January 28, 2014

My Skin Faves

The wonderful wide world of skin care products is, to say the least, expansive.  I feel like every time I turn around there's a new cream, lotion, gadget, etc.  And each exciting new product claims that "this will be the one that will work for you!!"  Meh.  I've tried a ton of different skin concoctions (as has most every woman) and have only just within the last year or so settled into a pretty steady routine.  I thought I'd share my favorite products so maybe, if you have skin like me (fair, mega sensitive, sun damaged - oops, and often times acne prone), you might find something here that would work for you.

First, let's start with cleanser.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser - $11

Cetaphil has been my daily go-to for quite a while now.  It's gentle, doesn't dry me out, and washes off clean.  It's pretty ok at taking off mascara too.  I do tend to break out a teensy bit sometimes, especially if I sleep in my makeup from the night before (bad Monica!!)  So that's why I still have another cleanser in my arsenal...

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser - $20
Proactiv, as you may know, is a super popular acne treatment line.  I ordered it several years back while in distress with too much acne and unbalanced skin.  It DID work wonders for me, but thankfully over the last few years I just haven't needed it as much.  Maybe because I've improved my health and lifestyle quite a bit?  I don't know but I'm happy about that!  It's pretty powerful stuff, and using it all the time really dried my skin out.  Now I use just the cleanser once or twice a week as a sort of insurance against that whole sleeping in makeup thing.  I feel like it will keep the zits away even though I do bad skin things on occasion! 

Dickinson's Witch Hazel - $5.49
This stuff is just...the best.  It's natural, cheap, and effective.  Just a little bit on a cotton ball or pad and a quick swipe over the skin and you're good.  I have tried probably 20 other toners in my life and pure witch hazel beats them all.  I swear those little teeny blackheads that never seem to go away actually decreased in number quite a bit.  I also use it on other body parts (booty, legs) to soothe my skin and keep it smooth.

Natural bristle body brush - $10
Organic coconut oil - $12.50

And speaking of smooth skin, a natural bristle body brush and organic coconut oil are your BFFs.  A little dry body brushing before your shower and a slathering of coconut oil after is super beneficial.  It seems a little greasy at first, but trust me, it is awesome and yes, you will get used to the greasy.  To jazz up my coconut oil experience a little, I got an inexpensive glass jar and mixed the oil with a little bergamot essential oil for fragrance.  I love it.

Bergamot essential oil - $12.50
Pure grapeseed oil - $8
Oil??  On my face???  No way I used to say.  But since I first got on the facial oil bandwagon about a month ago, my skin has looked and felt SO much better.  I mixed in some bergamot (vitamin C!) with my grapeseed oil, about two drops of bergamot to an ounce of oil.  Just two little drops of this mixture rubbed between my fingertips and then gently pressed into my skin every night made a huge difference in how my face felt.  No more dryness, no more excessive oiliness (and putting on face powder to cover that up a few times a day), and...could it be?  The little blackheads diminished some more?  Amazing.

Yes to Grapefruit dark circle correcting eye cream - $16
This little almost miracle right here is so perfect:  totally affordable, light, non-greasy/cakey, and works like a charm.  For real.  I've even taken to walking out of the house to head to work minus under-eye concealer.

CeraVe SA Lotion
 Lastly, this is body lotion I refuse to live without.  I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms.  CeraVe, in addition to the coconut oil, has made it practically disappear.  I can't tell you how happy this makes me!  All those unsightly bumps are gone and my arms are smooth and happy!  I also get super annoying bumps on other body parts and irritation from shaving my legs, and this lotion is my savior for taking care of that too.  I've tried everything under the sun for shaving and this stuff is by far the most effective at keeping my skin bump free.  It's a little bit expensive, $17 for 8 ounces, but for me it's a small price to pay for something that works SO well. 

I hope you're having a terrific Tuesday!

xo :)

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