If you're into skincare and have dry skin then this one is for you! Today I'm going over all my current products as well as a few replacements for the ones that are nearly empty. Some of these are holy grail status, I've repurchased previously or would repurchase, and others are just what I'm testing out right now. Not going to drag out a long intro today since there's plenty to talk about so let's jump right into it!
I'm going to go in order of how I would use these products starting with makeup removal and the first step in my process is getting rid of the eye makeup and for that I like to use an eye makeup remover since oils and balm cleansers fog my vision. As you can see this bottle is still pretty full so I haven't been using it for too long but I do really like it and it works well without stinging my eyes. I tend to go for a bi-phase formula, oil and water combo which you have to shake to activate, since they work better for me at removing makeup and that's what this formula is which is why the bottom isn't as clear as the top since it's two different liquids. I went for this one from LashFood since it's supposed to be soothing and is good for the lashes. I haven't had any troubles with this not completely removing my eye makeup so I would recommend it and I would consider repurchasing if I didn't find another one that I wanted to try.
Tried & Tested Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Removers I Would Recommend:
Next up I like to use a cleansing balm to remove my face makeup and I am currently using this one from Dermalogica. I was previously using the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and while it does work really well, and is $15.50 cheaper for .8 oz more, I hate dipping my fingers into a pot of balm and having to scoop it out. It's really unhygienic and is just one of those things that I'm weird about. To use a cleansing balm you have to warm it up in your hands first which turns it into a thinner texture and you work it into dry skin first to break up the makeup and then rinse away with warm water. I really like this one from Dermalogica, it smells nice and I absolutely love that it's in a tube but that price is painful. It comes with a rubber scrubber mitt which I don't use very often because I don't find it necessary with the amount of makeup that I wear but if you wear heavy makeup on a regular basis it would be an added bonus. If I had another discount coupon that worked on prestige brands at Ulta I would definitely repurchase and I would also highly recommend this if you can swing the high price tag (It also comes in travel size, .5 oz, for $15 and includes the mitt). I've also used a cleansing oil in the past and liked it, which you also use on dry skin, and recently received one in my November Nylon Box which I will be sharing (but not reviewing) in my next blog post so stay tuned for that since it is what I will probably end up using once I finish this balm cleanser (but I don't think that will be any time soon since this tube isn't that old).
Balm Cleansers I Want To Try:
Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs 6.9 oz for $33
The next step in my skincare routine is another cleanser since I like to double cleanse to ensure that I'm removing all my makeup. I bought this back in March online from TJ Maxx and got this jumbo bottle for only $35 but the regular bottle is seven ounces smaller and goes for $33. I shook the bottle up to take the photo for esthetic reasons but this is actually down to about the bottom line of text so I'm almost out. This is also the cleanser that I use in the morning to wash off and restart the day of skincare. I noticed a huge difference in my skin when I first started using this, my skin was immediately much more softer because this one includes ingredients to soften and tone the skin. When double cleansing you want your first cleanser to be the one that does most of the work removing makeup and dirt and the second cleanser is supposed to be the one that betters your skin so this is a good second cleanser in that respect since it has a lot of good for you ingredients. The main things I don't like about it are the added fragrance, which is really high up on the ingredient list, and the dye. Dye is super unnecessary in skin care and fragrance is not good for sensitive skin and isn't necessary either. It also contains several forms of alcohol which is not my fave and can be drying and/or irritating to sensitive skin. I have moderately sensitive skin and it doesn't bother me but I also don't think I'd repurchase this because I'm not keen on added fragrance in my skincare. If you don't have sensitive skin and/or those irritants don't worry you then it could be worth checking out because it does work well but I would just prefer to switch to something with less irritants.
Cleansers I Want to Try for Second Cleanse:
Because I am almost out of my Clarins cleanser, and I now have two of these mini tubes from First Aid Beauty in my stockpile, I'll be switching to this as my second cleanse once I run out of my milk cleanser. Even though I'm not using this yet I thought I would share it anyways since I'm almost at the switching point and want to keep you up to date with my current products. I was recommend this by a Sephora employee a while back and have used this before and went through a full size tube (full size tube, 5 oz, cost $20). It's a foaming cleanser which I usually try to stay away from since I have dry skin and foaming cleansers can be drying but this one isn't too bad and this skincare brand is geared towards sensitive skin so it's not irritating. Not my most favorite cleanser ever but I don't mind using it and thought I would switch to it since I've got two tubes and can keep one in the shower so it'll be convenient to not have to cart my cleanser back and forth between bathrooms. If you like foaming cleansers, regardless of skin type, I would recommend this since it's gentle but effective.
