Lately I’ve gotten more and more interested in my skincare, and I thought I would share a few of the products I’m currently using! I wanted to get into “cleaner” beauty so I checked out Follain. They have a comprehensive list of restricted ingredients that they do not accept in their stores and specific reasons as to why they don’t accept them. I spent nearly an hour reading through all of the ingredients and checking the products I had already to see if any of them had one of these toxic ingredients…the results were a bit shocking. Almost all of the skincare I was using had at least 3 of the toxic ingredients listed. I’m no expert, and not all of my skincare or beauty products are “clean,” but I’m making an effort to do my own research and find what works best for me.
So for a little run down, my skin type is combination acne-prone, with some dark spots and texture. I’ve never had terrible skin, but I’ve definitely gone through bad phases with my skin. I react really poorly to dairy so I try to avoid it at all costs ( it also helps that I do not like any dairy products aside from my coffee creamer). I have only fallen asleep in my makeup one time in my entire life, and that was because I was incredibly sick. My husband still finds it hilarious that no matter what, my makeup comes off at the end of the night!
I had always used either Neutrogena or Cetaphil for face wash in the past, and don’t get me wrong, I loved them! I just felt like I needed something a bit more targeted towards my skin’s needs. Then I found Indie Lee. Her skincare is amazing, and so is her personal story! I purchased the Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash and was hooked after the first few uses. It thoroughly cleans my skin, but doesn’t dry it out at all. After I wash my face, it’s not tight, red, or stinging which is something I was very used to. A little goes a long was with the product and they have a sample size if you just want to try it out!
For toner, I used to use Thayer’s Witch Hazel toner until I got a facial at Face Haus. The woman that was giving me a facial noticed that my skin was dry and started asking about my skincare. When I said “witch hazel toner” her eyes got so wide. She told me that witch hazel dries your skin out and that was probably why my already combination skin was getting more and more dry. I decided to try out the Indie Lee COQ-10 Toner because of all of the rave reviews, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! This toner comes in a spray bottle and I just use 3-4 sprays on a cotton pad and apply it to my skin. This toner is hydrating and brightening which is exactly what I need.
My day time moisturizer had stayed the same since middle school – not kidding – so I felt like it was time for a little upgrade. Luckily, I have been using moisturizer day and night since the 7th grade so most of my concerns were more geared to my dry patches rather than wrinkles or fine lines. The Follain brand Replenish + Protect moisturizer is a good fit for me. It’s great under makeup and nice and light. I might look into a few more options, but this one works for now! The only thing it’s missing is SPF, but luckily my makeup covers me there.
My nighttime moisturizer is on it’s way out. I do really like the Jason Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer, but it has some ingredients that I’m not too fond of. I have also been using the Weleda Skin Food moisturizer during the colder months as it is an extremely thick formula. I’ll keep that one on the roster, and then I’m hoping to try out the Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream when I run out of the Jason moisturizer! I’ve heard this is a great dupe for the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro™ Whipped Moisturizer, and about 1/4 the price!
Face masks are a weekly thing for me and I have two that I really love! The Amazon famous Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay face mask is great! You just mix it with a little apple cider vinegar in a plastic bowl (metal deactivates the product) and apply it to your face. It’s not the best smell, but then again I’m pretty sensitive to apple cider vinegar. My other favorite mask is The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution! It has a massive following for a good reason. This mask makes your skin feel so incredibly soft! It’s a chemical exfoliant so it’s not going to potentially make small micro-tears in your skin like some physical exfoliants can. This one is compared to the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™ 25% AHA + 2% BHA Mask, but The Ordinary prices are hard to beat (less than $8 vs $80).
What I’m in need of is a great Vitamin C serum, a retinol (or retinol alternative) serum, and maybe a hydrating facial serum. I feel like I’m finally using skincare that my skin is reacting well to and I’m really enjoying learning about all of the ingredients that go into each product!