Over the past few years, I've focused on improving my skin rather than covering it all up. My skin was all over the place in university, and went through quite a bad period in my final year. Since then, I've looked for products that will keep my skin calm and hydrated, while reducing breakouts and boosting radiance. It's a tall order, but I've finally found a few great stand-outs that I've repurchased again & again. My skin is happier & healthier than it's been in years, all thanks to the products below.
Caudalie Divine Oil - This was tucked into my stocking last Christmas (someone clearly knows me well ;) and I've loved using it. It smells so lovely and doesn't feel heavy on my skin. I don't love the packaging - this smaller version is just a bottle with a screw top lid, no delivery method for the oil - but that's a minor flaw I can work around.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum - I discovered this serum in 2014 and it totally changed my skin. I still get the occasional spot, but I'm always left with a red mark long after the spot is gone. This helps speed up the disappearance of the red marks and seems to brighten up the rest of my skin as well. Happy skin all round!
Fresh Rose Gel Hydrating Cream - If I could insert the praise hands emoji in here, I would! I always have a backup of this product on hand because I never want to be without it - it's that good. My skin loves this stuff - it keeps my combination skin nourished and balanced, all while smelling like a beautiful bouquet of roses.
Fresh Rose Face Mask - The rose gel cream is more than enough to keep my skin happy, but when I have an event coming up or want to have a spa night-in, this is the mask I turn to. My makeup always applies so much better on hydrated skin, so it's the perfect treat before an event, and feels luxurious without breaking the bank.
Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Oil - I was given a sample of this ages ago, and I noticed a difference in my skin almost right away. It's nourishing, hydrating, and seems to calm the redness my skin is prone to. It's lightweight enough for me to wear under makeup and it smells lovely. The bottle size is a tad ridiculous, but the dropper keeps any mess at bay.
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream - I love a night cream that leaves my skin looking 'plump' and hydrated when I wake up the next morning. While I certainly still have youth on my side, this cream certainly doesn't hurt either ;) This pot of goodness from Fresh leaves it hydrated, calm and nourished.
Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution - As a bit of a beauty lover, I can never resist trying something new. So when I read a few rave reviews of this product, I had to give it a try. In the 6 weeks or so that I've been using it, I've definitely noticed a difference in how quickly any red marks I have fade. I'll save my final thoughts for after I've finished the bottle (a little goes a long way with this!) but for now I'm really pleased with it.
Clinique Moisture Surge Face Mask - As if I didn't have enough hydration from the products mentioned above! Before you think I'm bonkers for hydrated skin, this was a gift from a fellow beauty lover. I've tried several products from Clinique over the years and this fits right in - great 'workhorse' products that do what they say they will. That probably shouldn't seem so revolutionary, but in this age of Photoshopping & outrageous claims, it's refreshing to find a product that lives up to its name.
Fresh & Caudalie have become two of my favourite skincare lines - they carry products I can trust and that have helped my skin tremendously. I feel like Fresh is best known for their sugar lip treatments and Caudalie for their Beauty Elixir, but both lines carry wonderful skincare if you're looking for something new.
I've rounded up all the products mentioned above and linked them below for easy online shopping (& review reading ;), but most Sephora & department stores should carry Fresh, Caudalie, and Clinique. Kiehl's can be found in some department stores, and they also have retail stores throughout North America. Happy shopping!
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