So... the skin care routine has changed AGAIN. I really do like to mix things up and try new things and this lot definitely works too. With so many hormones running wild in my body at the moment, my skin has gone a little crazy and the below are helping me keep it under wraps.
Cleanser: O Cosmedics Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser AUD$52I've been using this cleanser for a good three months now (still the same bottle going strong by the way). It is a light foaming cleanser with a beautiful coconut scent. The formula is very soft and doesn't feel like it would be affective when you're massaging it in to your face but afterwards, my face always looks extremely clean and feels soft. Whilst the price is a little on the high side, given how long this bottle has lasted me, I think its well worth the price tag. O Cosmedics is only sold in your beauty salon. I really love the fact you have to talk to someone before you purchase the range to find out which products suit you best. Click here to find your nearest salon that will stock O Cosmedics.
From O Cosmedics: A gentle daily facial cleanser strengthened with powerful antioxidants. Suitable for all skin types including reactive and rosacea skins, post peel, laser and surgery cleansing. Fortified with anti-pollutant boosters that trap & remove dirt and excess sebum. V8 peptide complex™ leaves the skin super hydrated & refreshed. A daily must have!
Cleanser: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Cleanser* AUD$17.95You know how they talk about that pregnancy glow? Well, I'm yet to experience that and rather, my skin has turned back in to the teenage version of itself and breaking out! With all the hormones being released in your body, a lot of women actually experience acne during pregnancy (I'm hoping this only lasts for the first trimester). I found the O Cosmedics Cleanser wasn't helping to tame these breakouts (I think mainly because its made for more mature skin which isn't normally prone to breakouts). This Tea Tree Oil Cleanser from The Body Shop has been my saviour. It has really helped with the severity of my break outs and really calmed them down. I would definitely recommend this Tea Tree Oil range to younger skin prone to breakouts. Ben is currently using this to help with breakouts he gets on his back from gym and riding with his motorcycle gear in the hot weather.
From The Body Shop: A refreshing foaming cleanser that effectively cleanses oily and blemished skin with a triple blend of natural ingredients; Community Fair Trade tea tree oil, tamanu oil and menthol, to remove make-up, dirt and impurities and to help maintain blemish free and hydrated skin.
Exfoliator: Antipodes Reincarnation Exfoliator* AUD$43This exfoliator the most luxurious exfoliator I have ever used. I have never seen a formula so thick and creamy. After I used this for the first time, I didn't wear makeup to work and got compliments on my skin from a lady at work. My skin has never felt so soft. I can't think of a skin type this wouldn't suit. I tend to be more on the dry side and it doesn't dry me out but the formula is not oily at all. You can pick it up from your local Priceline store or you can pick it up from the Antipodes website here. RRP is a little pricy but you only need such a small amount and I only exfoliate once or twice a week so it's going to last me a fair while!
From Antipodes: Offer your skin a new life with this beautifully effective, extremely gentle facial exfoliator. Avocado oil and jojoba beads marry to lift away lifeless skin, leaving a fresh complexion that feels reborn. Healing marigold bloom oil works to nurture and repair, while carrot seed extract helps clear and revitalise your skin's surface. Exotic essential oils of cedarwood and sweet orange calm and balance your skin's appearance. Suited to most skin conditions.
Toner: The Body Shop Limited Edition Skin Clearing Toner* AUD$22.95I had never seen a 'shake to activate' toner before so I was quite interested to see how this one worked. I admit I haven't used it on my skin very much as I don't really enjoy toners or like how they feel on my skin but this one did aid in calming my breakouts. We have used it a lot on Ben's back and definitely see an improvement and it does remove a lot of excess dirt which is surprising especially after double cleansing his back on the daily. Again with this one, I would recommend for younger skin prone to break outs and definitely any breakouts you get on the rest of your body.
From The Body Shop: This innovative 'shake to activate' toner removes traces of cleanser, make-up and impurities with triple blend of natural active ingredients such as Community Fair Trade tea tree oil, tamanu oil and white willow extract to leave the skin clean and refreshed whilst helping to prevent blemishes.
Spot Treatment: The Body Shop Pure Tea Tree Oil* AUD$9.95Ok so I think we went a bit crazy with this one as we finished the bottle in a week (using on both my face and Ben's back. I MAYYYY have not read the back and actually realised it was a spot treatment and more used as much as I did with the toner....oops! We were definitely impressed with this and have since purchased another to use properly. Its a concentrated tea tree oil formula to target your blemishes. Now we use it on a cotton tip on each individual blemish. The second bottle is certainly lasting longer than the first!
From The Body Shop: A natural, targeted solution to help clear and soothe blemishes effectively without over drying the skin. It contains antibacterial properties and purifying ingredients such as Community Fair Trade tea tree oil, tamanu oil and aromatic lemon tea tree which have natural antibacterial and purifying properties.
