So with that in mind, here are the essentials that I have gathered over the last year.
I was given a sample of this to try in June and I absolutely fell in love with it, it is a gentle exfoliator which you apply to dry skin and rub until you feel all the dead skin cells lift off your face and ball up. It also gently removes blackheads and tightens pores. I love it as it is such a satisfying product to use and is so gentle, unlike many other exfoliators on the market.
Well known for their brilliant spas, Champneys also have a really nice skin care range. I have tried quite a few serums, some very high end and others which are cheaper, this is one of the cheaper that I have tried and it is my absolute favourite. It smells amazing and has really helped settle my skin down and has improved the overall appearance of my skin.
Being really pale, it is really important for me to use really high factor skin care. This was my absolute favourite in the summer and came with me on day trips and to festivals and I didn't get burnt at all. It also did not make my skin clogged up, shiny or greasy, I simply applied in the morning and topped up throughout the day without noticing I had it on at all.
I don't break out often, but when I do I feel highly self conscious, As soon as I notice a blemish I just pop on some of this and overnight it is considerably better. This really is a marvel product, although can by drying if it is over used.
Moisturiser is something that I just have not managed to settle on this year, there hasn't been a standout day cream for me at all as nothing has seemed to work as I would hope so I have tried a couple. However this night cream has remained a favourite all year, it is thick but it does not weigh the skin down or leave it greasy. And it smells incredible.
Avene Eau Thermale Spray- £6.50
In the summer I was never far from my Avene, it kept oil production under control and helped me to keep cool on sticky days (which we had a lot of!) Although this sort of product could be seen as unnecessary I really enjoyed using it and will start using it again in the spring.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm - £9.50
A cult favourite for a reason, this lip balm is thick but not sticky with incredible wear time and is so nourishing. My lips feel like they get long lasting treatment rather than a quick fix and it smells incredible.
Nuxe Oil Huile Prodigieuse Multi Use Dry Oil -£28.00
My other favourite from Nuxe is this dry oil, I really dislike thick body creams as I hate being sticky and cold after application in the winter. With the multi use dry oil it sinks straight in and actually seems to warm up as you apply it. It also has an amazing smell which lasts all day.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir- £11.50 for 30ml
The last of the french products, the beauty elixir is a facial spray which has a range of uses, I spray it on before I apply my makeup and it gives the skin a burst of freshness whilst tightening pores which makes makeup apply more evenly and last all day. It also has done a great job of calming my skin and is a handbag favourite for midday pick me up.
What were your favourite skin care buys of 2013? Is there anything you are looking forward to trying in 2014?