In search of the best skincare to cleanse, hydrate and rejuvenate skin, the blogger of Beauty & More and I, discovered 10 skincare products that improved our skin in 2022. These products are our favourites of 2022. Get to know the skincare that helped our skin to be more radiant and why we chose them as our favourites.
Exactly as we did in 2021, the amazing blogger of Beauty & More and I gathered our skincare expertise to bring you the best skincare that we tried in 2022. Each one of us, chose 5 skincare “holy grail’s” that became part of our skincare routine in 2022. In total 10 products that are worth trying by their revitalizing properties, efficiency and how they enhance skin’s appearance.
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Blanca’s favourite skincare products
Having sensitive skin, I’m always on the lookout for skincare products that deliver results without irritating my skin. In 2022, I mainly looked for skincare products with hydrating, protecting and anti-aging benefits and preferably made with clean, non-toxic formulations. It’s not always easy to find high-performance skincare that is gentle on skin. After lots of trying and error, last year I discovered five skincare products with powerful formulations that deliver visible results and work wonders for my very dry, sensitive skin. These skincare products have become absolute favorites and real must-haves in my skincare routine, as I use them daily to help me target my main skin concerns and get hydrated, protected, plump and glowing skin. I love these products so much that I have repurchased all of them already, except for the face cream because it’s still unfinished.
Find ahead my favourite skincare products for 2022.
JUNOCO Clarifying Cleansing Powder
My skin is very dry and though many cleansers promise that they won’t strip skin, they still fall short, whilst those which don’t strip skin are not effective enough in terms of cleansing. JUNOCO Clarifying Cleansing Powder is the first cleanser I’ve ever used that actually leaves my skin feeling super clean and supple post-shower. When I use this powder cleanser, my skin is noticeably calmer, less red and overall more balanced. JUNOCO Clarifying Cleansing Powder is the most effective yet gentle cleanser I’ve ever used. My skin never felt so soft and free of imperfections since using this amazing cleansing powder daily. JUNOCO Clarifying Cleansing Powder has become my real holy grail since I first tried it back in January 2022. With a clean and simple yet effective formula that does exactly what it promises, it cleanses without irritating or stripping skin’s natural oils, plus it exfoliates, smoothes, protects, hydrates and revitalizes my skin. This powder-to-foam cleanser contains rice lees extract, hyaluronic acid, papaya enzymes and rice powder to boost any cleansing routine and it delivers luxury quality and results at an affordable price. You can read more about this cleanser and other JUNOCO products bellow.
KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner
I absolutely love KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner. In fact, it’s my all-time favourite hydrating toner. The dense gel-like texture hydrates my skin intensely and it smells heavenly. I love it because not only preps but also smooths, softens and illuminates my skin, leaving my complexion looking healthy and glowy. I’ve been using KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner daily in my night time routine for almost a year and I love how supple and prepped it leaves my skin before applying treatment skincare. KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner has become one of my skincare essentials and I keep buying it on repeat. For those who are reactive to fragrance, there is a fragrance-free version available.
SUNDAY RILEY A + High-Dose Retinoid Serum
For the longest time, I couldn’t use serums with high concentrations of retinol because my skin would react with burning, redness and breakouts, to the point that I would have to stop using the product. During the pandemic, I got to incorporate retinol into my skincare routine in very low concentrations. To maximize results, I wanted to increase retinol concentration. SUNDAY RILEY A + High-Dose Retinoid Serum combines a 5% retinoid ester blend, a 1% liposomal-encapsulated retinol blend and a 0.5% blue-green algae blend – a natural, retinoid-alternative – to effectively combat skin signs of aging. In addition to reducing the look of fine lines, SUNDAY RILEY A + High-Dose Retinoid Serum features encapsulated CoQ10 to help improve the appearance of UV damaged skin plus Hawaiian white honey, bisabolol, cactus extract and ginger to balance and soothe the complexion. What I most love about this serum is that it provides all the youth-boosting, blemish-busting and radiance-enhancing benefits of traditional retinoids and retinols without the retinol common side effects (flaking, redness and irritation). This supercharged retinol serum is leaving my skin visibly firmer with a skin texture noticeably smoother. I’m using it daily – after a few weeks using it every other night – and it’s doing wonders for my skin. I really recommend SUNDAY RILEY A + High-Dose Retinoid Serum if you are looking to upgrade to a high concentration retinol and want to get results with none of the common retinol side effects.
