Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Skincare Essentials

I'm beginning to notice more and more wrinkles, you guys, and I'm not super thrilled about it. In the past, I've been super lazy about taking care of my skin, usually doing the nightly minimum of makeup remover wipes and slapping on some moisturizer. But as I approached my 32nd birthday last month (wait WHUT), I finally realized that I need to be more proactive about taking care of my face. Below are the products I've been using along with my reviews.

 Caudalie Make-up Remover Cleansing Water - This does a good job of getting all my makeup off and is the only makeup remover I've tried that doesn't leave my skin super taut and dry (these wipes were the absolute worst). Anyway, I'm pretty pleased with the Caudalie remover and will be repurchasing soon since I've almost finished it.

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser - I like this cleanser because it tingles and makes my skin feel really clean. It claims to deep clean pores and it definitely works as my pores appear increasingly clearer and smaller in appearance. However, it is a bit drying, so I alternate it with the Embryolisse one below.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Moussant - I love this cleanser and have almost finished my bottle. It feels luxurious and rich on the skin, and does an excellent job of moisturizing. My combination/oily skin responds really well to the formula and I will be buying it again soon.

Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir - This serum has antioxidants, moisturizers, and glycolic acid that helps with exfoliation. It's a serum type formula that sinks into my skin super fast, but doesn't leave me greasy (something I watch out for with my skin type). I sometimes get kinda flaky on my nose, cheeks, and a little bit on my forehead, but when I use this consistently, those problems clear up nicely.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream - I have really enjoyed using this retinol wrinkle cream. It goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly, and I've noticed that it has helped with my baby crows feet and the little lines under my eyes and between my eyebrows. I've only been using it for a month or so, so I'm looking forward to seeing how those areas continue to improve.

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Eye Smoother - A dedicated eye product because I can't handle this eye wrinkle shiz, y'all. The formula is smooth and not greasy, and I notice that my undereyes do appear a bit smoother/brighter after applying. I also like that this one has a metal tip that soothes and helps to de-puff things a bit.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate - My ultimate moisturizer! The consistency is between a lotion and a cream, and it sinks into my skin beautifully. It's really hydrating, feels fancy (because French, duh) and I highly recommend trying it if you're looking for a moisturizer that doesn't leave you feeling greasy.

Overall, I'm pretty happy to have finally found a skincare regimen that helps my wacky skin and doesn't break me out or turn me into a greaseball or dry me out like I'm rocking my own personal face desert. Granted, sometimes I'm still lazy and just wash/moisturize, but I'm trying to make a conscious effort with the anti-aging stuff. It definitely helps to see results, so it's becoming easier!

Btw, I need some suggestions from my fellow combo/oily skin babes! I'm still looking for a good, super light daytime moisturizer with SPF that I can use in the morning, and possibly some sort of face mask or something that I can use weekly as a treat. Thanks in advance! :)

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