This is yet another cleanser-like product that I own and occasionally use. I typically use this one when my skin is feeling particularly congested or if I feel like I just need a deep clean because I do feel like it is a deeper clean than my milk cleanser. I got this in the August Nylon Box and I probably only use it maybe once a week to every 10 days so that's why there's still quite a lot of it left. Ingredient wise it has a lot of plant extracts and seems pretty good for the skin. It does contain fragrance and dyes but they're the last three ingredients on the list so there's the least concentration of them in it. I don't mind having it and I've been slowly using it but it's not integral to my skincare routine and I wouldn't repurchase. If you are looking to try a bubbling mask this is a good one though and doesn't irritate or strip my skin so it's pretty gentle.
Now on to exfoliators. I didn't know I had rosacea until several people at various makeup stores/counters started telling me I have rosacea and that I should use a microdermabrasion treatment (great way to find out, huh?). I received a sample of this in a Birchbox and really liked it so I bought the full size tube and have had this one since. It hasn't really helped my rosacea at all but it is a really great gentle physical exfoliator. I am not a fan of physical exfoliants that contain fruit seeds, apricot is very common, because they can cause micro tears in the skin and can be more harmful than good. This one contains aluminum oxide crystals for the grit but it also contains lactic acid which is a chemical exfoliant so you're getting a little bit of both. I don't use this very often anymore since I started using the next product I'm going to talk about but this does work really well and lasts a very long time since you don't have to use very much. It says you can use it two times a week but if you have really dry, flaky skin I'd say you could probably get away with using it three times a week since it is pretty gentle. I'm not on the physical exfoliant game much these days but this is a really nice one and is what I'd recommend if you're looking for one.
And this is the product I use instead of a physical exfoliant and I use it first thing after cleansing. I've almost made my way through my first container and have a backup ready to go. These little pads contain lactic and glycolic acid to help exfoliate, tone and brighten dull skin. I tried these out again kind of on a whim, I received a small sample in my first Allure Beauty Box, because I had been sporadically using a glycolic toner and wanting something with an easier delivery system and without fragrance. I used to have a bit of texture on my forehead but ever since I started using these it has greatly diminished and my skin is probably the softest and smoothest it's ever been in my adult life. If you don't already use an exfoliant and are torn as to which type to try my recommendation would be to try a chemical exfoliant first but just make sure you use one that is gentle enough when starting if your skin isn't used to regular exfoliation. I used the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion for probably at least six months and my skin was soft but I still had some texture on my forehead and it's gotten so much better since I switched to this. The key with a chemical exfoliant is consistency, I use these pads at least once a day and twice a day if I wear makeup during the day. Would highly recommend but if you're weary about dipping your toes in with this kind of product First Aid Beauty does make a 28 count pack for $15 (which you can find with the same link above) or I will link some more affordable alternatives below. In my opinion this is the best one for sensitive skin and some of the ones below contain alcohol and/or fragrance so do keep that in mind if you have sensitive skin.
Affordable Glycolic Acid Treatment Pads:
The Ordinary. "Buffet" $14.80
After toning I move on to my serum and I'm currently using this one from The Ordinary. I bought this because it has a lot of ingredients in it that are good for anti-aging and it's best to start using anti-aging products before much aging happens and I'm nearing 30 so it was time to get on it. I have some fine lines on my forehead and wanted to see if this would reduce those at all by plumping the skin and honestly I can't tell a huge difference since I started using it two and a half months ago. I'm going to continue using it and finish it up and see if I notice a change once I stop using it and if I do then I'd consider repurchasing but for now I'm not wowed by it (but it has great reviews at Beautylish so don't just listen to me). TBH I'm not super into serums in general because I've never noticed much of a change when I have tried them out before so I may not need one with all the other products I've got going on in my skincare routine. If you do want to try this out, an application tip; massage into skin and once it starts to get tacky, stop and let it sink in before moving on to the next step.
The Ordinary. 100% Cold-pressed Virgin Marula Oil $9.90 & The Ordinary. 100% Organic Cold-pressed Moroccan Argan Oil $6.80
I grouped these two together since I use them at the same time in my routine. Oils don't sink into the skin all that well like serums do so I don't see much use in applying them before moisturizer and I instead like to mix them into my moisturizer. I use both of these day and night and I no longer get dry, itchy patches on my cheeks anymore since I started using them regularly. I would highly suggest checking out simple oils from The Ordinary (one ingredient oils) because they are so affordable. I covered this in my original blog post on these two products but I'll repeat it here; Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil is $48 for 50 ml and Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is $72 for the same size bottle as The Ordinary (30 ml). The markup with those two products is insane because it's literally the exact same thing. These two oils are working wonders for my skin but I would suggest checking out their skincare guide to see what products would be best for your specific skin type and concerns if you are interested.
