I was rather late to RSVP to the “girly girl” party. Though I’ve always cared about my appearance to an extent, it wasn’t until the past 2 or 3 years that I became obsessed with skincare. I’ve never had a facial, because I love pampering myself at home. One of my favorite things about Sunday nights is doing a mask, peel or treatment, giving myself a manicure and watching my Sunday shows (True Blood, The Newsroom, The Good Wife, Mad Men, Treme, Game of Thrones – etc, depending on what is currently in season).
I’m not of the school of thought that you should use an entire line of skincare products, I prefer to pick and choose what works best for me from a variety of different lines (and price points). Here are some of my current favorite skincare products – I would love to hear about yours!
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, Pink Grapefruit scent. I’ve used products from Nuetrogena’s oil-free line off and on since I was in high school. I have oily skin, and salycilic acid helps me keep breakouts at bay. As I’m getting older I find that this is a bit too drying for daily use, so I alternate with a more gentle cleanser.
Mario Badescu Botanical Facial Gel. I first heard about this line of skincare products on the Martha Stewart show. She had an representative from their NYC spa on the show talking about Martha’s daily skincare regimen (which consisted entirely of Mario Badescu products). What I love about this cleanser is that it’s gentle and non drying but still is a very effective and exfoliating (it has alpha hydroxy acids, but no granules or physical exfoliants). It doesn’t have any chemicals that make it lather, so if you’re used to a foamy cleanser that might take some getting used to.
Boscia Clear Complexion Tonic with Botanical Blast. This is a mild toner that you spray on your face after cleansing. It doesnt sting or dry out your skin. Honestly it might not “do” anything, but I like how refreshing it feels.
Clarins Huile Lotus. I purchased this while I was in Paris last year, at the recommendation of my sweet cousin Sarah. Sarah found out about this product from her sister-in-law, who is probably one of the most beautiful people on the planet. Sarah and I joked that if it was good enough for her, we should probably jump on that bandwagon. This stuff is pricey, but smells fantastic and feels luxurious on your skin. If you’re freaking out about the idea of putting oil directly on your skin, don’t. You use a very tiny bit, and it absorbs right away leaving your skin feel soft but not in slightest bit greasy. It actually works to control over production of oil so you get less shiny during the day if you use it regularly. I use this 2-3 times per week before bed.
Origins Brighter By Nature Serum. I use this on nights I’m not using the Lotus Oil above. It works to correct dark spots left by blemishes, and evens your skin tone. I find that it also helps shrink my gigantic pores. It’s not intended to be your only moisturizer, but I use it that way because layering another one on top seems too heavy for me.
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. I use this moisturizer every morning, regardless of if I’m putting on makeup that day. It’s a super hydrating, gel consistency that leaves my face feeling really balanced. It doesn’t have any SPF, so it’s important to use another product that does. I love this product and I’m mildly concerned it may be being discontinued because I’m having difficulty finding it lately.
Tools & Treatments:
Clairsonic Mia Sonic Cleansing Brush. I use this in the evenings, with either of the two cleansers shown above. It’s basically a big electric toothbrush for your face. I adore it. It comes in a bunch of colors, mine is lavender.
Asian sheet masks. Occasionally when I feel like my skin needs an extra boost, I slap on a sheet mask and veg out for a while. It’s a cotton material soaked in treatment serums that you wear on your face for 20-30 minutes. You look like Jason from Halloween when you’re wearing it, but it feels really nice. I’ve used several varieties, some of my favorites are the apple polyphenol and pearl masks from My Beauty Diary. You can order these on Amazon, or if you have an Asian beauty store near you, they’re likely to have a big range and several brands.
So those are some of the things I’m loving as of late? What are some of your must have skin care products? Is your regimen complicated, or are you a splash your face with water and go kind of gal? I love hearing about what other people do to stay looking their best.