My skincare favorites

It’s been a hot minute since I posted about skincare but since I always get questions on my instagram stories when I show a new product, I thought it was time for an updated version. These are the products I am currently loving:

Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner

I have combination skin. My T-Zone gets oily very easily . This toner makes my skin feel cleaner, it minimizes my pores (around my nose) and also helps dry up any breakouts.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

I’m 35 years old and I started using it for wrinkle prevention. I am on my third bottle now. This anti-aging serum absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling smooth and radiant. It is more on the pricier side but a few drops go a long way. Since I’ve been using this, I wear a lighter foundation.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate

I use this when my skin is acting up or when I’m stressed since I can see it on my skin (hello 12-hour shoot days). This helps restore hydration & gets rid of irritation and redness. 

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

This is a hydrating serum. I especially love using this during the colder months when my skin gets extra dry. The texture is a bit sticky but if you apply other products afterwards, it goes away. What I also like about The Ordinary, is that most of their products are very affordable (usually under €10). 

Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask

I love this lip mask. I actually use it also in the morning. It also has hyaluronic acid which helps lock in the moisture. It leaves my lips super soft. I have the original one in Berry flavor.

Biologique Recherche Serum Placenta

I was very intrigued about this brand. I had read good reviews online but wasn’t able to find any website that would deliver to the NL. After some research I found that the salon Rob Peetoom in Haarlem is an official retailer so I went there to buy it. This is a repairing serum. The active ingredient is hydrolyzed placental protein from pigs. It reconstructs damaged skin, reduces pigmentation, lightens dark circles & calms acne breakouts. I’ve been using this for 2 months now. I use it day and night as a spot treatment. I’ve noticed a very slight improvement on my dark circles, nothing mayor. Where I have noticed the most improvement is when I have a breakout. It helps it heal faster. It reduces inflammation and lightens the dark spots that are left afterwards. They don’t use perfums, so the smell is not the nicest but I don’t mind it. It absorbs very quickly and the products that I use afterwards mask the smell.  

Sans Ceuticals Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil

This oil hydrates your skin. It has Vitamin A and E, and botanical oils. Their website recommends it for treating scars, dermatitis, acne, dry skin and eczema. It leaves my skin super soft and it has helped me with my eczema. Luckily I don’t get it often but this helped sooth it. I use it on my face, neck, hands (especially on my cuticles) and on my feet. I sometimes also use it on the rest of my body. This oil is plant-based and cruelty free.

Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré

This is a great moisturizer. I especially love using it during the winter months. During a shoot a few years ago, we had a make-up artist touching up my hands for some shots. She was French and used this cream on my hands before applying make-up. She told me it was an staple in her kit. I went right ahead and bought it afterwards.  

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops

I’ve been using this for two weeks so it is more of a first impression. But so far, I am pleasantly surprised. I’ve been curious about self-tanning for years but I’ve always been a bit scared of it. Since I didn’t want to turn into an orange mess. I got the dark version since I can take a deeper tan. I only wanted it to use on my face. My body is currently darker than my face, since I try to protect my face more when I’m in the sun.

I’ve used it gradually, mixing a few drops with my Embryolisse cream at night after all my skincare. I put the cream and the drops in the palm of my hand, and mix it for a good 30 seconds. Then apply it all over my face, neck (also the back) and ears. You can customise your tan, as you can go from 1 to up to 12 drops per time.  I started with 3 drops the first day and then 2 drops on the next. I wanted to build it up gradually. I ended up using a total of 8 drops in 4 consecutive days till I got the tan I wanted. It gives a nice natural tan. It was easy to mix and it didn’t leave me with stained hands. 

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