Last week I shared what it takes to get my face squeaky clean. So what happens when I have to rebalance my skin’s PH? That is where my superstar arsenal of skin care products comes in.
Before I worked at Sephora I had no idea what an essence was. I would see the fancy bottles and just assume they weren’t worth the price tag. Man, was I wrong! I have tried two since receiving products in gratis, but the one I’ve liked the most is by SK-II. This skin treatment essence is created to balance the skin’s hydration levels and support cell renewal which is important for combatting wrinkles and other signs of aging. You can read more on SK-II’s essence here. It is the first thing I apply after cleansing my skin and it just makes it feel smoother and ready to accept more products.
Next I apply my Caudalie Radiance Serum. This serum helps shatter melanin particles which are responsible for the pigmentation of dark spots. I have several post acne marks and I will say since using this serum they have continuously gotten lighter without disturbing the natural pigmentation of my skin. Caudalie’s secret weapon for making this serum great is viniferine. This natural ingredient derived from grapevines is 62 times more powerful than Vitamin C. Check out more info on this miracle serum here.
Because you can see my dark circles from outer space, an eye cream is a must! I use It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye. It contains high quality ingredients like hyaluronic acid and peptides which have been proven to improve under eye brightness. With two jobs and a weekly blog to run I never sleep so this product is my knight in shining armor! This product also de-puffs and smooths.
I swear this post is in no way sponsored by It Cosmetics…they have no idea who I am! They just happen to have great products that my skin really likes. As my nightly moisturizer I’ve been using It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream. This product is a stand out for me because it can also be used on the neck. I’m 30 now and one of my biggest fears is having a “turkey neck” when I am older. Needless to say, if it will firm the neck and face I am all about it! Niacin, peptides, collagen, and other anti-aging ingredients make this product a powerful force against wrinkles and dehydration.
My skin can be finicky now that my biggest worry isn’t P. Acne. I don’t always use the same source of moisturizer all the time. Aside from my Confidence in a Cream I really like facial oils. Seems counter intuitive for an oily skin type to place oil on the skin but it actually makes me less oily. Oils trick the skin into producing less surface oil because it thinks it more than hydrated when there is an extra layer of oil on top. I love Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Oil. It’s light weight so I don’t feel greasy and I’m convinced it helped my usually sparse eyebrows grow a bit.
More recently I have been trying Noni Glow Oil by a new brand called Kora. Kora was developed super model Miranda Kerr. The oil is also light weight but it isn’t intended to be used alone. It’s basically a booster before using your regular moisturizer. I like it so far but I’m not in love with the smell. Luckily the scent doesn’t linger! I don’t know how long it will be part of my routine unless I start to see some amazing benefits, but I’ll stick with it to give it a fair chance.
When it comes to hydrating in the morning after my micellar water; I run back to good old Ole. Ole Henriksen that is. Ole created a line specifically for us oily beasts! The Counter Balance line combats oils by mattifying while still hydrating and balancing moisture levels in the skin. The Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator uses botanicals and AHAs to reduce oil and still hydrate. This product can also act as a cosmetic primer improving the wear of foundation for up to 8 hours. How cool is that!