Happy October, friends!
I just love this month.
Pumpkins, leaves, costumes, jeans, football, sweaters…all the happy fall stuff!
About once a year, I do a “what’s my favorite skin care products” post. I’m a big fan of skin care products. (Let’s be honest, I’m a big fan of beauty/makeup/hair/skin products in general!) I grew up with a mom and grandmother that realllllly emphasized good skin care over makeup. The better your skin, the easier it is to wear makeup (and the less you have to wear), so it’s been ingrained in me for a long, long time. Since last year, I’ve changed up a few products and kept a few the same. My skin is pretty normal but can lean dry when the weather changes. I also rely a lot on at-home masks and am always experimenting/looking for new ones that aid my basic skincare routine. I also round out every single day with SPF…because you know, that stuff is worth its weight in gold. So, here’s a little look at what I’m using right now. I would LOVE to know what you’re using too!! These are some of my favorite posts to read on other blogs. I don’t know why…but I find them so interesting and helpful! Tried and true products are always my favorite recommendations!
My morning routine is pretty simple. I usually wash my face with a little coconut oil (like the kind you use to cook with). It’s very hydrating and a little goes a long way. After that, I apply a thin layer of SK-II Treatment Repair Serum followed by Chanel’s eye cream and then I top it off with Tula’s Hydrating Day & Night Cream. (After that, I apply my SPF which also doubles as my foundation’s primer). I actually read about Tula on two of my friends’ blogs and once I tried it, I was hooked. First, I love that I use it both day and night and second, it’s thick and very hydrating. Win, win! I’ve been using the SK-II serum for over a year now, and it’s the best one I’ve ever tried. The other serums I’ve used in the past would tend to make my skin red or flake…but not this one. It’s never irritated my face. And a magazine article convinced me to try the Chanel eye cream, and I’ve never looked back. It’s moisturizing, not greasy, helps with both dark circles and bags under my eyes. I’m hooked now! I would say a little goes a long way on all three products. They all will last you a long time!
There are a few more steps to my evening routine. First, I get all of my eye makeup off with Julep’s Hydrating Cleansing Oil (you can also use coconut oil for this too). I received a sample of this and loved it so much that I bought a bottle. It smells like orange zest and removes all of my eye makeup without irritating my eyes whatsoever. After that, I wash off my makeup with Tula’s Purifying Face Cleanser. I love this because it works by itself or also on a Clarisonic. It’s light and gentle. After my face is all clean, I add a layer of Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum. This might be my very favorite product! It’s a cult favorite and honestly, I think it’s done wonders for my face over the years. After the serum, I apply my eye cream and then add Tula’s Hydrating Day & Night Cream before finishing with Retin-A. I get my Retin-A from my dermatologist’s office, and it’s probably the most effective thing I put on my face. It’s not hydrating (which is why I also use a night cream), but it’s powerful. I use a smaller percentage (.025), so that I can use it daily without making my face red, flake or dry. Ask your doctor about this stuff!
I’m a girl who loves a face mask. I use one about every other night or so. I have a mask for every skin occasion 🙂 .
#1: Tula’s Exfoliating Treatment Mask: I would say this is the basic “does everything” mask. I put it on, take a bath, wipe it off with warm water and my face just feels nice and clean. This is the mask I use when I just want my face deep cleaned, all of my pores cleaned out, and such. It’s the work horse of the group.
#2: Fresh Rose Face Mask: This is the mask I put on when my face feels dry and I want a little extra hydration. When I wipe this one off, my face still feels nice and moisturized and not tight at all. Bonus, this one smells insanely good!
#3: Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask: This is the one I use when I know my skin needs some help. I used this one after we got back from Mexico, because no matter how much SPF I applied or how much I stayed under the shade of my hat, my face just needed some help. This one is more intense, and I would not recommend it if you’re about to go in the sun. This mask feels more like the treatments I do at the actual dermatologist’s office.
#4: Clinque’s Moisture Surge: This stuff is a-mazing! I put this one right before bed (on top of my other PM products) and wake up with very hydrated skin! I use this mask the most because it really does deliver. Whenever you think your skin is dry or parched, apply a layer of this and then go to sleep. Your skin will feel so good when you wake up!!
Now, this product get honorable mention because I do love it too…
Bobbi Brown’s Radiance Boost is great when you need a good facial scrub. It also smells like orange zest and well, that makes me happy 🙂 .
So, what are your favorite skin care products??? Do share! I love to experiment with new ones!!
Also, don’t forget this…
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