Ash’s Skin Care Regimen

Time to talk skin care…

It is so very important to make sure that you take care of your skin. It is even more important if you wear makeup, and we all know that I love me some makeup. The products I use sit on my skin all day, so it is important not only that I make sure to thoroughly remove them every night but that I ensure my skin is getting the moisture and exfoliation that it needs.

I have tried many products and brands. For the last few months, I have settled on a skin care regimen that works well for me. I find myself repurchasing the same products, rather looking for newer, potentially better ones. This means that I have found some winners, and I would like to share them with you, dear TNL readers!

Some background on my skin situation for ya…

As you know, I have oily skin, particularly around my nose and forehead ( T-Zone). Although my skin is not particularly sensitive, I have come across some products that have caused me to break out. I can usually tell within a few days of use whether my skin dislikes a product. If this sounds like your skin, you may also have success with some of the products that I am about to discuss.

Cleansing:

Palmers Skin Success Eventone Complexion Soap

Complexion Soap

When I first read that this was a fantastic cleanser, I was skeptical. I steer clear of bar soap for my face. It tends to be too harsh or leave an icky residue.

The soap claims to , ” leave skin thoroughly clean without over drying, it helps to eliminate clogged pores that can lead to blemishes.  Vitamin E softens and protects, revealing a smoother more balanced complexion.”

When I tried the Complexion soap, I was pleased to find that it takes off all my makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascara! It also leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean without any feeling of dryness or tightness. I have been using it for about a year now, and it is by far my favourite face cleanser.

It retails for about $4.99 at drugstores, and a bar lasts me at least 8 weeks. Palmer’s also has an unconditional guarantee. It says on the box that if you are not completely satisfied, you can return the unused portion of the product to the manufacturer for a full refund. That is definitely incentive to give it a try!

Toning:

Witch Hazel

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Toner is an important step in any skin care regimen. Cleansing interrupts the regular pH levels of your skin. Using a toner will restore the correct chemical balance, close open pores , and pick up any residue that may have been missed while cleansing. If this is not reason enough, an oily gal can really benefit from toner as it can help to absorb some of that excess oil on your skin as well.

Witch hazel is a great toner and my skin responds really well to it. I feel good knowing that it is a natural product, free of any chemical junk and it has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent and moisturizing properties!

I just saturate a cotton round and sweep it all over my face after cleansing.

I purchase my witch hazel from the health food store for $5.99. It also comes in a number of scents like lemon and rosewater.

Exfoliating:

Lush Ocean Salt

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I like to exfoliate my face a few times weekly. Sloughing dead skin cells off of my skin leaves it bright and smooth. My favourite scrub is Lush’s Ocean salt.

Lush says , “Washing with Ocean Salt is like taking your face on a trip to the seaside for an invigorating splash in the water.” Hmm…I don’t know about all that, but I can vouch for the fact that it is a great exfoliant.

Ocean salt contains avocado and coconut for hydration as well as lime and vodka which will help with blocked pores, blackheads and blemishes. It also contains both coarse and fine sea salts. Sounds tasty actually. The only bummer about this ingredient list is that Ocean Salt contains parabens.

Why, Lush, why??

Because this is a scrub that I wash off instantly , I don’t feel too badly about the paraben content. It isn’t ideal, but I would sooner use this then say a lotion, or perfume containing them.

I take about a dime sized amount of Ocean salt and use it to scrub my face for about 30 seconds. It is marketed as a face and body scrub but I only use it on my face. This way,  the jar lasts me a long time and I can use a more inexpensive scrub on my body.

Ocean salt is $21.95 for 120g and $35.95 for 250g at Lush  stores and online.

Moisturizer:

 Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre

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 I have a confession to make.

For years , I didn’t moisturize my skin at all. I know, I know. So bad. I used to think that because I had oily skin , applying a moisturizer would only make it even oilier. I could not have been more wrong. I now know that it is absolutely essential to use a moisturizer, even when your skin is combination or oily. If you don’t , your skin will realize it is not receiving enough oil, and produce even more to compensate.

I have used a number of different moisturizers since. I find that moisturizers  either feel too greasy or they are too thin and seem to disappear when I rub them in to my skin.

Embryolisse is perfect because although it is thick and rich , it does not feel heavy and my skin can still breathe. Plus, it  seems to smooth out and prime my skin for makeup.

I should mention that although I cleanse and tone twice a day, I only apply moisturizer once.

I purchased this as a two piece set, along with the emulsion hydro-mat at IMATS (read about our IMATS experience here) for $50.

I’m glad to have found these four products, and so is my skin. I have combined them to create a skin care regimen that has been working very well for my sometimes finicky face.

Happy skin for the win!

Have you tried any of the products that I mentioned?

What are your tried and true skin care products?

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12 thoughts on “Ash’s Skin Care Regimen

  1. Thanks! They are four products that I really stand behind. My skin has been great and I attribute it to these. Let me know what you think if you try any of them. Thanks for reading!

    1. I was going to take a less erm…well used picture of Embryolisse from the net. Then I decided, we keep it real at TNL. Its a testament to how much I use it!

  2. The soap sounds great even for the body! I’ll let my aunt know about the face soap!!!!!

    The Embryolisse is da bomb!!!! Just saying.

    1. The soap is a great find. I was skeptical at first because bar soap can be pretty crap on my face. But it’s fantastic.

  3. I adore witch hazel… if you find it’s too strong, try it w/o the alcohol content. I love rosewater as well too. Witch hazel is great for removing the glue gunk off your strip lashes too!!!

    1. There are a kazillion different scents of witch hazel at the health food store but I love the OG stuff. Thanks for the tip about the lashes. I hate when the glue gobs up!

  4. I really loved this post – I don’t have a good skin care regimen and this motivates me to get myself in gear (in addition to the fact that your skin looks lovely). I’ve tried Palmer’s cocoa butter which smells so yummy I almost want to eat it, but never knew about this soap. It will be my very next purchase when I’m at the drugstore because I have had zero success with anything else so far! I’m happy you talked about witch hazel too – I love it! It’s amazing for combating in-grown hairs and is also amazing if you mix it with a light moisturizer – smooth that on your eyebrows post-wax and it’ll feel cool and amazing.

    1. Thanks Seph! I really love this soap. I think it helps to combat breakouts and even out my complexion. Let me know what you think. I have never used witch hazel for ingrown hairs, great tip. I really love reading post comment because people have so many great ideas and tips!

  5. Love love love Embyolisse! The Embryoderme! And Body Milk! Fabulous! The Lush Ocean salt is also great! I wash my face with the ocean salt and the take a cold washcloth and hold it on my face for a moment to smell the vodka and lime! All your items listed are Great choices! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Julieanna, Your ocean salt description makes me want to go wash my face right now! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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