Hey everyone, Merry Christmas! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends & family yesterday if you celebrate Christmas. In case you missed it I posted my picks for the Best Makeup of 2018 last week. This week I wanted to follow up with my 2018 Skincare Favourites. Not all of these skincare products are new, but they’re ones that I’ve loved for most of the year. I tried a lot of skincare products thanks to Elle Canada when I was selected as a juror for their grand prix so I had lots of options to choose from!
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Best Cleanser of 2018
My favourite cleanser didn’t change this year even though I went through a lot of them. I tried Aveeno’s Positively radiant cleanser, two cleansing oils from L’Occitane and a string of other drugstore cleansers but I kept coming back to my tried and true Fresh Soy Cleanser. This cleanser isn’t anything new and unfortunately it isn’t very affordable at $20 a travel size and $49 for a full sized bottle but I keep going back to it. Whenever I can find it on sale I treat myself to the travel size bottle. It smells like cucumbers and is gentle on my skin. I can’t afford to buy it all the time which is why I’ve alternated between so many drugstore cleansers this year.
Best Exfoliator of 2018
I started delving into chemical exfoliators this year but my favourite exfoliating product is still Kate Somerville Exfolikate. I included both the Soy Cleaner and Exfolikate in my Top 10 Winter Skin Savers blog post early this year and I still stand by that. Exfolikate feels luxurious and the enzymes in it make my skin tingle. I know it’s weird but because I feel a physical change in my skin I think that the enzymes are actually working. My face feels so soft after exfolikating and this bottle has lasted me an entire year!
Best Moisturizer of 2018
I’ve been really enjoying the NUXE 48 Hour Moisturizer. I can’t attest to the 48 hour moisture claim because I do wash my face twice a day.. but it’s been a good moisturizer when transitioning between the warmer and colder days of Fall. My skin is nice and hydrated in the morning when I use it overnight and it sits well under makeup. My HG is still Neutrogena Hydro Boost but I haven’t had a chance to repurchase yet this year!
Best Serum of 2018
I didn’t try a whole lot of serums this year but I did find one that I’ve enjoyed enough to repurchase twice already. You’ve probably heard me raving about the Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum if you’ve been reading any of my seasonal favourites posts this year. I love this serum for my extra dry skin. While I was testing moisturizers for Elle Canada I noticed that a lot of my dry patches returned and this helped soothe them. Anything that helps reduce dry patches and soothe my dry skin gets a thumbs up from me.
I also enjoyed the Caudalie Grape Water face mist and couldn’t write a skincare favourites post without mentioning it. It came in the same value set that I got my SOS serum in during my April Sephora VIB Sale Haul. Grape Water has the most refreshing fine mist which is great for during a workout or for wetting your makeup brushes.
Best Eye Cream of 2018
I’ve tried so many different eye creams thanks to Sephora Deluxe samples and subscription boxes, so I know when an eye cream does something different from the rest. The Kiehls Midnight Recovery Eye Cream was a fantastic purchase. The tube has lasted me most of the year and I already have a replacement for when it’s finished. Kathleen Lights raves about this eye cream but it wasn’t until Polished and Inspired recommended it to me that I picked it up. I’m glad I did, it’s so hydrating and I actually notice an immediate smoothing effect when I apply it. I don’t know if it will prevent wrinkles in the long term but in the short term I do notice my eyes look less puffy when I use it overnight.
Best Lip Balm of 2018
I have way too much lip balm on my skincare shelf. I always get lip balms for birthdays and Christmas and I have a nice little stock pile of it. Elle Canada also selected me to test lip balms for their 2018 Grand Prix so I got another 5 or 6 balms to try out. There was one that I absolutely had to include in skincare favourites and that was the Clarins Hydra Essentiel Moisture Replenishing Balm. It’s very thick and luxurious. My lips feel so hydrated when I use it!
Best Hand Cream of 2018
L’Occitane hand creams are my absolute favourites. They’re moisturizing without feeling greasy and they have so many great scents to choose from. My personal favourite is the L’Occitane Cherry Blossom hand cream. I received a ton of little hand creams from last year’s L’Occitane advent calendar. Unfortunately they’re on the more expensive size but the $12 travel size is perfect to stick in my purse. I love buying these hand creams for my mom as birthday and christmas gifts because I know their a luxury item she wouldn’t treat herself to.
What products are on your 2018 Skincare Favourites list?
There you have it, the best skincare products of 2018 in my personal opinion. Keep in mind that I haven’t tried every skincare product on the planet so if there’s something that you think is the best and I didn’t mention it please let me know! Please remember that we all have different skin so what works for me might not work for you. I have very dry skin so a lot of these products might not be good for you if you’re skin is oilier/less dry than mine. I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my skincare favourites for this year! Talk soon xx