The best of the best products I’ve been using this month

April 26, 2017

I'm loving skincare these days, and I've been using some gems this month.

Here's more on my besties this month:

Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3

I haven't been using this product for long enough to say that it's THE must-have product, but I can say that my skin is looking a bit brighter and feeling softer, and just for these results alone, it's worth writing about – and continuing the use of the product.

Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3 has big promises. It claims to:

  • Promote skin renewal by increasing cell turnover
  • Strengthen skin’s moisture barrier
  • Reduce the appearance of discoloration and blotchiness
  • Deliver intense hydration without a heavy or tacky feel
  • Help improve the appearance of skin’s firmness

Fortunately, this daily corrective moisturiser has a lot going for it to back up this claims – 5% of Niacinamide (B3), a high-for-cosmetics concentration that has been proven to do all these things, including reduce sun damage. 

How it's been expalined is that the product works by increasing cell turnover to resurface the skin, helping to clarify it and take it back to a stage of the skin lifecycle that was much healtheir. At the same time, it evens out skin tone, improves the appearance of wrinkles, and increases surface elasticity. In a nutshell – it makes skin look younger and healthier.

What's more, niacinamide has no side effects like vitamin C and retinol might have, and is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin.

It's available for R1 799 from these online stores

https://www.skinmiles.com

https://store.skinrenewal.co.za

http://dermatore.co.za

Avène YstheAL Eye And Lip Contour Care

A lot of people on my timeline and blog feed are raving about the skincare range Avene. This eye and lip cream is the second product in the range I've tried (I've used the sunscreen), and it's regularly made the top 10 of best eye cream lists I've come across.

Avène YstheAL Eye And Lip Contour Careclaims to diminish the lines and wrinkles without irriation, improve skin's tone and texture, and restore radiance. The main ingredients are retinal, a proven anti-ageing ingredient, and pre-tocopheryl, an antioxidant that fights ageing free radicals, glcylglycine oleamide, to reinforce the skin's elasticity, and Avene thermal spring water, to soothe and calm the skin.

I have only used the product around my eyes, and while I can't say it's done much for the appearance of my fine lines yet (I usually have Botox for that), it has made my eye area brighter and smoother, enough of a reason to carry on using it.

It's fragrance free, and is gel-like, making it easy to apply to absorb – no need to keep patting down with your fingertips until it's absorbed. 

At around R350 from Clicks and DisChem, I think it's well priced for all that it delivers.

L'Oréal Volume Million Lashes Feline

I got this L'Oréal Volume Million Lashes Feline Mascara (about R198) in a goodie bag at a L'Oréal event, and I'm so glad I did because it's real gem I probably wouldn't have bought otherwise as I generally stick to two or three mascara brands.

I could give you the L'Oréal shpiel about the shape of the brush, and what's in the formula, but all I think you need to know is that the brush is fab, it's easy to apply the mascara, and lashes are left luscious – thicker and longer looking.

With and without the mascara

Garnier Action Control Thermic 72-hour Antiperspirant

I couldn't make it to the recent Garnier event, so Clare, a regular Rattle and Mum contributor went instead. Here she writes about Garnier Action Control Thermic 72-Hour Antiperspirant, a product she loves among the newbies. I've been using Garnier's 24-hour antiperspirant for the last few years without ever considering another antiperspirant, so I'm not surprised Clare was such a fan of the latest product. Here are her thoughts:

Garnier is famous the world over for having mastered the fine talent of manufacturing merchandise with fragrances that are out of this world. But I, for one, hadn’t really taken notice of Garnier antiperspirant, as I cruised the products available on the shelf at the shops, and quite frankly with the usual market favourites, only the brave will shy away from what they’ve deemed their deodorant brand.

I managed to get my grubby little paws on one of their antiperspirants – the Garnier Action Control Thermic 72-hour antiperspirant. This is Garnier’s first antiperspirant with thermo active agents to resist the highest temperature peaks for 72 hours. I’ve been spraying and rolling for two weeks now, and I’m quite impressed.

Firstly, I’d like to mention that a lot of thought has gone into the design of the spray can of the Garnier Action Control Thermic 72-hour antiperspirant.

One of my favourite spray antiperspirant, left to its own devices at the bottom of any of my bags, ie gym bag or hand bag, will, without hesitation will feel the need to lose its lid, which, no matter how large or small the bag, is never to be found again – well not without emptying the entire contents of first. And once said lid had been “misplaced”, the actual deodorant spray doesn’t seem to last long.

The design of the Garnier Action Control Thermic 72-hour antiperspirant however is ingenious, to say the least. The lid does not come off at all. Indeed, the assumption now would be that the antiperspirant would start spraying willy-nilly anyway like the one I had just mentioned, but no, it actually has a “lock” and “unlock” option. Just brilliant, methinks!

Secondly, the fragrance is light and refreshing, clean-smelling, it’s not too sweet and not too musty but all in all just a great fragrance.

But what makes Garnier Action Control Thermic 72-hour antiperspirant so action controlled? According to Garnier, it boasts “active natural ingredients and absorbent mineralite, boosted by natural extracts,” which in lab speak means it absorbs four times its weight in water for the best anti-humidity protection.

It’s also clean and clear once applied, dry to the touch, fresh, and has breathable sense, letting you feel quite confident all the time. A bonus for the roll on, particularly, is that it dries quickly after application. Nothing worse than that sticky underarm feeling after roll-on, right?

 

Aloe Unique Aloe & Honey Gel Mask

Up until quite recently, I shunned face masks as my skin is quite sensitive and the exfoliating and other masks I used left my skin in worse condition than it was at the start point. Fortunately, I've discovered some great ones (Skoon and L'Oreal), and it's pretty awesome to wake up to better skin after an overnight mask, or look glowing after a t0-minute treatment.

Adding to my favourites is Aloe Unique's Aloe & Honey Gel Mask (R108), a fresh and soothing mask that really calmed my skin after my holiday where my skin went awful and I even broke out (too much chocolate?). I suspect you'll be hearing much more about this local Aloe range, which consists of 27 body and skin products, as it's affordable and hard working.

Also, the main component in Aloe Unique is Aloe Ferox, which has almost twice as many amino acids as Aloe Vera, and has apparently been scientifically proven to penetrate the skin to the deepest layer. It also helps hydrate, nourish and rejuvenate skin. 

The mask is a lightweight and non-drying gel, and while I was expecting a strong bush-like aroma (don't aloes grow in the bush, after all?), the scent was fresh and almost cucumber'y. You can leave it on for as long as you like – I left mine on overnight, and in the morning I looked like I had slept more than six hours (my baby is still not sleeping through). I looked refreshed, and my skin felt smooth and slightly glowing. Granted, I still had my lines and undereye circles, but then again, this mask doesn't promise to do miracles or "anti-age" me, and that's absolutely fine.

There's lots in the range to try if masks aren't your thing – I'm keen to try the gentle wash and clarifying toner, as a start.

For more info, to buy or to find stockist info, head to their website.

 

Feature image via Shutterstock

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