Skincare that works – Skincity online clinic

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If you’ve ever dreamed of someone just telling you what products you should use to get the best out of your skin, you can stop dreaming. Because Skincity actually does that.

Skincity is an online skincare clinic where you can get personalized skincare advice from certified skin therapists. On top of that, you can shop the best professional beauty brands.

Now I know that it can be difficult to take care of your skin, if you’re not sure about your skin type or your skin’s needs. Not all the same products work for different skin types. That’s why the best results come with the right products – the right products for your skin. And that’s why Skincity is so awesome.

Skincity offers skincare that works, because it’s tailored for you

When I worked at a salon, I loved doing facials and helping customers find the right products. (That’s why I love writing about skincare here as well.) Our skin is our biggest organ and I think the little time we take in pampering it is very worth it. My take on skincare is compassionate, yet dedicated. I don’t focus on the problems in my skin, rather than accept its unique properties. I’m not looking for perfection; I just want my skin to look and feel healthy.

That said, it’s important to choose the right products for your skin. For instance, having a combination skin with big pores, it’s important to treat it right to avoid pimples. Skincity helps in choosing the right products.

Skincity sells several of my favorite brands including Vita Liberata, Clarins and Jane Iredale. Not to mention some brands that have been on my wish list like Hourglass or By Terry. Skincity also has a nice selection of natural brands, which is important for me especially with skincare.

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Skincity’s free skin tests – find out what works for your skin type

You can truly get your skin’s needs heard at Skincity’s online clinic. One of their finest features must be the free skin tests. The test is simple and quick. You just answer some easy questions to find out what products work for your skin. Based on your answers and wishes, you get the answers to your skin test in a few days. If you want to try a specific brand, you can request that.

I chose the skin test with 6-8 products, as I’m used to a holistic take on skincare. There is also the option for a simpler 4-product routine.

Once you get your results, you can check out your products without an obligation to buy.

*Skin test for 4 products & *Skin test for 6-8 products & *SPF test

There’s also the SPF test, to find out a suitable sunscreen for you. I love physical sunscreens, which work by reflecting the sunrays away from your skin. I’ve been using *Maria Åkerberg’s mineral powder, which has SPF20. Makeup and sunscreen in two – perfect for me! Mineral makeup can be a great option for anyone, who feels like sun creams are too sticky.

Personal skincare advice

In addition you can chat with the skin therapists, if you have any questions. As a beauty therapist myself, I really value the fact that the advice is coming from another professional. Just like a shoemaker can fix your shoes, a skin therapist knows how to treat different skin types and issues.

Wearing Maria Åkerberg’s mineral powder in Pure Beige. More makeup details at the end of this post.

My skincity skincare routine & Neal’s Yard Remedies

I’ve now been on my Skincity skincare routine for about 1,5 months and both me and my skin are very happy. I chose natural products and got recommended Neal’s Yard Remedies products. Getting to know to a new skincare brand this way was fun. And I love that someone else picked the right products for me.

Neal’s Yard Remedies products feel effective, yet gentle. The luxurious glass packaging is a big plus for me! The natural fresh scents are therapeutic – my favorite scent is the orange in the face scrub.

Since I use a physical sunscreen and makeup, I always double cleanse. Oil is the best option for removing physical sunscreens. So I requested an oil cleanser as an extra. Whatever your skin needs or if you have some special requests, I’m sure Skincity will handle it.

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Maria Åkerberg’s Pre-Cleansing Oil is great for removing sunscreen and makeup.

Here’s how my routine looks like with the new products.

My evening skincare routine

  1. *Maria Åkerberg Precleansing Oil
  2. *Maria Åkerberg Gentle Foaming Wash
  3. *Neal’s Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Toner
  4. *Neal’s Yard Remedies Sensitive Soothing Daily Serum
  5.  *Neal’s Yard Remedies Vitamin E & Avocado Night Cream
  6.  *Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Eye Gel

My morning skincare routine

  1. Splash with water
  2.  *Neal’s Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Toner
  3. *Neal’s Yard Remedies Sensitive Soothing Daily Serum
  4. *Neal’s Yard Remedies Purifying Palmarosa Daily Moisturizer
  5. *Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Eye Gel

 

My weekly skincare routine

  1. *Neal’s Yard Remedies Honey & Orange Face Scrub
Notes and thoughts on the products & routine

My favorite products are the Rehydrating Rose Toner and the Sensitive Soothing Daily Serum. It’s funny, because I used to really dislike rose scent (or is it one of those scents you kind of learn to love?). However, the toner smells fresh and provides the perfect hydration for my skin. I take it into my palms and pat on to my skin.

The Soothing Serum is another lovely product for hydration. It contains hyaluronic acid, borage seed oil and soothing plant extracts. I’ve talked about the importance of a hydrating serum before and that goes for all seasons. As lovely as the sun is, it dries out the skin and at least my skin appreciates all the watery hydration it can get.

The Purifying Palmarosa Daily Moisturizer has been a good summer match for my skin. It absorbs quickly, controls oil and works really well under makeup.

