LET’S TALK SKIN CARE
How many of you have heard these phrases “make sure to moisturize, use eye cream, stay out of the sun/use sunscreen”?? Well whoever is saying these things to you, listen to them! Start taking care of your skin NOW. In my younger years ☺ I never cared to take care of my skin; now that I’m 31 (moment of silence please) I wish I would have started earlier. But by no means do I have major damage or a plethora of wrinkles, but what I do struggle with, is dark under eye circles, uneven skin tone, a few sun spots, and acne flare ups.
Over the last couple years my skincare routine has change drastically…and by drastically I mean from a bar of soap as facial cleanser to an actual facial cleanser and from no moisturizer to packing on as much as I can get. In October 2012 I went through a crazy and extreme breakout phase that lasted about six months before I could get it completely under control. After visiting with my doctor, it was determined that my untreated thyroid issue was wreaking havoc on my face. Needless to say, with medication and a new skincare routine, my face cleared up completely. **Hallelujah**
With all that being said, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite, Holy Grail, I can’t even think to live without products. If there is one thing I will now invest my money in, its skincare products. Some things you just can’t skimp on and that’s a lot coming from someone who doesn’t pay full price for anything!
**Disclaimer: I am no dermatologist or skin care expert and not all products will work for everyone, this is just what works for me.
(Left to right: Philosophy Purity Made Simple, L’Oréal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum, Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil, Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm, Peter Thomas Roth Vitamin C Sleeping Mask, L’Oréal Youth Code Texture Perfector Moisturizer, and Mario Badescu Drying Lotion)
MY DAILY ROUTINE
Purity Made Simple & Clarisonic Plus
Philosophy Purity Made Simple: This is a 3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes. It is very gentle on the skin and will remove every single ounce of makeup on your face. I wear tons of mascara and gel eyeliner and this cleanser manages to get it all off in one wash. I will purchase this cleanser for the rest of my life, I love it that much! **Side note: this is also gentle enough to use in your hair for any product buildup. I use this cleanser every morning and night. Once or twice a week I will use my Clarisonic Plus to get a deeper clean. The Clarisonic is made to give your skin a deeper, yet gentler cleanse which leaves the skin looking more radiant. It also unclogs your pores which allow your serum and moisturizers to penetrate deeper into your skin. These two products are a must have for me and are worth every penny.
L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum & Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil
L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum visibly tightens pores, diminishes lines and wrinkles, and reveals petal soft skin. I have been using this serum for a little over a year and it leaves my skin feeling soft, moisturized, and toned. If I’m without this product for more than a week I really start to notice a difference in the texture of my skin. Recently, I have been mixing it up a bit by using Algenist Anti-Aging Repairing Oil alongside and this has taken my skin to the next level. On days when I feel like my skin is drier than normal, I will use the repairing oil after cleansing my skin. This oil delivers anti-aging serum but in oil form. It is fast absorbing and non-greasy and instantly helps nourish and hydrate your skin. For those of you with oily skin do not fear! By putting any type of facial oils onto your face, this “tricks” the skin into thinking its producing too much oil, therefore helping minimize the production of oil. I have combination skin and when I use the repairing oil, I do notice that my face tends to be less oily. Although Algenist is a bit higher in price, I would say it is totally worth it.
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm and StriVectin SD Advance Intense Concentrate
These two products are fairly new to my skincare routine. As I previously mentioned above, I suffer from dark under eye circles and very fine lines underneath my eyes. I would like to say they are hereditary, but no one in my family has them the way I do (lucky me). I have used several eye creams and none seem to do much of anything. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm and StriVectin SD Advance Intense Concentrate are the best products out there because I’d be lying. I’m happy with them as of now, but still on the fence as well. It may just be too soon for me to make a judgement call. I’ll update you guys later after I’ve used them for a longer period of time.
L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream and Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power Cx30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping mask
Moisturizing has to be one of the most important aspects to great skin. L’Oréal Youth Code Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream is great for those of you who need to even out your skin tone and texture. Using this along with their serum helps to diminish the look of pores and uneven skin tone. The one thing that I will NEVER be without is: Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power Cx30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping mask. OMG, OMG, OMG…let me just tell you, this mask is AMAZEBALLS!! I received this sample from Ulta a couple months ago and use this about once a week. The great thing is that it works while you sleep so you don’t have to wait around for the mask to dry like most facial masks. It gives you 30x the amount of Vitamin C per ounce than an orange. It is non-greasy with a creamy consistency and it smells like oranges. I simply apply the mask in place of my moisturizer for the night and let it do its magic while I get my beauty sleep. This product has brightened and evened out my skin within the last month. All Hail Peter Thomas Roth!!!
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Last but definitely not least is this little gem! For those of us who get that pesky hormonal acne flare up each month…meet your new best friend Mario Badescu Drying Lotion! This fast acting and effective acne spot treatment will change your life forever. Apply this after you cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin, then go to bed; in the morning you will wake up with clear skin. Most acne spot treatments leave your skin dry and irritated, but this is powerful, yet gentle enough to not worry about those ugly dry patches. The product in the bottle is odd looking due to the fact that there is the pink segment at the bottom and clear liquid on top. As the directions state: DO NOT SHAKE THE BOTTLE. If the product has been shaken let it sit and settle before using. Simple dip a Q-tip into the pink content and apply onto acne flare ups. Not only does this product clear up your acne; it also relieves the itch from those damn mosquito bites! **Praise Jesus**
I hope you all found this helpful and are able try some of these products. Let me know what your favorite skincare products are or if you know of anything that you think may be useful for my problem areas. Remember to drink at least eight glasses of water a day for even better looking skin. ☺