You know me, i'm an oily skinned person obsessed with hydration and lately my thing has been facial oils. So when Palmer's offered to send me some bits from their new skincare line, i jumped at the chance to try a more affordable facial oil, amongst some other bits.
Everyone knows Palmer's, i remember when i was about 7 my mum let me buy a Palmer's cocoa butter formula lip balm and i cherished that thing until the very end .. mostly because to a 7 year old it smelt like chocolate. Although Palmer's are really well known for their body care, i had absolutely no idea they had a range of skincare and an extensive range at that, until now.
Even though i bang on about skincare a lot and i never fail to do a full skincare routine, the one thing i find myself skipping is SPF, i know i know I'm a skincare hypocrite. When I'm on holiday and my bare face is in the sun i always apply a facial SPF, but i have to admit on a daily basis i don't go out of my way to apply it, and i really should. So when i saw the new moisturising day cream had a built in SPF my lazy self was more than pleased, and i was pretty impressed with all of the claims and ingredients on the front of the bottle - Vitamin E really gets along with my skin and it's free from lots of nasties like parabens, which can be found in a lot of other skincare products.
When i first pumped this out i have to admit i panicked, when this is in it's freshly pumped out form it's thick, but as the product claims to be fast absorbing and non comedogenic it put my mind to rest. Once i rubbed this into my skin it really did absorb quickly, somehow my face felt soft (and bouncy??) but when i touched my cheek it didn't feel like it even had a heavy cream on. My skin felt so hydrated i couldn't believe what was on my face was the same product that pumped out so thick initially. This also provided a great base for my makeup - hydrated skin is always the best condition to apply makeup to and this smoothed so well it meant my foundation sat really evenly on top of my skin.
I have oily and acne prone skin, so trying something new is always worrying for me incase the product causes a breakout, but i had no problems with this. Once rubbed in the cream was lightweight, left my skin perfectly hydrated and i haven't got to worry that the sun is reeking havoc anymore because of the built in SPF.
The next product is the thing i was most excited about trying, recently i've gotten into facial oils but i've only ever tried quite pricey options; although i've been really impressed with them i was intrigued to see if a much more affordable oil would have a similar effect on my skin. Again the packaging claims of the skin perfecting oil and ingredients really impressed me, amongst other things this contains retinol, and i'm pretty sure it's quite hard to find a facial oil containing something as effective as retinol for as little as £9.99.
I love this, usually when I'm trying out products i leave my thoughts about them secret until i publish my blog post, but i couldn't control my excitement with this one i had to tweet about it, yes my life's excitement does come from beauty products..
Waking up the morning after using this for the first time i couldn't believe it but i actually saw a change in my skin, it's hard to explain but my skin felt calmer in a way. I suffer from redness and acne marks and both appeared reduced, although other higher end oils had helped with this too, the palmers oil made a more noticeable difference in the all round quality of my skin . The reason this makes me so exited is because i love finding affordable products, but oils are something that are hard to get right and honestly i didn't think one costing under £10 could compete with higher end alternatives, but this seriously competes.
I don't want to go on a whole tangent on the importance of oils and moisturisers for oily skin,(because lets face it i do talk about it too much) but i will say if the idea of a facial oil scares you with oily skin, don't be alarmed! Using an oil will regulate your skins oil production thus resulting in less oily skin.
One of the most classic Palmer's products is the Daily skin therapy, as i said before Palmer's are most well known for their body care and it's because they just get it so right; somehow the products are so affordable but so effective at the same time. My hands are my biggest problem when it comes to dry skin, but i often find hand creams leave my skin greasy, but because this is so concentrated you can get away with using the tiniest amount - fixing my dry skin without leaving my hands greasy. Also the size of this is perfect, my handbag is never without a tube of hand cream so i can carry this without adding too much extra weight to my already heavy bag.