At this point, most of you know I am a complete & total skin care product junkie and have tried and tested so SO many things - many I have liked and many I have hated. I finally have it narrowed down to what I truly LOVE. While there are many things I have tried and liked, I still didn't repurchase some because I have streamlined and focused on high-quality products that I see a big difference with.
That said, I have also moved to using as clean of products as I can for skin care (and all body related products like shampoo, body wash, shaving gel along with food - mostly!). So some of these are pricey and some of them have maybe 1 ingredient I still don't love, but it is certainly a huge improvement and better than before.
I've listed them all out in the order of use - I don't use them all every time, but I noted that below! I probably only wear makeup 1-2 times per week at this point, so I have made skin care the focus and where I spend way more. Makeup always looks better on a good canvas.
I have used these for months now and have noticed such a difference in my skin texture and tone. The only new ones below are the melting butter and makeup eraser and I have been using a different variation of it. These have even pretty much stopped hormonal breakouts (fingers crossed) so I have full faith and it goes to show how much crappy chemicals irritate your skin more than help. You may recognize some of these from the Sephora Sale post I just did and it's because I stocked up! That sale is still happening until 5/06!
Drunk Elephant Makeup Melting Butter - I use this to remove my makeup first
Caudalie Makeup Removing Oil - If I have a lotto eye makeup, I use this there too
Makeup Eraser - Along with the first two, I use this to wipe away the makeup with water
Drunk Elephant Pekee and Juju Bars - I'm a fan of double cleansing so I wash with these
Caudalie Deep Exfoliator - If I need to really exfoliate, I'll use this instead of the bars
Drunk Elephant Framboos Glycolic Serum - This is exfoliating with 12% AHA/BHA (pm only)
Vintner's Daughter Botanical Serum - This is pricey but the best - packed with all needs
Augustinus Bader Riche Cream - Testing this but doubt I'll rebuy - Vintner's the splurge
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Eye Cream - I think I am losing the undereye line battle this helps
Drunk ElephantProtini - This is packed with peptides and really hydrating
Farmacy Lip Balm - for the morning
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask- for sleeping
Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar
Drunk Elephant Eye Cream
Farmacy Lip Balm
Makeup Removers if needed
Drunk Elephant Pekee or Juju Bar
Drunk Elephant Glycolic Serum
Drunk Elephant Protini
Drunk Elephant Eye Cream
Agave Lip Mask
Drunk Elephant Daily SPF - I do not wear spf daily (bad on me, I know) but oh well
Coola Anti-Aging Face Tanner - If I tan my body, I use this on my face mixed with Protini
Masks for Fun:
Estee Lauder Eye Masks
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask - great for moisturizing
Dr Jart Rubber Lover - great for moisturizing
Caudalie Moisture Mask - great for moisturizing
Drunk Elephant Baby Facial - great for exfoliating
Origins Charcoal Clearing Mask - great for clearing skin
Caudalie Detox Mask - great for clearing skin
Sand & Sky Pink Clay -great for shrinking pores / blackheads
Dr Brandt Pore Vacuum- great for shrinking pores / blackheads
TaTa Harper Resurfacing Mask - great for texture
Origins Retexturing Mask- great for texture
Dermaplaning - I do this one every few weeks / when I remember to really exfoliate. It helps products sink deeper into skin and gets rid of dead skin then use my usual products
Facial Steamer - I use this before a clearing/pore shrinking mask to steam my face and open my pores
Pore Vacuum - While steaming, I will use this to literally vacuum my face. sounds crazy but works and I apply a charcoal mask after! Cleanse, steam, vacuum, mask, products
Microneedling - I do this when I remember as well (theme for all of these things) and it helps to boost collagen production and allow products to penetrate further
*I also have and like ice rollers, jade rollers and the gua sha tool. None of these tools and extras are needed, but they're fun on a relaxing Sunday and do make a difference if you have the time/dedication.
If you only buy a few of these, The Drunk Elephant Framboos Serum, Vintner's Daughter and any good cleanser would be the musts! I use masks for fun and if there is some sort of issue I am having so I do not by any means use all of those all the time! I have tried and liked them all though.
As rule of thumb, the brands I lean toward that are cleaner are Drunk Elephant, Caudalie, Origins, Farmacy, Herbivore and others I haven't used as much but fit the bill are Tatcha, Youth to the People, Indie Lee, Supergoop, Biossance, TaTa Harper and REN.
Follain has a really good guide and ingredients list to avoid along with Drunk Elephant and you can always check EWS and Think Dirty for product ratings.