Sunday, 23 September 2012

Current high-end skincare routine (some).


I have a habit of posting my daily skincare regimen on Instagram - the above made my skin feel so lovely I thought it warranted a post of its own.

We had been to Thorpe Park and my skin had that red, windblown, been-thrown-about-on-rides-all-day look about it. Using the above worked wonders, calmed it right down and left it ridiculously soft.

Above is:

Suti Cleansing Balm - reviewed on here before - incredibly emollient, oily and nourishing without clogging pores. £26


Zelens PHA+ Bio-Peel - latest product from Dr Marko Lens - these are brilliant when used in place of your toner and then followed by a spray toner or a splash of water. The PHA attracts moisture and binds it to the skin whilst the acids in the pads set to work on your face like a gentle pac-man. Does all of this without glycolic so are perfect for people who find glycolic too strong or have allergies. Becoming a little obsessed. £65.00


Sjal Saphir Concentrate Facial Oil - I am just about as in love with this oil as it is possible to be with a product. Loaded with omega 3, 6 and 9 and infused with Blue Sapphire and Aquamarine, it is beautiful for any older skin (not 25) that is dull and revitalised. Unlike some cheaper alternatives, it has the lightest texture and penetrates beautifully. £125.00 (I know - but when you're older you stop caring)


La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Eye Gel - not actually my usual choice of eye cream but have found it is good for my puffiness - I have been working relentlessly recently and waking not entirely 'refreshed' shall we say. This is light and hydrating.


Hydraluron - my new staple - originally reviewed in detail here. Just go buy it.


Sjal Mineral Kalla Tonic - sprayed on top of Hydraluron this is really hydrating and softening - being Sjal it is very high end and contains gold, silver and rose quartz. You can read all about it here - suffice to say it is my 'go-to' toner when my face is feeling its age. 


SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Interruptor - I have been playing around with some of the Skin Ceuticals range for a while and keep meaning to blog about it - I'll be completely honest - I grabbed this because it's anti-glycation and I had eaten a lot of sugar (rubbish) at Thorpe Park. In my head I was merely trying to save my face from the inevitable spots/swollen red lumps to come as punishment from the pic'n'mix. 
The reality is that it was the perfect product to top off my night-time routine with. It's not loaded with silicone so nothing rolled, it penetrated on top of the Hydraluron and Sjal oil and was generally a lovely cream. I'm going to try using it exclusively for a while and watch the results. So far: lovely. Have a read of the science here. £143.00



* A mixture of purchases, PR samples and gifts. Love them all though.







31 comments:

  1. These all look like great products but what is your opinion on jar packaging Caroline? I've come to understand that exposure to air breaks down a product's vitamin/antioxidant content.

    Thanks, I'd love your POV on this
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    1. If its high-end enough ie has a brilliant preservative system then it's not a problem.

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    2. hmm it seems to be the bog standard parabens used in the cream

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    3. I don't actually have a problem with parabens - and they are the standard because they do what they are supposed to preservative-wise. A cream in an open jar with parabens is far better than an open jar without! :)

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    4. I don't actually have a problem with them either. They halt bacterial and fugicidal growth fantastically, but they don't too much in terms of preserving active ingredients that do tend to degrade when exposed to air and light. Thanks.

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  2. I've never heard of any of these brands, I'll definitely be looking into them!
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  3. Really interesting thank you for sharing. I would never have thought to spray tonic on top of the hydraluron, I always do tonic then hydraluron. I love the sound of the face oil. Do you use this on it's own at night Caroline?

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    1. Sometimes I did in the Summer - but now I would prob add moisturiser on top.

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  4. Thanks for sharing :). I consider you an absolutely guru of all matters skincare and I think the blogging community is very lucky to have you knocking about!

    http://lipsticksunshine.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I just got the hydraluron based on your previous post about it & cannot wait to use it, my skin gets very dry in the winter so hoping this will be a God send, got to figure out how best to use, was thinking I would just apply before moisturiser, but now you've got me thinking lol!!!

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    1. Before moisturiser is perfect. I just needed an extra boost yesterday!

