Top 5 Skin Care Products of 2015, press samples marked with *.
Confession one, I did it again. I stayed up watching Making a Murder, now it’s super late and this post is super not written.
Now that I’ve admitted to ruining everything ever, let’s talk skin care! Like the beauty post, this one is in no particular order.
MooGoo Milky Wash, €14.95
Sound the trumpets, MooGoo Milky Wash is my dad’s favourite skin care of 2015. Obviously, I like it too, but I’m most pleased with what it’s done for his skin. He’s got rosacea (WordPress is insisting that I change that to aerospace, but my dad doesn’t have even a bit of aerospace, so no), and his skin is very sensitive. It’s a chore to find products that won’t set his skin off, never mind do it any favours.
This is one of our rare favour-doing finds. It’s mild, in that it’s non-irritating, but it’s very thorough. That’s been brilliant at keeping his skin clear, which is a struggle with his type of rosacea, the kind that’s often misdiagnosed as acne. His complexion looks fresh, even and calmer.
He also notes that it makes his skin feel very clean, because it doesn’t leave a residue, and he likes the packaging – it’s in a huge bottle with a pump. I also like the packaging, but more for the flower-eating cow.
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, €35
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is a thick, balmy gel that emulsifies gradually, when it’s massaged into skin. It’s slow to melt, meaning there’s more time for your skin to reap the benefits, before it’s washed away. And, OH BOY, the benefits!
Effective cleansing agents and chemical exfoliants clear away grime and dead cells, to keep skin clear. A glut of vitamins, lipids and minerals act to do everything else – soften, nourish, hydrate, brighten, soothe, restore, the lot.
Alpha H Liquid Gold, €39.95
I’m finding it really hard to be concise. It’s not that it’s 3AM, and I’ve forgotten how to write (although that is a bit true), it’s that this did so much for my skin. I could ramble on. Dead cells, gone. Roughness, gone. Weird white bumpy bumps that wreck my jaw line, gone. Dullness, gone. Radiance, go- wait, no, lots of radiance!
See, Alpha H Liquid Gold kicks skin up the butt. It makes cells turn over quickly, so dry skin like mine starts looking brighter, and is able to hydrate itself.
YSL Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow, €30
YSL Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow is fancy, fresh out of the lab skin care. It’s got the long-term benefits of a deeply hydrating moisturiser, it feels like a serum, and it coats skin like a silky primer.
So, while it is a hefty moisturiser, it also fakes good skin, in a flash. It’s my favourite serum, moisturiser and primer in one.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, €42.50
I find that I’m more conscious of the texture of skin care when it’s applied at night. Maybe it’s the hothouse created between my face and pillow, but I can’t abide the feeling of greasy, clammy creams, while I’m trying to doze off. The issue there is that lightweight moisture treatments don’t always offer as much hydration as their more unctuous counterparts.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is the remedy. It packs in moisture, but it feels very light, and it’s not at all greasy. A+ for comfort. When I wake up, no matter what state my skin was in when I went to bed, it has been put right. Settled, soothed and nourished.
Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream, €19.99*
Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream feels like a hybrid between a gel and a lotion. It’s very quickly absorbed, and the product that sits on the surface feels comfortable and nourishing, not greasy. Again, it’s nice to fall into bed and not worry that your pillow is going to look like it’s been at sea by morning.
Lavender oils, LHA, jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid are four of the seven active ingredients. You’ll recognise the names if you’ve ever read a blog before. We like oils, we like chemical exfoliants (LHA), and we love a bit of hyaluronic acid for boosting hydration. Oh, and on Wednesdays we wear pink.
Buckets of rich emollients in an airy, comfortable formulation.
Bonus entry, because there’s something else that’s great for skin – sleep!