Last night a bunch of current skincare products came to an end all at once. Call me bonkers, but cracking open a new cleanser, serum and oil all at once is one of the simple joys that I’m exceedingly glad of during these dark days of early January. Feel similarly? Here are some newbies organised by concern to brighten your spirit and skin //
Sensitive & Reactive Skin / New brand Sond launched in the UK at the end of last year along with the most depressing press release that ever did land on my doorstep: a human’s supply of silica rapidly decreases year on year, with production being lower for women than men and depleting more rapidly. This is a bugger for we women (and eventually men) on the skin front – it needs the mineral form of silica to support collagen, which is basically the font of all youth/skin beauty thanks to its ability to keep skin bouncy and strong.
Don’t worry – I didn’t just go off on an impassioned rant about silica: this relates to Sond because they’ve based the four-part range on the powers of silica derived from quartz, throwing in some soothing glycerin, too, into the three topical products (a spritz, serum and oil). Number four is a supplement containing silicon, magnesium and calcium.
Blackheads / It’s really quite irritating that blackheads and acne are lumped together in the whole ‘blemished skin’ sack; they’re completely and utterly different complaints. Affordable kings of spot-tackling La Roche-Posay have fortunately cottoned on and made a new blackhead-specific serum called Effeclar K (+). LRP always send along shedloads of research with their new launches that take a good few reads to digest but I waded through it to come up with this summary:
1) blackheads = oxidised oil clogs/hyperkeratinisation
2) daily aggressors cause oily skin to undergo oxidation and encourage overproduction of oil that leads to problems
3) LRP have tackled all the above with a formula that includes anti-oxidant vitamin E (which will reduce the effects of pollution/poor lifestyle), anti-sebum agent airlicium, salicylic acid to unclog blocked pores, and Sebulyse to regulate sebum.
Acne / Sanctuary’s hero 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask has birthed a daily spot-fighting sister: the Sanctuary Warming Detox Charcoal Wash. The process of using it alone is quite fascinating – it is a second cleanse (refresher: first cleanse should remove surface debris like oil or make-up, second actually cleanse) that starts as a gel, warms and becomes an oil and, finally, foams when mixed with water and rinsed away. Containing myrrh to soothe and kaolin clay to draw out impurities, it’s a slightly less intense version of the mask.
Facialist extraordinaire and skincare expert for Santuary Nichola Joss says ‘I recommend applying the 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask on key areas of congestion that need a little extra TLC’ after cleansing with this. I wholeheartedly agree with her counsel, though would perhaps suggest using this five days a week to avoid overworking the skin unless prone to deep, cystic acne.