Hello lovely people,
It’s been a little while since I last posted (i’ve been insanely busy) but Summer has just about started for me and I realized I never wrote about my simple Skin Care Routine. I interchange my products almost monthly but there are a few products I always stick by.
Basic Skin care (at least for me) consists of five main components: Face Wash, Toner, Moisturizer , Deep cleansing mask, and a thorough makeup remover.
To start off, it is important to have a clean palette so you must make sure that all makeup residue is completely taken care off. There are a lot of effective makeup removers out there, but some of them are just way too overpriced. I found one of the cheaper options has been Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes. You can pick these up at any store and they run about 5 -7 dollars depending on where you get them.
What I love about these cloths is that they really get the job done. I usually only need to use one sheet to completely rid all of my makeup at the end of the day and they are ultra convenient as they are super portable and therefore easy to travel with. They come in a little blue package and hold about 25 cloths.
Check out the Neutrogena Cleansing Cloths too, which come in a peachy pink package for a nice traveling cleanser, just as convenient.
After all my makeup is removed, I usually go right to washing my face and cleansing my pores. For a while now, I have been obsessed with LUSH brand cleansers, mainly because they are non- evasive and made with all natural ingredients. Lately, I have been using up Herbalism, a LUSH cleanser specifically made for oily skin. I have combination skin but I find in the summer months my skin gets very oil prone so I find this is a fantastic cleanser for the time being.
Herbalism is made with a “deep-cleansing base of kaolin clay and rice bran mops up excess oils, and a toning blend of rosemary, nettle and chamomile leaves skin feeling fresh, clean and calm. This gentle green giant contains chlorophyllin, which is extracted from alfalfa plants: it’s rich in nourishing vitamins and minerals, and helps to balance out your skin’s oil production” (LUSH.com)
For a 3.5 oz pot, Herbalism runs at about $13, but lasts a fairly long time, even if you use it multiple times a day- (you only need to use a small pinch each use)
I appreciate products that are kind to the environment/ your body and because of this, I also use a LUSH toner as well.
I have tried multiple LUSH toners and they are all fantastic in my opinion. Lately, I have been really digging the Tea Tree Water Toner which is alcohol free and made with cleansing tea tree, juniperberry and grapefruit waters.
A few sprays are all you need to feel a slight tightening of your pores. One of my favorite things to do with Toner water spray bottles is to put them in the refrigerator so the spray gently cools and refreshes your face on warmer days.
Toners at LUSH usually run at about 10 – 25 dollars depending on the size. I usually get the larger size which lasts FOREVER. Toner water also does not expire quickly unlike the cleansers/masks which is another plus.
OH! and on a side note, I have also been experimenting with LUSH toner steaming tabs but I haven’t been using them on the daily. If I find that I can not live without them, I will be sure to let you all know.
Next: THE MASK.
Now about 2 – 3 times a week, I will do a deep cleansing mask. I recently picked up Origins Charcoal Mask the other day and fell in love. I have very sensitive skin so I appreciate how gentle this mask formula is yet still effective.
The mask itself is made with White China Clay/Charcoal and dries rather quickly. It is environmentally friendly and pretty inexpensive considering how much you get, costing about $24 per tube (3.4 oz).
This mask, like I said before, does not irritate my skin and is gentle yet does the job right. The charcoal mask is made for all skin types whether you are oily, dry or combination skin and I have yet to see a bad review on it.
Last but not least: mosturizer
Though I don’t really have dry skin, I have always heard it’s beneficial to moisturize. I even use moisturizer in replace of primer some days as well.
A few weeks ago I got a sample of Shiseido’s “Pureness” Matifying Moisturizer while shopping around and realized how absolutely amazing it truly was. This particular moisturizer is light- weight and oil free (perfect for my oil- prone skin).
I typically use this product in the morning or after a heavy mask. It moisturizes while reducing shine which is sometimes difficult to find in a product. Plus, there is SUNSCREEN included into the formula, an absolute necessity to prevent skin damage in any type of weather.
Shiseido is a little pricer but I find that it is worth it as it is a reliable brand and can do little wrong in my eyes. This Matifying moisturizer is priced at about $33.
As I voiced before, my Skin Care Routine always changes as I always find new products to love. I will try to post an updated Skin Care Routine when I decide to switch up what I use on a daily basis.
For now, thanks for stopping by guys!