Currently Loving: 3 Skincare Products To Try This Summer from Wooden Spoon, Fushi & Antipodes

Monday 10 June 2019

Currently Loving: 3 Skincare Products To Try This Summer
Many people, including myself, like to switch up a couple of their skincare products in the Summer months to accommodate the (hopefully) warmer temperatures. But if you've already added sunscreen to your daily routine, what else can you do? Here are just three skincare products that you could try for a range of different skin types and conditions.

Wooden Spoon Organic Troubled Skin Serum
Try If You Have Oily & Acne Prone Skin: Wooden Spoon Organic Troubled Skin Serum* (30ml, £19.50, link)

Whilst some find that spending extra time in the sun helps to clear up their spots, others often report the exact opposite as excess sebum and sweat production in hotter climates can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.  If your skin has a tendency to freak out when the mercury rises, there are two things which you can do to help; firstly, make sure that you're cleansing your face properly in the evening/before going to bed to remove all traces of sunscreen, makeup and daily grime, and secondly, using a dedicated blemish-fighting serum once or twice a week should make a noticeable difference.

One of the latest serums that I've been testing out recently is Wooden Spoon Troubled Skin Serum which is a brilliant product for oily and acne-prone skin types. This all-natural serum is made from 95% certified organic ingredients and features Tamanu Oil as its main superstar. Tamanu has some interesting anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial and antibacterial properties, and it also helps to heal wounds and regenerate skin tissue, which makes it very useful for treating acne and its scars. 

In addition to the Tamanu Oil, there's also Marula Oil (high in Vitamin C, antioxidants and Oleic Acid), Vitamin E (an essential antioxidant for skin health), Rosemary Extract (helps to fight free radicals and promote collagen production) and Parsley Essential Oil (contains a strong antimicrobial and antiseptic agent)

This serum can be used morning or evening underneath your moisturiser or face oil to protect and treat your skin, and you can use it all over the face, but I tend to just dab a tiny bit directly onto any blemishes. Within 24 hours, it vastly reduces any irritation or redness and within a few days, most spots have been banished or have come to the surface where they are then easier to deal with. Make sure that you use less than you think as it has quite a thick serum/oil texture, so a little definitely goes a long way.

Fushi Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil
Try If You Want A Multi-Tasking Oil That All Skin Types Can Use: Fushi Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil* (50ml, £25, link)

You guys know how much I truly love a great multi-tasking product and this newbie from Fushi has been ticking all the right boxes. Their latest release is a 100% pure, virgin, organic and cold-pressed Sea Buckthorn Oil which is made from berries that have been sustainably grown in Germany. I've been a big fan of Sea Buckthorn as an ingredient in both skin and body care for a long time, and utilising this incredible natural berry is a common and popular practice throughout mainland Europe.

Sea Buckthorn Oil is one of the only plant-based sources that contains all four omegas (Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9) which makes it beneficial in skincare due to their abilities to fight free radical damage. Omega 7 (also known as Palmitoleic Acid) is particularly revered as it helps to protect and heal damaged skin, whilst other nutrients in the oil such as Carotenoids, Lycopene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E all play their part to further nourish and hydrate the skin, whilst also promoting healthy collagen production. This makes it useful for all skin types, but especially sensitive, mature, and dry complexions will certainly appreciate it.

It's not just good for your skin - it can be applied to hair and scalp to add essential moisture, preventing brittleness and thinning, and you can also take this food-grade Sea Buckthorn Oil as a liquid supplement to internally benefit from its high levels from Vitamin C and abilities to reduce inflammation, support gut health and digestion, keep your skin and eyes healthy and boost your immunity at the same time. 

For skin use, I would recommend mixing a few drops with a carrier oil like Sweet Almond Oil (it has a bright orange colour which gives a very 'tanned' look to the skin, so diluting it will avoid this) and apply it 2-4 times a week, depending on how dry your skin is. For hair, just massage in a small amount directly onto the scalp, leave it on overnight and rinse with shampoo the following morning, and to use as a supplement, simply consume 1-2 teaspoons a day with food. A true multi-tasking oil!

Antipodes Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum
Try If You Live/Work/Are Travelling In A City: Antipodes Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum* (30ml, £34.99, link)

Anti-Pollution has been a massive area of interest in skincare circles over the past couple of years, as more research is showing how pollution (such as diesel and petrol emissions from cars) accelerates the rate in which the skin ages, showing up as premature ageing that's visible through fine lines and wrinkles. So if you live or work in a city, or are planning a city break holiday, you may want to add a helping hand into your morning skincare routine.

This new product from Antipodes is called the Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum, and although it's oil-based, it has a surprisingly super lightweight texture that's more reminiscent of a regular water-based serum. Full of natural ingredients such as Kiwi Seed Oil, Vinanaza Grape, Asian Ginger, Jojoba Oil, Marshmallow Bloom, Avocado Oil and Licquorice Root, this serum packs a punch when it comes to its high antioxidant content to protect skin against the ageing effects of pollution and free radical damage. It also has a decent amount of natural Vitamin C to help brighten dull complexions which is a nice added bonus.

I would recommend applying Blessing first thing in the morning underneath your moisturiser as a protective layer against the elements of the city - it absorbs quickly, smells gorgeous and sits well underneath makeup. 100% natural and vegan-friendly, I'd say that this serum is suitable for all skin types, especially oilier skins who want something ultra-light and non-clogging.

Have you tried any of these?

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