As I sit here the rain is pouring down and the wind is howling and I am definitely dreaming of warmer, sunny days. With the cooler weather I tend to find that my skin requires a little more TLC as having heating on most days can leave my skin feeling a little dry so today I am featuring some winter skin saviours from Antipodes and Boots Serum7 LIFT.
Recently I was sent the Antipodes Grapeseed Butter cleanser $46.00 rrp to try and I have found that this is the perfect cleanser for my dry and slightly sensitive winter skin.
This sleek, minimalist preparation is an enchanting blend of nourishing cacao butter with soothing olive and harekeke oils. Featuring revolutionary Vinanza Grape® from New Zealand’s sauvignon blanc grape seeds. Soothing lavender and blue chamomile partner to help calm sensitive skin as well as refresh and cleanse, while hibiscus bloom has gentle exfoliating action.
My choice of cleanser is normally the QV Wash or Elucent Whitening exfoliating cleanser and both of these are light cleansers which have a slight ‘foaming’ quality. The Antipodes Grapeseed Butter cleanser is a much richer cleanser that took me a little time to get used to.
Having never used a thick butter cleanser I was unsure of the amount I required to clean my face and my first use resulted in learning that I needed much less than I thought
A thumbnail size of cleanser will cleanse your whole face and neck so this 75gm container will last you many, many months of twice daily use.
Never one to read instructions I also didn’t realise you should dampen your face prior to application so please learn from my mistake as it really does make a difference!
The grapeseed and hibiscus bloom provide gentle exfoliation, which along with the soothing cacao butter and olive and harekeke oils result in my skin feeling beautifully soft and hydrated.
To remove the cleanser the recommendation is to wash off with water, however I find that I need to use my Jaqueline Evans muslin cloth from The Natural Supply Co to fully remove it.
I have really enjoyed incorporating the Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser into my winter skin routine and it has now whet my appetite to try more of the Antipodes range.
Boots Serum7 LIFT Deep Wrinkle repair serum and Firming Day Cream
As a daughter of an English mother who grew up in England, Boots has always been on my radar. I can clearly remember as an 8 year old going into the local Boots store to pick up some of Mum’s favourites as soon as we arrived for our English holiday.
Boots was established in 1849 in my mother’s home town of Nottingham and now their skincare range is available in Australia in Amcal and Guardian pharmacies.
When we were in England last year I spent countless hours in many Boots stores but even though I had heard great things about the Boots Serum7 range I didn’t end up buying any as the exchange rate was not in our favour.
As some of the range is available in Australia I have been trialling the Boots Serum7 LIFT Deep wrinkle repair serum and the Boots Serum7 LIFT firming Day cream with SPF15.
Serum7 Beauty Serum is a concentrated skin-perfecting beauty serum that works to target the first signs of ageing, helping to keep skin looking younger by supporting fibrillin production. Fibrillin, a dermal protein, is one of the main components of skin elastic tissue and helps repair the effects of sun-aged skin, recognisable as coarse wrinkles on the surface of the skin.
Serum7 Beauty Serum contains a patented antioxidant complex of Mulberry, Ginseng and Vitamin C to help protect against free radical skin damage. The Age Defence Complex of White lupin and Peptide helps to maintain collagen and fibrillin levels in the skin, helping to smooth out the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and firm the skin’s surface. The Pro-retinol Vitamin A works at the surface of the skin to enhance skin cell renewal – leaving the skin looking smoother and plumper.
The Boots website also states the Serum7 LIFT Deep wrinkle repair serum
is the first anti-ageing cosmetic product proven to work in an independent 12 month clinical trial, with breakthrough results that have been published in leading international dermatological journals. The serum restores firmness, and reduces the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles by up to 50% in just 4 weeks.
I obviously do not have the means to prove these claims however I have noticed a visible reduction in my finer smile lines, and my frown lines which are normally very noticeable by day’s end are definitely less visible. Normally I will need to rub my frown lines mid afternoon to remove the buildup of makeup that accumulates there, and for the last 2 weeks I haven’t needed to.
I have been following the serum with the complimentary Serum7 LIFT firming day cream. The cream looks extremely thick in the jar, however when you apply it melts into the skin with ease. A small amount is all that is needed to achieve coverage over your face, neck and decolletage.
After 4 week use, skin is left feeling firmer and noticeably more radiant. The result is skin looks amazingly lifted, tightened and youthful. Its clever ingredients help to reduce the appearance of pigmentation and dark spots, leaving the skin more even in tone and younger looking.
I have been using the serum and day moisturiser for the last 3 weeks and am yet to see my skin looking lifted and tightened however I have noticed a difference in the radiance of my skin.
If you have read my skincare reviews before you will know that I am really fussy with my moisturisers – particularly my day ones. I want my moisturiser to apply easily, absorb quickly , offer great hydration all day as well as working beautifully with all of my foundations – the Boots Serum7 LIFT firming day cream ticks all of those boxes.
Due to the moisturiser containing SPF15 I only use this during the day so I have been continuing to use my Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-rejuvenating nighttime serum in cream.
When starting new skincare products I don’t normally change my whole routine as it can be difficult to determine any adverse reactions, however I started to incorporate the Serum7 LIFT products into my routine at the same time as I started using the Antipodes Grapeseed Butter cleanser and I have been really impressed with this combination.
If you have dry, somewhat sensitive skin that could do with some pampering I highly recommend this combination of products – especially with this cooler weather.
Don’t forget to add an eyecream and a night moisturiser though
Have you tried any of the Antipodes or Boots No7 products before? What are your thoughts on butter cleansers?