skincare, an update

9:59 PM

bespectacled, skincare, Origins

Sorry this a bit late guys, it's kind of hard to figuring out when I'm going to take photos when I have like no natural light by the time I get out of work. I know what you guys are saying, excuses, excuses, but at least I got a post up right?

When it comes to skincare I think it's more important to figure out what works for you than it is to follow the hype around products. I don't think skincare products will work for 100% of people and unfortunately it's also part trial and error. For the most part my skin is dry. And it can also get sensitive especially around my cheeks and eyes. I'm lucky enough not to suffer from acne or oiliness or what not, and my skin is pretty consistent throughout the whole year too. I get a little drier when it gets cooler but it never really goes away unless I'm being diligent. I'm no skincare expert, I won't be able to give you any good advice or anything outside of what's worked for me. But I wanted to share the stuff that I've been using and I'd also love to hear what you're trying out and currently loving as well!

My current cleanser, after I remove my makeup with Lush Ultrabland, is the Origins Pure Cream Rinseable Cleanser and I hate it. This is the part where trial and error just did not work out for me; I picked up this cleanser thinking it'd be really great but I really don't like it. I don't know why I thought that another cream cleanser would work out for me. I don't really think this did much for my skin than to make it tingle (which I don't think is a good thing), my skin did feel more dry but it was irritating sometimes. I'm stubborn though and rather than throw it out I just want to use it all to feel the satisfaction of throwing it out. I have awful luck with cleansers for dry skin, but I might go back to the Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser - I loved that stuff, why did I ever give it up?

Toner and serum are things I don't necessarily think are super important to have in one's skincare routine, but hey it's nice to have them. I don't actually know if the Herbivore Botanicals Ylang Ylang + Rose Face Toning Elixir is actually doing anything for me other than making me feel a little more awake in the mornings. But like I said, it's nice to have. Plus it isn't drying or irritating, which I found the FAB Facial Radiance Pads to be. I finally finished that little deluxe sample that I bought and I'm so happy to be done with it. I don't think that did much for me either and I started to get irritation around my face after using it too. I hate that feeling of your skin stinging and you can't really do much for it. The Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid was a bit of a game changer for me though. This takes my normally light moisturizers and kicks them up a notch while still being gentle on the skin. I swear my skin is so much more hydrated a lot softer because of this. I've been using this practically everyday (and sometimes twice a day) and I still have quite a lot left. I'm really happy with this one.

It kind of seems like I've fallen out of love with FAB because I've also stopped using the FAB Ultra Repair Cream and have passed it on to my mom. It just wasn't enough for me. I switched back to the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet which is refreshing and light but still hydrating and non-irritating. But I also have a back up moisturizer that came in the Ceramidin Starter Kit - the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream. But in terms of my main moisturizer, this great for now. And lastly, the newest product in my routine, the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment. I finally picked up one for myself after finishing the Clarins Eye Contour Balm (which wasn't moisturizing enough for my skin). I haven't quite formed an opinion about this but I am glad to have it. I'm hoping it's as good as bloggers say it is.

In terms of AM/PM skincare, I use all of the same products. Because I only have about twenty minutes to get ready in the mornings, I can't be fussy with my skincare: it needs to be quick and efficient. So I stick to toner, moisturizer, and eye cream. And at night, when I do have more time to pay a bit more attention, I go all out.

Like I said, I'm no skincare expert, it's all about finding out what works for your skin and your life. I like having a relatively simple routine - it makes getting ready a snap. But I'm interested in reading what you guys use. What does your skincare routine look like?

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