Apologies for taking FOREVER to get this final skincare week post up, life got a bit lifey. (I knew I shouldn’t have called it “Skincare Week”. I was doomed to fail from the start.)
This final post on my five favourite treatments was definitely the hardest to write. There are SO many wonderful treatments designed to target very specific problems and I feel a bit guilty thinking about the ones I love that haven’t made this list.
It was particularly hard not to include Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (£37) but as I only bought the full size of this product relatively recently, I didn’t want to include it just yet as I’ve only been using it for weeks rather than months. Including it would have meant bumping out one of the Aesop treatments and as I’ve sworn by them for a couple of years now, I didn’t quite have the heart to. But consider that little blue bottle of Kiehl’s goodness highly commended, I’m really enjoying it so far.
Here are the five that DID make the list…
1. Aesop Control Gel – £15
I bought this in a rage after my skin went haywire in Portugal last year (don’t tell me it was anything to do with the endless bag of crisps I ate, I SHAN’T believe you) and I’m pleased to report it does work well for zapping spots before they become enormous as well as calming those which have already erupted.
It’s basically a clear gel which you apply directly to blemishes, not dissimilar to some of the concoctions I’d apply to spots as a teen except this comes with the added benefit of not stripping your skin to smithereens.
The gel never really sets as such, so don’t have visions of sleeping with toothpaste-esque dried spots. You can apply it over make-up though and I just keep topping up with a little dab throughout the day.
There’s no sting and no drying, just the soothing love an angry spot needs to get the hell off your face.
I’m not sure how effective it would be for more acne-prone skin, but for occasional blemishes I find it works wonders.
Oh and a tube lasts for ages.
I know I’ve banged on about this eye cream before (I’ve banged on about all these favourites a lot before tbh, hence being favourites!) but I am STILL yet to find an eye cream that rivals this one…and trust me when I say I’ve tried a lot.
I think what really seals the deal for me with this one is that it really doesn’t migrate at all; it’s thick and creamy and sits exactly where you to tell it to. A little goes a long way and your eyes don’t dry out as the day goes on or – even worse – start watering.
I am genetically predisposed to suffer from milia (thanks Dad!) but I can use this daily with no problems. (I am using acids to keep them at bay too, but using a creamy product like this hasn’t been a problem).
3. Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Treatment – £39
I’d safely say that this is the oil that turned me onto facial oils. I’ve been using it for a for two and a half years or so now and I CANNOT get enough of it.
It contains nine anti-oxidants and fatty acids (think Parsley Seed, Blackcurrant Seed, Rosehip Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil etc) and if you apply it to clean skin before bed you’re basically guaranteed to wake up to beautifully hydrated smooth and supple skin.
A few drops can be added to your fave moisturiser as a bit of a “booster” but I prefer just to slather it on to clean skin and leave it to do its thing unassisted.
I have quite a few night treatments I like to rotate these days but I did go through periods of using this three times a week and it never felt “too much”. I probably only use it once or twice a week now.
Again, it lasts for AGES. You really only need three to five drops for your whole face and neck, depending on how dehydrated you are.
4. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum – £47 for 30ml or £68 for 50ml
(Ole Henriksen is significantly cheaper in the US where you’re looking at more like £50 for the big 50ml size. I try to only buy it in the States or get friends to bring it over for me but flat rate shipping from Sephora is actually pretty worthwhile in this instance!)
This little orange fuelled slap of Vitamin C is my all-time favourite serum, as I’ve already blogged about in more detail here.
I’m hoping a serum counts as a treatment, because I don’t LOVE five separate serums enough to be able to give them their own post but this serum *is* definitely a treat(ment).
I have bought more than six bottles of this now and I wouldn’t be without it.
5. Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment – £51
Another overnight treatment from Aesop which makes me feel all Princess Jasmine and decadent beyond belief.
This treatment is particularly recommended for very dry or dehydrated skin and it features ten botanical oils packed full of Vitamins A, E and C to soothe and restore.
It claims to re-balance itchy and tight skin as well as helping those with combination skin who have patches of oiliness and dryness, but I’ve only ever really used it for a deep boost of moisture. And boy does it deliver on that front.
Of course, the rose scent is pure heaven (derived naturally from the rose oils, I should add!) and whenever I use this before bed I feel like I’ve just stepped out of a spa, rather than clambered across laundry looking for the TV remote whilst knocking over a pint of water.
And that’s it for the unexpectedly long Skincare Week!