Spring is coming towards us in Finland and I cannot be more excited! Usually Spring is my least favorite season because it means busy and stressful times at school or work, unstable weather and dog poop coming out from the melting piles of snow. But this year I'm having the best time enjoying the increasing daylight and sunshine! I feel like I haven't seen the Sun for months! (Well, tbh I haven't - Winter days in Finland are seriously dark and it's our longest season). In today's post I'm keeping showing you a couple selected skincare of products from my recent Winter-to-Spring heavy rotation.
When it comes to skincare, my skin is dry but behaves pretty normal with my comprehensive daily skincare routine. I think my complexion did very well until January, then the weather turned even harsher (-20°C or -4F and colder in Helsinki) and my face started looking parched, easily flakey and even older because of the moisture loss. So what I did was adding more hydrating masks, humectants and occlusive balms - such as the Sweet Serenity Beauty Balm I reviewed recently.
Now moving to Spring my biggest problem is drought aka my face and body. I shower in the mornings and afterwards I feel like an itchy, flakey lizard and it gets worse during the day if I won't slather myself with my Max and Me body oil afterwards. I'm contemplating should I get a body cream for the evenings as well.. because more is more? But let's take a look what I've been using lately.
Kypris Moonlight Catalyst
I'm an avid fan of Kypris' Antioxidant Dew, which is a milky serum for light hydration and nutrients. I bought their famous nighttime serum, Moonlight Catalyst, without much considering: I had the idea it would be all plant-based alternative to retinol, which it isn't. This product has a pumpkin-derived enzymatic exfoliants and willow bark extract, which are gentle plant-based exfoliants, but I emphasis the word gentle.
While the ingredients are good I find the results too mild for my liking, I also needed to use the product fairly a lot? I hoped it would help with some minor (but annoying) textural issues I had, but after several weeks using the Moonlight Catalyst I reached for Biologique Recherche P50 lotion and voilà, the issues were solved in less than 2 weeks. If your skin is very sensitive or you are a newbie to chemical exfoliants, retinols, etc. you might enjoy this product - if you have the money to spend. I wanted love it more, but if I simply don't notice any effect there are better products that give a bang for my buck. I will use this up when I don't do retinol/exfoliator, but repurchase the Antioxidant Dew instead. No question. 47ml/1.58 fl oz. for €82.94/$102.17
Kypris Moonlight Catalyst Ingredients
Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Xylitylglucoside, Sclerotium Gum, Algae, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, SH-Oligopeptide-1, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Flower Extract, Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Extract, Prunus Domestica (Plum) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water Extract, Hydrolyzed Fucus Vesiculosus Protein, Sodium Chloride, Trehalose, Sodium Levulinate, Maltodextrin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Citrate
Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask
Ah Clarins. Somehow this brand has retained a positive image in my mind, although I haven't had much for the products I've tried. The famous lip balm in a blue tube? I don't feel it sinks in or moisturizes my lips at all. I used the HydraQuench mask in the past as a sleeping pack without noticing much result afterwards. It wasn't horrible, just forgettable and I stopped reaching for it. The same happened with the famous Origins' Overnight Mask, which I grew to dislike.
Clarins has fragrance and solvents pretty high up on the INCI, which is not my thing, but - there is a but - this worked wonderfully on the backs of my hands! I usually don't buy hand creams, in fact I'm proud calluses on my palms and try to preserve them (if you climb, you know what I'm talking about haha). I wash my hands a lot and during the Winter the the backs of my hands just get very parched, but the Clarins immediately soothes them without leaving a greasy feel. Wouldn't repurchase the mask for this purpose, but always use up face products you didn't like for your body! Maybe Clarins makes a good hand cream? 75ml/ 2.53 fl oz. discontinued/recently reformulated? (Mine is a mini 15ml)
Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask Ingredients
Water, glycerin, stearic acid, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, cyclomethicone, pentylene glycol, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, cetyl alcohol, ceteareth-12, titanium dioxide, polyacrylamide, fragrance, tromethamine, carbomer, C13-14 isoparaffin, ethylhexylglycerin, tocopheryl acetate, pyrus sorbus bud extract, cedrelopsis grevei bark extract, disodium EDTA, glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, laureth-7, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate
Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask
Let's get to the good stuff, shall we? Josh Rosebrook brought out the Advanced Hydration Mask and Vital Cream Balm last year and clicked them immediately in my cart. I kind of haven't decided which product I enjoy more, thus, I rotate them or layer together. Josh's ingredients are always top quality, organic or wildcrafted (you can see below) and best of all - they perform. His Active Infusion serum (review here) made to my Best of Skincare 2017 and I couldn't speak highly enough of his other products as well.
