I don’t have the best skin. In fact, my skin is pretty awful. I won’t disgust you with the details, but suffice to say that I have the skin of a teenager. To combat this, I have developed my own little arsenal of skin cleansing products. This has not been an easy task. I’ve had to buy and try tons of different formulas and treatments, many with less-than-stellar results. But now I’ve finally solidified my skin care routine and I’d like to share it with you!
Toner: Kate Somerville toner, $24
I absolutely love this brand. The toner leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh without that tight feeling. There is no chemical smell either. I normally use this right after I wash my face at night, and then again in the morning before I jump in the shower.
Blemish treatment: Kate Somerville eradikate treatment, $22
For blemishes I use another Kate Somerville brand, the Eradikate blemish treatment. This stuff is amazing! It’s a little scary at first, as the bottle has two layers: a clear, water top and a chunky, pink bottom. You don’t ever want to shake the Eradikate. You simply stick a Q-tip down into the pink goo, and as you pull it out the clear layer “activates” the pink goo. You then directly apply the pink concoction to the zit. This is a sulfur-based product, so there is an odor, but it works. You’ll feel it working the second it’s applied!
Eye cream: philosophy miracle worker eye repair, $65
I originally received this cream in a sample set from Sephora, and I’ve been hoarding the small tube ever since. It’s just way too expensive for me right now, so I’m stretching the sample out and only use it on days when the mirror says, “Bitch you need to use the good eye cream today!” A little splat will work wonders and leaves the under-eye looking photoshopped. It goes on smoothly and leaves your skin feeling soft, too. I’m definitely hoping to get another sample of this before I run out, but if not I’m definitely splurging because it’s worth it!
Face wash: Neutrogena naturals facial cleanser, $5-7
For nightly face washing I use Neutrogena’s Purifying brand. This cleanser does not foam up like a regular soap, but after one swipe my makeup is cleaned off my face. I don’t even have to scrub. I’ve tried the Kate Somerville cleanser that corresponds to the toner and blemish treatment, but it’s not as effective as Neutrogena, especially for the price. I’ve also tried the Neutrogena Gentle Cleanser, which comes in a larger bottle and is cheaper, but it just doesn’t work as well as the Purifying Naturals bottle.
And, in case you are one of the 33% who don’t wash off your makeup each and every evening, this article will definitely help you understand why nightly face washing is a must!