The reason many oils break you out is because they are “comedogenic” meaning pore clogging. In order to find a facial oil either for cleansing or moisturising it is important to understand Comedogenic Ratings. The list below is in no way comprehensive but it shows the comedogenic rating of some popular oils used in natural skin care today. Also there is a lot of different sources that quotes different comedogenic ratings but I looked at a lot of sources to compile my list.  A lower score means that the oil is less pore clogging.

0 Hemp seed oil,  Shea butter

1 Castor oil, Rosehip oil,  Argan oil

2 Almond oil, Jojoba oil,

3 Avocado oil, Primrose oil

4 Coconut oil

5 Wheat germ oil

So from the above list we can see that those who suffer from breakouts should avoid the popular coconut oil and opt for a non-comedogenic oil like hemp oil. I decided to buy an organic, unrefined, fragrance-free, preservative-free Hemp Oil from Good Day Organics (100% Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil). Hemp seed oil has a comedogenic rating of 0 which means it is safe to use for sensitive and especially acne-prone skin and is especially good for psoriasis and eczema.

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Now here’s the sciency bit. Skin sebum is  made of fatty acids like linoleic and oleic acid (two of the many fatty acids). These fatty acids are required to build “healthy” sebum. If the skin produces sebum with a low level of linoleic acid then the sebum has a thicker consistency and can clog, irritate and inflame the pore causing the cyst (spot). Those who suffer from acne quite often have sebum with a low level of linoleic acid. Hemp oil on the other hand has a high level of linoleic acid in it. When hemp oil is applied topically it can almost mimic the good sebum to re-balance it and unclog the pore. It has very good anti-inflammatory, moisturising and acne reducing properties.

This oil has an olive colour and it feels distinctly like a dry-oil so it isn’t too greasy. A tiny bit of this oil goes a long way for me, I mainly apply it on my cheeks and neck area by warming it up between my palms and patting it into the skin as the last stage of my skincare routine. Hemp oil has its own natural fragrance, sort of like nuts which I quite like and the smell doesn’t linger on the skin for too long.

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I have been testing this for a week and I love it especially for the winter time! In the mornings my skin looks plump, radiant and moisturised.

Overall I’m really enjoying using this oil, it has done the job of hydrating the dry patches on my combination skin without causing breakouts on the oilier T-zone. This will definitely be a product that makes it into my daily skin care routine.

What facial oils are you trying? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser – Review

Hi ladies and gents! So as you might all know I’m a big Liz Earle fan, therefore I wanted to try something from the Superskin range. A 15ml jar of this moisturiser from John Lewis cost £14.95.

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Superskin Containing high levels of GLA and rich in omega-3, it helps prevent moisture loss and improves skin elasticity, while pomegranate fruit extract and natural source vitamin E, both rich in antioxidants, help protect from environmental damage.Naturally active ingredients include precious cranberry, borage and rosehip seed oils.This is marketing at mature or very dry skin types.

The first thing I noticed upon opening the jar was the smell. Now I’m not one of those people who needs my skincare to smell amazing, in fact I prefer unscented products, but this just smells bad! Further to smelling bad it also lingers on the skin which isn’t great if you’re sleeping next to someone.

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The texture of the moisturiser is nice, it is a white cream which isn’t thick, but is very hydrating. I did find it only a little richer than the original Skin Repair. Also because it is unscented, those with sensitive skin care can use it, I myself am not prone to comedogenic breakouts.

I used this small jar for 2 months as my night time moisturiser and whilst it did hydrate my skin I didn’t find it any more effective than the Skin Repair (normal/combination). I was a bit thrown back by the price as this is only £6 cheaper than the 50ml Skin Repair Moisturiser which means it isn’t great value for money. Overall this wasn’t a great stand-out product for me but maybe if you have sensitive skin it could work for you.

Have any of you tried anything from the Superskin line from Liz Earle? What were your thoughts? Comment below 🙂

Jay x

Nature Republic California Aloe Sunblock SPF 50 PA+++

Hey guys, it’s been a while since I last posted on here. The last two months have been rather hectic, I actually started a new job which is a bit more demanding than the last one so I don’t have as much time or energy to post, but now that I’ve settled in I hope to be writing a lot more.

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Being an oily/combination skinned girl I find it very difficult to find sunblocks that don’t leave my skin greasy, uncomfortable and with a white cast. I recently received this sunblock as a sample and after trying it I had to buy the full size. The full size cost £22 from Amazon for a 100ml bottle.

This sunblock contains ingredients that physically block the sun (UVA and UVB), its active ingredients are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. I always opt for these ingredients as opposed to chemical sunscreens. The sunblock factor is SPF 50 which means it is intended for use during periods of long exposure to the sun. It is also PA+++ meaning it has the highest protection against harmful UVA rays. The only ingredient which may raise concern is Aluminium Hydroxide, whilst there is no evidence to show it is toxic, some may prefer not to use this on their skin.

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The first thing I noticed about this cream upon opening the seal was the smell, it has a fresh aloe fragrance which fades after about 10 minutes on the skin. The cream itself has a thick consistency which spreads easily. Once massaged into the skin the initial white cast disappears completely even on my deep tanned skin. The cream feels moisturising but has a semi-matte finish once it dries, which is perfect for those really hot and sweaty summer days.

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Overall I am very impressed with this cream, it has a high SPF and PA rating, ideal for summer use. It doesn’t leave any white cast and it leaves the drier than any other SPF creams I have used before which makes it a perfect make-up base. I would recommend this for anyone with non-sensitive, non-acne prone, oily skin.