This year I have heard loads of recommendations for the brand Soap and Glory. They're not available here but I really wanted to try them, so when I was in London I tracked some down.
I actually just wanted a face cream, as I'd run out just before we left and only had my sunscreen for moisturising, which I thought would not be tooooo bad, at least for a bit, as it does both, but the flight left my skin in a bit of a state and after a few days in London it was practically falling off my face. (Nice.) So, I found out where Soap and Glory was sold, and on our fourth day I had my chance: we walked past the Boots on Putney High Street (and more, much more, on Putney soon!), backtracked, and walked in.
Face cream was obviously my number one priority but I needed an eye cream too, so picked up their Puffy Eye Attack, although with more than a little skepticism for any potential de-puffing ability; I just wanted soothed skin. I'd been reading about serums, the kind you use before your moisturiser, and as I was days from my 33rd birthday I stuck that in the basket too. Finally, as my acne had also flared up, apparently to celebrate the last birthday of my early thirties, I bought the spot gel. I never, ever use things like this, but being at the point of it not really being able to get too much worth, I took a gamble and decided I'd give it a whirl.
Both the moisturiser and the serum were good, and my poor dry skin improved straight away – although I think I could have smuggled some butter out of the breakfast basket and slapped that on, and would have seen improvements. But these feel good (and are definitely nicer than butter!) but they do have a strong, sweet smell, a bit like a chocolate cream centre. I prefer the creamier, heavier feel of the moisturiser over the serum, but they both do a good job. The eye cream did de-puff my super puffy peepers, and it does still seem to work, plus isn't irritating and seems to be lasting ages – I really like it and would buy it again if I could.
But my favourite, by far, is the spot gel. At first I was not a fan, as it just turned the red spots redder (oh hooray) so I stopped using it after a couple of days – and everything healed. FABU. (I've also just checked the back on the tube and it has "anti-pickel gel" written on it, which delights me!). It contains AHAs – so it recommends being extra careful in the sun – but I love its skin-clearing qualities. I use this on large-ish areas of my sensitive skin, wherever there's congestion, once a day for a few days (without any issues) then exfoliate with a face cloth, and am left with super soft clear skin. I like this stuff so much I bought two more tubes before we left so I'd have plenty to tide me over here in Aus, while I look for a replacement I can buy here.
These are the products: Wish Upon A Jar (face moisturiser), Make Yourself Youthful Serum (erm, the serum), Puffy Eye Attack (eye cream), and Dr Spot (anti-pickel gel ie. spot gel), and I bough them all from Boots while I was in London.
If anyone has any great AHA recs that can be bought in Melbourne, do let me know!