Erin's Current Skincare Favourites

Lately I've been using some products that are relatively new to my routine and are really getting me excited about skincare! I focus my routine on making my dry skin look more even, bright and hydrated. Check out this post about my recommendations for skincare best suited for oily and/or acne-prone skin.

Forest Essentials Revitalizing Kashmiri Walnut Gel Scrub – My friend surprised me with this after her latest trip to India. I'll admit that I was initially hesitant to try this because I tend to steer clear of scrubs – I immediately associate scrubs with harshness and artificial scents (let's just say my memories of the St. Ives Apricot Scrub are still fresh). This scrub quickly changed my opinion. After using this the first time I could not believe how soft my skin is! It contains super fine walnut powder to very gently exfoliate the skin. Aloe vera, vitamins A and E, and herbs native to India, like agnimantha and kachoor, also have benefit for the skin. I'll keep my eye out for a great facial scrub that's more accessible. 

NUXE Crème Prodigieuse Night Moisturizer – This cream is definitely not for everyone. The thick consistency rich with plants oils might be too heavy for oily skin types. As well, it has a very strong sweet, slightly floral scent that I love but not everyone will like. I actually like this alot more than the NUXE day cream because this completely absorbs and doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy. I'm hesitant to say that this does much beyond keeping my skin moisturized, although the brand claims that it fights oxidative stress. I do appreciate that 89.5% of the ingredients are of natural origins – I do love me some natural skincare and makeup.

Odacité Pure Elements Blueberry and Jasmine Serum Concentrate – The Pure Elements fr cell energy collection offers 18 ultra-targeted skin remedies, for remarkable results in minimal time. Each Serum Concentrate is born of the alliance of ancient medicinal plant knowledge with the research and clinical studies of modern science, to create powerful skin boosters. Each drop is a concentrated dose of vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, which are all essential in skin regeneration as well as detoxification. Formulated for perfect skin compatibility and deep absorption, wether your skin is mature, sensitive, devitalized or fighting pimples , there is a perfect formula for you. Super concentrated, 2-3 drops a day, mixed in your dose of moisturizer is all it takes! The serums are all different prices and smell differently based on the formula, which I like because the price isn't blanket for each one, but you get what you specifically pay for. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for Eyes – I raved about the Hydro Boost face cream before and continue to recommend it to my friends. It was perfect in the summer as a lightweight gel moisturizer, so although my dry skin requires a bit more in the winter, I'll absolutely repurchase it. I spied this eye cream in the bathroom of Emily Weiss, founder & CEO of the beauty website Into the Gloss, in her recent Top Shelf. High amounts of hyaluronic acid locks in moisture to keep the eye area smooth (exactly what you want under makeup to prevent caking or creasing). Plus the oil-, fragrance-, dye-free formula is exactly what you want in that delicate area.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads – Since learning about acid exfoliation, my skin has never looked better. While it's a must for acne-prone skin, virtually anyone will benefit from some form of it. Since the amounts of lactic and glycolic acid are quite low, I don't get the same level of results as I've come to expect from other acids that I use, such as the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator. However, this does mean that I can use them daily, and they would be great for anyone new to acid toning or for those with very sensitive skin.

What skincare are you using and loving at the moment?