My relationship with my skin can be as dramatic as my love life, but recently I have fallen into a routine of products that seem to be calming down the roller coaster ride that my skin usually takes.
It is important to note that my skin is relatively normal, with hormonal acne in my chin area. I don’t typically have much to complain about my skin, I just like to keep it happy so it doesn’t revolt against me and I am always on the hunt for the ever illusive miracle product that is going to make my skin “glow”. Here are a few items that I have found that have yet to disappointment me, so I trust that you will love them too.
Face Wash – Philosophy Purity
I was first introduced to this cult favorite by Jaclyn Hill, my favorite YouTube beauty guru and it wasn’t long before I completely fell for its greatness. I am lazy when it comes to skin care, so this wash and I are kindred spirits. Purity does everything (except the dishes) it is a make up remover, gentle face cleanser, toner and make up brush cleaner all in one. Purity is my go-to face wash and it has not failed me, it removes every ounce of gunk from my face and leaves my skin feeling clean with no residue. I recommend that you try out any new products with a sample or travel size and you can easily find Purity for only $10 for a generous supply.
You can’t go wrong with Purity, even if you hate it (for some crazy reason) as your face wash, you can use it as a make up brush cleaner. If you fall in love with it, keep an eye out for coupons from Philosophy.com and then stock up and save!
Day Moisturizer – CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion
I want to start my day with a clean face and a light moisturizer that will not interfere with my make up or leave my skin feeling weighed down. CeraVe does exactly what you want it to, it provides the perfect amount of moisture before you put your make-up on and calms down any irritation or dryness.
CeraVe was recommended to me by my dermatologist when breakouts decided to take up permanent residence on my chin. I love that this moisturizer is easy to find at any drugstore or Target and while it can typically cost around $15, it lasts for-ev-er! Plus, at that price, you won’t mind when the man in your life inevitably starts using it regularly as well.
TIP: If you can, give your moisturizer 15 minutes to absorb before you start applying your makeup.
Night Moisturizer – Philosophy, Hope in a Jar
Nighttime is the prime time to let your skin repair itself from the damage you have done all day, but that doesn’t mean I want to slather on a thick layer of moisturizer that is just going to end up all over my pillows. Hope in a Jar is a cult favorite and I figure, if that many people like it, I might as well give it a shot.
The product is a light, air whipped texture with a light fragrance with marine notes. It absorbs quickly into the skin and is light enough that you could wear it under make up. They have a night time version, but I prefer the weight of the day version for my skin. I focus on my typically dry areas of my face and make sure to cover my neck (this is the first place that shows signs of aging, eek) with this glorious cream. The next morning, my skin is baby soft and ready to take on another day.
TIP: Did you know the best time to put on your moisturizer is within 10 minutes of getting out of the shower? This is when your skin’s pores are primed and ready to soak up the moisturizer and you will see the most benefit.
Dark Spot Treatment – Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Overnight Peel
I have always been looking for a product to put on at night and when I awoke in the morning I would magically find my dark spots had faded. I was tired of claims from products stating that it would take 6-8 weeks until I could see a difference…until this little gem found its way home with me from an Ulta trip.When looking for an effective dark spot corrector, I always feel like I am trying to weed out the “scam” products from the real deal. Most often I find that I believe price = effectiveness, but alas, a product to disprove this theory!
Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Peel costs about $15 at drugstores or Ulta (use an Ulta coupon and get it for cheaper). I never would have picked it up because the word “peel” confused me, but think of this just as a serum that you put on at night and then wash your face as usual in the morning. I started seeing results for this within a week to two weeks and more importantly, my Mother made a comment about how clear my skin looked. The peel doesn’t irritate any current breakouts and makes a noticeable difference in a short period of time, what more could you want?
Daily Sunscreen – Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen SPF 70
Speaking of dark spots…as I whined and complained to my dermatologist that there had to be some magic laser he could shoot at my skin to make them disappear, he said unless I wanted to spend a couple hundred dollars my best bet was to use sunscreen, every day. Of course, I protested, I did use an SPF 20 on a daily basis already (it is built into my foundation, duh). He wasn’t amused and informed me that in this case, even just walking to the mailbox everyday could intensify my dark spots and I needed to use 50+ every day to help prevent any further damage.
I am a Florida girl, but for some reason, I can not stand the scent of sunscreen on my face, unless I am on a beach. Thankfully Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen saves the day with their super lightweight formula and zero fragrance! I use on a daily basis, on my chin, after I have moisturized and then place my make up on top with no issues. I would say the $10 investment in this little bottle is worth it over those silly lasers.
Jury is still out
I have heard rave reviews on the Clarisonic, reviews so good you almost can’t believe they are true. After hearing these reviews for over a year and asking around to a few friends who use the system, I finally decided to give it a shot this Christmas. The Christmas deals and discounts made the decision to give this $100 tool a chance as well.
Once I received the Mia, I couldn’t wait to start using it and seeing the “life changing” results. After one use, I didn’t have a glorious complexion and zero signs of acne as I had expected, but after a few months of use my tune has started to change. I had a few initial breakouts, but then my skin started to settle down and after two months my skin cleared enough that I stopped taking my prescription acne medication. I have now been using the Clarisonic for three months and off my perscription for a month and my skin has never been this clear. The best part is when someone stops you and asks, “what are you doing with your skin? It looks fantastic!”
I will give this wonder tool another month or so of use before I deem it a “favorite”, so for right now the jury is still out, but the verdict looks positive!
Still on the Hunt
I am still searching for an under eye cream to help reduce dark circles, if you have found a product that you love, please share!