It’s been a great year for skincare, hasn’t it? There’s been some great new releases onto the local market, and some hidden international gems too. I thought it would be nifty to share my favourite skincare hits of 2013 with you! Some of these are new releases, some are old classics, but they’ve all earned my tick of approval over the past year.
- Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel – I went back to basics with my cleansers this year, and this old faithful AHA/fruit enzyme-based cleansing gel is one of my all time go-to cleansers. The non-foaming gel doesn’t strip or dry out my skin, while the fruit enzymes help to exfoliate away any dead skin without compromising the healthy new skin underneath. It’s guy friendly too, with The Chap claiming a bottle for himself whenever he travels away for work. (AU$18.95, Kit Cosmetics)
- Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Hydrator – this creamy and hydrating fluid moisturiser has been a favourite of mine this year, handling the change from winter to summer skin without a hitch. During the cooler and drier months I used this as my daily hydrator, and in the warmer season I switched to using it as my night cream. It leaves my skin feeling soft and supple, but never greasy or overwhelmed. (AU$63, Aesop)
- Lancôme Dreamtone Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector – I raved about this serum just last month, and my opinion of it remains unchanged: this creamy pearlised serum is eight hours of sleep and a glass of champagne in a bottle. It blurs the line between skincare and cosmetics to create an instant luminous effect on my skin, whilst working long term to give me a more even skin tone. I don’t throw around superlatives too often when it comes to products, but in this case I think it deserves it: Dreamtone is incredible. (AU$105, Lancome)
- Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer – this at-home facial treatment is the most punchy (and expensive) in the Dermalogica at-home consumer line, and it’s not something I use all the time, but when the seasons are changing or I get that paranoid werewolf sense that my skin is about to go haywire, I always dip into my savings and pick up a fresh supply of Daily Resurfacer. The 35 individually portioned sachets in each box contain a potent combination of fruit enzymes, salicylic acid and AHAs that helps to smooth uneven skintone and give my face an overnight exfoliation treatment without the sting of an in-salon glycolic peel. Expensive, yes, but it can’t be beaten for those rare monster skin freakouts. (AU$93.50, Dermalogica)
- Uriage Gommage Integral Gentle Exfoliating Gel – while I’m a big fan of exfoliation, I’m generally not a big fan of physical scrubs. This sensitive skin-friendly scrub from Uriage is my one exception though, because I know it’ll always give a petal-soft finish to my skin without causing redness, irritation or scratches. It does double duty as a face and body exfoliant, and even The Chap reaches for it to smooth away the week from his face. (AU$39.95, Adore Beauty)
- Kit Cosmetics SPF 30+ Sunscreen – this stuff has been a staple in our household ever since my days of working at Kit Cosmetics, and for good reason. I’m an avowed non-sunscreen wearer because I can’t stand the thick, sticky feel of most sunscreens, but this sunscreen is super fine and dries to a soft velvet finish. No stickiness, no fuss, no muss. It’s great underneath makeup too. (AU$31.95, Kit Cosmetics)
Best Skincare Tool
- Clarisonic PLUS – after nearly five years of twice daily use my Clarisonic Plus is looking a little worse for wear, but it’s still my favourite skincare gadget. A little dash of my Mario Badescu cleanser on a delicate brush head makes for skin that’s soft and clean without feeling tight or abraded. Easy! (AU$265, Clarisonic)
Agree? Disagree? Have I missed out on something absolutely vital? I welcome your opinions so let me know in the comments below!