When it comes to skincare I don't like to compromise - if there's something in my routine that just isn't working for me I usually stop using it and purchase something else that would hopefully work a bit better. If you look at my last skincare routine post, the products here are almost completely different. So I thought I'd make this a regular feature and show you guys what things have and have not been working for me.
I have an awful luck with finding cleanser for dry skin. They're usually too drying and make my skin feel tight after I've washed it. I had hoped the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser would be the answer to my prayers, but it's kind of a meh product. It feels like I'm putting lotion on my face that you wash away and I don't feel like it does a particularly good job at cleansing. And forget about trying to remove your makeup with this thing, unless you're using some kind of muslin. This is awful at removing even a little bit of makeup. Luckily I have this sample of the Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water which I got as a part of a set for free. I didn't expect to like this as much as I do and am planning on buying the full size once it runs out. I don't find many makeup removers that don't dry my skin out. I was kind of shocked the first time I used this because my skin actually felt moisturized after using this. I like this as a my first step of cleansing, but I'm definitely on the lookout for a better cleanser, however. On lazy days though I do end up using this $1 makeup remover wipes I got from Daiso Japan/Marukai.
I've been incorporating an eye cream into my routine not because I actually think it'll help my dark circles and fine lines, but because my skin is literally dry everywhere. I also happen to have eczema on my eyelids (fun, I know) and so on some days I can get especially dry, so I need something to just give a bit more hydration to my eye area and I think the Clarins Eye Contour Balm is doing a good job of that. I adore the fact this is pretty much unscented and it isn't irritating on even my worst of days. I've only been using this for about a month or two, so I can't really say anything about it's effects on my fine lines, but the hydration definitely helps with that.
For some reason I now have two moisturizers in my routine. Do I need both? Honestly, no, but I really wanted to try out the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturi Sorbet and the set at Sephora came with a free sample of the Caudalie Cleansing Water, like I mentioned. So I threw caution to the wind and bought another moisturizer. I like using the Caudalie moisturizer in the mornings because it's lighter and absorbs a bit more quickly than the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream which I use at night. Both of them have interesting smells, the Caudalie is very typical fresh not exactly grape scent while the FAB Ultra Repair Cream is a bit herbaceous. Neither are super strong and they don't bother me at least. Moisturizing is the most important step for me and moisturizers that are unscented or don't have a strong scent are perfect for my dry & sensitive skin.
What's your skincare routine like? Do you have any products that you absolutely love?