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  6. Just re-read your hydraluron post. Sounds really interesting, I'd never heard of it before.

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  7. Love the look of the Cleansing Balm and the Sjal oil. Also both of the packaging!!

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  9. Hi Caroline, all these products sound lovely! In what order would you go about putting them on though? I always get confused especially when I want to include a face oil. Also, What would you recommend face oils to be used for. My skin is combination to dry and I am prone to acne under my cheekbones and on the jaw line. I also have a lot of tiny milia around my eyes and cheeks. I am 26.

    My skincare routine morning and night is as follows:

    Cleanser - I switch between the Alpha H Age Delay Cleansing oil, the Pai Camelia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleansing, and the Liz earle cleanser
    Toner - Pai Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Toner.
    Serum - Hydraluron followed directly with a small pump of the Caudalie Vinosource sos thirst quenching serum (I use the Caudalie serum only when my skin feels dry after cleansing)
    Moisturiser- I switch between Kate Somerville's Goats Milk Cream and Alpha H essential hydration face cream.

    I also use rotate between using Retin A and Alpha H liquid gold at night.

    Please let me know your thoughts on my skincare regimen. I'm love to hear any suggestions or additions you might have!

    Thanks you!

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  10. Hi thinking about buying the Hydraluron. Would it be useful to put on underneath a serum, like the Estee Lauder advanced night serum. Would it make it work even better?
    Thanks

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    1. I'm not the biggest fan of ANR to be honest - its heavy in silicone and not water-based so you may be wasting your money using this underneath it - just my opinion! :)

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  11. Hi, Just wondering if you still like P50v? THanks

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  12. I love that I always learn something new when I read your posts! Skinceuticals is the only brand I'm familiar with but not the particular product you listed. I appreciate that you give more than a quick "this is nice, lovely, etc." when talking about products.

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  13. Nice post.^^
    Maybe follow each other???
    My Blog

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  14. I love knowing what you are using ! I went out and brought the hydraluron , under your recommendation and its brulliant , and i also ordered the suti cleanser which is fantastic , ive been using emma hardie for about 2 years so just needed a change , thankyou for your fantasic blog , my skin is so much better with your brilliant advice im 43 and have suffered bad skin since a teenanger , and i was always taught not to moisturize oily skin , and when i did i used to break out ! But that was because i wasnt using the right moisturizers , now i moisturize moisturize my heart out ! And my skin thanks me for it xxxxxxx thanks Caroline xxxxxx

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    1. Caroline, please tell me what moisturisers you use? I too seem to break out with everything :(
      Thanks

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    2. Will reply to you both when i have a bit of time! :)

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  15. I really do love this sort of post, please keep it up!

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  16. I like the sound of Zelen skincare. How often do you change your routine Caroline? Is it ok to chop & change products or should you continue to use a routine for a certain amount of time? I always thought it was better to stick to a certain range & try & use most products in that line, interesting how yours is different lines. Thank you.

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  17. The Suti balm sounds lush but I've seen a balm a little like it, the Evolve Cleansing Melt, and it is quite a bit cheaper. Could you let me know what your thoughts are regarding its ingredients? According to Cult Beauty (a website that always lists ingredients, yay!), the Evolve one is made of:
    Caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, aqua (water), sucrose laurate, sucrose palmitate, parfum (natural fragrance), tocopherol.
    Do you think they would be more skin-clogging than the ones in the Suti balm??

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  18. Hi Caroline! What is your point of view from your experience with jar packaging in cosmetics? :p Can you share with me some assurance ( studies for instance) on these preservative systems, not parabens and the whole shizzle aroun it, but rather something to prove that these preservatives work to protect these expensive investiment from air, light, etc. and that it is just as effective as those in airless packaging. That is, for example, the good ingredients will be kept as close as possible to the same state as they were when the jar was first accessed.

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    1. I can't go into all the research - that's not what the blog is for - BUT - I CAN tell you that the brands I have worked with all conduct extensive testing and the general consensus is if creams are pure white/uncoloured - the preservative system is intact. If it's yellow/brown etc when you open it - the colour may be added to disguise the oxidisation. Bit of insider gossip there. :)

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