Back in April, whilst still locked out of my blog by hackers, I attended an afternoon tea at Soho Hotel with Elizabeth Barbalich, founder of Antipodes. I am lucky in that this is one of the brands I work with, and one of my favourite skincare brands ever.
It was a lovely event, with plenty of sandwiches, cakes and champagne to go round! It was a lovely group of bloggers, some of whom I’d not met before but many of us were already connected and conversing on Twitter and Instagram (I love that moment when you recognise the face in front of you in real life, but only with a circle border around it!)
We heard Elizabeth talk about Antipodes and new things happening over the next year, indulged in the food and drink, and then just when we thought it was over, we headed upstairs to the bar for a cocktail. If you’ve never been to Soho Hotel, it’s well worth a visit if only for a cocktail and to people watch in the bar.
I’m often asked which Antipodes products are suitable for which skin, and as we were gifted with a serum & oil set at the end of the event, I thought it a good time to give you a little insight into which Antipodes product I recommend for each skin type.
Best for: suits almost all skin types, and the best choice for younger skin.
For me, this is the universal. We are always hearing about avocado oil and rosehip oil in the press and their vast beauty benefits. This oil is scientifically shown to stimulate synthesis of collagen by up to 51%.
This oil is great for both dry and combination skin, but the reason I recommend it for younger skin types (I’m talking late teens to twenties) is for three reasons. Firstly, our skin is still quite changeable at this age, and secondly, there aren’t all that many ingredients in the list. As well as the name sakes, there’s macadamia oil and jojoba oil plus fragrant essential oils. Thirdly, jojoba oil mimics our skin’s sebum, and as this can be a cause of breakouts, jojoba can balance skin and help prevent spots.
In my opinion, oils are a preferred option over creams for younger skin, as creams can be heavy on skin at the best of times, and with young skin there’s simply no need.
Best for: stressed, and dry and flakey skin.
Now, I haven’t road tested this product yet, but my first impressions are positive. It has a beautiful golden colour, goes on super smooth and is easily absorbed. I’m going to be trying this in the winter when my skin feels dry on the outside.
This serum is best for dry and flakey skin as chia seed helps hydrate affected areas, and kiwi seed oil helps calm stressed skin and feed your skin with antioxidants.
Best for: dehydrated skin
This was my most recent new discovery in the Antipode range, although it has been around for yonks I have never tried it before. It’s scientifically shown in vitro tests to stimulate collagen production in human skin cells by up to 72%.
This is a water-based, oil-free serum that delivers moisture deep down. After my Purely Green Beauty face treatment I’ve been upkeeping my skin with this serum to prevent dehydration from striking again!
Best for: sensitive, dull, sun-damaged or pigmented skin
This serum I call upon time and time again, after sun holidays, during the summer and into the autumn months to help clear up any pigmentation spots and keep skin looking dewy. I love the cardamom and green apple scent, and being water-based the serum is easily absorbed by the skin.
The key ingredient here is Vinanza Performance Plus® which helps reduce the effects of melanin overproduction, i.e. pigmentation.
Best for: mature or dry skin
I tend to use this product mostly during the winter months, as a nighttime moisture boost. I adore the berry fragrance, and the inclusion of Himalayan goji berry, red raspberry seed oil and blackcurrant contain an array of fatty acids, amino acids and antioxidants.
Best for: suits most skin conditions, great for sun lovers and city dwellers!
I take this serum with me whenever I go on holiday, and I apply before spending time outdoors in the summer months. It’s scientifically shown to inhibit oxidative stress, otherwise known as free radical damage, in-vitro by up to 90%.
Free radical damage can be caused by UV rays and pollution, which is why I always take this product to sunnier climes with me, and use in the summer months (particularly when I’m playing softball or netball outdoors, or lounging in the parks in the sunshine picnicking!)
Worship contains a superfruit complex, Vinanza Oxifend Plus, which contains boysenberry, blackcurrant, kiwi and Vinanza grape extract, which provides a broad spectrum of antioxidants to skin.