Since I was about 13 I remember always being fascinated with skincare and beauty products. I will never forget the first time I went to Macys and bought my first trio skin care set from Clinque, it came with a cute gift with purchase and I really have never turned my back on high quality skin care.
Skincare is definitely more than just DNA. I do have to credit my parents for gifting me with both good and bad skin. My father being mostly Italian has the greasiest skin and I totally inherited that. My mother has like perfect skin. Never imperfections and she does the minimum to take care of it. I got a good balance.
Normal/Oily skin, large pores, mild imperfections, and lots so damn sun spots from being a stupid teen with tanning beds!
So, my current skincare regime is, for some too many steps. But I consider myself an investigative journalist when it comes to what I want to put on my face. I probably fall asleep with my make up on from the day 1-2x a year!
I wash my skin morning and night and use different products each time.
I am all about using proper tools that give you amazing results and are worth the investment. I have never had a facial in my life! ( I want one) but I think I’ve done a really good job at prolonging the need for it.
The science behind skin-care products has come a long way but there’s still no such thing as an instant fix — you need time to reap the benefits
Here is a look at my current medicine cabinet
Dont be scared by the amount of products i have in here. I actually need to clean some out. I also dont use ALL of these all the time.
My tried and true make up remover though is the Boscia Cool Cleansing oil. I wash my face 2x at night. I put the dry oil on my skin and it removes all the make up and dirt. Then rise. I then wash my skin with a cleanser and currently I am using FRE Wash and really like it. Then I dry my face.
The right formula cleanses your skin without stripping essential, healthy oils. Take it easy with exfoliating scrubs (use once a week) and avoid those with crushed walnut shells or abrasive ingredients.
I fell in love with the Exfolikate scrub– I use it in the shower about 1-2 a week. Its life changing and worth EVERY single penny.
For many, the word “toner” brings to mind stinging astringents from the ’80s. The original was an alcohol-based product that was used to dry up oily skin and remove any leftover dirt following cleansing. Today’s formulas, however, have evolved. Think of them as supplements — these thin liquids deliver an extra shot of nutrients, helping the other products in your regimen absorb better, while still balancing your complexion.
I have used all sorts of toners, currently I have been using the MILK toner from Maskcara Cosmetics. Its gentle and has the most amazing ingredients.
The most basic function of a moisturizer is to hydrate and soften the skin. Essentially, moisturizers assist in preventing water loss through the outer layers of skin. They can also complement the naturally found protective oils and other building blocks within the skin, such as ceramides. This is one product that doctors recommend using year-round, for all skin types. Skin naturally loses the ability to retain moisture as we age and daily activities, such as washing, can strip natural hydrators from the surface.
I used to think because I had oily skin to never use a face lotion. I was an IDIOT.
I RELIGIOUSLY use a moisturizer DAY & NIGHT. During the day I use a very lightweight and soft moisturizer again by Kate Somerville. It makes my skin glow and never feels greasy.
At night I use Origins Night-A-mins which helps lighten my dark spots. During the summer i use the oil free. During the colder months I use the thicker one.
I am almost 34 and have noticed my wrinkles. The Algenist is whipped cream that visibly sculpts, tones, and lifts, while improving signs of aging.
As You can see I have MANY products and each one does something different. But I love them all. So this is just going to be part 1 of my two part skin care system!
What is your routine. What are your favorite products?