A start of a new year for me typically involves new routines and fresh starts. I spent the last couple of days clearing junk and clutter from my closet, office, and bathroom shelves so that I can tackle 2016 with a brand new canvas.
The last couple of months of the year is always so hectic, the week following Christmas is more calm and a great time to study the bathroom shelves and discard products that are long past their expiry date. Did you know each beauty product has its own unique shelf life? Using products beyond their expiration dates may cause irritation, rashes, blemishes and various skin and eye infections. For skin care products such as cleansers and exfoliants, they are typically good for 1 year, whereas products such as toners, facial/body moisturizers and serums lasts between 6 months to one-year after opening.
After tossing out half of my cabinet, I made room for some new products that I’m thrilled to start the New Year with.
mereadesso Face + Neck Cleanser
I have been trying a few different foam cleansers and was recently advised by a specialist that for someone who has combination skin (super oily T-zone), I should consider a non-foam cleanser. the mereadesso face + neck cleanser is a great non-foaming all-in-one option that removes makeup (even waterproof mascara), masks, scrubs, and tones. With just a small dab used alongside with the accompanied cleansing cloth, it left my skin feeling super clean and ‘supple’. You know the feeling when you purchase an amazing dish soap that leaves your dishes feeling squeaky clean to touch? That’s the equivalent of how a I feel when I use the word ‘supple’ for my skin. It’s soft, dewy, yet firm to touch. The 120 mL bottle will lasts about 5 months (totally within its shelf life!)
I received a very small sample of this all-in-one moisturizer months and months ago and decided to give it to my mom. She was looking for a moisturizer at the time. Days after her small sample packet was done, she kept asking me for more. I was curious to see why she loved this mereadesso all-in-one moisturizer so much that I had to give it a try.
Similar to the Face + Neck Cleanser, this moisturizer which includes 16 botanical extracts, 8 minerals and enzymes and over 20 antioxidants is a single step solution but packed with multiple actions. It acts as a moisturizer, serum, primer, day cream, night cream and even an eye cream. I particularly like the consistency of this moisturizer. It pumps out light green in colour and more as a liquid than the texture of a cream. The lightweight texture (almost water like), makes it extremely easy to apply and quick to absorb. I recommend giving it a good shake on your first use. The 50 mL bottle lasts up to 4 months.
The mereadesso tinted all-in-one moisturizer has all the goodness of the all-in-one moisturizer listed above but it also acts as a concealer that helps even out your skin tone. This comes tinted in four shades, light, medium, dark, and deep dark. I am using the medium shade which matches pretty well to my natural skin tone as you can see below. I have been using similar tinted bb creams for years because I love how simple it is and doesn’t require additional sponges, brushes, and spatulas for application. For a natural look, I applied one layer, but on days I’m looking for more coverage, I will sparingly apply another.
To find out what shade is suitable for you, visit here.
Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System
I’m personally a fan of Philips products (read about my dental care experience). I was very excited to add this PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System to my bathroom counter. The cleansing brush rotates and vibrates which gently breaks up surface impurities including dirt, dead skin cells and make-up residues. In addition, this unit is 100% waterproof and can be used in the shower which means it can save some time.
I started with the recommended 1 minute cleansing program which is timed within the device. The face can be divided into different zones (forehead, left/right cheek, and chin), the device pauses when it is time to move onto the next skin zone and one minute, the device automatically stops. How great is that?!
I love combining this device with the Face + Neck Cleanser!
Hope you enjoyed some of my newly recommended skincare products for the New Year! Would love to hear what some of your favourites are!