About a year ago, I discovered the magic of skincare. It was never something I thought much about, but once I began experimenting, I was hooked. What better way to feel (and look!) like a magical, glowy goddess than to indulge in a daily pamper session?
I’ve used a number of products in the past—both good and bad. But with my wedding a little over a month a way (Wait, what?!) I wanted to be extra kind to my skin. I’ve been using these products over the past several weeks, and my skin has never looked better. I know I can count on them to leave me looking my best for my big day.
I’m the type of person who has to shower in the morning, so that’s when I tend to cleanse my face. I’ve become a big fan of the Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponges. They’re gentle enough that they don’t irritate my skin, but leave my face feeling fresh and clean. I’ve been pairing mine with the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser for normal to oily skin. It’s one of those no-frills, super cheap products that does everything you want it to. It helps to control my oil without stripping my skin, and the bottle is so massive I know it will last me forever. (I’m also a big fan of this cleanser, but last time I ran out I didn’t feel like spending the money.) About once a week, I exfoliate using the St. Ives Nourish and Smooth Oatmeal Scrub. I’ve played around with higher-end exfoliators, but haven’t found anything that wows me. This one is nice and gentle.
Before bed, I tend to take the lazy route and wash my face using a makeup wipe. Most of the wipes I’ve tried don’t do a great job at removing all the makeup from my face, but the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes continue to impress me. I’ve been using these since high school, and every time I try something different, I’m always disappointed. I did dabble with the Garnier Micellar Water for Waterproof Makeup, but I found that it left my skin feeling dry during the winter months. I might give it another try now that the weather is warmer.
Serums and treatments are a tricky thing. They’re usually the priciest part of a skincare routine, and I always feel torn about whether or not they’re worth it. After lots of testing, I’ve come to the conclusion that some are, some aren’t, and you should feel free to use whatever works for you. Just because someone calls something their “holy grail” doesn’t mean it’s going to work wonders for you. That being said, I’m incredibly happy with the three serums and treatments I’m currently using.
The first product I’m going to mention is a total splurge. I’d been eyeing it for a year, and I told myself I could get it for my wedding, and only for my wedding. And even though I love it and I’ve seen amazing results, I really can’t justify the price tag. The Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment is the stuff of skincare dreams. It really is as amazing as everyone says it is. It’s helped to firm up the early crows feet in the corners of my eyes, even out my skin tone, and generally make my skin look healthier. (I haven’t had a reason to test it for this purpose, but I imagine it would do wonders the morning of a hangover…) It’s got kind of a funky smell, but it dissipates after I apply my moisturizer.
Because I’m so worried about using the Sunday Riley treatment too quickly, I’ve been alternating it with the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum. I really like this serum, and I’ve repurchased it twice. It feels nice on the skin—a bit slippy like the Benefit Pore-fessional Primer and it doesn’t make me overly-oily or overly-dry. I don’t have a lot of dark spots on my face, but I do have a bit of an uneven skin tone. This helps to generally brighten and even things out, and I know I’ll stick with it long after the wedding.
Finally, in the evenings I’ve been loving the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. This is easily my favorite part of my evening routine. I apply 3-4 drops of this all over my face and neck, and just breathe deep. It’s heavily fragranced with lavender, and it’s so soothing. And I always wake up with plump, nourished skin. Love.
Is it just me, or do you find moisturizers to be the “boring part” of a skincare routine? For daily use, I like Ole Henriksen’s Sheer Transformation. It’s fragrance free, it sinks in quickly, and it doesn’t make me oily. I’ve also been loving the Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 30! I’ve had a lot of trouble using SPF under my makeup because I feel like it makes my skin greasy, but that’s not the case with this one! It leaves my skin feeling super smooth like a primer. I can’t necessarily speak to the anti-aging benefits. I haven’t seen any effects since starting use, but I love the product all the same. I’d use it every day if it weren’t so expensive!
I’m also using two eye creams at the moment. The first is the Rodan and Fields Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream. I have a friend who’s a Rodan and Fields saleswoman, and so I figured I’d give her products a try. Overall I wasn’t impressed, but this eye cream has become my new favorite! It provides the perfect amount of moisture to my undereyes to keep my concealer from creasing or slipping. I’ve also noticed that it’s helped with fine lines and puffiness.
The other eye cream I feel pretty “meh” about. I debated whether or not to include it in this post because I’m really only using it because I wanted to use up the pot, but I figured all of you want to know the bad with the good. The last time I went into Kiehl’s I asked for a recommendation for an eye cream, and the associate suggested I try the Rosa Arctica eye cream. I’d just finished a tub of the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and loved it, but felt like it wasn’t providing any anti-aging benefits. Unfortunately, the Rosa Arctica eye cream just isn’t my thing. The formula is incredibly thick and so it doesn’t spread evenly under my eyes. I only use it at night, when I don’t have to worry about applying makeup over the top.