i wanted to share a round up of all the skincare products i absolutely love and use for you all today! it seems to be a question i get asked a lot, which is very kind of you to inquire about, considering that i feel i have an ongoing struggle with my skin. it’s like, I’M AN ADULT NOW! SHOULDN’T THE BLEMISHING AGE BE OVER?! but i’ve definitely found a handful of products i absolutely love and feel very loyal to, as i’ve seen them work their magic on my stubborn skin over time.
i want to make sure you know that this post is not sponsored by any of these brands or products. these are the products that have made a place for themselves in my skincare routine because i genuinely find them really great! (although i hope you know by now when it does come to sponsored content, that i always only share and recommend a product or item that i do absolutely love and use. if you knew the amount of things josh and i turn down daily which we’re asked to promote, there is a very very long list!)
anyway, let’s get to the skincare goodies! i made a little video talking about each product below if you’d like to watch! also listed what i love about each one below if you want to skip the video.
also, thanks to josh for stepping out on our little fire escape balcony with me to take these pics and also i feel like i should tell you i am totally wearing pajama pants that you can’t see in the picture. haha! one of those days where everyone is recovering for being sick and getting dressed half way felt good enough. ;)
here’s a video of me chatting about my love for each product and why i use each one:
A BREAKDOWN OF MY FAVORITE SKINCARE PRODUCTS:
face wash: MURAD SKIN SMOOTHING POLISH
i love this face wash because it leaves my face incredibly clean and fresh. it exfoliates, but it’s also really gentle on my skin and doesn’t leave it feeling raw or stripped. i have rather large pores and i feel like this is one of the best washes i have found to help unclog them and keep blackheads away.
face moisturizer: GOOP REVITALIZING DAY MOISTURIZER
so i realize the price tag for some of the goop products can feel rather steep, but this stuff is so pure in its ingredient list, that i swear i feel that sort of difference on my face. i have struggled to find moisturizers that don’t leave me feeling greasy or full of added shine, but still do their job. this stuff is great!
favorite body lotion: AVEENO DAILY MOISTURIZER
i’ve been a fan of this moisturizer for my body (my legs in particular) for years. it’s just a solid product for an incredible price that continues to impress me.
best repairing cream: MURAD RAPID COLLAGEN INFUSION
something i’ve really noticed in the pass year or so is the loosening of my skin, especially in my face where more fine lines and wrinkles are appearing. i honestly think aging is a beautiful thing in so many regards, but i do appreciate a cream that can help my skin feel a bit tighter, restoring the collagen levels that used to be there as best it can. i feel like i noticed a major difference in my face after just a few weeks of using this.best find for removing dark eye circles/ sun spots: MURAD RAPID AGE SPOT AND PIGMENT LIGHTENING SERUM
since i have pale skin that freckles a lot in the sun (although they tend to fade in the winter and just leave me looking ghostly), i’ve noticed that dark spots tend to also gravitate my way. the hardest thing for me is the darker under eye circles that i’ve always had, but somehow appear darker after each pregnancy and birth. i started trying a lot of different products to try to help the circles under my eyes after samson was born, but nothing did the trick so i stopped. a friend of mine recommended this lightening serum after i had just given birth to conrad and was complaining how the dark spots seemed more apparent then normal. she said she used this only under here eyes in the evening (rather than the entire face) and was sold. even with her recommendation, i didn’t actually give it a try until last summer and then i wished i’d listened to her sooner. to be honest, i feel like this product does not smell great, but honestly the dark spots under my eyes are much brighter and lighter, so i’ll take the smell! ;)
favorite night cream: GOOP REPLENISHING NIGHT CREAM
so this night cream is probably my favorite of them all. i only use it in the colder months of the year, when my skin is more dry and in desperate need of more hydration. it does the trick! i do feel like it is working hard over night because the following morning my skin feels firmer and softer. it’s definitely a splurge product in my opinion, so it feels special and luxurious to apply it in the winter months and kind of like a treat. i use it sparingly to make it last, although i’d probably apply it everywhere if i could!best cleanser: CLARISONIC SKIN CLEANSING SYSTEM
i feel like there has been so much hype about the clarisonic but after finally trying it last summer, i saw why. they say it cleanses skin six times better than hands alone, to remove dead skin, impurities and make up left behind. i only use mine once or twice a week with my usual face wash and always love how my complexion looks and feels afterwards.
make up remover: NEUTROGENA CLEANSING TOWELETTES
at the end of the day, i always take my make up off with one of these wipes. i have used these for years. i found them back in my dancing days when i’d have such heavy stage make up caked to my face night after night of performances. they smell amazing and just one wipe takes everything off for me! i use them for removing my lipstick as well.
also, favorite beauty find of 2016 is my BEAUTY BLENDER (for my under eye concealer, which i use with the one thing i’ll never be able to quit, my YSL RADIANT TOUCH HIGHLIGHTER STICK that seriously makes every dark under eye circle vanish and is my very best friend.)
also, my yellow sweater is from HERE.
i hope this is helpful! i really am no skin or beauty expert, although i do love experimenting and trying new products. i feel like this list seems extremely long when i break it down this way, but i have loved the results i’ve seen over the past year or so as i’ve tried to improve my skincare routine and really prioritize it. i still have imperfect skin and sometimes i’m like, what?! how!!! when that classic blemish appears smack in the middle of my face (always have a feeling it is stress related) but that’s what my concealer stick is for. ;)
last note about skin! i’ve worked hard to cut a large amount of sugar out of my diet this past year and to have my main go-to drink be water. while i love me some ice cold diet coke (with coconut and lime, please!), i really have noticed that cutting out the soda and drinking just the water has helped my complexion quite a bit. it’s a tough one to stick to for sure, but at the end of the day, what i’m putting into my body is pretty much the key. i don’t have all the answers (and while i’ve kicked my soda obsession to the curb, you know i’m totally going to get a dirty diet coke next week when we’re in utah!) but i do know that the water tip (and less sugar!) is a big one for me!
cheers to healthy skin! would love to hear any of the products you are loyal to and love and would recommend as well in the comments below!