January 12, 2016

Skincare Favorites

January first always brings the promise of a fresh start, and with that comes along the desire to kick off the year on a happier, healthier foot. I am making a vow to myself that this year, and in all years to come, that I will take much better care of my skin. College most certainly did not set me up to take care of my skin the way I should have. Sleeping with makeup on (yikes), skimping on the sunscreen, lack of sleep, and yes, even the occasional trip to the tanning bed were doing nothing but damage. All are BIG no-nos in the world of skincare. I owe it to myself and my skin to be more dedicated to beautiful, youthful looking skin. Hopefully my future self will thank me! 

There are so many people out there with the desire for flawless skin, and the beauty industry has given us a plethora of options when it comes to choosing skincare products that work best for varying skin types. There is absolutely no shortage of choices, which don’t get me wrong is a wonderful thing, however it can be quite daunting trying to figure out what works best! I have found that finding the perfect beauty regimen is truly a process of trial and error. You won’t know what works best for you until you try it out for yourself. What works for me, might not work for you and vice versa. However, I still want to share some of my favorites!

Before finding the Zero Oil Cleanser, I found myself rotating through a few different drug store face cleansers that I just never really loved. My skin is on the oilier side, so I was looking for a product that would help reduce any excess oil. Origins really came through with this one. It is made with saw palmetto and mint so not only does it get my skin super clean, but it smells great. It also contains salicylic acid which helps prevent breakouts. Overall its a win win. 

I have been a Clinique fan for as long as I can remember - since the day I first started wearing real makeup. That was long ago, and I have yet to be disappointed by any of the makeup and skincare products they offer. Their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion and Gel are one of their top selling moisturizers, and for good reason. I prefer the gel because it provides oil-free hydration, which is great for my combination skin. It is lightweight, fragrance free, and leaves my skin feeling so soft. Whats not to love. 

There is nothing worse than drying your face on a towel only to find that there was makeup left behind after you have already washed it. I find that merely washing your face with soap and water is just not enough sometimes. These towelettes are a gentle yet effective way to get rid off all your makeup the first time. It's a quick and easy way to remove the day before I wash my face with a cleanser. I never have to worry about any makeup that may have gotten left behind! 

I decided to put these together not only because they are both face masks, but also because they have really become some of my FAVORITE products. I set aside a day in my week where I do a full face routine including a face mask (usually Sundays) and I find myself looking forward to it rolling around. The charcoal mask is the only product that I have found to successfully clear my pores. The stuff works wonders. And don’t even get me started on how much I love the retexturing mask. Not only does my skin feel renewed and radiant after, but it smells wonderful! It contains exfoliating beads, which is also a plus because I really feel like it gets rid of any dry, dull skin. I will sometimes use these each separately, but often I end up just using them both at once over the ares that need attention. I honestly feel like my skin is glowing afterwards. Ah, love. 

This night cream was the first Origins product I was introduced to and it has been a love story ever since. It is gold. It is rich in the sense that I feel like it is really moisturizing, but by no means does it feel overwhelmingly heavy. I really feel like my skin is soaking in the minerals and vitamins C, E, and H - who doesn’t love feeling like a product is really doing its job. I cannot go without mentioning my most favorite part of this night cream… the smell. It has a light, citrusy scent that I absolutely adore. Use this Night-A-Mins Moisturizer after a face masks, and I promise you your skin will thank you. 

xo. G

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