I love trying new skincare and there is nothing more satisfying than discovering a small, more indie brand which really blows you away and that is how I feel about daycol. This is a brand that a friend of mine introduced me too and she has incredible skin so I was excited to see how it would fit into my skincare regime.
Daycol are a British skincare brand founded by Annette Heard and she has developed a range that focuses on using lovely organic ingredients to ensure our skin is well taken care of.
“There’s nothing more precious than our skin. Its condition affects our mood, feeling of wellbeing and emotions. I have created a range with natural organic ingredients, free from sulphate, paraben and alcohol to help you look great. And when we look great, we feel great.”
I have been using the daycol Derma Face Polish for a few months now and I’m quite tough when it comes to reviewing face scrubs because they’re my favourite step in my routine. I like how a scrub can leave the skin feeling smooth and give it a healthy radiance but that said I also hate a scrub that is unnecessarily abrasive so this product had a whole checklist it had to meet.
This face polish has a cream-like consistency and the scrubbies are tiny pieces of Volcanic Rock which are fine enough to exfoliate away those dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling smooth and promote a healthy radiance. I like that it’s not at all rough or abrasive on the skin (so it well and truly ticks that box).
Formulated with daycol’s own infusion of Bioderma3 Complex to include;
Apricot Kernel Oil- Apricot Kernel Oil is also high in vitamins B1, B2, B6 and beta-carotene. It has a luxuriously rich texture and is used to soften delicate and dry skin
Coconut Oil – Naturally high in vitamins A and E coconut oil will protect against the harmful effects of free radicals.
Avocado Oil – A rich source of omega-3 fatty acids (similar to those found in fish oil) it is also high in sterolin which has been shown soften skin and help prevent age spots. Avocado oil is also rich in the antioxidants vitamins A, D and E, making it useful for healing sun-damaged skin and lecithin and potassium.
So this lovely creamy face scrub feels really luxurious and after using it my skin is soft and radiant. It really feels like it makes light work of removing dead skin and you do not need to scrub your face – just gently massage into your skin allowing all the cocktail of skin loving ingredients work to their magic.
I am so pleased to have discovered a brand I haven’t heard many people talking about. Daycol has a small but well-rounded selection of products and next on my must-try list is their Ultra Rich Marine Collagen Moisturiser which sounds wonderful.
Let me know what smaller brands you have been loving.
Another instalment of Products Currently in Use, I have used up quite a few products and rotated a few new ones into the mix. So I thought I would share with you a couple of products that are currently in use in my bathroom.
Lacura Thermal Spring Shower Gel £1.99
I have tried a few products from this Lacura Thermal Spa range which is sold in ALDI stores & I have been impressed with all of them so far. This is my current shower gel & its lovely and gentle.This range is infused with natural thermal water to soothe and moisturise the skin. It smells nice and fresh, not overpowering or synthetic scent. It lathers up well and leaves my skin feeling clean, soft and hydrated. If you don’t like to spend a lot on shower products then this is a bargain at under £2. I have almost finished this bottle & will be repurchasing it for sure. It’s very affordable and when it comes to skincare products Aldi seem to be delivering on quality.
This hand wash is such a treat & very luxurious. I have it in my kitchen, so not technically in my bathroom but I just adore using it. It has a blend of uplifting natural herbal extracts and essential oils, including primrose, macadamia and avocado, which provide pure nutrients to soften the skin. It has a beautiful creamy texture which leaves your hands feeling velvety soft and clean. I love the scent and you can pick out the lavender, patchouli and orange blossom, which smell beautifully uplifting. I know this is a very luxurious hand wash but its a HUGE bottle, this has been well used since November and I still have almost half a bottle left. So its pretty good value and the packaging is so sleek and minimal. This would make a nice housewarming gift or as an extra treat for yourself.
I’m a huge fan of the cult favourite original C&P but these limited edition ones are just a little bit special. This one has such a refreshing Summer scent and I have been really enjoying that. Its uplifting in the morning and as with the original its very gentle and you can rely on it to leave your skin clean without that tight feeling. Its suitable for all skin types and I highly recommend adding this to your skincare regime – even if its the original version, it won’t let you down. I will be sad when this runs out but I might just treat myself to their latest release.
I recently posted about this shampoo, its great at removing the build-up of product and dirt to leave your hair feeling refreshed and nourished. Without stripping it and leaving it looking dry and feeling squeaky clean. I have dark hair and It leaves my hair with a lovely glossy sheen and in tip-top condition. Ogario is a British based haircare brand that offers salon quality haircare and I am loving discovering their products. This also has a refreshing citrus scent which is a great way to wake me up in the morning. To read more about this – click HERE to read my review.
I love the Rose Moisture Plus range from Jurlique and this didn’t disappoint either. This is a creamy cleanser which looks like mother of pearl when you first squeeze it out, you massage on to dry skin to break down any dirt, pollution and makeup then you use a damp warm cloth to remove all the residue. It is very gentle and has that beautiful light rose scent. It doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue or leave the skin feeling tight.
It has some great skin-loving ingredients including Jurlique’s exclusive blend of pumice and rosehip oil restores and rebalances your skin so it is polished to perfection, while willow bark cleanses impurities into oblivion so dull and sluggish skin is merely a distant memory. The pumice blend is so gentle that you can’t physically feel any texture but it gently exfoliates your skin leaving it looking radiant.
