As winter nears its close, I’ve been coming to the end of a lot of the little vials, tubes and tubs sat atop on my bathroom counter. When trialling a new skincare product, I like to use it in its entirety before I review it here, because I feel like that provides a fair portrayal of how it works throughout routine stressors like seasonal transitions and monthly hormonal fluctuations, as well as unexpected stressors like eating too much sugar and especially trying times at work.
Here are a few products I’ve been trialling lately that have made their way onto my favourites list.
Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream
Beautifully soothing and restoring, I’ve been using the Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream when my skin is in need of some serious nourishment. I’ve never tried anything like it before — it locks in moisture for hours, and somehow even wears well under makeup! A go-to for those with sensitive skin.
Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Face Oil
This bright green oil came into my life at the perfect time as I have been struggling with a hormonal acne problem since the start of this year when I came off and then went back on the pill. It’s not eradicating my acne completely [it’s not a magician] but the Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Face Oil does significantly reduce the size and improves the appearance of hormonal spots overnight. I also find it can stop particularly aggressive spots in their tracks if I apply it early enough, and it’s also an excellent after-care product for any spots you’ve picked at in a hormonal, stressed out daze.
Antipodes Divine Face Oil
Hands down the thickest and most nourishing facial oil I have ever used, the Antipodes Divine Face Oil has earned it’s place on my favourites list for life! I didn’t experience any periods of dry, flaky skin this winter, and that’s completely due to my continued use of this product. Couldn’t recommend it more.
Sunday Riley Saturn Sulphur Spot Treatment
Another blemish-related product, the Sunday Riley Saturn Sulphur Spot Treatment has become my holy grail for targeting acne while I sleep. I will admit that the texture is a little weird — halfway between slime and mousse — which can make it tricky to apply, but I do see the most results from this product compared to any other dedicated acne treatment I have tried. My tip for applying it is to squeeze out a little of the product on the back of your hand and use a q-tip to apply it directly to the blemish. I find this gets the highest concentration of the product onto your skin.
Antipodes Halo Facial Mud Mask
I’ve always been a fan of a mud mask but the Antipodes Halo Facial Mud Mask is a little different for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it doesn’t strip my skin dry like others that I have tried and secondly, I find it to be an excellent physical exfoliant too — probably due to the jojoba beads it contains. I know that we’re all supposed to be totally against physical exfoliants right now but I do think this product has merit in that it first softens the skin and loosens up the dead skin cells prior to the exfoliation. The way I let it soften my skin is by applying it just before I get in the shower and letting it sit on my face while I go through my usual shower routine. The steam prevents it from completely drying out on my skin, while at the same time opening up my pores to allow the mud to work its magic. I then gently massage the product off my skin while under warm running water and my face is left glowing and smooth. It’s the perfect pre-summer product for brightening up your complexion.