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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Antipodes | Skincare for Oily & Blemished Prone Skin

It’s no secret that Antipodes and I have a serious love affair (on my part anyway). They are my go-to for skincare products and towards the latter part of 2013 I hopped on to their website and discovered their ‘Skin Condition & Concern’ page – in a nutshell they have 8 different sections which cater for various skin-types; be it anti-ageing, dehydrated, blemished or sensitive they’ve got it covered. Under each section are Antipodes skincare recommendations for that particular skin type, amazing right? So you don’t have to fanny about searching the description boxes to see if the products are going to be suitable for your skin, you simply select your skin type and all the right products are available at the click of a button, for you to purchase.

My skin type, oily and blemished includes a lovely little selection of products and that’s what I’m going to be chatting to you about today. So, shall we get started?

Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser RRP £24.99*
This lightly scented gel cleanser is perfect to wake me up first thing in the morning. Packed with Manuka honey and Vinanza Grape – the ultimate source of antibacterial and antioxidant properties, it helps to balance oil production and give a healthy glow. Feeling amazing on the skin, it lathers beautifully and leaves my face fresh, smooth and most importantly – oil free. It definitely zaps up all the excess and I can’t quite believe how fantastically it brightens my complexion, gone are the days of dull, grey skin with this beauty.

Aura Manuka Honey Mask RRP £21.99*
Ah, the famous Manuka Honey Mask. I’m quite sure you’ve all read a gazillion and one reviews on this, so naturally, here’s another one. Manuka honey is famous for it’s healing powers and this mask is absolutely spot on for blemished skin (excuse the pun). With a super gloopy, honey like consistency it’s definitely different to anything I’ve ever tried before, but a kind of different I LOVE. Combining a purifying mask & a hydrating mask in one product is not only massively impressive but it also makes it hugely desirable – it manages to reduce the redness of new blemishes, shrinks them in size and at the same time intensely moisturises. I think I’ve said enough.

Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone Correcting Serum RRP: £41.99*
Scarring is something I suffer with, badly. Not only am I fortunate enough to have spots all the time, the old ones like my face so much that they figure they’ll stay put as lovely red marks on my face, forever. I’m quite sure there isn’t one singular beauty serum that can rid scarring completely (I’ve tried a lot), but this one has helped more than any other to date. This serum is packed with ingredients I have never heard of, but whatever they do, they seem to work. Vinanza Performance Plus makes an appearance to help melanin production that causes discoloration in the skin and Vinanza Oxifend (what now?) that helps to fight off oxidative stress on the skin (basically an imbalance in the skin that stops it from healing itself) therefore reducing redness. It’s definitely helped to clear up scarring and unlike other serums, I’m able to apply it in the morning without my skin feeling greasy – albeit I have to leave it a few minutes before applying moisturiser. 

I've also had my eyes on the Visible Change Skin Perfecting Moisturiser from Wentworth Clinics that's a little more affordable at £29.99. It's made up of 100% natural ingredients and works to lighten and brighten skin naturally while replacing vital nutrients. Hopefully helping to reduce the appearance of age spots, even out the skin tone and improve any sun damage. It states that it's best used over a 8 week period, morning and night as this is the given time inhibit the production of Melanin (which causes dark spots) - which is a considerably shorter time frame than some I've used. I'm intrigued to say the least! 

Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream RRP £25.99*
Together with manuka flower and avocado oil, macadamia and jojoba this moisturiser helps to lock in moisture and balance oiliness, as well as harnessing the same healing properties that the other products include. It plumps the skin, leaves it smooth and has a beautiful light scent of sweet almond. It sinks in to the skin and makes for the perfect base for make-up primers. One of the loveliest moisturisers I’ve ever used.

Used together or singularly within your existing skincare routine there are some real gems within this range. Have you spotted anything you like the look of? Or are you too an avid fan of Antipodes like me?
N.B. If you'd like to purchase any of the above, the Antipodes website has the option to change the currency from NZ to United Kingdom at the very top of the web page :)

16 comments:

Charley said...

These sounds great! I love Elemis SOS Emergency Cream for reducing redness of blemishes, but it's quite thick so better as a night serum!

BeautyRobot xx

Ellen Bourne said...

Awesome post, little online tips like this are fantastically helpful. :)

MirrorOnThe Wall said...

I love Antipodes, and now that my skin has settled down and gone back to being normal, I'm keen to try a few more of their products - I had to hold off for a few months as my skin had become so temperamental that it hated anything I put on it! But along the way, the Aura mask has always gone down a treat. I'd now like to give a couple of their serums and cleansers a go.
Mel x

melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

Megan Lillie said...

I really want to check out some Antipodes products, I've heard nothing but fabulous things!

Megan xxx
Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

Fashion Mumblr said...

Lovely review, fab pictures! I too am a fan of their Aura facemask - I feel like i'm having a super luxurious spa day when I do it!
Josie xoxo
Fashion Mumblr

Amy Keeling said...

The first two products you have listed are the two I most want to try from the brand. I really would like to pick up a few things from Antipodes this year, perhaps that will towards the end of the year though as I'm lining myself up to try and use up quite a few things before I purchase more products. Call it a six month spring clean :)

Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

Catherine said...

Antipodes are definitely on my 'to-try' list for this year, everything sounds so wonderful! Especially the mask, need!

Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

Katie V said...

Loved this post! I've been reading so much about Antipodes and wish it was readily available here in California. I ordered the Aura Mask and Kiwi Eye Cream from the feelunique December sales (still waiting for that package), but I'm dying for the Juliet cleanser and Apostle serum after reading your review!

I, too, suffer from spots and scars :( I'm currently using Pai Rosehip Oil, which is beyond amazing and has done miracles to my poor skin. Have you tried it? :)

Katie V said...

Loved this post! I wish Antipodes was more readily available here in California! Luckily, I picked up the Aura mask and Kiwi Seed eye cream from the feelunique december sales. But after reading your post, I'm dying for the Juliet cleanser and Apostle serum!

I, too, am spotty and have so many scars. I've been using the Pai Rosehip Oil and it has done miracles for my poor skin. Have you tried it? :)

Rachel said...

the serum and the manuka honey mask sound to great! i've just started trying out my first antipodes product (their divine face oil) but definitely need to look into more :)

rachel x
blush&brunch

Celina said...

I'm definitely going to pick up some products by Antipodes once I'm done with what I have now. I need to clear out my stash first!
xx
Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

Celina said...

I'm definitely going to pick up Antipodes products when I'm done clearing out some of the products I have right now!
xx
Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

Olivia said...

"Infamous" means famous for bad reasons, which I'm sure the honey mask is not! But all these products look lovely.

Xx

Sophie Hawker said...

I already want to try all four of these having heard about them from other people, and you've convinced me even more it's a brand I need to try!

Sophie
http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
xxx

Bella said...

I'm the opposite, with very, VERY dry skin but I swear by the Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream. It not only smells magical but it feels deliciously velvety and works wonders on my skin!
Bella xx
howdoesitfeeltobe.com

Lisa Anderson said...

Thank you for these great article. This blog is very interesting. I'm always usingSakare's moisturizers products to improve my skin.

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