As the cold winter wind sweeps over Ireland’s cities and towns, blotchiness, breakouts and dryness are all returning to everyone’s skin. Here are my cruelty-free picks to help tackle all of your skincare concerns this October.
Instead of using Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Foaming Face Wash (€27.00), try Níá’s Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm (€19.95). This creamy balm is a treat to both wake your skin up and calm your skin down after a long day. Made with nourishing cocoa butter and coconut oil, the creamy balm absorbs any makeup, cleansing impurities away. Its natural Calendula and Orange Blossom scent is divine- it’s like rubbing a floral butter all over your face! The tub comes with a wooden spatula and three reusable cloths.
Nía Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm, €19.95, available at http://www.nia.ie
I used to swear by St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub (€8.95) and was devastated to find out that the brand tests on animals. However, it didn’t take long for me to then discover the ultimate facial exfoliator, Jason Natural, Brightening Apricot Scrubble, Facial Wash and Scrub (€7.74). It is pretty much the exact same product with the same- if not better- result, except Jason is certified cruelty-free! The formula consists of Natural Apricot Oil and Walnut Powder, which work effortlessly to scrub away dead skin cells and renew the skin’s glowing surface. It’s also free from parabens- a complete win-win!
Jason Natural, Brightening Apricot Scrubble, Facial Wash and Scrub, €7.74, available at Holland and Barrett.
I can’t emphasise how important it is to tone your skin, and I believe it’s a skincare step that many Irish women and men forget about. To eliminate whiteheads and blackheads and to remove residual dirt from the skin, instead of using Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris (€21.32), try using Urban Veda Reviving Hydrating Toner (€19.45). The toner comes in four different types for congested skin, mature skin, lack-lustre skin and distressed skin. The light formula consists of Rose damask, Borage flower waters and Jasmine as well as a combination of Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Evening Primrose to detoxify and deliver essential amino acids to the skin.
Urban Veda Reviving Hydrating Toner, €19.45, available at http://www.urbanveda.ie and at Avoca, Shaws and Lloyds Pharmacies nationwide.
Instead of spending a fortune on an expensive facial moisturiser that is full of chemicals that have been tested on animals such as Clinique’s bestselling Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion (€37.95), I recommend the gorgeous Ri Na Mara Face Cream (€25.00). Organic Seaweed and natural botanical extracts help to minimise wrinkles and fine lines, revitalise the skin and give it a youthful glow. Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and Ginkgo Biloba work together to detoxify and nourish the skin, where the seaweed naturally helps to encourage collagen production.
Ri Na Mara Face Cream, €25.00, available at http://www.rinamara.com and at pharmacies and health stores nationwide.
It’s important to invest in a good eye cream, as the delicate eye area is where ageing is most visible. Having been using Simple’s Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm (€5.19), I was disgusted to find out that Simple do test on animals. So, instead, I’ve been using French brand Embryolisse’s Smoothing Eye Contour Care (€28.00). Though there is a significant difference in the price, I believe the investment is worth the money due to its complex concoction of natural ingredients; Hyaluronic acid, vitamins A and E act as a powerful moisturiser whilst regenerating sesame, cornflower and meristem visibly target wrinkles, bags and dark circles.
Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour Care, €28.00, available at Boots pharmacies nationwide.