21 July, 2016 New Summer Skincare: DHC, Aurelia, Trilogy & More!
Today on the blog I’ve got some gorgeous new summer skincare bits that I’ve been testing out, from lovely brands like Aurelia, ARK, Trilogy, The Body Shop and DHC. A perk of blogging is being sent new launches – or at least products that are new to me – and it’s always fun to incorporate them into my daily routines. I’ve tried everything here for at least a week each, so although these aren’t fully-fledged opinions, I can give you a rough idea of whether it will suit you or not.
My first batch of new summer skincare bits is from DHC.
DHC sent me their Bio Cellulose Sheet Mask* and the Alpha Arbutin White Sheet Mask*. These one-use masks are loaded with hydrating ingredients and feel incredibly cooling on my skin. They’re fantastic as a post night-out treat and would be great to take away with you on holiday. The Bio Cellulose mask contains coconut water to nourish and soothe, whereas the Alpha Arbutin mask helps to fight dullness and discolouration.
Next up is skincare brand Aurelia.
Aurelia sent me a mini bundle of some of their most popular products, including the Refine & Polish Miracle Balm, Miracle Cleanser, Revitalise and Glow Serum and the Cell Repair Night Oil. In short, all of the products are lovely, although I feel like they offer more style than substance. The packaging and scents are gorgeous – very elegant and feminine – and the Miracle Cleanser and Balm did a decent job of cleansing my skin and removing the top layer of grime, dead skin and pollution. The serum has a milky consistency and hydrates lightly without feeling heavy, and the night oil was a little too greasy for my tastes. I definitely recommend testing out some of the products in Space NK before making a purchase.
Trilogy and ARK Skincare from Beauty Expert
Beauty Expert got in touch and asked if I wanted to try a few bits from Trilogy, ARK and Korres. The Trilogy Discover Rosehip Starter Set* contains the Balancing Gel Cleanser, Facial Lotion and Rosehip Antioxidant Oil, and is specifically targeted at combination skin types. The cleanser is fine – lightweight, a little frothy and quite gentle.
The moisturiser isn’t very nice – the less said about that the better – but the highlight for me is the concentrated rosehip oil. It is seriously, seriously beautiful. The oil has a light texture which doesn’t feel like it’s just sitting on top of my skin – rather, it penetrates deeply and perks up my complexion. It’s a nice option in the evening before bed, or even for popping on after a face mask to rehydrate and plump up the skin.
A brand that is fairly new to me is ARK, and Beauty Expert sent the Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser*. Again, a pretty standard face cleanser that claims to be gentle, soap-free, etc etc, but actually feels bog standard. My skin felt dry and tight after using it, and I immediately applied heaps of the Trilogy rosehip oil to ease the discomfort. I do think that brands miss a trick when they create gel-based cleansers, as there are so many lovely emulsion, milk, balm and cream formulas they could test out instead.
New summer skincare favourites from The Body Shop and Superdrug
Two well-loved brands in my skincare stash are The Body Shop and Superdrug – they both offer reasonably priced products that always seem to be leading on the trend front, rather than following blindly. I received a PR pack of the Drops of Light range, and have completely fallen for the Brightening Day Cream*, Serum* and Essence Lotion*.
The cream and serum are lightweight, nourishing, and they absorb instantly – meaning they’re great for sweaty days, although my favourite product is the essence lotion. It creates a gorgeous layer of moisture over the skin that helps to prep perfectly for any makeup applied on top. It’s the ultimate lotion for days when I want as light a base as possible. I definitely recommend checking out the range!
Last up for new summer skincare finds are two serums from Superdrug: the Simply Pure Hydrating Serum and the Vitamin E Serum. I know Sali Hughes LOVES the Simply Pure Hydrating Serum so naturally I picked that up on a 3-for-2 offer, and the Vitamin E Serum has a similar texture, with a little more liquid to it – it’s like a richer version of my hero product, The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Moisture Serum. Both are SO cheap and are lovely before bed, applied onto sore or sunburnt skin, or smoothed topically onto flaky patches. They’re also lovely if you’re just getting into serums but don’t want to spend too much money.
So there you have it – my complete edit of new summer skincare. Which brands and products have you tried? What would you recommend I add to my summer skincare stash? Comment and share below!
Enjoy the heat – if that’s possible!