I’m a skincare obsessive – step into my bathroom and you’ll find a lifetime supply of masks, serums, eye creams, sheet masks, toners, scrubs, mists, balms, oils, the list goes on… However (as I constantly remind my boyfriend) it’s a huge part of my job to try and test anything new that comes my way and (when I, inevitably, try something exciting) to write about it.
Rodial is the latest brand to fly onto my radar/bathroom shelves (we launched them on BEAUTY BAY last month) – and I am so impressed. In fact, I can’t believe I haven’t tried their products sooner – especially the skincare, which is all about results driven products that target specific concerns with innovative, hardworking formulas.
In celebration of my new discovery, I rounded up all the products I loved most – scroll down to meet your new Rodial favourites.
Bee Venom Cleansing Balm
I’m fussy when it comes to cleansers – I like thick, dense balms, and I like to end the job with my skin feeling soft, calm, and hydrated… Rodial’s Bee Venom Cleansing Balm ticks all the boxes – it wicks away makeup and balances my skin without any added greasiness (and with the added bonus of a fresh and fruity scent). As for the bee venom? Yes, it’s actual (cruelty-free) bee venom – included for its ability to plump skin (reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles) and improve circulation (i.e. making skin glow!).
Glycolic 10% Booster Drops
Post-acne pigmentation plagues my life – fact. Which is why glycolic acid is my knight in shining armour – (it gently exfoliates skin to get rid of surface skin cells, fading the appearance of marks over time) and not a week goes by that I don’t use it in one way or another. As glycolic acid goes, Rodial’s Glycolic 10% Booster Drops are pretty ace – the formula is a high strength (10%) blend so you really notice it work, and I like that it’s in serum form (usually you only find glycolic in toners and cleansers).
Vit C Brightening Cleansing Pads
These Vit C Brightening Cleansing Pads are incredible for dull skin and lingering pigmentation – courtesy of a blend of vitamin C and exfoliating acids (AHAs and BHAs), which slough away dead skin cells, making skin instantly brighter, clearer, and smoother. My skin always looks tired at this time of year, and these are proving the ultimate antidote. All I do is massage the pad in gentle, circular motions over my face for 2-3 minutes, then follow up with a water-based moisturiser. The result? So much glow.
Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Mask
The iconic Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask has everything you need – hyaluronic acid to improve moisture retention, dragon’s blood (a skin-healing tree sap extracted from the Croton Lechleri tree), and larch tree extract for gentle exfoliation that helps the other ingredients to better absorb. 3D filling spheres and gransil are also included, keeping fine lines at bay and plumping up loose skin. Basically, it’s a one-stop shop for all the hydrating needs your dry/dehydrated skin is craving – for maximum benefits, I leave it on all night and wash off in the morning.
Snake Oxygenating Bubble Mask
Rodial’s Snake Bubble Mask doesn’t actually contain snake venom, but does contain Syn-Ake – a peptide which cleverly freezes the appearance of lines and wrinkles in order to replicate the effects of Botox – just in a temporary and not a permanent way. Having tried and tested it, I can confirm that the results are real – this almost immediately improved the look of my skin. Plus, the formula offers up ingredients like charcoal and hyaluronic acid, so it cleanses and hydrates at the same time.
Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask
Sheet masks changed my life – they provide an instant moisture hit and make your skin look great under makeup, so what’s not to love? I’m 26, so while wrinkles aren’t something I’m experiencing just yet, I’m aware they’re on the horizon and I’m keen to ramp up my skin’s elasticity to keep them at bay for as long as possible. True to its name, the Pink Diamond Lifting Mask does an impressive job of making my skin feel tighter and smoother. I’m hooked.