We’ve safely stepped in 2017 and now it’s time to evaluate the skincare products I used in 2016. I’ve discovered a number of new products, some of which I had to buy in South Korean online shops. 2016 truly was a year of skincare exploration…
Best 1st cleanser: Banila Co Clean It Zero
I started using this product in April 2016 and it lasted until January 2017. Granted, this was the bigger version of the product but still – isn’t this amazing? It lasted for absolute ages, even with daily use. This 1st cleanser gets rid of make up and waterproof sunblock like nothing else, it smells nice and isn’t greasy. The only thing I have a beef with is that it sometimes left me with blurry vision and it took a while for my eyes to get clear again. That aside, it’s pretty much perfect and I’ll repurchase it once I use up other cleansing products.
Best 2nd cleanser: Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Let’s mention the most noticeable thing first: this smells strongly of tea tree. I love tea tree scent so I had no problem with it – it made me feel like I was doing some serious spa treatment at home every night. It’s a lovely foaming/gel cleanser that gets rid of those last bits of make-up whenever I felt too lazy to do it properly with my 1st cleanser, it also removes any additional oil caused by the 1st cleanser, and it prepares the skin for actives (on days I decide to use them). Even when there were no actives involved, low pH does wonders for your skin. I don’t think this gel cleanser was too stripping but I definitely had to follow up with my skincare routine shortly after using it.
Best active: Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, along with Cosrx Good Morning Low pH Cleanser, made the biggest difference when I incorporated it into my routine. It unclogged some of my pores and got rid of the nasties hidden under the skin. I’m happy to report that because of it, my pores fill up more slowly and my skin is less bumpy. You do have to be careful when applying, though. Use it too often and you might end up with overexfoliated, dehydrated skin. Oh and always wear sunscreen/sunblock!
Best toner: Melvita Lavender Officinalis Floral Water
I’ll admit it, I cannot go on without this any more. It’s my favourite way of hydrating the skin after cleansing or using actives but it’s also useful to prevent make-up from caking or to refresh your skin on a hot summer’s day. This floral water is great for people with combination skin because it doesn’t add to shininess and helps cleanse your pores.
Best moisturizer: La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra
As days became colder, I had to find a moisturiser that would strike the right balance between protection and calming action (soothing ingredients, nothing causing a reaction on my skin). La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra had it all – shea butter, silicones, water, and a minimal ingredients list. Formulated for sensitive skin, it’s perfect for my redness-prone face and provides additional nutrition and moisturization (although there’s never enough moisture when it comes to dehydrated skin).
Best hair conditioner: Future Primitive Hair Rinse
I’ve already posted my review here so I won’t spend too much time describing it here. This is hands down the best conditioner I’ve ever, ever used. It’s an all-natural, silicone-free formula that gives the hair that special shine without weighing it down. It comes in various scents, too, so there’s no way I’ll get bored of it any time soon. The one on the photo features the scent called Festival (A heady waft of Nag Champa incense dipped in thick, black Indonesian Patchouli with a passing puff of smoke from a travellers’ house on wheels).
Best body balm: Future Primitive Whipped Body Butter
I’ve mentioned a similar formula in this review so let’s keep it short: it has a great butter to oil ratio to satisfy my dehydration and dryness prone skin. The perfume is strong but subtle enough, and there is plenty of variety – from sweet to herbal to younameit. The one on the photo is empty but I have purchased a new one already.
Best lip balm: Nuxe Rêve de Miel
Wow. This one shows no mercy to dry, cold weather damaging our lips, does it? It infuses our lips with beneficial properties of honey, beeswax, shea butter, almond oil, and other kinds of goodness (well, including silicones, I suppose). My lips are nearly instantly repaired, although this lip balm needs to be used consistently (not constantly!) to achieve the results. It’s a repurshase for sure – it not only nourishes my lips but it also preps them for lipstick.