As the seasons pass I love switching up my skincare routine to keep giving my skin just what it needs. I have been noticing a change in the temperature this past week and there is a chill in the air (which I am secretly excited about) so I have started to look out a few products that will add into my Winter Skincare routine to help my skin adjust to the dryer air & crisper temperatures.
When the temperature drops and we start to put on the central heating I notice such a change in my skin, it gets more dehydrated, irritated and can look more dull so I like to make sure I keep my skin nourished and hydrated. I don’t switch up all my products, there is no need too but there are a few that I swear by during the colder months.
I use a serum all year round but I do have a one that I keep specifically for Winter and that’s the Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Face Serum. I love the whole Mega Mushroom range and have used it for years, the reason I like it more for the colder months is because its extremely hydrating, great at soothing redness and keeping the skin looking radiant. This serum has quite a few ingredients which are good for protecting the skin from the effects of Winter,
This potent serum is fortified with omega-rich Sea Buckthorn plus skin-repairing Reishi, irritant-soothing Chaga and Cordyceps mushrooms – long used in Chinese medicine to heal, promote longevity and improve health. Used faithfully, skin is transformed from reactive to resilient and from stressed to soothed to reveal a healthier, more radiant appearance..
A key part of any skincare regime is your moisturiser and I will be using the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+* this Winter, its such an Iconic product and I have used it a few times over the years. It has been reformulated recently and this new formula feels even more lightweight than before, which makes it a great lightweight moisturiser and it wears very well under makeup. There is no SPF or specific anti ageing benefits but it is a product that never breaks me out or irritates my skin and it gives a good amount of hydration without being greasy. It is 100% fragrance free, so thats really good if you have sensitive skin. Let me know if you have any Clinique makeup or skincare recommendations, I really want to try a few more products from this brand.
One thing I often forget to do in the Winter is use a body scrub, I know we’re not walking about with bare legs during the cold snap but its still important we keep our skin looking and feeling smooth and radiant. Scrubs are also a great way to get the blood flowing on a chilly Winter morning and I’ve fallen in love with the Prismologie Red Hour Foaming Body Scrub*. This has an uplifting Cedarwood scent which is invigorating and the scent is so luxurious. The scrub isn’t abrasive but it will leave your skin feeling incredibly soft, hydrated and by removing the build up of dead skin cells it helps your skin look radiant and healthy. This is a huge bottle which means it will last months so I’m hoping this will see me through the colder months & I really like the bright red packaging its quite festive looking which is perfect for using over Winter. One thing I know for sure is my legs will be Christmas Party ready after using this Scrub!
Oh & if you have time a body oil is a great way to lock in moisture after a shower and it keeps your skin extra soft.
We all know how bad the cold weather is for our lips, I find my lips really suffer. They always dry out and get chapped over the colder months and over the years I’ve tried so many lip products to combat this but the NUXE Reve de Miel Honey Lip Balm is the best I’ve ever tried. It has quite a unique rich formula, I think of it more of a lip treatment and apply it twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening. Its quite thick (but not greasy) so I don’t use it throughout the day but I have to say after applying it in the morning my lips feel nourished and protected for hours so you really don’t need to apply it like a lip balm. Its the perfect treatment to apply at night before you go to bed after a long day exposed to the dry cold Winter elements & it repairs your lips overnight leaving them looking and feeling soft and smooth. This pot has lasted me so long & I have looked it out now the weather is a little colder and it sits on my nightstand to remind me to apply it.
A face mist is an easy way of combating the effects of air conditioning & central heating, I always have one on my desk at work and I’m currently using the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. This is a very refreshing face mist and I spritz it so often throughout the day. I love how it stops my skin from drying out and the rose scent is very uplifting and calming. A few spritz of this leaves my skin feeling soft, soothed and hydrated. You can spritz it on top of your makeup without unsettling it and it just keeps your skin nourished and feeling fresh. I’m spritzing it as I type!
I like to use a face oil more often during the Winer and this new Merumaya Everything Everywhere Beauty Oil* is ideal for that and the exciting thing about this oil is that its not exclusively for your face it has a multitude of uses. It can be used on dry hands, heels, face, body hair, scalp lashes and brows. I have heard people say they even mix a few drops in with their moisturiser too. This is going to help in so many ways to nourish your skin and to keep it looking radiant. It will also combat the effects Winter has on your face, hair and body, Its extremely hydrating and nourishing because there are so many incredible ingredients included in this oil,
It contains Kahai Oil which has even more benefits than Argan Oil, 50% more Vitamin E and twice as much Linoleic (Essential Fatty Acids). It also has 3 times more anti-ageing Retinol than rosehip oil (traditionally used to combat scars and healing the skin). It also contains Oat, Grapeseed and Jojoba Oils, this exclusive formula provides moisture, elasticity, a reduction in lines, soothes, brightens and nourishes the skin. Squalane which helps prevent moisture loss whilst restoring skins suppleness. So quite the power house of ingredients. I am excited to see the results of prolonged use and I will be putting its multi functional benefits to good use.
A must for your handbag during the Winter is a good hand cream & for me this nspa Intensive Anti Ageing Hand Cream is ideal. It is a thicker formula which will be perfect for nourishing my hands when they’re cold and keeping them from drying out. I also like that this has SPF15 which means my hands will be protected during those chilly sunny days. I find my hands dry out so badly and I always like to have a hand cream with me in my handbag.
These are just a few products I plan on using as it starts to get colder, let me know what products you like to switch up when Winter comes & what you do different to combat the effects the cold weather has on your skin
Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.