ALL of My Favorite Everyday Skin Care Products for All Skin Types
I feel like I have been through all the ups and downs when it comes to finding the right products for my skin. Luckily, I didn't start struggling with acne till high school. Hormones were the main thing that caused my breakouts right before my period. I think my acne stayed normal because I never wore liquid foundation till my senior year. I used to only wear drugstore products on my face and because I didn't really pay attention to products for oily skin vs. dry, my skin then started to tell my it was unhappy.
My pores would get clogged with makeup and I would get hard bumps on both of my cheeks. I tried so many things to clean my face like Botanics cleanser, Clean & Clear morning burst, and most nights I would only use makeup wipes. That is THE worst thing you could do! I wasn't using the right products for my skin to completely remove the dirt and oil from my face.
My first year or two of college I had my skin under control for a while, probably because of my contraceptive pills, but when I changed it, I had to change my face cleansing routine. The hard bumps started coming back on both cheeks, blackheads covered my nose, stress would cause breakouts (sometimes painful ones), and my natural oils were out of control.
My skin is naturally oily so that contributes to severe breakouts. Overnight my skin gets the most oily, so I have to make sure I frequently wash my sheets. Again, I still sometimes have a bad habit of using a makeup wipe and calling it a day. Avoid that #1 mistake!! Thankfully, if that is the case, the products I use help relieve my breakouts as fast as possible. I do not recommend relying on your morning routine to reverse the makeup wipe and done issue we are all guilty of.
Like I said, my skin is oily, so here are some of my top favorite products that help keep my face fresh and clear:
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This waterproof cleansing brush...I swear by. My face has never been 100% cleansed till I started using this. It can be used on all skin types, has 2 vibration settings, and even times your face wash for 1 minute (counting down each section of the face). You can only use cleansing gels with this brush, but the best thing is you can easily use it in the shower because it is waterproof. There are different brush heads you can purchase for sensitive skin, acne prone skin, and there is even a makeup brush. I use the makeup brush once in a while to apply my makeup. It applies foundation flawlessly.
Since the Clarisonic can only be used with cleansing gels, this cleanser is by far my favorite. This face wash gently & thoroughly cleanses with Certified Fair Trade coconut while maintaining skin's moisture level. Using the Clarisonic with this it effectively removes eye makeup, impurities and environmental pollutants and rinses clean, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and fresh. The best part is that it works for all skin types. You do not even need the Clarisonic to get the same cleanse. As long as you damp your face with warm water to open up the pores, you can get a deep cleanse.
12 oz - $8.09
This toner is phenomenal. You would not believe how much dirt is left on your face even after washing it. Simply use a cotton ball and wipe it all over your face after cleansing and it will remove all of the excess dirt and makeup. I like using the lavender infused toner because it is an anti-inflammatory and has anti-bacterial properties. help manage acne, calm sensitive skin, and reduce redness and irritation. Not only does lavender help calm the skin from the outside-in, the smell can physically calm you as well. Lavender is extremely gentle and beneficial for all skin types, especially those that are sensitive or acne-prone. This product also sells as a mist, and travel size if you purchase it on their website.
6oz - $15
This salicylic acid cleanser is my go-to when I have troublesome pimple that pop up on my face. It deep cleanses my skin and helps eliminate my worst pimples within hours. It is ideal for oily or acne prone skin types. I use this cleanser in place of the Alaffia Cleanser when I have a breakout. With Salicylic Acid, this cleanser gives you a deep clean and a soothing blend of botanical extracts (like Aloe, Chamomile, and Thyme) to help improve the look of troubled skin without stripping the skin of its natural moistures.
8ox - $12
I spray this on my face before bed when my face is completely cleansed to refresh my skin. I also use this to prep my face before I put my makeup on. It helps boost moisture and glow to the skin.
#MBSKINTIP: To give your makeup a dewy finish, spritz your favorite brush or sponge before blending in foundation or concealer. Once you're done, mist your face as a final step to add radiance. For an extra refreshing and cooling boost, store the bottle in your refrigerator.
Set of 2 - $6 Sometimes I do enjoy using face masks to wind down after a long week with a glass of red wine. These masks are so soothing and they come in multiple scents for multiple skin types. A few of my favorites are: purifying, pore care, and clear skin. Those are the ones I need most for my own skin but there are 27 different treatments to choose from on their website.
My Personal Routine:
1. remove makeup with wipes
2. cleanse using Clarisonic
3. wipe toner all over face
4. spray on rosewater