This texture mask is almost like a grainy balm that melts by the heat of your hands. The aroma of Josh's essential oils are exquisite, non-offensive, calming and soothing. The mask is packed with beautiful oils but won't leave a greasy film on the skin - at least my skin likes to drink it up and I can go to bed without worrying about my pillowcase. I wake up my skin moisturized, calm and plump. Love! 45ml/1.52 fl oz. for 72.85€/$89.74
Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask Ingredients
*Shea Butter, *Mango Seed Butter, *Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Indian Senna Seed Extract (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), *Sunflower Seed Oil, *Avocado Oil, *Jojoba Seed Oil, *Evening Primrose Oil, ‡Candelilla Wax, *Ashwagandha, *Turmeric Root, *Rose Hips, *Goji Berry, *Calendula, *Black Cohosh, *Elderberry, *Bladderwrack, Marshmallow Root, *Ginger, *Fenugreek, *Chickweed, *Licorice, *Raspberry Leaf, *Dandelion, *Sage, *Eyebright, *Milk Thistle, *Rose Petal Flower, *St. John’s Wort, *Cat’s Claw, *Cinnamon, *Lavender, *Ginkgo Biloba, §Xanthan Gum, §Potassium Sorbate, †Blue Tansy Essential Oil, †Blue Chamomile Essential Oil, †Lavender Essential Oil, †Rose Essential Oil, ‡Frankincense Gum Oil.
*CERTIFIED ORGANIC, †ORGANIC, ‡WILDCRAFTED, §NON-GMO PLANT SOURCED
January Labs Moisture Renew Mask*
While the Josh Rosebrook mask was plant butter based, January Lab's is more gel-like consistency. The moment I saw the ingredients list of this mask I jumped up and down as I love squalane, avocado oil, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid. This mask has moisturizers and emollients in easy-to-use tube. You can leave the mask on for 10 minutes or do as I do - slather it on and go to bed. Even though I use it quite heavy handed, I find my skin drinks this up. Sometimes I've used this alone and been content with the result, but for my dry skin I find this product performing best layered with other humectants.
If balms or oily masks feel too heavy for you or you have combo to oily skin I can highly recommend this mask. You can skip the T-zone for example and only spread it on your drier areas. The convenient tube and almost colorless/white gel makes this product a great mask for travelling, airplanes (no scaring the light attendants!) or any pick-me-up you need quickly. I couldn't find the INCI online (I think this is to-be launched in EU soon) so I typed it here from the back of the tube. 73ml/2.5 fl oz. for €27.6/$34
January Labs Moisture Renew Mask Ingredients
Water, Squalane, Avocado Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Sunflower Seed Oil, Aloe Leaf Juice, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Apricot Seed, Corn Sugar, Sulfonic Acid, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Saccharide Isomerate, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Sage Leaf Extract, Chamomille Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Coconut Oil, Cirtric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract.
Max and Me face cloth
Soft, non-abrasive facial cloth made with organic linen, algae and eucalyptus fibres. Tender and perfect for sensitive skin! I usually wet my cloth with hot water, but this one is so gentle it'd work well without.
CSS Swedish Formula Foot Cream
This is something my Mom always used ever since I was a kid. I trust her with body care recommendations, as she is an avid swimmer and also washes her hands a ton. When I was in a need of a good foot cream, I just picked up what she uses. This cream is thick, greasy and it's impossible walk after applying, so I keep the tube near my bedside. It's not cosmetically elegant, exciting, not even sure I like the eucalyptus scent, but if your feet are hard (again, climber's problems) this will do the job. Cracks, be gone! I tried it also for the backs of my hands and it stung, so only for the feet! 175ml/5.9 fl oz for €6.45/$7.95
CSS Swedish Formula Foot Cream Ingredients
Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycerin, Urea, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Myrtrimonium Bromide, Benzalkonium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Limonene.
What's in your current nighttime routine? Any body cream recommendations?
*January Labs Moisture Renew Mask kindly gifted for review purposes. The Josh Rosebrook mask was bought with my own money, but I've received PR from the brand in the past. My thoughts are my own.