Being a beauty blogger has its pluses, one being you get to try lots and lots of different products for “research” purposes. As a result, I never really had a set skincare routine or products which I used. I regularly changed my regime every few months or even weeks when I saw a new product I liked the look of. I’m sure that many of the products I was using were really fantastic but in truth, I just wasn’t giving them the time they needed to work their magic. I am turning 27 in less than a fortnight and I decided it was about time I took control of my skincare routine. I would have reasonably good skin – it never gets really dry, I don’t get bad break outs and I wouldn’t be very sensitive to new products. I also have to admit, aging wasn’t a major concern to me. I use SPF as part of my routine every day and on holidays I try avoid laying out for prolonged periods. However, I know that if I didn’t start a solid routine now I would be kicking myself in a couple of years.
I had seen lots about Skin 26 on social media and lots of people I follow had been there for facials. They happened to be running free consultations at the time so I obviously snapped up an appointment to get my skin sorted once and for all! I didn’t expect much from the consult, maybe a 20 minute assessment of my skin and a questionnaire followed by some product recommendations. Boy, was I wrong! It was one of the most thorough skin consultations I have ever had. Noelle, my therapist, went through my consultation form with a fine tooth comb and asked lots of questions abut my lifestyle and diet. After examining my skin she wrote up a prescription which included products, supplements, diet suggestions and more. Today, I am just going to run through my first impressions of the products that I was recommended. I have specific health concerns, so the supplements which I was advised on would not be suitable for many of my followers. Also, I just want to mention at this point that if you have a chronic skin condition, you should seek medical help from your GP. Products and facials are fantastic but sometimes you just need medical intervention to treat the route of the issue and you can supplement this with really good skincare externally.
The first product I picked up was this Osmosis Cleanser. It is suitable for all skin types, particularly sensitive skin. It is such a lovely product to use and contains ingredients such as kiwi and lavender which leave your skin feeling tingly. You apply to damp skin by lathering one pump of the cleanser and then removing with a damp face cloth. I repeat this once more. I also like to use this in conjunction with my Clarisonic for a really thorough cleanse. This product will work instantly and my skin felt clean and nourished. In the past, some other cleansers have left my skin feeling tight and dry across the cheeks but there is none of that with this product. I also think that this would make a lovely gift for a beauty enthusiast as it is suitable for all skin types. I picked mine up in the salon but you can also buy online here.
The second product which I have implemented into my skincare regime is the Replenish serum. This serum helps to protect against external factors such as sun damage etc. Noelle suggested that I start with this serum first to build my skin up before we introduce the Vitamin A serums. Again, this is suitable for all skin types. It has a lovely citrus scent and is applied to the skin after cleansing and before moisturiser. The idea is that the serum will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, hence why it is applied before moisturiser. If you want to check out the serum the link is here.
In conjunction with the serum, you use an activating mist. This mist helps the product to penetrate the skin while stabilising bacteria levels. You mist it directly on top of the serum which you have applied and then massage into the skin. Noelle advised that this is a good one to pop in the handbag for work if you are working in an environment where heating and air-con are over used. It can be misted onto the skin even on top of makeup. Again, this one is suitable for all skin types and you can check it out here.
The final product which I bought was the Osmosis Protect SPF 30. SPF 30 is the minimum we should all be wearing, even in winter. I apply this after my moisturiser and before my makeup. It is a really pleasant product to use and I find that it doesn’t leave a white film like some SPFs can do. I went for the 30ml but it comes in several sizes available in salon or online.
You may have noticed that I didn’t pick up a moisturiser. I was finishing off a bottle and Noelle advised that I had the essentials covered in the products I had. That is one of the things that I really liked about my consultation too. At no point did I feel under pressure from my therapist to fork out for products, she really left the choice up to me. I have been to salons previously where staff are really pushing the hard sell and it is so off -putting! I am definitely going to pick up the moisturiser on my next visit though as I really like these products so far and find they really suit my skin. I also plan on starting facials in Skin 26 where they use the professional Osmosis products.
So I have been using the products for about 3 weeks now and find that my skin condition has improved. I am not getting any little dry patches like I had been previously and I find that my makeup applies better. I also find that my skin looks plump and hydrated and has a lovely glow to it. Previously, I wouldn’t dare go on Snapchat makeup free without a filter but I feel completely confident doing so now! It’s the little wins right?! I will keep you posted on my progress as my products change and of course after I try the Osmosis facials. I would say though, if you don’t have any major skin concerns and are looking for some fresh products to try out then give this range a go. If you need a bit more advice or have specific concerns, book in for a consultation online on the Skin 26 website.
I know it sounds like I am really pushing this brand but this post is in no way sponsored. It is annoying that I have to even mention that! As proof here is my receipt! I just really enjoyed my experience at Skin 26 and think that I have found a skincare brand which works for me and my skin type. If I didn’t have a good experience I would have no hesitation in writing about that either.
If any of you try the Osmosis range or book in for a facial let me know how you get on! Or if you have tried it before, let me know which products I should invest in next.