Aside from stuffing myself with delicious home-cooked meals at home, stressing my #$!@ out for finals and kicking ass in the gym, January was the month where I allowed myself to take time and care for my skin. I slowly introduced new, and old forgotten products back into my routine and whereas that could be a one-way ticket to disaster, my skin is in a much better state right now.
The product I've been loving the most is definitely Indie Lee's Squalene Oil. You can read more here, and be warned that it's going to be lots of gushing and raving. It's the only oil/moisturiser I've been wearing the entire month, day and night. It's just so hydrating without being oily or heavy, which my combination skin simply adores. As stress for me comes paired with blemishes, Payot Spéciale 5 has been a godsend (a full review here). I'm actually on my second bottle already and I'm thinking I should order my third –just in case.
Another blemish buster that has been added to my arsenal is Aesop's Chamomile Concentrate Anti Blemish Masque. To put it real simply, it's a more beefed up version of the Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Masque. It's definitely more intense and a tad more drying. I got this for Christmas and I try to use this once a week to draw out gunk from my pores and dry out existing blemishes. A more in depth review will come soon. As all these anti-blemish treatments are quite drying, I try to nourish my skin as much as possible, to prevent dry patches. Omorovicza's Thermal Cleansing Balm has been a dream to use. I've done a more detailed review here, but to sum it up it's packed with beautiful ingredients and nourishes, cleans and brightens the skin. I love to use this whilst giving myself a quick facial massage, to get the blood flowing.
Recently I've gotten into brightening products, products that add a bit of glow and radiance to the skin. As a combination skinned gal (and someone who tends to get oily/shiny throughout the day), I'd avoid anything of that kind. However, I think I just didn't find the right products that gave me glow and not oily. BECCA's Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl is just that. I like to apply this on my cheeks/cheekbones, inner corner of my eyes and on my brow bone, which makes such a difference. A little goes a long way and I think this bottle will last me (nearly) a lifetime.
To give my skin a little boost in the brightening department, that's when Peter Thomas Roth's Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads come in. They're quite strong so I wouldn't recommend using these on very sensitive skin or too frequently. They actually contain 20% of AHA's/Glycolics, hence I tend to use these (bi-)weekly and follow with a rose facial mist to neutralise. I can't say much about the anti-aging aspects of the product, but it definitely has helped my hyper pigmentation to fade a bit quicker, my skin is softer and smoother, and I've noticed less under-the-skin bumps. It definitely isn't the cheapest product out there, but I mean... If it works, it works.