Need changes to the routine? What if something’s not working?

You can always redo the skin test if you want totally new recommendations or feel like something’s not working. Or maybe you want new recommendations from a specific brand? You can see the past skin test results on you own page, when you log on to the site.

Secondly, you can also chat with a skin therapist, if you want to change something. In my routine I ended up changing the facial wash (I first had the Purifying Palmarosa Wash for oily skin). I chatted with the skin therapist and asked for another slightly more gentle cleanser. Very quickly (in just a few minutes!) I got two new product recommendations to that.

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If you want to get your skincare in order, I warmly recommend doing the free skin test. It can also be a great opportunity to try a new brand. Maybe your day cream is running out and you were planning on buying a new one anyway. Why not do the skin test and see what it says?

Skincity always offers free postage in the Northern Countries – no matter the size of the order!

*Free skin test for 4 products
*Free skin test for 6-8 products
*Shop at Skincity

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This whole makeup look is also done with all the brands Skincity sells. I’m wearing:

*Maria Åkerberg’s mineral powder, Pure Beige
*Jane Iredale Ellen Lipstick
*Clarins Joli Blush in Cheeky Peach
*Clarins Ombe 3 Couleurs palettes

Vita Liberata Heavenly Elixir Tanning Lotion – worth the hype

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Vita Liberata recently came out with a new Heavenly elixir self tan. The promises for the product are quite high and I see it hyped up in social media. But is it worth the hype?

Absolutely: this new self tan is awesome.

To be perfectly honest, I expected not to like the product all. At the very least I was sure it couldn’t beat my all time favorite product: the invisi mousse. But it just so happens that the self tan product is indeed quite heavenly. The Heavenly Elixir cream is moisturizing, the color makes it easy to blend evenly and best of all, the delicious scent totally covers the self tan odour.

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Vita Liberata Heavenly Elixir review

This new product is advertised to develop over three days, through encapsulated DHA technology. You do get the color in 8 hours, but it should deepen and continue to develop after that. The cream itself has a wash-off color, which makes the application easier (because you see where you applied it).

So I apply it in the evening, sleep with it and shower in the morning. And even after shower it should somehow stay on my skin and keep working its magic. I’m not quite sure about that. I have now used it two times and I didn’t notice it changing throughout the three days. What I did notice was the beautiful deep tan it gave me in just one night. And I love it.

I have the shade Medium and my tan usually lasts nice for about a week, after which it starts to fade. I never have problems of it fading blotchy or looking bad – maybe because I never go for an over the top tan. That said, I exercise daily and shower usually two times per day. So I don’t expect miracles from self tanners. I usually keep my tan on for 1-2 weeks after, which I exfoliate my skin and redo it.

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Tips for the best self tan result:

  • Exfoliate your skin one day prior to applying your product
  • Apply the product with a mitt in circular motions, one area at a time:
    shins, thighs, stomach, back, decollete & hands
  • Take your time in application:
    after the product is absorbed on to your skin, go over the area one more time in circular motions
  • Don’t overdo your tan – that way it looks natural, even when it starts to wear off

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Delicious scent, no self tan smell at all & lovely, moisturizing consistency

The cream has a sweet cocoa scent that first felt quite strong. Especially, since the invisi mousse is totally unscented. However, after a while I got used to it and now I love it. Even more so, because it really hides all the self tan odour. Usually my man can smell my self tan at some point in the night, even though it’s really mild with Vita Liberata’s products. This time – actually both times I used it – he didn’t have a clue. (He said that I fooled him, in the morning when I woke up all tanned and revealed I had put on self tan in the evening, but that’s just him being silly.)

Another thing I love about the new product is the consistency. The cream is moisturizing and feels lovely on the skin. Yet it doesn’t leave my skin sticky. That was another fear I had about this product. At this point you probably get why I had to blog about this product, and why it’s so good. I honestly had low expectations, but after trying it I knew the world (heh, or my blog readers) needed to hear about it.

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My favorite self tans from Vita Liberata

Vita Liberata is my number one self tan brand, so I’ve written about their products before. In this post I talk about the Invisi mousse and other body products. Here I focus on the makeup products and the Fabulous Self Tanning Mist.

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All in all, Vita Liberata’s Heavenly Elixir is definitely in my top list of best self tanners. It gives a beautiful even tan in just one night. However, I still also love the *invisi mousse and recommend that if you don’t like scented products.

For my face I use the *Fabulous Self Tanning Mist, because it’s easy to mix in with my skincare products. It’s also a great product for the decollete area, if I feel like my tan starts to fade.

To conclude this post; if you’re looking for a great new self tan, that has a delicious scent and zero self tan odour, this might just be your match.

I have listed other brands & favorite self tanners here.

Shop:
*Vita Liberata Self Tan Heavenly Elixir Tanning Elixir (amazon)
*Vita Liberata Self Tan Heavenly Elixir Tanning Elixir (lookfantastic UK)
*Vita Liberata Self Tan Heavenly Elixir Tanning Lotion (lookfantastic US)

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