I am no expert (not even close) on skincare, but I always enjoy these types of posts when other people write them, so I figured – hey, why not me? I am just loving how my skin looks recently and wanted to share a few newer products that may have contributed. None of these companies know I exist, I purchased all items listed below, and these are not affiliate links because I don’t care enough to learn how to set that up. :) Full disclosure.
A few months ago I was not loving my skin. I – in general – have very dry skin. Like very, very dry. It was really patchy and flaky and just PARCHED a few months ago and I chalked that up to 1) naturally dry skin; 2) getting over a cold; 3) pregnancy. But it was really bothering me, so I decided to go see an esthetician who I’d met in pre-natal yoga two summers ago. She owns Broadway Skin and Body Retreat and is a really sweet person. She reviewed the products I was using at the time, looked at my skin with her fancy magnifying machine (a scary sight, I’m sure), and confirmed that my skin was very dry with some hyper-pigmentation and discoloration. She politely told me that a few of my current skincare products were not ideal for me (most importantly – my face wash and the fact that I was using witch hazel as a toner) and recommended that I focus on exfoliation to get rid of the layers upon layers of dry skin that had built up on my face. She was not pushy with the products she carried in her shop at all, and made some general recommendations. She sent me home with some samples and sold me on the benefits of a couple of items that I purchased that day.
I heard a quote recently and I’m so sad I can’t remember where I heard it (probably a YouTuber) to reference the person who said it and precisely share it here, but it was something along the lines of, “When you’re young, you have the skin you were given. As you age, you have the skin you earn.” That resonated with me! It is within my power to take care of my skin and protect it from the sun and so forth. Why am I not better about doing that? Older me will thank younger me.
Okay – so here’s what I currently do and I really think it’s working well for me in this phase of life.
IMAGE Skincare Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser. I really love this stuff! It tones the skin as well and balances out that pH without any added steps. It’s gentle and non-drying. I will definitely keep using this. I am religious about washing my face each evening. I go through phases where I’ll wash it in the morning (I know that’s recommended due to all the bacteria on our pillowcases – ew – and so forth), but more often than not, I don’t.
HollyBeth Organics Grits Honey Scrub. I use this exfoliating scrub approximately three times a week and it has made an amazing difference in how plump and healthy my face feels. Gone is the dry, listless appearance of a few months ago. I think getting rid of all that dead skin was huge for me. Since I have dry skin I thought that exfoliating was a no-no because it would dry the skin out further, but I guess I had that backwards!
HollyBeth Organics Eye Cream. I was previously not using an eye cream and it showed. My dry skin needs something around that eye area to keep the lines at bay. I have seen a major difference since I started using this cream and I’m very happy with it. Maybe any other good cream would be just as good, but this has worked for me. I apply it after I cleanse my face. It’s pricey but lasts a long time and I don’t mind investing in good skin products when they work.
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator. This was one item that I was previously using and Devon said that Clinique is okay but not at the top of her list of the best product lines. I tried a HollyBeth moisturizer sample she gave me and it was not effective, so I went back to my trusty Clinique – mainly just to use the jar since I hate wasting products. It seems to be working well with the changes I’ve made, so I’m sticking with it. I’m not opposed to trying something new, but am not deliberately seeking anything out either. I’m happy with this! I apply it after I wash my face each evening.
IMAGE Vital C Hydrating Repair Crème. I have been using this in the morning and I really like the citrus scent. It’s perfect for the AM and this seems to work well to keep my skin moisturized through the day. I’m only wearing make-up once or twice a week these days and this has served as a good unofficial “primer” for me when I do put on makeup. If my skin feels super dry, I’ll reach for the Clinique option above, but in general I’ve been using this and like it.
Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40. If I am not wearing makeup and know that I’ll be outside a decent amount in a day, I’ll use this sunscreen on my face, neck, and décolletage instead of using the Vital C crème above. It’s light and doesn’t have a strong scent, which I appreciate.
Supergoop! CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum SPF 35+ Sunscreen. As previously mentioned, I’m only wearing makeup once or twice a week recently, and honestly – I have never been the type to NEED makeup in order to feel like I can leave the house (not that there is anything wrong with that – it’s just not something I’ve ever cared about). When I do have the desire and want to take the time to wear a little makeup, this is what I am using. It gives me enough coverage to even out my skin a bit but is obviously not full coverage and doesn’t hide all freckles, hyper-pigmentation spots, etc. I think I got a sample in a Birchbox years ago and it has been my go-to ever since. I use the shade Light to Medium, I think.
Clinique Blended Face Powder. I’ll set my CC cream with a very, very light dusting of this powder. I don’t really know why as it’s basically invisible. Maybe it’s purely mental but I just feel like a powder gives a little finish and adds a smooth quality to the skin. This container is huge and I’ll be using it until I’m 40 probably because I use so little of it. I think I have the Transparency Neutral shade.
A few other things I use and do include:
Clarisonic Mia 2 with a sensitive skin brush head. I requested this for Christmas a few years ago and my mother-in-law delivered. I use my Image face cleanser with the Clarisonic about three times a week (on days that I don’t use the HollyBeth exfoliating scrub).
Water. Without fail, I drink 80 ounces a day. Some days are easier than others, but I know this is good for my skin and especially important while pregnant to keep those Braxton Hicks, among other symptoms, at bay.
Clean makeup brushes/sponges. I have become quite diligent about cleaning my Sephora makeup brush, BeautyBlender sponge, or Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Brush Head (a recent little splurge that I LOVE) after every use. I would formerly go weeks without cleaning whatever tool I’d been using to apply my makeup and I cringe to think about that now. It takes about a minute of my time and I think it applies makeup so much better when I next use it. Plus – more importantly – it’s clean and better for the skin without all that buildup and bacteria.
And that’s all she wrote on a subject she knows next to nothing about. I love talking about makeup and skincare and beauty products, even if I do barely dabble in using them and don’t know anything. What are your favorite skincare must-haves?