I have been using this during the day ever since I got it and I'm almost out so I've got a replacement product coming up. I mix this with two drops of each oil on the palm of my hand and then apply to my face and neck. I only use this moisturizer when I'm going to be putting on makeup otherwise I like to just go straight in with my evening moisturizer since most of the time I don't end up washing my face until mid-day after the gym. One of the key ingredients and why it probably works so well for me is because it contains ceramides which help with the moisture barrier in the skin (my skin loves ceramide products). This has some good ingredients and I would definitely recommend, the only reason I'm not repurchasing is because I bought a First Aid Beauty Kit that has a moisturizer in it that I want to test out. There's a few other moisturizers for day time that I'd be interested in trying out but this is one I would definitely go back to.
Moisturizers On My Radar:
Just like the Glossier one is my go-to day time moisturizer, this is my go-to night time moisturizer. This is my second jar that I've gone through, I'm nearly done with this one as well, and I keep coming back to it because it just works. If you have insanely dry skin, not dehydrated because we all know that is different at this point and if you do have dehydrated skin you should check out the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief instead, this is my top recommendation for mega dry skin. You can use it day or night but it is super rich so I only use it at night, the Clinique specialist at my local Ulta suggest blotting off excess after letting it set for a few minutes if you want to use it during the day since it is so rich otherwise makeup won't sit very well over it because it is a thicker consistency. Just like during the day I also mix in two drops each of both of my oils at night so that I am ultra moisturized while I sleep. I am going to be trying out the replacement moisturizer I have for both day and night but if it ends up not be rich enough for evening I would probably end up repurchasing this again since I love it so much.
And now for the moisturizer replacement! If you haven't seen my last post I picked up a kit from First Aid Beauty, Tales of FAB Skin for $52, to mainly replenish my Facial Radiance Pads and also so I could try this out (the kit has an insane value and is definitely worth checking out). I wanted to try this moisturizer because I was looking at a few options online and got to looking at the ingredient list and this one seems like a pretty good one; some of the key ingredients are colloidal oatmeal (skin protectant that helps with itching and minor irritations caused by eczema, rashes, and other skin conditions), shea butter (protects and moisturizes the skin barrier), allantoin (soothing and calming) and ceramides (strengthen the skin barrier and moisturizes). All of those sound pretty good for my skin type and since it is such a big jar I figured I would just try it out for day and night (for comparison both the Glossier and Clinique moisturizers are only 1.7 oz and this one is 6 oz). This is the only product that I have not yet tried so I don't know how good it is but I wanted to mention it since I'll be cracking into it within a month or less judging by the amount of product left in both of my other moisturizers.
After moisturizer I apply my eye cream and I use this same one both day and night. I was recommended this at Ulta by someone at the Clinique counter. She put this one on one eye and the one I was using previously on the other without telling me which was which to see if I liked this one better and I did so I went home with this instead. It's a lifting and firming eye cream but it's also super hydrating. I don't notice much firming or lifting but my eye contour area is still in good shape so this is more of a preventative measure for me than a treatment. I do quite like it and would recommend but it is pretty pricey for how little product you get (.5 oz) so I may end up going back to my old one because it's little more affordable.
Previously Used Clinique Eye Cream:
Last but not least, lip products. I couldn't leave these out since I am constantly applying lip balm this time of year and these have been my two go-to products as of lately. I ended up purchasing the Bioderma on a whim because I needed to get my cart over the $35 free shipping threshold without going too far over and this is one of the cheapest things Beautylish sells. It ended up being probably the best lip balm I've ever used to date. A lot of balms contain petroleum or petrolatum and that ingredient can actually give your lips a false sense of being hydrated when actually they're being dried out so they start to peel. Neither of these contain that ingredient and I've been using the Bioderma longer so it is my favorite however I started using this First Aid Beauty one because it came in that kit I mentioned so I've been using it at night. It's decent but I think I like the Bioderma better because the texture is nicer, the First Aid Beaut Lip Therapy almost has a slight gritty texture to it. I am a huge lip balm junkie so I've got quite a few recomendations from ones that I've previously owned or that I would want to try down bellow.
Recommended Lip Balms/Treatments:
And of course after I typed all that up I realized I forgot to include my spot treatment. I don't get blemishes too often but when I do my go-to product for the last few years has been Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17). All you have to do is stick a q-tip way down into the pink stuff and then dot that onto the spot. It works pretty well for spots that have been expelled but not so much on ones that are under the surface. After I finish up my current bottle I'm thinking of moving on to The Ordinary. Salicylic Acid 2% Solution which not only works as a spot treatment but it might also help with my large pores plus it's less than $5.
I also don't currently have any sheet masks on me but I do like to incorporate those from time to time and these are the ones are my favorites:
I think that covers everything but if you have any questions about a specific product please feel free to ask! Because I have dry skin and I use some pricey products I didn't want to leave you hanging if some of these are way out of your budget so here is a video by Stephanie Nicole on more affordable skincare for all skin types (dry, oily, rosacea and teen). There's some really good recommendations in there, some of the products are ones that I currently use and some of them are ones I want to try out. That is it for today, thank you so much for visiting and have a lovely day!
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