Skincare is something that’s plagued my existence for at least the past ten years. In high school, I pretty much failed to see it’s importance, washing my face with literally only water for about three years. After that, I got all dramatic and decided that Proactiv was the solution (I was very impressionable and enjoyed infomercials). The stuff fixed my skin right up, but it was expensive and super harsh; if I stopped using it for a day or two my skin would go full on ballistic.
Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for a skincare routine that would leave my skin feeling smooth and nice. My skincare savior for the past few years had been Bioderma, but recently it’s been drying my skin out like crazy, so I’ve tossed it aside. I’ve been on a long and testing journey to find products that don’t make my skin totally freak out and I think I’ve found some.
Earlier this year, I went on a chemical beauty extravaganza. I was convinced that the secret to flawless skin was understanding the chemistry of my skin, and treating it with acids and oils. I purchased the Avene Hydrance Optimale, the Indeed Labs Hydraluron, and the La Roche-Posay Toleraine Ultra in an attempt to get my chemistry game going strong. As it turns out, way too many things were going on at once and my skin started stinging and burning every time I put anything on it. After this point, I decided to opt out of the chemical game for a bit and go the easy route.
Currently, my skincare routine revolves around five products. An easy cleanser, a deeper cleanser, an eye gel, a face serum, and a moisturizer. Sounds pretty simple, right? As an everyday cleanser and makeup remover, I’ve been using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, which I absolutely love. It removes makeup like a dream with a cotton pad, and is a great refreshing cleanser. One or two times a week I’ll use the OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel, which is a slightly heavier cleanser that feels more like an oil than a gel. It really deep cleans the skin and makes you feel so fresh and so clean (cue Outkast).
To top up my skin’s moisture after cleansing, I pop on The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate under the eyes and The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate all over my face. I love the eye concentrate because of the metal rollerball applicator- so chic and refreshing. I’ve recently been super into the idea of preventing myself from looking even worse in the future, so anti-aging is my new deal. I love the moisture that these give, and they really do boost radiance (or maybe it’s a placebo effect). Finally, I slather on a layer of the Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturizer. At night I do all of these steps, but when I wake up, I just do the micellar water and a layer of the Simple moisturizer.