Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Two Moisturisers I Love


Moisturisers are such an important part of our skincare routine but, as they can be quite costly, they're a purchase you want to be sure of before wasting your money on something that might not do what it claims to. I've been using the same day and night moisturiser for about a year now so thought I'd share with you why I love these two so much...

My skincare routine is pretty basic. I went through a period where I was slapping all sorts on my skin but soon realised that it just didn't agree with the amount of products I was using. Since then, I've stripped my skincare routine right back to the bare basics but moisturising will always remain an essential part. You may have seen these two products featured in my 'Staple Skincare Products of 2014' but I thought I would go into a little more detail as they are up there in the 'holy grail' realms. 

My evening moisturiser of choice is the Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment Gel. I'd seen this little gem featured a lot on the blogosphere which is why I decided to buy it in the first place. It claims to "rehydrate and repair" which is just what I need from an overnight moisturiser. It has a very light gel-like texture which I really like, too, as I find thicker textures can lead me to break out. Since using this Origins offering I honestly do feel like my skin has cleared up loads. I've never been spotty, as such, but I went through a phase of always having a few pesky spots and Make A Difference Plus has put a stop to this. Origins products are scented, which is a no-no for some people, but I've never had a problem with this and actually really like the refreshing smell this has as it contains lychee and watermelon. I would say this moisturiser is best suited for combination/oily skin types due to how light the texture is - dryer skins may need something a bit thicker. But, for me; this gives my skin the hydration it needs, leaves it looking clean and clear and smells divine. 

My morning moisturiser of choice is the Clarins Daily Energizer Cream. Marketed as an everyday cream which "delivers soft smooth skin - with no oily effect" - who doesn't want that!? Again, it's worth noting that this is quite a heavily scented product which isn't a problem for me but could be for some. I really like the fresh, subtle orangey smell this offers. The Daily Energizer range is aimed at late teens through to women in their twenties. I think this is because there's no added benefits to this range such as anti-aging. As someone who doesn't really have any major skin concerns yet, (touch wood!) this range is incredibly suited to my skin. When I first started using this product, I opted for the gel version as I'm a little on the oilier side but I was forced to buy the cream version when I was left in urgent need of a replenish and this was all Boots had to offer. I was a little apprehensive when I first started using the cream as I thought it may have been too heavy for my skin but it really isn't. Although the moisturiser is quite thick, it soaks straight into my skin and doesn't feel like I'm using a heavy product at all. In summer I may switch back to the lighter option, though. I also feel like this product is a bargain for a high-end moisturiser as well - it's £21 but Escentual regularly offer 20% off making it come in at just under £17. 

So there you have it; two simple moisturisers with no claims to create miracles, but both have kept my skin super happy over the past year. Unless something else comes along that delivers just as great results, I can't imagine I'll be swapping anytime soon. 

Have you used either of these products? What are your favourite moisturisers? Do you stick to the same ones or switch them up?

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