As much as I like buying make-up, skincare products come first. I sincerely believe when your skin is at its best, you may as well be on top of the world. Besides concealer, I don’t wear make-up on a daily basis. (Part laziness, part habit.) I have normal to dry skin, with hormonal breakouts. It’s especially dry in Winter, and I usually have to switch up all my products. I tend to rotate among the same (or similar) products, and I highly recommend anybody to do so. It’s important that your skin is exposed to various forms of nutrition and moisture and oils–just as you would have to change your work-out regime once you’ve attained muscle memory.
My holygrail cleanser is Bioderma Sensibio H20 for Sensitive Skin. I discovered this after Lisa Eldridge raved about it 1 or 2 years ago. Since then, I’ve gone through more than a dozen bottles and I’ve convinced a few family members and friends to join me on the Bioderma bandwagon. This thing is… I can’t even describe. It looks like water, smells like nothing, but does the job. It’s also ridiculously easy to use: wet your cotton pad and just wipe your face. No rinsing necessary. It produces a refreshing tingle feel, but without the minty smell. I could write a novel, but try it out yourself. You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
I never stick to the same toner. I’ve only introduced toning products into my regime within the last 2 years. Two products that I have enjoyed are Clarins Doux Exfoliant (not pictures–used up the whole bottle!) and The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner. I like to use tea tree products as a form of prevention because they help keep breakouts at bay. They’re also excellent at reducing current breakouts. Tea tree is an essential oil with anti-bacterial properties. It’s like hand sanitizer, but for your face! It has a strong smell, but I find you get used to it after a couple uses.
My current serum-du-jour is The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil. This stuff makes my skin so soft. It’s an oil, but it instantly absorbs into your skin and doesn’t make you feel greasy. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which means it protects your face from free-radicals. These unstable molecules attack the collagen in your face (among other things), and this reduces moisture, elasticity, and firmness of the skin. Thankfully, we have antioxidant products to protect us from pollutants! I’d highly recommend the whole vitamin E line from The Body Shop, especially if you have dull, dry skin.
I never stick to the same moisturizer because there’s always something new to try. Currently, I’m using The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion to compliment the toner. It’s light and non-greasy, and the intense smell disappears after a couple of minutes. It also contains tamanu oil, which has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, this oil contains a form of vitamin E so it has this protective feature to it as well!
Most importantly, I always wear sunscreen. Every day. And you should too. This one is my favorite by Bioderma and it has an SPF of 60. Sun rays are probably the most damaging to your skin. Despite being essential for your vitamin D production, they are slowly damaging your skin cells and connective tissue. The sun juxtaposes contradictory elements: essential killer. This video on how the sun sees you will make you run to your nearest beauty store to stock up on sunscreen. (But it’s super cool to watch.) I could do a whole post on sunscreen, but what I would like to highlight is: SPF products do not have additives properties. In other words, cream #1 with SPF 30 and cream #2 with SPF 20 does not create SPF 50. That’s why it’s important to use the highest level of protection!