Despite these grievances, I do think I've gotten somewhat of a hold on how to take care of my skin, and how to keep it looking reasonably okay. I would love to expand my skin care knowledge. Right now I'm just using products that seem to do a good job. But I want to learn more about which ingredients do what and why certain things happen to our skin. If I get around to doing more personal research, I'll definitely share it here. For now I'm just going to tell you what products I'm currently using, and what I like about them. They're listed here basically in the order I use them.
1. Nivea Express Eye Makeup Remover- My number one bit of skin advice is to make sure you remove your makeup completely every night. For me it's a two step process- first eyes, then all over the face. It's important to find an eye makeup remover that's gentle on the eyes like this one. You'd think that would be a given since it's an EYE makeup remover. But I've used some store brand ones that have stung my eyes terribly. This one is gentle and effective. Also the two layers are pretty. I like pretty.
2. Pond's Cleansing and Exfoliating Towelettes- Makeup Removal Part Two. Wipes like these are an indispensible part of my skin care routine. I used to use these in place of cleanser, but I really think that it should be a separate step. Unless you're using them when you come home drunk, in which case good on you for making any attempt to cleanse before passing out in your dress and heels. Which reminds me that excessive drinking makes my skin look absolutely wretched, so I try not to overdo it there. I tried to photograph these so you could see that they have a textured surface on one side. I don't think it really exfoliates that well, but I guess it kind of makes you feel like you're getting a deeper clean. These aren't the best ones I've ever used but they do the job. Again, it's important to find a brand that doesn't irritate your eyes.
3. Purity Face Wash by Philosophy- The first two products were both pretty interchangeable with other similar products. But this one I really love, and will definitely repurchase it when I've used it up. It's from Sephora, and they carry a few different sizes. This bottle is 240 mL and cost $22. So kind of mid range price-wise. But I've had it for over two months and used less than half, so I really think it's worth the money. It's just a really great cleanser that makes my skin feel very clean without any residue. It's so gentle that you can use it on your eyes-which I guess you can tell is important to me.
4. Aveeno Positively Ageless Moisturizer- I have sentimental feelings for this brand-I can remember my Mom using their products when I was a kid. They've done a lot of rebranding lately, and introduced a new spokeswoman, my girl Jennifer Aniston (call me!). Oh no, sorry I just looked it up and her official title is "Celebrity Ambassador" which sounds way more important. Anyway I've tried quite a few Aveeno products and I haven't been disappointed with any of them. This is a good every day moisterizer. It doesn't make my skin feel greasy, and it has a high SPF which is important. I would probably buy this again, unless I find another cream I want to try. I should mention that this is a day time cream. At night lately I've just been using the coconut oil I mentioned a few posts back.
Those are the things that I use on a mostly daily basis. I will switch the product brands up, but I do like all these ones, and my routine stays basically the same regardless. I also want to tell you about a few other things that I use less regularly.
1. Exact Apricot Scrub- Another classic product, this type of exfoliator could always be found in my parent's house. This is a store brand, but it's exactly the same as the name brand one. I just keep this in my shower and use it every few days when I feel like my skin needs a little exrtra scrubby scrubby (technical term).
2. Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Mask- This mask was part of a gift that a friend brought home from the States for me. I haven't seen this brand in Canada. But if you've used a mud mask before....it's like that. Although I have actually seen this specific product appear as a favourite on YouTube from time to time, which is very exciting. I use this very occasionally, when I'm feeling particular oily or if my spidey senses tell me I'm about to break out.
So there you go, that's more or less everything I'm using right now. Honestly, I think the best thing for my skin would be for me to stop wearing makeup. I'm sure my BB Cream/Foundation/Concealer/Powder/Bronzer and so on contribute to clogged pores and breakouts. But I'm not about to go au natural so I just try to do my best to keep my skin clean and balanced. If you are brave enough to go makeup free for a few weeks and your skin is the best it's ever been please let me know. And I still probably wouldn't try it, but I would seriously be so happy for you.
One last tip and I knoooww you don't want to hear this again but.... DRINK WATER. It really truly makes a difference in your skin. So drink it. Just do it. Everyone who has ever told you this is not lying. Drink water. Do it. Do it now.