Skincare Favourites of 2018 – Part 4

So the finale is here…….

The final post of my Skincare Favourites of 2018.

I have enjoyed whittling down the skincare products I adored in 2018, and if you fancy checking out the other posts you can find them below:

The products that exfoliate and improve my skins appearance & texture.

The products that calm, soothe, nourish and hydrate my skin.

The products help to prevent and treat spots, blemishes, whiteheads and blackheads.

The final post focuses on my favourite anti-ageing products of 2018.

All the products in the above posts also contribute to this post, in some way.

If my skin is exfoliated it appears smooth, if it’s hydrated it appears glowing and radiant, and if blemishes and whiteheads/blackheads are reduced, skin appears clear.

The result – well younger radiant looking skin.

The products featured today, I use specifically to try and achieve younger looking skin. I know ingredients like Retinol, Vitamin C and Omega fatty acids help improve and strengthen the skin, promote collagen production, and with this, hopefully, over time assist in reducing the signs of ageing.

Whilst I am totally aware, none of us can appear forever young, unless surgery is involved. I still want to take the very best care of my skin, and I feel all the products featured today sure help with this!

So here goes…

Derma- Roller:

Over the time that I have used a derma-roller, my overall skin condition has remarkably improved. Acne scarring on my cheeks has drastically reduced.

Fine lines around my forehead have also became a lot less prominent.

I had my lip pierced many years ago, and this left a pin sized scar. This scar is now less noticeable.

I have a full in-depth post here which covers everything you will ever need to know about derma-rolling at home.

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane:

This oil contains 5% concentration of advanced retinoid active ‘Granactive Retinoid’, which has been shown to defy ageing, without any of the irritation commonly caused by retinol use.

I apply immediately after I have used my derma-roller and it has an oil texture that feels soothing and smooth when applied.

I have seen visible changes to my skin over the past year. Fine lines around my forehead are less visible and my skin tone feels and appears smooth and soft.

My skin is dry and dehydrated and it takes a while to fully absorb, so people will oily skin may want to avoid. But there are different percentages in the range, and if you don’t like oil based formulas the 2% version is water based.

Squalane is an ingredient that is commonly used in skincare products as it is a natural antioxidant and emollient.

Its a purse friendly and invasive way to incorporate retinol into my skincare routine, it costs a bargain £11.95, and usually lasts me around two months using it 2 or 3 times a week.

Kiel’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate:

I had been eyeing this elixir oil up for many years, and finally invested after trying a sample. I was confused about what it actually was. A serum or an oil?

After using it for around 12 months I would say it is a mixture of the two. An oil formula, with serum style properties.

It is enriched with Squalane and Omega-6 fatty acids. As per the title you are recommended to use the oil of a night, so it can work alongside the skins natural cell regeneration. The elixir claims to preserve youth and the skins moisture barrier, in turn leaving skin appearing plump, smoother and less fatigued.

It has the most relaxing and soothing scent. The aroma of pure plant based essential oils, including Lavender and Primrose oil.

It feels rich, yet lightweight and feels soothing and sumptuous on the skin. The formula is incredibly high-quality and doesn’t feel greasy nor synthetic. It helps my skin to appear healthy, glowing and hydrated.

I use this elixir when my skin is appearing tired, lack lustre, and find it helps to plump out and smooth the fine line around my forehead.

The Ordinary 1% Retinol in Squalane:

This product (depending on skin type, and previous expose to retinol based formulas) can be a little more tingly compared to the Retinoid 5% featured earlier, but it is a retinol based product and its aim is to promote skin turnover.

Over time I have built up a tolerance to retinol, it’s an ingredient I incorporated into my skincare routine a couple of years ago.

This is a purse friendly product, it doesn’t irritate my skin and it lasts around 2 months. (I use it twice a week).

The potency of retinol apparently weakens when mixed with water, so this formula is oil based.

I can highly recommend if you want to start incorporating retinol into your skincare routine, then this is a great product to try.

The Ordinary have a great guide on their website about what percentage of retinol and product would be right for you.

Superdrug Vitamin C Detox Skincare:

I initially picked this up on a whim, and I am now on my third bottle.

Priced at £4.99 this skin booster states that it ‭contains Kakadu Plum – ‭which has the highest known ‭concentration of Vitamin C of any food on the planet.

Vitamin C increases your skin’s collagen production to give you firmer, more plump skin and in turn smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Whilst I am not aware of the potency of Vitamin C included in this formula, I really like it.

It has a lightweight serum feel, and smells incredibly citrusy. I would say the scent is a little synthetic, but something I have adapted to over time.

It initially feels cooling and hydrating and after a couple of minutes it mattifies the skin slightly, but not in a drying way, it just feels slightly taught, yet leaves it feeling soft almost silky, and appearing smooth.

(I feel this would be an incredible product to apply just before make-up for people who have oily skin).

It doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind, like some fluid serums either.

Over time my skin appears healthy and the overall condition improved. From reduction of the appearance of fine lines and pore size, to an improvement in my skin tone.

This range is cruelty free, and it is unbelievable that it only costs £4.99.

Natura Bisse Essential Shock Intense Retinol Fluid:

I don’t really remember how I become acquainted with this product, I think my Mum gave it to me. I didn’t purchase it with my own pennies, because it costs around £90. Which makes me feel super sad, because I adore it.

A light milky hydrating fluid that feels so beautiful and gentle on the skin, it dries quickly and leaves the skin soft, smooth and glowing.

I have used this over 12 months once or twice a week and the day after each application, skin always appears so much more youthful and radiant.

Pores appear reduced, pigmentation on my cheeks seem less prominent and fine lines less visible.

The fluid is enriched with soy proteins, amino acids, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and retinol.

The work *shock* is a little misleading, as it is a gentle fluid and I don’t feel the potency of retinol in the formula is particularly high.

A firm favourite of 2018, but due to the price tag, one I wouldn’t purchase unless it was on offer.

So there we have it, done and dusted! My skincare favourites of 2018.

I do apologise for the long winded post. But I hope you found it a little helpful, and please let me know in the comments your favourite anti-ageing heros.


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