26 Feb 2014

Beauty: skincare update

As winter drags on, my skin is still feeling about as dull as the horrible weather, so it’s a great time to try out some more new skin care to pick me up a little.  We’re tackling all of the Winter’s dreary ‘Ds’ dullness, dryness, discolouration and errr, drunken injuries!

For dullness, and generally uneven skin texture and tone I’ve been trying the Pixi glow tonic.  Made famous by Caroline Hirons and then instantly impossible to get hold of, this has been on my must try list for a long time.  I’ve been using glow tonic on a cotton pad all over my face, after cleansing and before moisturising in the evenings.  It can sting a teeny bit, but it’s hardly noticeable, and sometimes when I use it it doesn’t sting or tingle at all – I guess it depends what kind of shape my skin is in at the time and what other products I’ve been using.      I saw the greatest benefit from this after the first use or two – in the morning my skin looked brighter, slightly smoother and more even in tone.  The only issue is that I keep forgetting to use it in my night-time routine, otherwise I'd probably be seeing better results.

I get a lot of redness on my face, especially in colder months.  My nose and cheeks are the most affected but I can have quite sensitive skin so am prone to a bit of redness anywhere.  I've been considering a hyperpigmentation treatment but just haven't fully committed yet.  In the meantime I've been trying the Clinique colour corrects redness primer, from their range of super primers to target various skin issues.  It doesn't cover the redness completely, as it's a primer and not a concealer type product, but the yellow colour certainly tones the red down and helps it to have disappeared by the time I have all of my makeup on.  The primer doesn't seem to minimise my pores as much as some other primers I've tried, but it tones down the redness well, gives a nice silky smooth base for makeup and will last me ages as you only need a tiny amount.  

For dryness, at night-time I've been trying the Organic surge overnight sensation moisturiser.  I didn't expect a whole lot from this moisturiser as it just looked like any other thick night cream, but, I was proved wrong.  I've been a bit obsessed with over-night masks for a while now, and I think that at £8.99 for 50ml this is a good alternative if you're wanting a similar effect without paying £20 - £30.  Because this moisturiser is so rich and thick it doesn't fully sink in when I apply it.  This probably means I'm applying too much, but I've continued with the same amount and will go to bed with the excess still on my face, allowing it to sink in more overnight. By the morning all of the moisturiser has disappeared and my skin feels extra plump and nourished.  

And finally my slightly embarrassing drunken injury.  I managed to trip up on my way home from a night out just before Christmas and cut the skin on the bridge of my nose.  It's left a little scar around the size of a squashed pea, and it's really bothering me as I think it's really noticeable.  I've had some Trilogy organic rosehip oil in my stash for a while and had heard it was excellent for scars but hadn't really had a reason to try it.  Once my cut was healed I started applying the rosehip oil every night before moisturiser, and although it's a slow process, the scar is definitely fading and shrinking.    

Are you trying out any great new skincare? 



  1. I use the La Roche Posay exfoliating toner; but want to try this from Pixi to see how it compares!
    Laura | A Life With Frills

  2. Is that the new Pixi packaging?! That's so different! I do love my pump one though, so simple in the mornings. I'm dying to try this Clinique primer, it sounds great at toning the red.

    Claire | AgentSmyth

    1. Yes I was surprised when it arrived as I'd expected the pump one too!

  3. I'd really like to try the Clinique primers, but not sure whether they're silicone based or whether they just feel like a cream when absorbed? I really hate the silicone feel ones, they just sit on top of my dry/dehydrated skin and make it look even drier! I've had to Organic Surge night cream on my wish list for a few weeks now, but want to use up a few others I have first before purchasing.
    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

    1. This one is more like a cream - I know what you mean about the silicone feel and this one doesn;t have that xx

  4. Nice picks dear and I am a big fan of Clinique.....xoxoxo...:)

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