This is the hardest post I’ve ever had to write.
How the heck do I choose only 5 skincare products to use for the rest of my life?!
My skincare routine may be short and minimalistic but I like to try new antiaging serums or sunscreens all the time. Sure, I have my faves I keep coming back to over and over again, but still how do you choose between your babies?! *sighs*
I did choose to focus on antiaging, though. I don’t have acne, sensitive skin or dark spots to deal with. My main concern is to keep my slightly dry skin happy while keeping those pesky wrinkles away. The products below fit the bill.
So, if you were to put a gun to my head and force me to choose only 5 skincare products to use for the rest of my life, this is what I’d pick:
1. LIZ EARLE CLEANSE AND POLISH HOT CLOTH CLEANSER (£14.50)
Best. Cleanser. Ever. I often stray (hey, I have a beauty blog, gotta try new stuff for review!) but I always, always, always come back to Liz Earle Cleanse And Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Its creamy texture removes every last bit of makeup, dirt and other impurities and moisturises skin at the same time. Afterwards, my skin is perfectly clean and silky soft. It comes with a cloth to provide a gentle exfoliating action that even sensitive skin can tolerate. You just have to try it.
Available at: Feel Unique
2. PAULA’S CHOICE RESIST ADVANCED SMOOTHING TREATMENT 10% AHA ($36.00)
My skin is pretty used to chemical exfoliation so if I only had to use one AHA product for the rest of my life, I’m going for a high dose, like 10%. But that’s not the only reason why I chose Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA. It’s loaded with different types of AHAs + salicylic acid, a powerful cocktail that gets rid of dead skin cells, boosts collagen and prevents + treats breakouts (I may not be very prone to them but if I can only use 5 skincare products, I’d have to sneak something in there for emergencies 😉 ). Plus, it has its fair share of soothing antioxidants to fight wrinkles and calm down irritations. It’s a keeper.
Available at: Paula’s Choice
3. Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum ($38.00)
An antioxidant serum is a must in any skincare routine. I’ve picked Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum for two reasons. One: it has Vitamin C + Vitamin E + ferulic acid (CEF), one of the most powerful combos against free radicals. These antioxidants are powerful on their own but, when used together, boost one another’s effectiveness and the protection of your sunscreen too. But, instead than using the pure, harsh and unstable form of Vitamin C like most CEF serums do, this one has a more stable and gentler derivative (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) so it won’t go bad within a few short weeks nor give you an irritation. The other reason? In pure Paula’s Choice style, this serum is loaded with plenty of other antioxidants, including superoxide dismutase (it’s one of the most powerful out there!).
Related: Types Of Vitamin C Used In Skincare
4. The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (£9.00)
Rose hip seed oil is one of the few oils everyone can use. Its lightweight texture sinks quickly into the skin, leaving no greasy residue behind (no, not even on oily skin). Rose hip seed oil is high in linoleic and linolenic acids, two fatty acids that are incredibly moisturizing and soothing. Plus, it’s a natural source of Vitamin A, so it helps fight wrinkles, dark spots and acne. Let’s be clear here: rose hip seed oil is NOT as strong as prescription retinoids but is a great alternative to OTC forms of Vitamin A, like retinol. It’s basically an one-stop shop for all your skincare needs. I’m picking The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil because it’s cheap but any other brand will do.
5. Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ($65.00)
This is as close to perfection as a sunscreen gets. Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 uses microfine zinc oxide (Z-Cote) and titanium dioxide to protect from the entire UV range without leaving a white cast or greasy residue behind. It’s fragrance-free, gentle enough even for the most sensitive of skin types and is tinted. If only it had antioxidants, it would be absolutely perfect!
Available at: Dermstore
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Now it’s your turn! If you could use only 5 skincare products for the rest of your life, which ones would you choose?
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