13 September 2013

Favourite... Skincare Products

(My skin: Fair colouring, Normal - though prone to both dry and oily areas, Hormonal break-outs usually around my chin/neck, Dark under-eye, in my thirties so some anti-aging concerns)

I’ve tried a LOT of different skincare brands over the years. Technically I have ‘normal’ skin… I try to avoid heavily perfumed products… and whatever is in Elizabeth Arden or Estee Lauder (both brands sent me to the doctor with allergic reactions that required meds to fix! And then there was the time I had an allergic reaction to the meds they gave me for my allergic reaction – that left me with hives and on steroids! Beauty eh?).

 I’ve used Shiseido, Clinique, Garnier, Joyce Blok (really lovely NZ products), Dr Hauschka (gorgeous, but too rich for my skin, mixed with the NZ climate), Neutrogena… I am not against mixing and matching brands either.

My newest favourite (for the last year plus) started with a cleanser sample sent with an online order. I fell in love with the sample, and ironically the company then couldn’t ship that brand to me!

That brand is Decleor. The luxurious natural ingredients are gorgeous on my skin. Love the brand and what it stands for.

However, the price is an issue. It’s steep, especially in NZ. Luckily for me, I can get the products at a reduced rate through Strawberrynet. For example, I had a Decleor facial at a local salon and was offered a 30ml night balm for NZ$154. I recently purchased the same sized balm for NZ$64.50 on special at Strawberrynet (even the normal price of NZ$83 is cheaper online). I’m sorry, but the price would be prohibitive for me if I wasn’t buying online.

So, for the interested few, here is my basic skincare routine – morning and night.

1. Aroma Cleanse Essential Cleansing Milk with Neroli Essential Oil (Face and Eyes)
For instantly cleansed face and eyes. This product is an undisputed star in make-up removal, this light and fresh milk instantly cleanses the face and eyes, bringing a sensation of absolute comfort. Suitable for all skin types, Essential Oils of Lavender, Petitgrain and Mallow soften, calm and decongest to leave skin fresh, clear and perfectly balanced. Benefits: Removes make-up, Softens, Soothes, Refreshes.

I use this day and night, regardless of makeup. I love that this one product does it all. Mascara is a little harder to remove I will admit. I massage this over my entire face and neck, and then remove with a warm face cloth. My skin always feels gorgeous afterwards.

2. Decleor Aroma Cleanse Essential Tonifying Lotion with Neroli Essential Oil
For revived, refreshed and toned skin. This product is an alcohol-free lotion to tone all skin types. For pleasantly revived, refreshed, toned and softened skin. An essential step after make-up removal, it completes the process, leaving a delicious sensation of freshness. Benefits: Revives, Awakens, Tones. Paraben-free.

Great follow-up to the Aroma cleanser. Light and refreshing. I apply with a cotton pad.

3. Decleor Aromessence Neroli Comforting Serum (Daytime use)
For skin that is visibly enhanced, soothed, soft and radiant. 2013: Instyle Best Beauty Buys winner for the 5th year running! This product is a 100% natural, multi-ingredient serum to boost the effectiveness of your day cream, for skin that is radiant and bright, relieved from daily stress. A serum that we all need at certain times of the year. Delicate and silky, in natural harmony with the skin. Decleor Aromessence Neroli Comforting Serum is easily absorbed after application, without leaving an oily film on the skin surface. Benefits: Softens,  Relaxes,  Restores radiance. Free from Preservatives, Mineral Oils and Colourants.

It’s my understanding that this serum is for ‘All Skin Types’, though there are serums available for specific types. I love this product: warming it between your hand and applying is delicious (the smell!).

4. Expression De L'age Relaxing Smoothing Eye Cream (Day/Night time use)
This product is designed for the first signs of aging. It preserves the youthfulness of the eye contours by treating wrinkles, fine lines and expression lines, visible dark circles, dehydration lines and irritation. Benefits: Designed for the first signs of aging (30+ years old), Reserves the youthfulness of the eye contours, Prevents the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, Treats dark circles, dehydration line and irritation.

5. Expression de L'Age Radiance Smoothing Cream (Daytime use)
This product is designed for the first signs of aging. It provides instant and long-term results to help women age gracefully. This lightly textured cream smoothes and helps prevent the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, while boosting the skin's radiance. Radiance Smoothing Cream targets fine lines, wrinkles, expression lines, dull complexions, dehydration, irritation, minor blemishes and dilated pores. Benefits: Designed for the first signs of aging (30+ years old), Provides instant and long-term results, Prevents the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, Boosts the skin's radiance.

6. Decleor Aroma Night Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm (Night time use)
Melting and delicious, This product is a 100% natural balm, providing a deep-down treatment to rebalance combination to oily skins, leaving them clearer, healthier and amazingly radiant. For the promise of awakening to visibly healthier, clearer skin and a radiant complexion. Decleor Aroma Night Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm has a melting texture that is easily absorbed. Benefits: Cleanses, Purifies, Rebalances, Reduces imperfections, Soothes.

Previous to the ylang ylang balm I was using the neroli night balm. I changed to this one to balance out my combination skin.

I have tried a Decleor exfoliator, but I didn't like it. I've found one by another brand that I do love though... :) I also use different brand face masks, but haven't had the chance to try any Decleor branded ones.

Do you have a favourite skincare product or brand? What works best for your skin type? Decleor fan like me? Comment below :)

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