DR. JART+ Ceramidine Eye Cream
Most ceramide creams are gentle enough to be used around the eyes, but my skin is very sensitive and I prefer using specific skincare for eyes. I remembered one of Michele ’s favourite skincare products for 2021 was DR. JART+ Ceramidine Eye Cream and I didn’t hesitate once to try it. I can honestly say this is a wonderful eye cream. The texture is thick with a nice consistency to it that spreads easily and absorbs fast, giving my eyes a firmer appearance, plus it wears seamlessly beneath makeup. With a five-ceramide complex, not only works locking in moisture and protecting the skin barrier, but also brightening dark circles and depuffing the under-eye. Skin around my eyes feels supple, smooth and super moisturised instantly. I’ve been using it for about a month and my eye contour is visibly smoother, comforted and brighter.
Nº1 DE CHANEL Revitalising Cream
For me, face moisturizer is the number one staple in my skincare routine. My skin is very dry and sensitive and I can’t go without moisturizing daily with moisturizers that don’t irritate my skin. I must admit I’m quite picky with moisturizers. I like my face cream to absorb fast and to leave my skin perfectly prepped for makeup, so greasy, heavy textures that take long to absorb are an absolute no for me. Nº1 DE CHANEL Revitalising Cream is much more than an ordinary face moisturizer. That’s probably why i love it so much.The texture of this face cream is an absolute dream. Thick and dense yet velvety and lightweight, you won’t notice you are wearing anything on your skin. Nº1 DE CHANEL Revitalising Cream has a thick consistency that instantly reveals a firmer, plumper appearance to complexion. It’s super moisturizing yet ultra fast absorbing and it doesn’t leave any residue or greasy feeling on skin. I love how glowy my skin looks but not shiny or greasy glowy, simply naturally radiant. Most amazingly, it doesn’t turn into greasy patches after a few hours of application, which is something I really get with the vast majority of face creams I tried. What Nº1 DE CHANEL Revitalizing Cream excels at is in leaving skin perfectly and beautifully prepped. Skin looks instantly softer, plumper, firmer and radiant. It’s like getting an instant mini-lift. Effects are obviously not permanent, but if a face cream can give me beautiful, younger-looking skin instantly, I’m totally sold. Plus, the texture is ultra fast absorbing and allows applying makeup straight away without pilling and making foundation stay flawless throughout the day, so it works as the best skin primer. I’ve been using it daily for three weeks and the long-term effects I noticed is that my skin feels more elastic and revitalized, in the sense that it feels and looks more healthy. Skin not only feels super comfortable after application but also permanently, as a long-term effect. Naturally and sustainably made, with 95% of natural origin ingredients and a refillable packaging, it’s a great cream for those who like clean and eco-friendly skincare with high performance results. You can read the full review on this one of a kind face cream right bellow.
My favourite skincare products
The skincare products I found to be the best for my skin in 2022 were the ones that felt light on the skin and at the same time, formulated to fight ageing signs. My skin became sensitive to exfoliation due to the high exposure to sunlight whilst living in Tenerife, which also contributed to some visible lines. I had to look for gentle formulas that helped my skin to regenerate. I always loved heavy exfoliation on my skin, because of my extremely oily t-zone. However, this year, this old habit of mine wasn’t working at all. I had to change my skincare routine to exfoliating products based on gentle acids that have renewed my skin’s texture exactly as if I would have used exfoliating grains. For my eyes, instead, I kept using rich formulas that hydrate and are quickly absorbed.
