2017 was the year I became meticulous about my skincare routine. I tried so many products but there were a core group that I just couldn’t better. They’re the ones I recommend to everyone who’ll listen and the products I have a backup stash for. Here are my best of the best, can’t be replaced, skincare favourites of 2017, and the reasons you need to give them a go this year too.
I’m a big advocate of double cleansing and this is one of two cleansers I swore by as my second cleanse throughout 2017. For such a gentle cleanser, it packs a punch for your skin. This is a real glow-boosting, brightening product thanks to its 5% glycolic acid content – my skin loves it. I’m not a fan of actually scrubbing my skin so I love that this works chemically to exfoliate my skin whilst leaving it smoother, cleaner and brighter than it was before. I use this both in the morning and at night, especially around that time of the month as it’s great on my breakouts too. If you try it make sure you’re using a daily SPF because of the glycolic acid!
There isn’t a cleanser with more hype in the blogosphere than this. The hype actually put me off initially. However, you only need to try this a few times to understand that the buzz around this product is more than justified. Oskia describe this as an ‘illuminating vitamin melting cleanser’ – can you sense a theme? Yep, anything with ‘glow’, ‘brightening’ or ‘illuminating’ on it and I’m sold. It starts as a gel and turns into an oil as you work it into the skin, which makes it perfect for a bit of facial massage. That said, it’s far too good to be used for purely washing away makeup instead of actually cleaning your skin. Keep this as a second cleanser too. Packed full of Vitamins A, B2, C, E and pumpkin enzymes, this helps restore the skin and protect against pollution whilst detoxifing, smoothing and reducing puffiness. It’s a must-have.
I’m prone to super dehydrated skin – thank you air-conditioned office – but luckily, Nip+Fab are pretty awesome when it comes to hydrating serums. Hyaluronic acid works to keep the skin hydrated and plumped which is the secret weapon when it comes to looking youthful. The serum feels uber refreshing and unlike some hydrating serums, this doesn’t feel heavy on the skin or at all greasy. My skin absorbs it at record speed! Nip+Fab are hugely underrated in my opinion so if you’re looking for affordable skincare packed with good ingredients, they’re well worth checking out, and without a doubt, this is the product to start with.
If you’ve read my blog before, this choice will come as no surprise. I’ve been obsessed with Embryolisse for a while now and I can’t see that changing any time soon. I’ve done a full review here but in short, this product is the epitome of a multi-tasker. I use this as a moisturiser, a face mask and as a primer. Makeup glides on top of this perfectly and I notice an immediate difference if I don’t use it. If I had to pick one of my skincare favourites as my ‘standout’, it’d be this.
I’m a huge fan of facial oils and I’ve tried loads over the years but the Rose Oil Blend by Pixi is strides ahead of the crowd. Firstly it smells incredible but more importantly, it works wonders for my skin too. I often pop a layer of this on before I go to sleep knowing I’ll wake up with soft and well-nourished skin. This is lovely as prep for make up as you can count on it for giving you that ‘glow from within’ look. Pixi really are a go-to brand if you’re looking for brightening skincare on a budget. This oil absorbs quickly too, so if you’ve been put off face oils because you don’t want the greasiness, this is a safe bet.
Tea tree oil is hardly new in the beauty world but I really saw it’s value in 2017. Every month like clockwork I get hormonal breakouts and they drive me bloody crazy. By introducing tea tree oil into my routine more regularly, my breakouts have definitely lessened. I know that when I do have spots, using a bit of this means they go away quicker as well. The oil works by disinfecting pores and effectively dries out the spot so it heals faster – smart, huh? The only word of warning I’ve got for this is be careful you don’t over do it – the only thing worse than a spot is a scabby spot! They’re painful, take longer to heal and near impossible to hide with concealer.
Right, there you have my skincare favourites of 2017. Have you used any of them? What were your skincare favourites from last year?
Sincerely, Sarah xx