Beauty Scrapbook: Skincare Ingredients, Cleansing and Skincare Routines from InStyle Magazine

Beauty Scrapbook: Skincare Ingredients, Cleansing and Skincare Routines from InStyle Magazine

Beauty Scrapbook: Skincare Ingredients, Cleansing and Skincare Routines from InStyle Magazine

In the May 2015 edition of InStyle magazine I spotted some essentials for my beauty scrapbook. It’s not often that skincare makes it into the scrapbook, as there’s nothing creative about cream but I really need these pages for future reference.

Packed on to one page is an explanation of those skincare ingredients that are highlighted as being the must-haves, eye creams and advice from Nichola Joss on skincare.

I really didn’t know what Hyaluronic Acid, Resveratrol, or Retinol were before I read the page. I had an idea about Vitamin C and Collagen-Boosting Peptides. All five of them seem good for skin, mainly to do with skin repair, hydration and plumping. Ideally I want one product with them all! Until I find one, I now have a handy little guide as to the individual products I can get to take care of my skin.

Nichola Joss’s skincare routine sets out the order of applying products. Whilst I was familiar with that, I wasn’t aware that serum needs a good while to sink in before moisturiser is applied on top. Looks like I really need to make my serums work (when I bother to use them!)

Another page I tore out gives summer alternatives to our winter moisturisers and a guide on how to cleanse properly. I am continually trying new moisturisers so this might help me out.

Did you know cleansing needed four steps? To be honest, I really don’t have the time and I don’t think scrubbing my dry skin to within an inch of its life is that healthy. In a nutshell, the advised cleansing regime is: oil cleanser, rinse using a muslin cloth, wash-off cleanser then micellar water. For me, I think a good compromise would be three steps – I’d miss out the second cleanse with the wash-off cleanser. When I use an oil cleanser I rinse and gently exfoliate with a muslin cloth anyway. Sometimes a little makeup is left around my eyes so that’s where the micellar water will come in to finish off the job.

There you have it, the latest addition to my beauty scrapbook.

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Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream

Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream

Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream

I received a teeny-tiny jar of Benefit’s It’s Potent eye cream by Benefit in a beauty box. I was looking forward to trying a Benefit skincare product, mainly because I like the gorgeous green glass packaging.

It’s Potent is a brightening eye cream which claims to fade dark circles. Unfortunately I was unable to put this to the test. It’s Potent is indeed very potent. When I put eye cream on I tend to get it on my eyelashes. When this got on to my eyelashes and I blinked, it burned my eyes! This happened twice so I decided to stop using it.

I decided that Benefit’s It’s Potent is for people who are very careful when applying eye cream and who really need to banish dark circles. For now, I’ll make do with a milder eye cream in not-so-pretty packaging and some concealer!

Vichy Idéalia Life Serum

Vichy Idéalia Life Serum

Vichy Idéalia Life Serum

Vichy Idéalia Life Serum. That’s a grand name!

I don’t really use serums but I did try this one with the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream. It claims to instantly give a radiant and fresh complexion with a more even tone.

I have to say, my skin did have a glow to it after using it – it freshened my complexion as promised and it also meant I didn’t have to use a double layer of Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream. It has a hint of a herby scent which always makes me feel like a product is good for my skin. I have tried much more expensive serums which really didn’t make any difference at all or even made my skin feel worse.

I’m glad I got to try this serum. If I ever felt the need to give my skin a boost with some serum, I’d probably pick this one.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream is a gel-crème moisturiser. It is light and refreshing and perfectly blends into my dry skin. It has the tiniest hint of fragrance and although I don’t like fragranced face products, there is something special about this fragrance.

Unfortunately this formula does not provide enough moisturisation for my dry skin which is a shame because I like using it. I have to use two layers of the cream, or layer it with the serum and most mornings I just don’t have the time. Perhaps I need to go for the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream. That’s going on the wishlist now!

Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1

Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1

Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1

The Vichy Pureté 3 in 1 is a cleansing milk, toner and eye make-up remover for sensitive skin. I have dry skin rather than sensitive skin but as I received this in a beauty box, I decided to try it as I really wanted to try some Vichy products.

It has a barely there fragrance – just enough for you sense that there is something there.  I usually don’t like fragranced products on my face but this one is just right.

I like cleansing milks and this is great because it has the fluidity of cleansing milk but it is a little thicker than a cleansing milk without being as thick as a cleansing cream.

As for performance, for some reason it takes me ages to get makeup off using a cream cleanser. This is whether I apply the cleanser to the face and wipe off with cotton wool pads, or apply the cleanser to the cotton wool pad and wipe it all on my face in a circular motion. I get through so many cotton wool pads! The Vichy Pureté Thermale is the same – it goes on nice and smoothly, and comes off the same but the process is not particularly quick.  I end up rubbing my cheeks a little too hard leaving them feeling tight! It make a valiant effort to remove eye make-up but that takes some rubbing too.

The plus side is that my skin is left feeling baby-soft and smooth once I eventually get all of my make-up off.

As far as cleanser performance is concerned, it’s ok.  It is good for travel because there is no need for a separate toner or eye-makeup remover although I would personally try to pack a separate (probably dual-phase) eye make-up remover to get all of the eye make-up off.  Despite that, I would probably buy some more of this cleanser because I love how it makes my skin feel, the price is nice (around £11) and I really like the hint of fragrance.