Chalk it up to my being a cynical millennial but the more hype a product gets the less likely I am to want to try it. My skin condition of late, however, has left me no choice but to try only things that have been tried, tested and proven to work (no room for hipster imitations here) which then means my most recent skin purchases have been the most hyped and in some cases overhyped products I could find. Here are some that have been good to me.
After cleansing morning and night I use the Missha First Treatment Essence sometimes using a rosewater spritz beforehand. I wasn’t impressed when I first got this, as I wondered how something that so closely resembled water could do anything miraculous for my skin. Boy was I wrong. Though thin, colourless and mostly odorless (sometimes I get that yeasty smell, most times I don’t) the product is a skincare heavyweight. Hyper-pigmentation seems to fade faster, my skin glows and my other skincare products seem to absorb better AND work better when using this.
Who doesn’t wear sunscreen every day? As my life now extends between two very hot, sun-beaten locales I always need a good sunscreen, preferably one that doesn’t make me oily nor ghostly. Every beauty person ever (in America, at least) has probably mentioned the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunscreen and I finally know why. First off, It smells like the night-cream of an Advanced Style subject, meaning classy, elegant and not at all like sunscreen (at least I think so). It also has the smoothest, creamiest texture I’ve experienced in any skin care product. Most importantly, it doesn’t make me oily but manages to leave my skin dewy and fresh-looking.
Although I double-cleanse at night, sometimes during the day I like to do a quick cleanse using wipes and refresh my sunscreen. Since most facial wipes irritate my skin baby wipes were my only option, that was until I discovered Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth cleansing cloths. I’m not sure how they managed to get cleansing cloths to make my face feel double cleansed but not stripped but I’m glad they did whatever they did. These are also perfect for inflight use, when my skin tends to spring oil (gross, I know). Side note though, I also purchased the brands “Grease Relief” cloths (’cause you know…springing oil), but the smell alone told me they would be too strong for my very reactive skin and indeed they were.
Once a week I massage either the Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off and Kate Sommerville Exfoliate unto my face, wait a while, rinse and follow with Missha’s First Treament Essence then the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask or a my Beauty Diary Mask sheet mask. When I wake up the following morning my skin is plump and pore-less.