Botanics All Bright with Hibiscus Cleansing Foam Wash
Infused with natural hibiscus extract, Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash is a complete face wash that leaves skin deeply cleansed, smooth and prepared for the next skincare step. The soap-free, cruelty-free and vegan friendly formula it exfoliates skin gently thanks to its natural AHA (alpha hydroxy acids). I never thought that such an affordable cleanser would leave my skin so soft and remove every bit of dirty and makeup. The transparent liquid consistency feels comfortable on the skin and leaves face radiant. I found it by chance the last time I was in London, in December, at Boots. From all the foam cleansers I tried so far in my life, this is definitely the best! I use it everyday day and night. My skin stays renewed, hydrated and soothed.
Florence By Mills Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask
Once a week, I like to dedicate time to apply a face mask that hydrates whilst removing all impurities. Peel off masks are great because they do everything in one step. They pull out all dirt from every pore and help to boost hydration on skin. The peel off mask from Florence By Mills is by far the best peel off mask I tried until now. The affordable, vegan and cruelty-free mask is formulated with charcoal powder to detox, lavender oil to soothe and witch hazel which helps to purify skin’s pores. Easy to apply and to peel off, it takes 30 minutes for the “shiny” purple pinkish mask to dry. Whilst on, this mask gives a fresh sensation that revives and reenergizes skin. The Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask that you see above on the pictures is already my third jar, since I bought it in January of 2022. Plus, Florence By Mills Peel Off Mask does wonders as the famous Glamglow Mask, but for much less than half of the latter.
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THE ORDINARY MANDELIC ACID 10% + HA
I am completely addicted to The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA. This gentle overnight dermal peeling, with a texture of a serum, penetrates skin at a slower pace when compared to retinol and glycolic acid, being easily absorbed by the most sensitive skin. The Ordinary Mandelic Acid is more delicate when compared to other alpha hydroxy acids, being a safer option to renew skin overnight. I’m really happy I got to try it when I purchased Look Fantastic Advent Calendar, since my skin became more sensitive to acids when I moved to Tenerife. Mandelic Acid shows visible results after using it for 3 consecutive nights. My pores and lines were reduced, my skin was much smoother and my face was more luminous. The Ordinary Mandelic Acid is a must-have for sensitive skin that often reacts to peeling or harsh exfoliation.
OLE HENRIKSEN TRUTH BANANA BRIGHT+ EYE CREAM
The last time I was in London, at Boots, along with the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash, I decided to try an eye cream. I read several good reviews that reassured me that Ole Henriksen Banana Bright+ Eye Cream was suitable for the most demanding customers with dark circles and visible expression lines. I had tried the serum from the same range and I was pleased with it, so I was confident I would like the eye cream. Indeed I loved it! The thick texture looks like shea butter, but feels like a refreshing gel once it’s applied on the under-eye area. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright+ Eye Cream has a vegan and fragrance free formula that contains a light-reflecting yellow mineral pigment to instantly colour-correct and revive tired looking under eyes. The powerful antioxidant effect of the vitamin C neutralize free radicals and other environmental aggressors. My under-eye area is de-puffed and more firm.
ESPA OPTIMAL SKIN PRO-MOISTURISER
Although I have oily skin, at night I like to use highly hydrating moisturisers with a lightweight texture. When I tried ESPA Optimal Skin Pro-Moisturiser, included in Look Fantastic Advent Calendar, I could see on the next day that my skin was supple, tighter and luminous. The natural ingredients boost skin’s moisture levels to help a balanced skin cells turnover. The light mandarin scent gives a relaxing feeling as if you are in a spa. Enriched with the South African Resurrection Plant, ESPA pro-moisturiser is designed to revive dull skin and bring a younger looking face. This nourishing, yet lightweight cream is a must-have for dehydrated skin.
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I hope this skincare selection made by me and Blanca, based on the products we tried in 2022, offers the possibility to upgrade your skincare routine.
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Tank you so much Michele for yet another amazing collaboration! I love all your skincare favorites and I would like to try them all, but if I had to pick just one it would be Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream, I am obsessed with eye creams!