The clocks have gone back, the evenings are much darker and there is a chill in the air, whilst there are many things I adore about autumn I can't deny it mostly just makes me want to curl up and snooze on the sofa. For the past couple of weeks I have been reaching for products that are soothing, calming and fuss free to hydrate autumn skin and keep redness at bay.
The newly released Goat's milk, manuka honey and calendula* soap (£4 for 100 grams) from Lyonsleaf popped through my door recently and the ingredients blend sounded so wonderful I couldn't wait to get stuck in, anything by Lyonsleaf is always phenomenal value for money and wonderfully soothing, you won't find any unnecessary ingredients in the products and everything is very effective. Honey is anti-bacterial and calendula is one of the herbs that is known for it's soothing skincare benefits, Lyonsleaf is on to another winner here, oh and did I mention they grow the calendula themselves on their farm, it's great stuff!
Another brand this time new to the UK is CV Skinlabs and I have been putting the Restorative skin balm* (£25.95 for 15mls) through it's paces, this is a lovely soft multi-purpose balm that comes in a very practical tube container, you only need a small amount of this balm to sooth dry lips and any other dry patches you may have. It is pricey for a balm but it is exceptionally cushioning and softening and I been enjoying every application, the ingredients list contains some of my favourite soothing ingredients such as calendula, Shea butter and almond oil for a lovely nourishing finish. CV skinlabs products also contains a combination of turmeric, alpha-bisabolol and reishi mushroom which they call the tri-rescue complex which is essentially a combination of anti-inflammatory ingredients to help soothe skin. I have heard a lot about CV Skinlabs from US bloggers and I am very excited we can get is easily in the UK now from Cos Natural, this balm doesn't disappoint!
I have been consistently impressed with Organic Surge products recently and the Super Rich body butter* (£15.75 for 150 mls) might just be my favourite product yet. This is a really thick and rich butter with Shea and Cocoa butters and a lovely light lavender scent (nothing heavy at all I promise!), it applies beautifully with no stickiness or residue and leaves the skin really soft. I have been thoroughly enjoying applying this before bed and it keeps even my super dry skin at bay, I love it!
The release of two new Pai serums took Twitter by storm and green beauties everywhere were popping these on their wish lists. As someone with redness prone skin I use a lot of Pai products because of the clever formulations, the Sea Aster and Wild oat Instant calm serum* (£42 for 30mls) is the latest Pai product to be incorporated in to my routine and whilst it may be a little early to talk about long term results so far this serum lives up to it's instant calm claims. I have tried other serums that claim to tackle redness before but what sets this Pai serum apart is what they don't include as well as what they do, if you have sensitive skin Pai won't let you down and is free of alcohol, peppermint and other rosacea triggers too, hurray!
Last but not least the Weleda Almond soothing facial oil* (£14.95 for 50mls) is one of those great multi-purpose products I always like to have around when it comes to winter time. This oil is in fact my most repurchased facial of all time, three simple ingredients almond oil, plum kernel oil and blackthorn oil and no added essential oils makes it ideal for skin that's feeling a little fragile. It also makes an excellent eye make up remover and general make up remover for dry skin and you can add some to your moisturiser as well as using it alone, versatile and great value for money and of course I adore Weleda so it is always a trusted brand I come back to.
What soothing and calming products are you reaching for lately?
*Indicates samples, all opinions, thoughts and beauty musings all my own. Contains some affiliate links, see full disclaimer for details.