Holy Grail Christmas “over 40” Skincare List
Christmas 2017 is quickly approaching (we’re nearly in Oct for goodness sake!) so I have decided to create my “ultimate” christmas skincare wishlist.
This includes everything you need for your skincare routine…
Cleanse, tone, serum and moisturise.
The list is created with the older skin type in mind – 40 and over – Im very close to 40 so this is personal for me. I’m not sure if any of it will come my way but you have to put it out there!
I have spent the last few years taking a little more time choosing what I put onto my skin. I read Jessica Alba’s book The Honest Life back in 2015 and she talks in detail about keeping a keen eye on what’s in the products we so quickly slap all over our face and body.
Think “you are what you apply” rather than “you are what you eat”.
The skin is often overlooked when it comes to allowing bad substances into your body but its a direct source into our bloodstream and circulation so I try and avoid things that are full of parabens and toxic chemicals.
Jessica Alba is owner of the billion dollar company Honest Beauty and she knows her stuff when it comes to skincare. As you can imagine, most of us are using multiple products on our skin everyday and this can add up to a lot of toxins entering into our bodies and who knows what havoc this can have on our system.
I for one think it’s best to avoid as many chemicals as possible! With this in mind I have only chosen green products – no toxins, parabens or hidden nasty’s.
They can sometimes cost a little more (which is a shame) but totally worth it in my eyes.
So here is my ultimate holy grail christmas “over 40” skincare list…don’t add it up – it’s not cheap!
Step one – Cleanse
This comes with a muslin cloth which exfoliates the skin whilst cleansing. You put the balm on your skin and then run the muslin under the hot tap and use it to remove the cleanser. It is infused with Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Myrrh. It is meant to prevent dryness and improves skin elasticity and rejuvenates the skin and stimulate cell renewal.
Sounds yummy to me and especially nice for the winter months – take a look here…
This is a gentle organic cleansing balm from Evolve that soothes and nourishes very dry skins. This gentle cleansing melt is beautifully fragranced with hypoallergenic organic Vanilla and Rose and can be used with a hot cloth. Natural sugar extract gently combines with water to turn into a creamy milk which rinses away clean, leaving the skin clean, calm & hydrated.
Evolve products are suitable for vegans, cruelty free and made in small batches to ensure the highest level of freshness. This gentle cleansing balm can also be used as a moisturising face and hair mask.
This Aurelia Miracle Cleanser is meant for all skin types and supports the skin’s defence system with supercharged levels of probiotics and peptides essential for radiant and youthful skin. It has a delicate blends of essential oils; Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Bergamot.
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare is made in Britain, with BioOrganic ingredients sourced sustainably from around the world. They have celebrated winning over 90 industry and consumer awards since 2013 for their brand and their products.
The cream cleanser is designed to hydrate and soothe dull and dehydrated skin, promoting a luminous, dewy, radiant glow whilst helping to prevent skin ageing. Concentrated BioOrganic 100% pure botanicals include Baobab, which is rich in precious Omega 3, 6 & 9 to revitalise the skin, firming Kigelia Africana and antioxidant-rich Hibiscus to fight oxidative stress.
RMS Beauty Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes are made solely from pure certified organic, raw, unrefined, virgin coconut oil. These pure and simple make-up remover and cleansing wipes are a great everyday essential. If you are short on time and need a quick face wipe instead of a cream cleanser then these will do the job very nicely.
These melt away makeup, cleanse, soften and moisturise skin all in one. They have been untreated by heat or chemicals throughout the whole manufacturing process.
Coconut oil is known for its anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that help remove dirt, make-up and bacteria from the skin. Careful though as you only get 20 wipes in a packet.
Step Two – Tone
This refreshing Hydrating Toner from Amala has soothing floral waters and whole plant extracts to help refine pores and restore moisture to soften and comfort skin.
Natural and organic skincare ingredients include Jasmine to help nourish, moisturize and soften dry skin, while providing antioxidant protection. Aloe to deeply moisturise and soothes the skin and sandalwood to promote the look of smooth, even toned skin.
Suitable for dull, dehydrated skin, dry, uneven texture; fine dry lines and chapped, red, sensitive skin.
Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner is an oil-free formulation that is an ideal toning product for normal, dry, sensitive and tired skin. Anthyllis and witch hazel extracts visibly refine pores and support skin’s natural firmness and elasticity.
Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner is a mist – so you spray it onto the face and neck after you have cleansed your skin. Then you gently press the toner into the skin.
Therapi’s Rose Otto Hydrating Facial Toner is a nourishing organic toner for normal to dry skin. An instantly hydrating facial tonic containing naturally restoring organic rosewater and nourishing botanical extracts of rose petals which deliver a burst of moisture to tone and revitalise the skin.
Therapi’s exceptionally pure and gentle formulations use honey, active botanical extracts, cold-pressed organic oils and nourishing plant butters. Certified organic by the Soil Association | 83% organic. Made in the UK and 5% of Therapi’s profits support bee conservation.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Liquid Facial Resurfacer dissolves dulling dead skin cells and surface residue, tightens pores and reveals smoother more luminous, even toned skin.
It has an infusion of peptides, biosurfacers, Cuivridone® (a copper active to regulate sebum) and an uplifting blend of neroli and petitgrain. It targets the signs of ageing sun damage and problem skins. Tightens, unclogs and refines pores and skin texture. Smoothes and hydrates, visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles and rejuvenates, revitalises and boosts radiance for a luminous complexion! Wow – that sounds pretty impressive.
