It’s been a while since I’ve written about the skincare I’m using, so it’s time for an update. My routine changes frequently, based on how my skin is feeling, and I also l like to try new products. Being a beauty blogger means I often have new products arriving on my door step, and although I don’t try all of them since not everything is suitable for my skin, I like to give a good test of most of them before writing about them. The additions to my winter skincare routine lately have been Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, Oasis Beauty Hot Toddy Super Hydrating Serum*, Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalising Moisturizer*, and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF 15.
Oasis beauty hot toddy super hydrating serum*
Oasis Beauty is a New Zealand skincare brand I absolutely love – my dad even bought one of their products on my recommendation! They sent me Hot Toddy serum and I have been slathering it on my skin most evenings for the last couple of months. It is made to hydrate dry skin, and includes Vitamins A, C, and E, along with various oils such as rosehip and evening primrose. I apply it after cleansing, and before my night moisturiser, but you can use it in the morning if you wish.
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
This is something I’ve owned for a while but have only really started regularly using in recent months. Queen Helene Mint Julep mask is made with kaolin and bentonite clay, which is great for acne prone skin like mine. I apply it primarily around my jaw and down my neck, where my acne is the worst. Using the Queen Helene masque leaves my skin feeling much smoother and it looks visibly better also. I like that it’s affordable – only $3.90 from iHerb. First time customers can save $5-10 on their order if you use my code JPP391.
Neutrogena hydro boost water gel spf 15
When I’m looking for a daily moisturiser, I want something that’s moisturising, although light weight, has some sun protection, and is a low price, since its the product I use up the most frequently. I have found this in Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF 15! It includes Hyaluronic Acid which is amazing for moisturising my skin, and absorbs very well. I most often wear it alone, but it also works well under my makeup. I’m nearly finished this bottle and I already have a back up – why not, considering it’s supermarket priced!
Clinique turnaround overnight revitalizing moisturizer*
Clinique sent me this when they launched the new Turnaround Revitalizing range in New Zealand in June. I received a number of different products from the range, but this night cream is my favourite. The Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalising Moisturiser includes enzymes to promote cell turnover, as well as essential fatty acids to help repair the skin’s barrier. It leaves my skin feeling great, sometimes I feel like I don’t even need to moisturise in the morning after using it the previous night. It’s not a budget product, at $94 for a 50ml jar, however if you’re comfortable with spending that sort of money on skincare then this is a good bet.
Available now at Clinique counters nationwide (and presumably worldwide), and you can also purchase online from Smith and Caughey’s if you want to buy your skincare without having to leave your couch!
Are you like me, endlessly searching for a holy grail that will make your skin perfect? Or do you have a set routine and stick to it? I’d love to know in the comments, as well as if you’ve tried any of these and what you think! I think I may have to accept that skincare won’t quite give me the skin I’m after in terms of acne, and look towards a bit of a medical approach – BUT, in the mean time, I will continue to use great skincare that helps me on that journey
*Product was provided for review