Spot Treatment: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion AUD$24Oh Mario. I've used this treatment for over a year now on and off and it always works wonders. It always takes a few days to get rid of the nasty red breakouts but you always see an improvement each day. We've been using this on Ben's back as well and it's helping calm his blemishes and not be so obvious when he wears a singlet to the gym. For $24, this bottle will last a few months if not longer and is definitely worth the purchase to help the severity and longevity of your blemishes.
You can purchase Mario Badescu products from your local Mecca store or online here.
From Mario Badescu (Mecca website): Mario Badescu's best seller, Drying Lotion is an excellent spot treatment made with a blend of Calamine and Salicylic Acid to clear up and soothe unsightly whiteheads overnight. A dab of this lotion will heal and dry pimples quickly. Adored by celebrities from Hollywood to London-town, it's no wonder this overnight treatment has become world famous.
Day Cream: Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser AUD$9.95My skin has become overly sensitive in the past couple of months and have needed to switch up some of my skin care to accommodate for this. This moisturiser is super light yet still hydrating enough to keep my skin free from dry patches. When I have breakouts, I use this one at night as well as I don't like to use a heavy moisturiser when I have blemishes I want to disappear.
Sukin products are sold in Priceline and most chemists around Australia
From Sukin: Shea butter and aloe vera with rose hip, sesame and jojoba oils to promote moisture and balance the skin. This light and gentle moisturiser, boasts shea butter and aloe vera to calm and soothe the complexion.
Day Cream/ Night Cream: O Cosmedics Immortal Cream AUD$102This one very recently ran out on me but I am heading to my beauty salon this week to pick up some more. Pregnancy has made my skin extremely sensitive and whilst this one is great most of the time, others it feels a bit harsh on my skin so I use the Sukin for a few days and then switch back. This Immortale Cream is extremely hydrating and you only need the tiniest little bit. This moisturiser is PERFECT for dry skin and also for more mature skin and ageing prevention. At $102, it is on the higher end of prices and this jar only lasted me about seven weeks however, I am definitely repurchasing as I think its a great investment for my skin and what is more important, really?! With my next jar I will use slightly less (1 pump instead of two) and make the jar last a little longer.
As mentioned above, O Cosmedics can only be purchased at selected beauty salons. Click here to find your closest one.
From O Cosmedics: Cutting edge super-antioxidants and potent concentrations of V8 peptide complex™ make this age defying cream a five star anti-ageing treatment. Fortified with mega doses of vitamin C it works to awaken and hydrate the skin, assist relaxation of muscles and help to reverse and diminish the signs of ageing whilst providing a feeling of instant lift.
Eye cream: REN Keep Young Firming Lifting Eye Cream AUD:$58I've been searching for a really good eye cream for a long time now and I still don't think I'm quite there yet. This one is OK... but for $58, I really did expect a but more from it. I don't see any noticeable brightness, firmness nor does it make me look more awake when I'm not wearing makeup. I haven't used very much of it just yet so thinking of returning it to MECCA to try something else which the woman who served me was kind enough to offer if I didn't like it. Please comment with any amazing eye cream/ treatments below. I need something amazing.
You can buy this one from your local MECCA store or online here but obviously, as I am not enjoying this, would suggest requesting a sample to use before purchasing a full tube.
Protect: O Cosmedics Mineral Pro (Tint) AUD$47If you've read my previous posts (especially this one here), you'll know how important sun protection is to me. I really dislike using a moisturiser that has SPF in it so will always use a separate sun protection. After I discovered how much I love O Cosmedics, I wanted to try a few different products from their line. My beauty therapist suggested Mineral Pro as a sun proectant and to be honest I was a little reluctant to spend that much on a sun cream but I am so glad I did. This stuff is incredible. Its 30+, light weight and tinted so you can wear it alone or under your foundation and the smell is just divine!
Face Mask: Origins Clear Improvement Mask AUD$37I am really enjoying this one. It is a tiny little bit harsh on my sensitive skin at the moment but it is bearable to use and does help clear out my pores. I love a little pamper night and use this once a week to clear out any excess dirt, make up etc out of my pores and give my face a deep clean.
You can purchase this at your local MECCA store or online here.
From Origins (MECCA Website): Environmental pollutants can play havoc with our skin, clogging pores with dirt, debris and other nasties. The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is designed to give your pores a deep, thorough clean. Formulated with the benefits of Activated Charcoal, which act like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, this creamy smooth mask also packs White China Clay to quickly absorb oil, while Lecithin eradicates impurities to leave skin clean as a whistle. The results include skin that is soft, smooth and purified, with fewer breakouts and minimised pores.
Let me know in the comments below if you have used any of my current skin care products!
*products have been gifted to Tahana Lee for consideration however opinions are true and her own