2013 Favourites- Skin Care

I went through a major skincare obsession about 2 years ago which led to me trying various cleansers, moisturisers, exfoliators, masks and skin treatments. I found many that I really liked and I might have even repurchased if I didn’t have so many others to get through. Today’s post is a round up of my favourite’s so far and the ones that I keep going back to.

1. Favourite Skincare Tool– Clarisonic Mia

I love my Clarisonic and have been using it for 3 years now and attribute my much improved skin to it. I used to have a lot of pigmentation and used to break out all the time so I decided to pare down my skin care routine. I started cleansing with the Clarisonic and Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and finished up by moisturising with the Cetaphil moisturiser. I did this for a few months and my skin started improving exponentially. I didn’t change my makeup routine but having this proper cleansing routine meant that it didn’t matter.

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2. Favourite Use Alone Cleanser- Emma Hardie Natural Lift and Scuplt Moringa Cleansing Balm

Having two ‘cleanser’ options is kind of cheating but I like one for use on its own and one for use with the Clarisonic. My Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm is my favourite for use on its own because I can work it into the skin to remove my makeup then wash it off with a face cloth and feel confident my skin is clean. My bottle is a little worse for wear from delivery but still works great. I love cleansing balms and oils and this one is a great option.

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3.. Favourite Cleanser for use with Clarisonic- Alba Botanica Natrual Hawaiian Facial Cleanser

I bought this while I was travelling in the States and fell in love with it and have been using it non-stop since then. I find it to be a perfect companion for my Clarisonic and the pineapple and papaya enzymes act as a chemical exfoliant. It also doesn’t irritate my eyes or leave my skin feeling dry and tight.

4. Favourite Toner- Hadalabo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion

This is kind of cheating because I don’t know if this is a toner as such but I use it in place of a toner. My friend picked it up for me while she was travelling in Japan quite a few months ago and I’ve used it every day since. The Hyaluronic Acid leaves my skin plump and moisturised and is really gentle.

One of the main philosophies I have about my skin now is to use gentle and hydrating products instead of the harsher, drying products that I used to favour. I didn’t like the effect alcohol based toners had on my skin and have seen an improvement since I started using this instead. Another product that I like using is the SKII Facial Treatment Essence but the price means that I only purchase it some times.

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5. Favourite Moisturiser- Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturiser with SPF 15

No matter how many fancy moisturiser’s I try, I always come back to this and this is my 3rd bottle so far. The moisturiser isn’t greasy and works well on my normal-combination skin. I love Aveeno products because they’re really no-nonsense, they do what they say without the bells and whistles and they’re very budget friendly.

6. Favourite Breakout Controlling Product- La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Corrective and Unclogging Anti-imperfection Care

This is a blogger/youtuber cult favourite and that’s for a well deserved reason- it works! Or at least it does for me. I’ve stopped using products that dry out my pimples and use this instead. I put it on my face when I feel a break out coming on or when I’m likely to break out such as right before getting my period. Since I’ve started using this, I haven’t had many breakouts and when I do, it’s usually because I forgot to use it. If you are planning on buying it, make sure you don’t get the acne treatment by accident because that one has Benzyl Peroxide and is spot treatment versus this one which is like a clear, hydrating gel texture that can be used all over the face.

7. Favourite Exfoliator- Alpha H Liquid Gold

I don’t use physical exfoliant’s like scrubs anymore and prefer chemical exfoliants and find they work better on my skin. I kept reading rave reviews of the Alpha H Liquid Gold range so I bought the kit and gave it a go and loved it! My skin felt so supple and radiant after I started using it. The pack comes with 3 bottles which contain 3 varying concentrations of Glycolic Acid in them. You finish one bottle before moving on to the next to get your skin used to the products.

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8. Favourtie Mask- Omorovicza Deep Cleanising Mask

I love watching skin care video’s by Ruth over at ‘A Model Reccomends’ and after she spoke about this mask, I went out and tried it. I love this brand and this mask is fantastic. I use it when my skin feels clogged or a week or two before a special event to give my skin a good deep clean. It’s quite pricey so I use it sparingly when I can.

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So there you have it, my 2013 Skin Care Favourites! It should go without saying that these are my favourites and what works well on my skin. They may not work on yours so always make sure you read ingredient lists and other reviews before you try them.

Have you tried any of these products before? What’s your ultimate skin care favourite? Let me know below!

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5 Comments on “2013 Favourites- Skin Care”

  1. January 14, 2014 at 8:41 PM #

    Inspiring collection, can’t wait for your next collection for this year…!!

  2. kflowermaquillage
    January 14, 2014 at 11:46 PM #

    Great picks lovely! I love the clarisonic & alpha H liquid gold too 🙂

    • January 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM #

      Thanks! The Clarisonic and the alpha products are so good. Should really remember to re-stock my liquid gold

  3. paritashah26
    January 16, 2014 at 5:26 AM #

    i am planning to get hada labo lotion as well! when do you use alpha-h? everyday night?

    • January 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM #

      The Alpha-h system has specific directions about how often you’re meant to each product before moving on to the next. Now that I’m only using the Liquid Gold Radiance, I use it every second night to give my skin a rest

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