Up until about a year ago, I didn’t think much about how I took care of my skin. My answer to ‘What’s your favourite skincare brand?’ would be ‘whichever is cheapest at the supermarket’. I know this is true for most people, so sometimes I hesitate before recommending my true favourite skincare brands now. Antipodes is definitely right up there, but if you’re used to paying under ten dollars for a moisturiser then their price tags might come as a shock.
You don’t know until you try, but as soon as you do up your skincare game, you’ll see the difference in your skin. This is where the Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis* come in. The set contains a mini Divine Face Oil and Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream, two really popular Antipodes products that will give your skin a big boost of hydration. The set is only NZ $19.90, so it’s a nice way to ease into the brand.
The Divine Face Oil is a rich, golden oil that hydrates the skin without feeling greasy. It sounds a bit counterintuitive putting oil on my oily skin, but it’s actually a really important step towards balancing your skin’s oil production, and even with oily skin you need to make sure it’s getting the hydration it needs.
It’s largely avocado oil, which is meant to stimulate collagen production, but also contains jojoba oil and rosehip oil. I was a little reluctant to use a product with rosehip oil on my face after a bad experience with pure rosehip oil, but then I read the ingredients on my Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream and realised I’d been putting rosehip oil on my face every day.
Speaking of the Rejoice moisturiser, here it is next to the mini Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream for scale. The cream comes in this adorable 15ml metal tube, which I love because it feels scientific and medical and you know exactly how much product is left! The tube should last you around three weeks if you’re using it every day, which is just enough time to realise you love it and need to continue using it forever.
Both of these smell divine (get it!) but I could apply the day cream all day just to smell it again. It has a very botanical scent of citrus and vanilla, which is a perfect combo for skincare. And for cakes!
Although these products are designed primarily to hydrate drier skin, I didn’t find they were too heavy or oily for me. I’ll be passing them on to Harriet before I use them all up so she can see how they work for her skin, which tends towards dryness.
The best thing is that they work in combination – if you layer the water-based day cream over the face oil, you get the nourishing benefits of the oil locked in with the hydrating moisturiser. I had never really thought to combine my skincare quite like this before, but it makes sense and takes advantage of the fact that oil and water don’t mix.
The Moisture Boost Minis are for sale online now and will be in Farmers, pharmacies and health stores from 1 April.
I know this post sounds like I work for Antipodes! I don’t (and they’re not paying me), but I wish I did. Did you know I won the Chemistry cup in seventh form? Maybe I should take advantage of my innate scientific ability, change careers and become a cosmetic chemist for Antipodes. If they’ll have me.