Serious Skin Care

12:00 PM

My skin is slightly insane. And I am slightly lazy. Oily but prone to dry spots in the winter, generally clear but plagued with blackheads/whiteheads. Here's a peek into my medicine cabinet and a little more information about some of the products I'm using.

Top Shelf (from left): Lavender essential oil, Lush Bubblegum lip scrub, Algenist Restorative Anti-aging moisturizer, Lush Lemony Flutter cuticle cream, Glide floss, and Neutrogena Rapid Clear pads for breakouts.

Middle shelf: Vintage Star Wars cups holding my cotton balls and swabs, Kiehl's Dark Spot Corrector, Benefit Triple Emulsifying Face Lotion (for really dry winter days/days when I fly), and Dove deodorant.

Bottom Shelf: Hourglass Veil Primer, Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Lotion, Make Up Forever HD foundation, Lush Tea Tree Water, Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash and Purity Made Simple cleanser.

My daily routine consists of:

Philosophy Purity Made Simple: I love, love, love this cleanser. Some may say it smells slightly medicinal, but I actually love the smell. It removes makeup easily, doesn't leave any residue, and the 16 oz. bottle I purchased back in February isn't even close to half empty. Even better, I bought it as a part of the Purity Made Simple set which includes a pack of Purity Made Simple wipes. I like to keep them on my nightstand for lazy evenings.

Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash: I use this gentle exfoliant weekly. It has a similar smell as Purity Made Simple with super-fine exfoliants that won't dry out your skin. An 8 oz. bottle has lasted me over a year but I'm over due for a new bottle; it's upside down in the shower.

Lush Tea Tree Water: I was never into toner. It was one of those skin care steps I thought never really applied to me, but I'm glad I came around! Lush's Tea Tree Water is definitely one of my favorite skin care products. It smells great, is excellent at removing any makeup or dirt left behind after cleansing, and is alcohol free. I keep a mini bottle in the fridge and reach for it on hot days or when I'm traveling. It's the perfect way to refresh your skin.

Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Lotion: This is the newest addition to my skin care arsenal. My makeup refuses to stay put no matter what I do. After trying 3 different primers and 5 different foundations I decided I should take a look at my skin care routine. I know the above products work for me, but moisturizer is another one of those steps I just thought wasn't for me, so I often skip it. Hopefully, this will help wrangle some of my skin care problems.

Tweezerman No Slip Extractor: The number one rule of skin care is not to pick at bumps and blemishes-- unless you do it properly. Even I struggle with this one. It's hard to resist the urge to pick, despite the unsightly mess it can leave behind. This little tool extracts blackheads and whiteheads easily, just glide the looped end over the blemish to gently remove them.

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution: Obviously, I am not above picking on my face and I have some dark spots to prove it. This is another newcomer in the crew; I can't speak to the results yet, but application is easy and a little goes a long way. I bought this with some Birchbox points I had accumulated and am hoping to see some visible results.

So there you have it, that's my full routine when time permits. I skip steps sometimes, switch products as needed, and am always open to trying something new. What's your skin care routine like?

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