Something that’s hardly discussed around these parts are beauty products and my personal routine/preferences. It’s mainly because a) I have really sensitive, bad skin that I’m still trying to figure out how to deal with and b) I’m not a makeup junkie who has much to share. That being said, there are a handful of products use daily and after having all of them for at least a year, can confidently speak to them having positive effects on my skin! Obviously we all have different skin types, but if you’re is sensitive, a mix of oily and dry (leaning dry), break out with seemingly anything–natural or not natural– and have skin that is super diet-affected, these may be worth a try! The struggle is real, guys.
Yes to Carrots Makeup Removing Wipes: While the cost adds up with daily use, makeup removing wipes are a savior at the end of the day (or night…#weekends). Washing your face doesn’t mean your makeup is entirely off! Non-drying wipes are the my first step unless I’m in a hurry. I currently use these and the Target-brand ones.
Clearasil Ultra Face Wash: Despite trying a handful of alternatives over time, I’ve continued to used this face wash in the mornings and at night for several years. It feels more gentle than the other drugstore variations I’ve tried and while many have encouraged me to experiment with less “intense” (i.e. natural) alternatives, I haven’t found one that does the trick! I also use the scrub version a couple mornings a week.
Clarisonic Mia: Literally the best beauty investment you can make, I kid you not. Yes, it’s a bit of an investment, but a Clarisonic deep cleans your skin in the most gentle way and just makes your face feel cleaner. I have the sensitive skin brushes and it does take a few weeks for your skin to totally adjust to the technology, but the result is worth it! I use mine almost every day in the spring and summer, and every other to every third day during the fall and winter, depending how dry my skin is at the time. There are a few different models available–I have the Mia and recommend sticking with your own cleanser rather than the one included with your purchase.
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Moisturizer: I’ve blogged about this moisturizer before…it’s phenomenal. I know you’re supposed to switch moisturizers by the season, but since I haven’t found something that compares, use this one year-round but reduce the portion to less than a dime sized amount during the summer. It’s on the thicker side and is a great base for makeup. It’s also the only thing I put on my face before bed (generally following an evening shower).
Trader Joe’s Jojoba Oil: I know, I know… something from the Trader Joe’s beauty section. I’ll use this oil on my legs and arms in the shower for a deep moisturizer and then on my lips and neck right before bed in the cooler months. It’s super hydrating and is one of the few oils I’ve found that doesn’t irritate my skin! PS: If you live by a TJ’s, buy it in store–it’s significantly cheaper!
The last product I’ve been using nightly is an Illumask. This totally weird looking, Star Wars-esque light therapy mask that people claim work wonders (Google it!). I’ve only been using it for about a month and have seen some positive results, but want to give it a try for awhile longer before I completely endorse it. So far, I’d say go for it if you’re on the fence…I first heard about it in this post from Jess, which is really informative if you’re curious and looking to learn more! One thing though: be careful if you purchase directly from their website. They basically trick you into signing up for a subscription and I had to fight with them over the phone and explain why that’s so sketchy, yet they haven’t bothered changing the site. Give them a call if you want to order directly. I almost considered skipping on the mask because of this mess but am going to keep trying it out–and I’ll only order from third parties (like Target…it’s also generally sold at places like Ulta but is currently sold out). Just something to keep in mind!
I’d love to know, what beauty products are in your nighttime routine? If you think you have skin like mine, send any tips this way–especially any recs for eye cream!
Photos by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies