This year I was introduced to Skin Design London. It's without a doubt a luxury skincare brand but you get what you pay for in most cases, this is one of those cases. Because I'm always targeting hyperpigmentation whether it's visible or not - I know it's an inevitable problem in my life. Therefore I always aim to get products that either target that or both the spots and hyperpigmentation. I decided to trial the Retexturing Serum and Designer Balm.

Retexturing Serum £105.00

"Resurface skin using this advanced Retinol, lactic acid and sea algae skin renewing daily serum. Retinol encourages cellular turnover revealing younger looking skin with diminished signs of ageing. Formulated with a gradual release system to minimise irritation and with arnica to help reduce inflammatory responses."

Retexturing Serum Ingredients
- Lactic acid increases skin’s hydration, pliability and flexibility, excellent for more sensitive skin, dark or hyperpigmented skin.

- Cylasphere retinol encapsulated retinol offers gradual release and enhanced efficacy. Helps stimulate cell regeneration and build collagen to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Minimises the appearance of large pores while addressing blemishes and blotchiness often associated with problematic, acneic or mature skin.

- Tegostemlastin (algaeextract) naturally derived marine algae rich in mineral nutrients, amino acids and polyphenols plus gaba (gamma amino butryric acid). Stimulates epidermal stem cells and dermal fibroblasts. Significantly supports the maintenance of epidermal stem cell activity encouraging skin rejuvenation.

- Olive squalane plant source alternative to human sebum to lubricate and protect skin.

- Arnica montana flower extract capable of reducing skin puffiness and inflammation. Also limits alpha hydroxy acid irritation and skin redness.

- Darkout tm (caesalpinia spinosa gum, hypoxis rooperi rhizome extract) evens out skin color, helping to create a brighter, more radiant complexion. Improves overall skin colour, reducing age spots, freckles and hyper-pigmentation.

- Bisabolol accelerates the healing process and protects skin from daily environmental stress with anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties. Natural anti­bacterial and anti-fungal. Enhances the penetration of other ingredients.

- Niacinamide potent cell-communicating ingredient with multiple benefits for aging skin. Improves skin’s elasticity, dramatically enhances its barrier function, help erase discolorations, and revive skin’s healthy tone and texture.

Increases ceramide and free fatty acid levels in skin, preventing water loss and stimulating microcirculation in the dermis.

Experience
The ingredients really made me confident to give this serum a try, I love acids, lactic acid I'm very familiar with and daily I use Niacinamide to help my skin. All these key ingredients aim to help my only skin concerns, occasional spots (inflammation) - hyperpigmentation. The serum has a nice texture, not too runny and I quite like the scent. It absorbs nicely onto the skin, no sticky residue and I can go in with my moisturiser pretty quickly after application.

Designer Balm £85.00

"Transformative at-home treatment to peel, plump, smooth and hydrate with 4 key ingredients for glowing skin in 15 minutes. Maximum concentration Retinol targets multiple skin conditions. Suitable for sensitive skin."

Designer Balm Ingredients
- Retinol anti-aging cell regenerator smooths skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

- Hyaluronic acid boosts moisturisation, plumping and hydrating skin for a youthful appearance.

- Soy protein locks moisture on the skin’s surface for a smoothing effect.

- Rosehip oil high fatty acid content protects against premature ageing and delivers intense hydration.

No parabens.
Experience
I always forget that face masks can be more like balms. I think at times I prefer a good 'balm mask'. There's no overdoing it with this mask, swiping around with my fingers on the surface and applying and the only residue I notice is the sheen to my face that this leaves.  Because it's so lightweight I often forget that I've got it on - even popping to the shops lol - it's only needed to be on for 15 minutes for a glowing boost to the skin. I will use it approx 3x a week

Purchase: Retexturing Serum // Designer Balm

Samples.

Skin Design London

Got glow within the word, I'm paying attention. I strive to at least have a glow. When I saw The Hero Project Glow Drops in my inbox - all I had to see was glow. It's also said to be friendly for vegetarians & vegans & non-comedogenic, free from parabens, sulphates, alcohol and mineral oil. The non-comedogenic I was happy to see because I can't use coconut oil for that reason now.

After Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride which is an ingredient derived from coconut oil and glycerin but the second ingredient is cannabis sativa hemp seed oil. It helps premature aging and moisture balance within the skin but it also is great for helping acne, eczema and psoriasis. With essential fatty acids it's made up of omega-3 & omega-6 which are needed for healthy skin production and because of the gamma-linolenic acid that hemp seed oil is rich in, the anti-inflammatory properties. One thing I found out it has high levels of Vitamin A, C, and E, is rich in amino acids, and is an antioxidant. Also with lemon, grapefruit and orange peel there's a lot of vitamin C within that and Carrot seed oil will help to give you a natural and gradual glow.

Ingredients:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetivert) Root Oil, Origanum Majorana (Marjoram) Leaf Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Linalool, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Geraniol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Limonene, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Citronellol, Citral.

The packaging is interesting, it comes with a slim pipette and a yellow button on top of the cap that is pressed a few times to get the oil into the pipette. As soon as I lift it to place into my palm the oil already drops out. I apply roughly 3-4 drops and massage it into my skin from my decolletage upwards.

Let's talk about the drops...it's described as a dry oil - first point I like, because it's easy if I wanted to apply makeup afterwards due to the fact it's not sliding around on my face because let's be frank, I'm pretty liberal with an oil. I don't have any fine lines or wrinkles so I can't say it smoothes over those but it does give my complexion a slight boost of health. I was surprised that this oil is clear as most have a tinted colour to them. After application it doesn't sit on the skin and absorbs quickly, the hydration last about 7 hours (without makeup) & then my face starts to get a little dry but I don't expect the oil to give me 12 hour moisturising properties. I'd be interested in trying more from the brand such as The Hero Project Vit C-30 Ultra Brightening Serum

Purchase: The Hero Project Glow Drops Dry Touch Facial Oil + Vitamin C
Sample.

The Hero Project Glow Drops.