(Disclaimer: I bought all the products mentioned in this post though I’ve received pr samples in the past from Exuxiance, NeoStrata, Clinique, Dr Dennis Gross and Murad)
I know I’m terribly late handing this in but the blog had to take a back seat due to various other things going on in my life. Though untimely, I hope that this round up of my favourite skincare products of 2018 is still of interest. Previously, my ‘Best Of’ posts have only included new product launches. This time I’ve included a mixture of old favourites, new to me products and new launches. All the products are ones that I’ve either repeat purchased or plan to buy again. I think this gives a better and more honest reflection of how I make ‘beauty’ work for me.
I’ll start off to with the most important category in skincare and that’s sun protection. There are two SPF products that I pretty much use on a daily basis and though I do sometimes try something different I always return to these two. The first is the Murad City Skin SPF 50 and I use this if I want to wear a foundation or bb cream on top. I’ve written about it so many times now and the only complaint I have is the price (normally £55). However, it’s often available as a 2 for 3 or at 25% off and I stock up when these offers come up.
The other SPF that is equally as good is the Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50 (£29.50). I’ve used this so much over the last few years that I dread to think how many bottles I’ve got through. I don’t normally follow this up with foundation as it’s tinted and does an excellent job of evening tone and reducing redness. It can also be reapplied during the day without making my skin look weird and grubby. I often spot this product being recommended by dermatologists and cosmetic doctors on their Instagram feeds which I think speaks for itself.
The skincare serums that have impressed me the most this year are the Exuviance AF Vitamin C20 Serum Capsules (£59) and Neostrata Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum (£75) reviewed HERE and HERE respectively. With continued use I’ve found that the Exuviance AF Vitamin C20 Serum Capsules have really helped improve the look of the large pores on my mid forehead. I also love the capsule form as it’s means I don’t have to worry about spillages (I’ve knocked over so many bottles of Skinceuticals CE Ferulic). I also like how the capsules keep the ingredients fresh so I don’t feel pressured to use the product up quickly. This is particularly helpful as I’m coming round to the idea that it’s not necessary to use Vit C everyday.
I declared NeoStrata Skin Active Tri-Therapy a super serum when I originally reviewed it and since then it’s been cited numerous times as an ‘Editor’s Choice’ product in print. It’s also won the prestigious Aesthetics Magazine Skin Product of the year award. It brightens, smoothes and plumps the skin without any of the downsides that retinols can have. This makes it the perfect choice for those who find retinols too harsh or want to have a break from them but still want to improve the quality of their skin. There are clinical trials that demonstrate its efficacy but I can see for myself an improvement in my skin from using it.
Though I think Clinique’s 3 step system is well past its sell by date I do really like their new ‘Step 3’, The Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly. I’ve only used it neat (i.e without the custom cartridge of active ingredients you can add to it) but I think it’s a good HA type product with additional benefits such as being anti-pollution. I also think it represents good value at £31 for 125ml.
There’s a couple of masks that I’ve come rely on heavily over the past 12 months. The first is the Dr Dennis Gross Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask (£39) which I dab over my chin every couple of days and seems to limit outbreaks. The second is the Avene Soothing Moisture Mask (£11) I use when my skin needs some extra comfort.
While I’m sure most people’s favourite new skincare brand is the ultra instagramable Drunk Elephant, my choice is a range that is far more cheap and basic. Cerave isn’t going to win any pretty packaging awards but I’ve found the products that I’ve tried to be effective and good value. A particular favourite is the face and body Moisturising Lotion.
My next post will be on my favourite makeup of 2018…This post contains press samples unless otherwise stated. Please visit my Disclosure page for more information