I have so many skincare products on the go at the moment, my bathroom cabinet looks like a miniature branch of Superdrug.
Having finished the last drops of my Verso Skincare, I’ve been experimenting with several ranges to find the right combination for my thirsty skin. I receive the occasional sample from PRs, some of which make it onto the blog. Several don’t. I’m always grateful to have the opportunity to try new brands, but they’re not all good!
I’m not going to name and shame products I don’t get on with. One moisturiser, from a brand which claims its products are unisex, made my face sweat, despite the fact I was cold. Which leads me to the conclusion that I have different skincare needs to my husband and unisex skincare shouldn’t be a thing.
Having tried and discarded a few dud products, here is my current day and night skincare routine. My skin is dry, slightly sensitive with the occasional pimple outbreak.
My morning skincare routine
Sesderma C-Vit Radiance Glowing Fluid (£38.60 for 50ml)
I’m sure I should cleanse my face in the morning, but I don’t. I just splash my face with water in the shower and get on with moisturising.
Sesderma is a skin treatment for tired, dull skin which lacks glow. I’m using this instead of a serum under my moisturiser. It has a similar consistency to a creamy serum and seems to me to do the same thing – ie give elasticity and luminosity. The added Vitamin C removes and prevents the appearance of blemishes and is good for treating pigmentation.
The Extract of Sweet Orange gives the fluid a delicious fragrance. It’s light and glides on forming a non-sticky base for my moisturiser.
Sesderma’s website has obviously been translated from Spanish into English by a non-native English speaker. Some of the language is impenetrable and I haven’t been able to find out their policy on animal testing or using animal products. I’ve asked the PR company and will update this article when I have the answer.
ARK Skincare – Age Defend Replenishing Moisturiser (£35 for 50ml)
Ark Skincare makes gentle but effective skincare for different age groups. The Age Defend range is formulated specifically for women in their thirties and forties, to tone and firm the skin.
Ingredients such as Shea Butter, Kiwi and Passion Fruit Extracts and Olive Oil are great for hydration. Wrinkle plumping peptides and Vitamin A increase collagen production. Combined with Blue Lotus, an antioxidant, these ingredients defend the skin against the signs of ageing.
I love the pump on this jar, which delivers a measured dose and ensures no contaminating bacteria gets into the product . My skin is so thirsty, some mornings I pumped twice. The consistency of the cream is rich, but non greasy. It smells fresh and feels cool on the skin.
My evening skincare routine
ARK Skincare Skin Essential Pre Cleanse & Make-Up Remover (£30 for 150ml)
I find balm cleansers really greasy, which is why I’ve never stuck with a double cleanse routine before. But ARK’s pre cleanse is a pleasure to use. Grape Seed, Avocado and Kiwi Oil nourish and stop the skin drying out, while Margosa Leaf Extract gets rid of bacteria. It’s vegan friendly.
Massage the oil onto dry skin – it’s safe to use on the eyes – and add water to form a liquid emulsion. I use a soft flannel to rinse off. All traces of makeup melt away, including mascara.
I love the light formulation, fresh scent and the fact that it washes off easily without leaving a greasy residue on my face and hands.
I don’t know what type of opening the standard size bottle has, so this might only apply to the travel size which I’ve been using: but as the product is very runny, most of it went into the sink as soon as I tipped the bottle towards my hand. I’ve decanted the rest into a container with a pipette, so I can control the flow and will buy the full-size product when this one runs out.
Nakin Advanced Cleansing Milk (£15 for 150ml)
Nakin products are cruelty free, made in the UK and contain no parabens, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances or colours. Their philosophy is about liberating skin, so they do not use Retinol, Salycylic Acid or other ingredients which they deem to be ‘harsh’.
Nakin’s cleanser is a gentle, oil-based, milky formulation, which moisturises as it cleans. It is 98% natural and suitable for vegans. With Hyaluronic Acid and Pomegranite for hydration, seaweed extract and natural plant cleansers lift impurities off the skin. Massage it onto your face and wash off with water, or wipe off with cotton wool. A little product goes a long way, and it doesn’t irritate my eyes.
Nakin Purifying Face Toner (£15 for 150ml)
Toners are a great way to refresh the skin after cleansing, preparing it for serum and moisturiser. Nakin’s toner has a fresh, natural scent and feels cool on the skin. Witch Hazel and Aloe soothe and reduce inflammation, while the Hyaluronic Acid smooths and evens skin tone. Like the cleanser, the toner is made almost entirely from natural ingredients and is vegan friendly. Apply the toner to cotton wool/pad and sweep over the face and neck.
This serum supports the skin to regenerate while you sleep and is clinically proven to moisturise for up to 12 hours. It’s described as lightweight, but I find it rich requiring a longer massage to absorb than most serums. I like the extra hydration this provides at night. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is the star of the show, and like all of Neal’s Yard Remedies products, it smells amazing.
Sesderma C-Vit Moisturizing Facial Cream (£36.80 for 50ml)
This is a great night time cream – thick, rich and makes me dream of sunny days in Seville (I’ve never been but apparently the oranges are abundant!).
The information on Sesderma’s website for this cream is exactly the same as for the Glowing Fluid. Same ingredients, same type of treatment. So despite not being able to tell you much about it, I can opine that I like it and is suits my thirsty skin.
Prai Ageless Throat and Décolletage Night Creme (£30 for 50ml)
This new product is a game changer for wrinkly, crinkly necks and cleavages. And I have proof!
The night crème is rich and hydrating. It contains Retinol to help the skin renew and improve elasticity. Other ingredients are derived from Bulgarian Roses and Spanish Olives. Hyaluronic Acid quenches the skin.
I’ve been using this product for a couple of months now, and look at the difference to my previously crepey cleavage. No filters or editing software used and I took both photos in natural light. What do you think?
Have you used any of these products before? Tempted? What products do you swear by? Let me know in the comments below.
Much love, Vx
[Disclosure: Some products were gifted with no obligation to write about them. I only write about the products I rate and would purchase for myself. I use affiliate links.]