Part 3 of the skincare series, (Part 1 here, Part 2 here), I will be sharing some of my personal favorite products. It’s actually not a coincidence (as the name suggests) that all the products I’m featuring happen to be of ‘clear’ consistency.
BIODERMA CREALINE H2O
Bioderma is a cleanser/makeup remover combo which is a favorite of many professional makeup artists. Its clear, water-like consistency melts away makeup regardless of how stubborn even your eye makeup may be. It’s also gentle enough to use as a daily cleanser.
You apply a small amount on a cotton ball or pad and wipe away the daily grime and makeup. Although it leaves a light residue of oil on the skin, it’s nourishing enough to leave on – to benefit your skin even further. Otherwise, you can rinse away with warm water.
Bioderma has full range of skincare products which I hear a lot of praises about but I haven’t personally tried the other products to do a proper review on. You can find out more about the Bioderma products on www.bioderma.com. I haven’t come across Bioderma in any regular drugstores or department stores so I usually buy mine from ebay where there’s a lot of sellers featuring the Bioderma range. The 500ml bottle of this cleanser is the best value for money and it will last you for a long time as you only need very little of the product.
LANCOME CLEANSING WATER
This cleansing water is indeed very similar to the Bioderma. It’s a water-like cleanser/makeup remover which works in the same fashion as the Bioderma.
I find it’s a little less effective in removing stubborn eye makeup and it comes in a 400ml bottle and more expensive compared to the 500ml Bioderma.
The reason I included it is because it’s the closest product I have tried to the Bioderma and readily available from all Lancome counters, just in case online shopping is not your thing.
Contrary to its evil sounding name, witch hazel (derived from the plant itself) is an astringent -used for many decades as an anti-inflammatory. Known to work wonders healing wounds and rashes, as well as insect bites and the likes, this particular brand is also alcohol-free.
Where witch hazel fits into the world of skincare is its ability to work as a natural toner. It’s great for removing any additional makeup or grime that you may have missed while cleansing. Along with the above mentioned astringent qualities, witch hazel locks in moisture, sealing the skin cells so that you end up with clear and smooth skin.
I’ve had great results using this miracle product for quite sometime and at $4-$6 for a 240ml bottle, I’m more than happy to stick with it. Available in most drugstores or online.
Having won 85 skincare awards to date, this single bottle of plant extract and vitamin concoction is renowned for its healing properties especially with scars and stretch marks. Of course anything powerful enough to battle such skin issues is also very effective as a hydrating and anti-aging product.
Bio Oil can be used as a face, as well as a body moisturiser. You can also use it as spot treatment for dry elbows, knees and heels. With a very mild fragrance of the rose oil it contains, this is one product I always have in stock in my cupboard.
ARGAN (MOROCCAN) OIL
You may have heard of this miracle oil taking the skin and haircare industries by storm over the past couple of years. With its origins in Morocco, this oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree. Also know as “liquid gold”, rich in Vitamin E and anti-oxidants, Argan oil is a multi purpose product which can be used on the face, body and the hair.
You’ll see many skin, haircare and makeup products featuring argan oil now but I prefer the 100% pure organic type.
When purchasing any type of organic oil, it’s important to make sure it’s also cold-pressed, meaning it’s been extracted in its absolute natural form.
You can use Argan oil as a face or body moisturiser, as well as a leave-in hair conditioner to treat split ends, settle frizz and give your hair a healthy shine. I bought this particular brand at an absolute bargain price from ebay here.
EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is the queen of multi purpose products. Not only can it be used as a face, body and hair moisturiser but the pure type can also be used in cooking! (pure type of course) :)
Again, the purest form of coconut oil is always going to be the most effective in its moisturising qualities. It is especially benefitial for conditioning and adding shine to hair. It can be used as a leave-in conditioner, shine oil or hair mask.
The interesting thing about 100% natural coconut oil is that in warm weather, it’s a clear runny liquid as in the picture on the side, but in cooler conditions, it solidifies and turns into white butter. When in butter form, as soon as it comes into contact with the warmth of the skin, it melts into the clear liquid again.
This particular brand, being the purest form and harvested in the Fiji islands, can also be used in cooking. And if you’re a crazy fan of the sweet coconut smell like me, you can order it online at www.naturepacific.com
Derived from castor seeds, castor oil has been an essential ingredient in many high quality cosmetic products for years. Rich in moisturising abilities, castor oil in its natural form is more suitable to use on the body as a moisturiser or as massage oil.
It is quite thick and sticky in texture so it can be diluted with a carrier oil such as almond oil to thin out and make application smoother. It is especially effective after a warm bath or shower when the skin is already warm as it absorbs much quicker.
Castor oil is also known to help eyebrows and eyelashes grow. Apply a thin layer over the brows and the lashline (making sure not to get it in your eyes) before bedtime and it will help stimulate hair growth and strengthen the existing ones. Cold pressed and organic castor oils can be purchased from health stores or online. I purchased this particular brand online from www.echolife.com.au, though you may have to double check with the company if they offer shipping to your country.
CAUDALIE DIVINE OIL
I left this gem to last because it can be considered a luxury product you spoil yourself with and wow does it live up to its “Divine” name!
Caudalie is a French skincare brand and they’re renowned for their high quality products. Featuring the richness of organic hibiscus, sesame, grapeseed and argan oils, this particular oil is also laced with hints of woody / floral scents, which again is purely divine.
The specialty of this oil is that it’s a “dry oil”; meaning it will absorb into the skin immediately without leaving any sticky or oily residue behind. It’s also multi purpose and can be used on the face, body and hair.
It comes in a gorgeous glass spray bottle which makes the whole luxury experience that much more enjoyable. Caudalie brand is available at Sephora stores but I purchased mine online at www.hqhair.com
I hope the information above is helpful to those of you looking for natural yet effective skincare products. If you are currently using any of the products mentioned here, or you’re interested to try them, please share your thoughts in the comments section and let me know ;)