As we all know, the most important part of any beauty regimen is keeping your skin hydrated, so I thought I would share a few of my favourite tried and tested face creams and serums that I have used over the years and a couple I have discovered recently. All five of which have hydrated my combination skin and as a bonus, there were a couple with additional benefits including toning, brightening and plumping.
La Prairie – Cellular Hydrating Serum 30ml
La Prairie hails from Switzerland, and is known for treating skin at the cellular level, a combination of beauty and science. I started using this hydrating serum in my 20s as I have combination skin and wanted something lighter while not being oily or heavy. This serum was fantastic, and while I used it specifically for my combination skin, it is suitable for all skin types. It glides on evenly and feels very lightweight on my skin after application while providing enough hydration.
The green tea and grape seed extracts are powerful anti-oxidants and help protect skin cells from damage. I used it morning and night and tended to use this serum more in the warmer months in lieu of a typical cream. As a serum has a lighter consistency, I found that I needed less product per pump then with a cream and it does last quite a while, my bottle lasted for approximately 6 months so it is worth the investment. Overall, I find this is a great serum for younger skin.
Key ingredients include; Green Tea and Grape Seed Extract, Vitamin C, Algae and Panax Ginseng Root Extract.
La Prairie Cellular Hydrating Serum is available from most major department stores and retails for £177.00 for 30ml and can be found at Harrods here.
Elemis – Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix 50ml
I came across Elemis earlier this year at Harvey Nichols when I was after a cream which was really intense and moisture rich. Since then I have used it daily. Elemis are known for blending botanicals and laboratory-made ingredients such as peptides and anti-oxidants in their products which result in unique formulas.
Now in my 30s, I feel my skin does need a separate over night cream and day cream and one that also targets fine lines. The Pro-Collagen Over Night Matrix provides that extra intense moisture boost overnight with the help of the protective ‘matrix’ seal and the pro-collagen formula works to help plump out fine lines. Before I apply it, I use the the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm in the evening to cleanse my skin – this comes in a large 105 ml tub with mini face towel and is great for removing all traces of make-up. I then apply the over night matrix both on my face and décolletage and let it soak in overnight. Another point to note is that all Elemis products smell divine. In the morning I can see the difference; my skin is a little plumper and my fine lines are slightly reduced.
For day coverage, I use the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream with SPF 30 moisturiser, this is also a good base under makeup as it is easier for me to apply foundation evenly as my skin surface is smoother and hydrated plus the added SPF 30 is fantastic (even on overcast days there are still UV rays, and your skin still receives the sun’s harsh effects).
Key ingredients include; Padina Pavonica, Microalgae, Drone Peptide, Wild Indigo Oligosaccharides and Gingko Biloba.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix retails for £145.00 for 50ml and can be found here. The Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm retails for £43.00 for a 105ml and can he found here and the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30 retails for £85.00 for 50ml and can be found here.
Little Butterfly London – Petals and Blooms Brightening Anti-Oxidant Serum 30ml
Little Butterfly London are a luxury mother and baby British brand leading the way when it comes to organic skincare with their ingredients all derived from organic farming and their products are Ecocert organic certified. I use their products on my baby (who is now a toddler and still using them) from day one, and am completely in love with their gentle Bubbles in the Breeze Top to Toe Wash for children.
After spending a lot of time outdoors in the Australian sun in my 20s, I have developed a couple of sun spots and freckles. Which meant I was keen to try a moisturiser which would also help fade these gradually, without the typical radical brighteners found in other brands. When I read that the ingredients in this serum were predominantly plant based and naturally derived, including a botanicals such as bilberry, sugar cane, maple, orange and lemon – I was very keen to try it.
As well as being incredibly moisturising, this serum also has a gentle exfoliate which encourages cell renewal and is non-comedogenic which basically means it doesn’t clog pores and I can feel that even after applying it, my skin can still breathe which is fantastic. As with most serums, it has a light consistency and glides on quickly. After using it for a while, I can see a gradual fade of my freckles and sun spots, and a smoother and brighter skin tone overall. And most importantly, it still provided the moisture I needed at the same time.
Key ingredients include; Citrus Lemon and Orange Extracts, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sugar Maple, Orchis Macula (Orchid) Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract and Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Fruit Extract.
Little Butterfly London Petals and Blooms Brightening Serum retails for £56.00 for 30ml and can be found at Little Butterfly London here.
Sunday Riley – Good Genes Treatment 30ml
I came across Sunday Riley at Sephora in the States when I ran out of my moisturiser while on holiday. The consultant recommended it and advised it was their best seller when it came to an all round good performing moisturiser. Apparently it also smooths, refines, clarifies and brightens, whilst improving your skin’s thickness and elasticity and I was skeptical at first given the multiple claims but decided to try it for myself.
After using it daily for a week I did notice my skin was a little more toned, brighter and smoother. So three of the claims made did work. It can also be used as a mask for an intense treatment, however given the smaller size of the bottle I preferred to use it as a moisturiser as otherwise it would run out too quickly. Bear in mind, the lactic acid content and other active ingredients renders it is unsuitable for sensitive skin types. I used it for a half a year before I switched to a less ‘active ingredient’ moisturiser, therefore I would say it is good to use now and then for an intense refresh of your skin however not for an extended period of time.
Key ingredients include; Lactic Acid, Agave Tequilana Leaf (Blue Agave) Extract, Lemongrass Extract, Opuntia Tuna Fruit, Opuntia Vulgaris (Cactus) Extract and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract.
Sunday Riley Good Genes is available from Net-a-Porter and retails for £85 for 30ml and can be found here.
Sukin – Facial Moisturiser 125ml
Last but certainly not least, is a budget friendly natural moisturiser which is great for everyday, day and night. Sukin is a natural based Australian brand which uses a myriad of botanicals, antioxidants and essential oils all made in Australia. This moisturiser is gentle enough to use on the even the most sensitive skin as it is paraben free and includes a combination of plant based ingredients like aloe vera, horsetail (it’s a plant!), nettle and burdock. It provides light hydration and while also softening the skin. As it is quite light, I did use a liberal amount day and night so prepare for it to run out quickly if you are using it regularly.
Key ingredients include; Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil and Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter.
Sukin Facial Moisturiser is available from Holland & Barrett and retails for £8.49 for 125ml and can be found here.
Hope you enjoyed my edit, bear in mind that everyone’s skin is different and what may work for me as mentioned above may not work for you or suit all skin types. Below is a handy skin type guide I found online to help determine what your skin type is when you are looking for a specific moisturiser.
Kerstin // Lux Mumma