*It’s only been a month since I posted, right? Well yeah. But I start bootcamp today so I’m sure I’ll find something to complain about…*
- Shit I Put on My Face
- Expensive Lotions that Smell Good
- Decent Skincare for Lazy Individuals
- How to Impress Your Posh Friends Who Shop at Sephora
Dudes, this may not be for you. However, if your lady has been saying, “I am so tired of my face wash/moisturizer/etc. but I can’t find anything else I like,” you can lovingly present her with some options and she’ll say, “Oh dude blogger, thank you so much for taking an interest and researching some possible solutions, I love you!” But if you’re not there yet, maybe hold off.
This is a comprehensive list that includes all steps of my scrubbing, buffing, polishing, and smoothing. So yeah, it’s going to be a long one. Give yourself some time to digest it. Just a warning.
Up until about a year ago I did not have an established skin care regimen. I kind of still don’t. I typically don’t remember to wash my face at night unless I shower at night, and I’m terribly lazy, so take that for what you will. If you’re dedicated and responsible, you probably already have your own schpeel, so whatever. These are just the products that I buy, and will continue to buy until they stop making them or I find something equally effective. But I’m not currently looking, so it could be a while.
You only get one face, you know? And I’ve realized mine isn’t getting any younger (um, yours isn’t either), so I should probably take care of it before it’s too late. I have combination skin that is relatively sensitive. I get shiny from breathing. Oil removing sheets are a staple for me. I pop zits. I touch my face a lot. So if you do any of those things – I may be able to help!
- Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub: I got a sample of this stuff because I love exfoliants. This stuff not only smells delish, but it’s not rough like some scrubs. It makes my face feel smooth and soft. I especially like it when I come home from the hospital and I feel extra gross, it makes me believe I get all of the MRSA off. Hey, a girl can dream.
- Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Scrub: This has little beads that you can’t feel in your hands but can definitely feel on your face. I use it a lot in the summer when my face is peeling, and its also gentle enough to use in the winter when your skin doesn’t turn over as quickly and you need to help it along. Much cheaper than the OH one. Doesn’t smell as nice.
- CETAPHIL: It’s really all you need. It’s cheap. It lasts forever. It’s mild. There’s always coupons. And it actually is recommended by dermatologists. I switch back and forth between the regular daily cleanser and the gentle cleanser. Never had an issue with drying or not feeling clean. I think some people worry the ‘gentle’ version won’t clean effectively but it does.
- I don’t have a ‘high end’ cleanser. I’ve never needed one. But when I want to get fancy I will use my Neutrogena wave thingamajigger. It feels cool and makes my face feel awesome. Also not expensive. The thing about ‘high end’ cleansers is that they’re superfluous. How long is a cleanser on your face, 30 seconds? Exactly. It’s not the cleanser you need to worry about, it’s the moisturizer, which will stay on your face all day.
- Ole Henriksen Truth Serum: Never in my life did I think I would spend money on
snake oila serum. I actually got this as part of a beauty rewards kit from Sephora from spending too much money there. It has seriously changed my life. My skin feels smoother, tighter, dark and acne spots fade faster, and while I still have redness that I coverup with foundation (a new development), I’m definitely more pleased with the general appearance of my skin without makeup on it. Plus – it smells like orange dreamsicles. Some people, including my Joelle, think it’s too much. I LOVE IT. It immediately absorbs into your skin and it feels amazing.
- Ole Henriksen Truth Revealed with SPF 15: If you’ve heard it once you’ve heard it 1,000x, WEAR SUNSCREEN! I can’t emphasize that enough either, which is why I think it’s so important to use a moisturizer with at least SOME SPF in it. While this is pricey, I bought mine on September 1, 2012 and I’m still using it. And I still can’t see the bottom of the container. It literally lasts forever and I think it’s well worth the money (the serum runs out faster, btw). I prefer to use the version of this moisturizer without SPF if I do remember to wash my face at night, since you don’t need it anyway and I think it’s a better moisturizer. However, I’m willing to sacrifice a tad for the SPF. Both also smell like dreamsicles. If you don’t smell awesome, you’re doing it wrong. [*UPDATE: since I've written this post I have since made it to the bottom of the jar, but still haven't had to buy a new one*]
- Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15: Is a great, unscented alternative to a pricey moisturizer. Joelster still uses this even though I’ve moved on to OH, but I will use it in a pinch and if we’re on vacation or something when I don’t give a shit what I look like. It works just as well but doesn’t smell like anything, which I know some people prefer.
- Pond’s Original All Day Cleansing Wipes: I’ve tried every brand of makeup removing wipes out there (including OH) and these take the cake. And no, the Target and Walgreens versions are not as good.
- Burt’s Bees Chapstick: Just do it already. Its the greatest. I typically have one in each of my coats, purses, mine and J’s cars, on the counter, in my scrubs, etc. I only use the regular one, so I can’t attest to the colors or different formulas.
- Any Dove Bodywash. Ever. Right now I’m using the Visible Care line and it’s luxurious.
- Dermadoctor KP Duty Body Scrub: I have KP on my arms (and apparently my face) and I hate it. Some people don’t care. I feel like a lot of people have it though. Anyway, this was recommended by my preceptor when I said I was using facewash on my arms after cleansing them and it was only marginally effective. I haven’t been using it long enough to make a decision but I can see and more importantly feel a difference when I use it. However, it says to only use it 1 – 2x/wk, so I don’t want to go overboard and like scrub my arm off or something. We shall see. I used to use a salycylic acid lotion from the derm but it was gooey and took forever to dry even though it was effective. [*UPDATE: I have started using this as directed (1-2x/wk) I think it's awesome*]
- The jury is also out on the world’s best lotion. I use whatever smells nice.
So I’m a little brand loyal, but it has paid off for me.
What skincare products can you not live without? What are your all time favorites? Anything they’ve stopped making that you were in love with?
I tried the OH skin cleanser and it was great. I wanted to buy it but they’ve stopped making it, so it’s a sign that you don’t need fancy face wash.