Saturday, 1 November 2014

Skincare: The soothing and calming edit



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? 

Ana x 

*Indicates samples, all opinions, thoughts and beauty musings all my own. Contains some affiliate links, see full disclaimer for details.

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  1. I'm looking forward to trying the Lyonsleaf soap, it sounds lovely! Not calming but I've got my eye on the other Pai serum! x

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    1. I think the zinc serum is also pretty calming for acne prone skins, Pai always formulate things to be gentle, I may have to get the other serum too! :) Xx

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  2. I'm also looking forward to trying the soap - that price is great too! I have the other Pai serum and it's very different to others that I've used. Much less an oil and more like a lotion. Nice selection of calming products :) x

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    1. Love Lyonsleaf! The calming serum is like a light lotion too very nice to use! Glad you enjoyed :) Xx

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  3. Wow, what to try these all! I adore Pai and can't wait to test out the new serums and I've been wanting to try CV Skinlabs for awhile now, especially after hearing all the wonderful reviews from fellow bloggers. Lastly, I've heard so much about that Weleda facial oil, sounds amazing.

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    1. They are all great products that would suit this autumn/winter season, hope you enjoy what you try! :) XX

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  4. I really want to try the Weleda facial oil. I loved the almond moisturiser x

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    1. The two work well together, it is very versatile and I like to use them together Xx

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  5. What a great post, I loved it! You know I adore my Gaia Creams Oat serum but I would also really like to try this Pai serum, looks amazing! :) xx

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    1. The Pai is more of a traditional serum than an oil so the two would probably work well together! :) Xx

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  6. What lovely picks! I'd love to try one of Pai's new serums and the Weleda oil sounds perfect for when skin is going through a rough patch xx

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    1. Both highly recommended, the serum for blemish prone skin also looks good! Xx

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  7. Im also using lyonleaf stuff and i think it's gorgeous! Love everything so far!! ❤❤
    Calendula oil has been a really best friend lately for my dermatitis! Love also their family bussiness story :)

    Kisses Ana

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    1. So glad you love Lyonsleaf Allessandra they are a brilliant brand and I love the calendula oil too! Xx

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  8. I would love to try the new serum with zinc from pai! But this one is perfect for my mother :)) Cvskinlabs is a most for my family in winter! Great post, i like to discover new natural brand like Organic Surge xo

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    1. Glad to hear you are a CVskinlabs fan too, Organic surge have some lovely budget friendly products Xx

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  9. I love this post!! All the products that you have mentioned sound so great. I would love to try the Goat's milk soap and the new Pai serums in particular the one made for blemish prone. Even though I don't have overly sensitive skin type, I find it beneficial to go for calming ingredients. My go-to skin savior is Sodashi Calming Serum, a facial oil that calms my skin in an instant! It is suitable all year round to be used :)

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    1. I have heard great things about Sodashi but never tried anything, that calming serum sounds divine, thanks Asti! :) Xx

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  10. Can't wait to try the soap too. Also huge fan of the Organic surge butter x

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    1. That body butter is just divine, so great for the Autumn Xx

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    1. They are all fantastic, thanks for stopping by! Xx

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  12. As a relative newcomer to the joys of rosacea I reallywant to try that Pai serum!
    Nic x

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    1. I am really pleased with the results so far, I also love the chamomile and rosehip cream and the cleanser from the range, they don't include most of the common rosacea triggers so they are a good brand to go for, Rosacea is a pain Xx

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