If you’re an avid lover of skin care or you are looking to revamp your nightly routine to take your skin to the next level, then you are in the right place! I’ll admit it. I am a little obsessed with both skin care and beauty products. I’ve recently (I’d say the last 6 months or so) discovered the perfect combination of skin care products for my routine. And I have noticed a HUGE difference in my skin!
I have oily to combination skin and unfortunately it’s pretty damaged from years and years of tanning. (If you want to know how I keep my tan WITHOUT damaging my skin, click here.) The last few years I’ve struggled with bouts of adult acne, lots of texture on my cheeks, and a very dull skin tone. Now that I have found products and have been faithful to my skin care routine EVERY NIGHT, my skin has come back to life!
Below you will find my ‘ride or die’ products that are staples in my skin care routine. I could actually tell you about ALL of the products I love to use but to start off, I’ll share the top 5.
Quick disclaimer: This post is not sponsored whatsoever. I simply love these products and brands and I just want to help anyone that is struggling with their skin.
Moving on! Let the fun begin!
#1. Purity Made Simple | One-Step Facial Cleanser by, Philosophy
I don’t know what kind of formulation they have in this bad boy but there’s definitely some kind of magic in there. This is the first step in my routine: washing my face. However, this not only washes my face and clears my pours, but it also take my makeup off in one swoop. ALL of my makeup. That might not sound like a big deal but if you know me then you know I tend to be a little heavy handed when it comes to makeup. In other words, I wear A LOT of makeup- especially eye makeup. This stuff literally washes it all away with only one use. When I shower at night, I just lather it up on my face, gently rub around my eyes, rinse it off and BOOM it’s gone!
(Just to measure the effectiveness- I used to use makeup remover wipes and it would take 1 full wipe to remove all of my mascara and eye shadow and then another wipe to remove my foundation.)
Plus, the big bottle is a pretty reasonable price. Especially if you count the fact that it will probably last 6 months or so.
#2. Josie Maran- 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
I was very hesitant to try this product because my skin tends to get really oily. The thought of putting oil on my face and into my pours made me cringe! But, after hearing some of my favorite beauty influencers rave about it (shout out to Jaclyn Hill!), I learned that oil combats oil and this could actually help with my oily skin problem. So I decided to give it a try.
YEEESSSS!!! It’s wonderful! This has seriously evened out the texture on my skin. I actually didn’t even realize that I had so much texture on my cheeks before but now my skin is so much smoother! One of my favorite things about this beauty oil is that it lasts a long time so you really get your money’s worth! I am using the same bottle that I started using five months ago and I still have over half of it left. I use one drop- literally one drop- each night. I drop it in the palm of my hands (clean hands of course!) and massage it into my skin, mainly on my cheeks and forehead.
#3. Mario Badescu- drying lotion
What I would have given to have this product during my adolescent years! This is magic in a bottle. Ya’ll, if you struggle with acne, stop what you’re doing, hop over to the Mario Badescu website, and buy yourself a bottle. This will change your skin like nothing else. You can thank me later. 🙂
If you have a blemish or feel one coming in, this little guy will take that blemish away over-night! It’s a pink paste that you apply at night before bed. It’s not something that you would want to use during the daytime, if you plan on leaving your house anyway. You simply stick a Q-tip down in the bottle and submerge it in the pink paste at the bottom. Then dab that paste wherever you have a problem spot. It takes a few seconds to dry and you will immediately feel it begin working its magic. The next morning just wash it off and voila- your blemish is no more!
#4. Clinique- All About Eyes
Holy moly! This one might just be my number one pick of the bunch. I have been using this eye cream for years. I apply it underneath and around my eyes each night and it leaves my skin feeling like silk! I can always tell if I’ve forgotten to use this the morning after by how puffy my eyes are. This little magic potion is super moisturizing and makes me look like I get eight hours of beauty rest each night.
#5. The POREfessional by, Benefit
This one is probably more on the beauty side of things rather than skin care, but I just had to mention it. This is a balm that minimizes the appearance of pores. It definitely does the job AND it leaves my skin feeling super silky! I apply this product before my primer each day. It is lightweight and doesn’t have any color or tint to it. On days that I don’t wear any makeup I just apply a thin coat of this all over my face to even out my skin tone. It is probably one of my most prized possessions in my collection and has been for a couple of years.
There are many more products that I use and adore but the five listed above are the ones that I will restock my medicine cabinet with time and time again because I use them so much.
Side note: I’m a subscriber for both Birchbox and Ipsy and receive tons of beauty/skin products from them monthly. These companies send products to you in the mail. There are usually 5-6 products from each company each month. Most are sample size but they usually add in at least one full size. Most of my skin care discoveries are credited to both of these companies.
Comment below on the skin care products that you love! And let me know if you would like to know more about Birchbox and Ipsy. Until next time, Beauty Bloggers!