Favourite Skincare in 2011

Acquiring good products that work well with your skin type is no easy undertaking. It has taken me three years to find the right fit that has balanced my skin and settled my need to hunting for more lotions and potions.

// La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel.

A superbly gentle and thorough cleanser. I use this each evening and also when I use my Clarisonic. This cleans without irritating or stripping my sensitive skin of all it’s natural oil. This contains thermal spring water that soothes the skin without blocking pores. Soap, alcohol, paraben and colourant free but is fragranced with a clean fresh scent.

Great for normal to sensitive combination skin types.

// Vichy Purité Thermal Calming Micellar Solution

I don’t wash my face in the mornings. I find it a bit much for my old skin especially in the cooler months. I love using Vichy’s Micellar Solution as it cleanses my face without drying it out. This has really helped my persistent patches of eczema recover. Formulated with rose phytophenol and thermal water, this is a soothing alternative to washing. This is soap, alcohol and colorant free. Definitely one to stock up on when the 3 for 2 offers are on!

// NUDE Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum

My favourite serum for the warmer months. This silicone free formula allows my skin to breathe with it’s super light texture. I noticed a marked improvement in my skin texture after a few weeks of usage and if it were not for the hefty price tag, I would probably bathe in this stuff. Formulated with 100% natural actives.

// Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate

My choice serum for the cooler months as its light oil texture helps to combat dryness effectively. I use this each night and it has made the mornings where I woke with flakey skin a thing of the past. My skin feels replenished and plump each morning. It takes a while to sink into the skin but this is no problem for me as I find it soothing and softening for my skin. A little goes a long way and this little 30ml bottle will last and last making this excellent value for money. This is just a fantastic product and I would recommend it to anyone.

// Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser Normal/Combination

This moisturiser is available in either a tub or a tube and am a fan of the tube format as it is nicer to use and less bulky to cart about. My combination skin veers towards dry cheeks and a more oily T-zone and this sees to both needs just fine without causing any breakouts. I do have to resort to using blotting film by the start of the afternoon but I don’t mind this as the moisturiser seems to be doing a grand job of balancing my skin over the year.

I am still on the look out for an even better than just fab eye cream and I still want to try the Pai skin oil that so many of you rave about but I am rather happy with my skincare routine these days.

What have been your 2011 skincare favourites? Please do share!