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.
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!
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.
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.
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?