11 Jul 2017

My Skincare Favorites

Summer is finally in full swing! With it being July the weather is only getting hotter and I decided it was time to reevaluate my skincare products. Swapping out a product in your skincare can make a huge difference in the overall appearance and feel of your skin! I personally have dry and sensitive skin, so I really have to pay attention to what products I use otherwise I breakout. I want to share some of my personal favorites, and what steps I’ve noticed to make a huge difference in my skin!!

Fresh soy face cleanser-
My aunt gave my mom this cleanser for her birthday, and I may or may not have stolen it from her cupboard, but let me tell you guys this is probably my favorite product in this entire post!! For the longest times I’d use makeup wipes to take off my makeup, but all of the rubbing and weird chemicals started to take a toll on my skin. I had been looking for a product that was a two in one makeup remover and cleanser for the longest time, but all the ones I saw were either oily or like a balm, and I didn’t like that. This cleanser is so light and I don’t feel like I have anything stuck on my face afterwards. It does an amazing job at removing even my toughest concealers and mascara! If you’re looking for a makeup remover and cleanser, then definitely give this one a go!!

Soley GLÓey purifying exfoliator-
I used to never use an exfoliator, thinking it wouldn’t make a difference in my skin, but once I started using this one I noticed a big difference!! I discovered the brand last summer on the way home from Iceland and I love how all of Soley’s skincare is natural and Organic! Exfoliators help to remove the barrier of dead skin cells on your skin and uncover fresh new cells. It opens up your pores to allow your moisturizing products to penetrate deeper into your skin. I often get milia around my eyes which are little white dots that are formed by a build up of dead skin cells that get trapped underneath your skin, so using a good exfoliator helps prevent them from forming. I love the refreshing minty smell of this exfoliator and how clean my skin feels afterwards!!

Clarins instant light lip comfort oil-
I first discovered this lip balm last summer after hearing a blogger rave about it. I happened to come a cross it in a duty free, and decided to try it, as my lips were super dry from the long flight. Ever since I’ve been in love with it! When they say lip comfort oil, they truly mean it! As soon as you put it on you feel, well comforted. It’s similar to a gloss but very thick which makes it wonderful for putting on at night! When you wake up your chapped lips will be a thing of the past! Clarins has also recently released this lip balm in tinted versions, although I’ve yet to try the tinted ones I bet they’re gorgeous also!

Mario Badescu oil free moisturizer SPF 30-
I’m not about having 3 different moisturizers for different times of the day, so finding one that was truly perfect at anytime of the day was important to me! This moisturizer is super lightweight which makes it great for hot summer days! It looks wonderful under makeup yet it’s also moisturizing enough to work great as a nightly moisturizer! This is my second time repurchasing this moisturizer which says a lot! My favorite thing about this moisturizer is that it has spf 30! Which means I no longer have to sacrifice my sunscreen to avoid a breakout! I’ve used this at the beach and lake and didn’t burn one bit! This is truly the most versatile moisturizer I’ve ever used!!

ROC eye cream-
I have awful dark circles, and for the longest time no matter how hard I tried, I often found myself a victim of the raccoon eye. So when a dermatologist first recommended this cream to me I was a little skeptical. After using it consistently for a couple weeks, I’ve noticed major improvements! Not only does it tame my dark circles but helps get rid of my milia. Retinoid creams are wonderful for unclogging pores, boosting collagen to reduce fine lines, and speeding up cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin!

Mario Badescu drying lotion-
Let me just say if you haven’t tried out Mario Badescu’s acne products, you’re missing out! I adore their products in general but this drying cream is one of my favorites because of how strong it is. When I breakout I usually only have a few blemishes here and there and I want them gone fast. So I’ll put a drop of this on my blemish before I go to bed and when I wake up my skin is clear! I wouldn’t use this all over my face since it’s extremely drying, hence why it’s called a drying cream, but if you have a few blemishes then it’s great for you!

First Aid Beauty facial radiance pads-
My morning skincare routine has often times been overlooked. For a long time I just splashed my face with water and put on a moisturizer, and although I can still be a bit lazy in the mornings I’ve been trying to get myself to exfoliate in the mornings too. Not only do these radiance pads exfoliate, they tone and wakeup my skin. Leaving me with a dewy and bright complexion. If I’m not going to put on any makeup that day then these are a must have, so you still get the glow, without the highlighter! They’re also great for on the go when you feel like your skin needs a boost, and they’re super convenient since the toner is already penetrated in the pad.

Now that you know my favorite products, I’d love to hear about yours! What are your all time or current favorite skincare products, and are there any you think I should try?

Product Links:

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Soley GLÓey purifying exfoliator 

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

ROC eye cream

Mario Badescu drying lotion

First Aid Beauty facial radiance pads

 

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