Step Three – Oil / Serum
Before I moisturise I apply a serum. Serums pack a punch – compared with moisturisers they usually contain up to 70% active ingredients…moisturisers usually contain 5-10% active ingredients.
No.1 on the list and No1 in my choice is Retinol Reform It is simple, powerful, and effective.
I have used this in the past and I loved it. I purchased it direct from Shani Darden’s website in the US and she shipped it over to the UK. I didn’t have to pay any extras for shipping – it was just the cost of the product plus her shipping fees.
Retinol Reform is more potent, stable, and much less irritating than other formulations on the market. It delivers immediate and long-term results that can be seen even after just one night. With continued use, skin becomes smoother, healthier, even, and more refined in texture.
It contains 5% Retinol – this is hard to come by in a product – lots of serums have less than 0.05%!
No.2 Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil – from £45
Sunday Riley’s ‘Luna’ is a retinol-rich night-time treatment that helps to lessen visibility of lines and wrinkles whilst also correcting the signs of sun damage.
Just warm a few drops between your fingertips, then press and massage into clean, dry skin before bed – the replenishing oil intensively hydrates and stimulates sluggish cells to encourage repair and renewal processes.
Collagen synthesis is increased and elasticity enhanced, while cold-pressed extracts of avocado, chia and concord grape seed combine to promote skin’s strength, resilience and radiance.
A pure clear serum that contains 200mg hyaluronic acid per bottle. Hyaluronic acid is proven to hydrate skin from within and plump up fine lines and wrinkles.
Organic pomegranate extract softens and protects, and the serum is delicately fragranced with organic rosewater.
As we age our body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid slows down. The hyaluronic acid in the serum effectively acts like a sponge, holding water in the skin making it appear plumper, tauter and less wrinkly.
Regenacalm Serum has a 2% concentration of retinol and works to regenerate collagen. The vitamin c provides anti-oxidant power. Ferulic acid helps to stabilise these active ingredients so they remain effective.
As well as the 2.0% retinol the Regenacalm serum contains dill extract which can help influence elastin production – one of the few natural ingredients to do so. The ferulic acid is a powerful anti-oxidant that prevents free-radical damage and stabilises essentials like vitamin E.
The Maracuja Oil is cold-pressed from the maracuja fruit, naturally rich in brightening vitamin C & replenishing essential fatty acids to nourish, protect & feed your skin.
You can apply a few drops of this daily moisturising face oil to quench dry skin & seal in hydration. You can also mix it with your foundation for enhanced moisture & anti-aging benefits with a dewy, radiant finish.
The weightless, hypoallergenic formula is meant to help firm & soften without clogging pores.
Step Four – Moisturise
A super-light soothing moisturizer rich in pro-vitamin A to condition and nourish for comfortable daily hydration and extra smooth skin. This sheer, quick-absorbing cream contains a blend of sweet almond, olive fruit and jojoba seed oils to condition and nourish. It restores the rhythms for almost all skin conditions. Pale, dry skin becomes enlivened with this light moisturiser. It activates the skin’s natural moisturising process and regulates the oil content.
For normal, dull, dry or mature skin.
Apply Dr Hauschka Revitalising Day Cream evenly to your face and neck in the mornings after cleansing and toning your skin.
An advanced cream to boost skin hydration levels and cellular density for naturally smoother, firmer skin with a proactive, protective and individual formula. Advanced cellular enzymes help respond to damage and repair skin, whilst also reducing water loss and improving hydration. Cellular density is also improved and effects of environmental and oxidative stress are reduced
Nourish Skincare offers naturally responsive skincare with advanced extracts from nature applied with science. Nourish truly natural, anti-ageing range is perfect for daily skin care needs but also helps you optimise your skin’s health around the life you lead.
This rich, natural day cream from Madara melts into the skin and provides comfort and protection from free radicals from pollution, radiation and chemicals.
Formulated with a unique Smart Antioxidant complex of Lichen, Moss, Fern, and Alchemilla this day cream delivers intense hydration, reverses the first signs of ageing, and smoothes out the appearance of fine lines.
These natural antioxidants provide a continuous defence to preserve collagen and promote resilience and firmness of the skin.
Suitable for dry to very dry skin.
A moisturiser with actives to deliver intense skin hydration and reduce age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Enriched with 33 beauty-enhancing actives for a youthful you. It reduces hyperpigmentation, increases hydration and cell metabolism and reduces wrinkles.
Tata Harper’s richest moisturiser yet, with 43 powerful botanical ingredients. The Tata Harper Creme Riche is formulated with sixteen sources to hydrate and plump the skin, twelve sources to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and fifteen ingredients to smooth and soften the skin texture.
Hyaluronic and essential fatty acids help lock in moisture for an instantly soft, supple, youthful appearance.
After applying a day moisturiser I will always (whatever the weather) apply sunscreen.
I have fair skin and I have always avoided the sun where at all possible. When I was growing up no one mentioned how harmful the sun rays can be so I was lucky to have avoided it so much.
There were times when I was little that I had blisters on my face, shoulders and back – I had to learn the hard way!
Happy Christmas shopping and I hope you get something new and fancy for your skincare routine!
Kind regards, Livvy