2016- The year I became skincare obsessed. Since my early teenage years I've had issues with my skin, not quite acne but I was at the point where leaving the house without makeup just didn't happen.
MY SKIN TYPE
Before telling you my favourites it's probably useful for you to know exactly what my skin is like, for around 2 years it's been a combination of oily and dehydrated, why is nothing ever simple? Finding products that strike a balance between hydrating yet not too over powering is a mission and a half, but this year I have found some real gems that have really helped calm down breakouts and oil production whilst keeping my skin plump and full of moisture.
I only started using it in September but the Kielh's Calendula Deep Foaming Facial Wash £22 is now my go to cleanser! I debated buying this as soon as I heard the dreaded "foaming facial wash" but the product description fit my needs to a tee, so I took the plunge anyway. My skin feels incredibly clean after using this, and most importantly it doesn't feel stripped of moisture. Since using this my skin isn't anywhere near as oily throughout the day and my skin is looking clear. This is also lasting me well, I think I'll need to repurchase in January so it's pretty good going.
In my Autumn skincare routine post I raved about the Magnitone BareFaced Cleansing Brush* £70, I've wanted one of these for years and luckily it lived up to my high expectations. Combined with the Kiehl's facial wash this leaves my skin feeling soft and looking clear, the perfect duo for anyone with oily/ blemish prone skin.
In terms of moisturising there have been two stand out products. The first is a facial oil that I couldn't go without mentioning, the Trilogy Rosehip oil £19.50 is a godsend for anyone with dehydrated skin. The morning after using this my skin feels nourished and it has also helped with some fine lines I have on my forehead. I'm currently trailing the Kielhs Midnight Recovery Concentrate which is another gorgeous oil that I'll definitely be purchasing!
As a daily moisturiser of-course it's the Kielhs Ultra Facial Cream £24, raved about by pretty much everyone but with good reason. This is lightweight and comfortable yet manages to keep my skin hydrated throughout the day, makeup sits so well over the top and it's just a simple moisturiser that really does the trick.
Lastly for any pesky breakouts and blackheads the Avene Cleanance Expert serum * £15 has been fabulous! This serum manages to control breakouts without drying out my skin, it's the blemish treatment that I always go back to (admittedly alongside Sudocrem for sorry to be graphic any under the skin spots that are sore).
That's it, some of my absolute, must repurchase skincare favourites from this year! What skincare products have you loved throughout 2016?