As it's been so long since I blogged about skincare, I'm going to write about a few products all in one go.
Ole Henriksen Express the Truth Creme
At night, I'd been using Forest Secrets serum and oil but I found myself having to reorder the bottles too often (the product size literally halved from 30ml to 15ml some time after I wrote my review), and delivery times from the UK to the US were a little unpredictable. I also missed the simple pleasure of applying a "cream" before going to bed.
I whittled my brand options down to Ole Henriksen because I'd already liked their Truth Serum and also because their ingredient lists looked better than other brands. The accompanying moisturiser to the Truth Serum had too many reviews of dodgy smells - my favourite description was "it smells like an orange with B.O.", so I ended up going for the Express the Truth Creme from the African red tea range.
Express the Truth Creme is marketed primarily as a wrinkle-prevention cream, but is a good all rounder in terms of ingredients and contains antioxidants, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and peptides. I was also drawn in by the ingredient, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, which is something that the Elemis eye cream I'd been using also contained (see further down). It's a derivative of seaweed which apparently has moisturising and firming properties.
The cream actually feels wet in the jar - it's hard to explain but it's literally like a jar of moisture (it's not really like a cream or even a gel). It feels nourishing and hydrating on the skin without feeling heavy. It smells quite strongly of fruity sherbet which I'd prefer it not to, but it's not unbearable.
I've been using this for several weeks and I really like it. It leaves my skin soft and hydrated and it doesn't feel like it's clogging my pores.
I paid $65 for a pot which looks like it will last me at least four months.
The full ingredients of Ole Henriksen Express the Truth Creme are:
Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethyl Macadamiate, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Triisostearyl Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polylysine, Dimethicone, Sodium PCA, Glyceryl Laurate , Sorbitol, Allantoin, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sorbitan Stearate, Ceteareth-20, Polysorbate 60, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Caramel.
Ole Henriksen Total Truth Eye Creme SPF 15
I've always used non-SPF eye creams and instead applied normal sunscreen all around my eyes including my eyelids. But for as long as I can remember, I've had issues with irritated eyes and scratchiness under my eyelids and I started thinking it might be because I use products around my eyes which aren't designed to be used near the eyes.
So I ended up buying this SPF eye cream from Ole Henriksen.
The eye cream is really thick, like a paste. But it spreads and absorbs fine. I use it under my eyes and on my eyelids. I do find that eyeshadow is more likely to crease when I've worn this eye cream, so people with oily eyelids might not like it. I personally like that it is so emollient because the skin under my eyes gets that crepey look when it's dry so I need as much hydration as I can get.
I paid $45 for a 15ml pot.
The full ingredients of Ole Henriksen Total Truth Eye Creme SPF 15 are:
Active ingredients: Avobenzone 2.0%, Octinoxate 4.0%, Octisalate 4.0%
Inactive ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycery Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Algae Extract, Pullulan, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Volubilis (Mountain Peanut) 2, Seed Oil, Schinus Terebinthifolius Seed Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol, Lecithin.
Note: It doesn't contain Oxybenzone, yay!
Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal
I've had this tube for a few months and have been using it at night. I bought it after trying some sample sachets and seeing how much difference it made to my eye area after just one night. It miraculously seemed to have a visible effect on dark circles and fine lines and made me look fresher. I looked up some reviews afterwards and several mentioned similar experiences.
This eye cream is a velvety gel formulation and doesn't leave any greasy residue.
A 15ml pump bottle usually costs around £60, but I bought this 30ml tube for £36 from a British eBay seller (who seemed trustworthy enough). I hope it's not fake!
The full ingredients of Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal are:
Water (Aqua), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, PEG-8, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hexyldecanol, Hexyldecyl Laurate, Padina Pavonica Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitol, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Algae Extract, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Tocopherol, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Leaf Extract, Polygonum Fagopyrum Seed Extract, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Acacia Decurrens Absolute, Rosa Damascena Flower Absolute, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
I had a bit of a break from this while using Forest Secrets which was a serum and oil in one, but I came back to it after remembering how much I raved when I first tried it. It contains Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate which is a stable derivative of Vitamin C that only gets converted to Vitamin C once it's on the skin, which means it doesn't oxidise in the bottle. My full review can be found here.
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30+ PA+++
I'm on my second bottle of this. I wasn't sure if it would be moisturising enough for the cold winter months but it has been fine (especially layered over Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic and then a serum. I love that it has high and broad sun protection without being greasy and that it doesn't contain Oxybenzone (which is apparently carcinogenic but is in most products that contain SPF). I don't seem to have gained any new freckles this year so it must be doing something good. My full review is here.