One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to focus on taking better care of my skin. I am lucky and have been blessed with pretty decent skin. It usually only breaks out when Mother nature calls but other then that it remains pretty clear. However, I have extremely sensitive skin and have to careful with the products that I use. I never really took care of my skin and in the last year or so, I’ve come to the realization that I really do need to take better care of my skin.
So in late December/early January, I headed to Sephora and met with a skincare expect who helped set me up with a skin system to suit my needs. Shoutout to Mariesol ( who helped me set up my skincare plan). She gave me a simple two-step skincare program and I love it. Aside from her assistance, I also have a subscription to Ipsy and I did have one to Glossybox ( both are beauty subscription boxes). Both of those boxes provided me with some other skincare products that I incorporated into my routine. So I’ve decided to share with you my 2016 skincare routine.
The most important part of any and every good skin routine should be a good make-up remover. In my 23 years, I’ve tried countless make up removers, high end and low end but nothing worked as well as I wanted until I discovered these: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. These aren’t too pricey either. They work extremely well and remove my makeup and they leave my skin feeling clean and refreshed. They are extremely soft on my skin and completely fragrance free. I simply adore this product and I am so thankful that I found it!
Next we move onto a cleanser. These are the backbone of skincare routines. Everyone should 100% have a cleanser. The brand mine is from is called REN Clean Skincare. REN is all about natural ingredients and does not use “unfriendly synthetic ingredients”. It is not a vegan brand but it is cruelty-free. The products originated from the UK and they have countless different skincare lines. My cleanser is called Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk and it is specifically formulated for sensitive skin. This product is smooth on my skin and doesn’t leave me an uncomfortable shade of red. It’s great for skin susceptible to redness ( like mine, that’s my biggest skin concern). It feels incredible.
The next step to my routine is a moisturizer. I use a moisturizer from the REN Evercalm collection as well. It is called Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream. This cream goes on extremely well after the cleansing milk. It leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. It also helps to calm the redness on my face.
Every good skincare routine involves some sort of exfoliator that should be used somewhere between 1-2 times a week. When I was subscribed to Glossybox, this scrub was one of the first things I received. It’s from Nuxe Beauty and it’s their Exfoliating Gel with Rose Petals. The brand is Paris-based and I imagine, the name sounds much prettier in French. It’s a rosy scent to it. The smell is what I imagine Belle from Beauty and The Beast to smell like or the la Parisienne. Their are small particles in there to work your skin and scrub off all the dead skin. Once I am done using it, I feel radiant and fresh. ( Since I use this all the time, I’m running rather low on it. So, I’m going to repurchase sometime soon!)
The last item that I want to talk about is a skin mask from Lather. I discovered this brand via Ipsy and I am so happy that I discovered it, I use this product 3 or so times a week. Lather is a great brand that is cruelty- free and their website even mentions: “LATHER is a proud member of PETA, and does not test our products on animals, nor will we work with labs that do.” Which is 100% awesome! Their products are also 100% organic and do not use harmful skin ingredients. The product that I use from them is their Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract. I love the sweet honey scent from this product. It feel luxurious on. As you rub it in, you cannot help but feel glowing and healthy.
What did you think of my skincare routine? What’s in yours?
The only thing in skincare that I have yet to comprehend or understand is the need/use of eye cream. I just haven’t quite figured it out yet. Anyone eye cream experts out there?