This post has been a long time coming. I’ve been spending the last six months falling in love with taking care of my skin.
As the title suggests, I never even used to wash my face. At least, not every day. I also used to go to bed with my makeup on all the time. This thought now makes me shudder, but it’s true.
I’m grateful that I have decided to invest in taking care of my skin, and have fallen in love with doing so. Before I get into the good stuff, I want to start off by saying this post is not sponsored, endorsed, or a collaboration of any kind. Every product I talk about is my own personal opinion and purchase. I just really want to share what’s been working for me, because I truly look forward to doing my skincare each night! It no longer feels like a chore, and I want you to feel the same way.
So, without further ado, let’s jump in!
1. Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Deep Cleaning Face Wash
So, for the LONGEST time I owned one face product, and it was an exfoliating face wash from this brand. I loved it and it seemed to work very well. However, through a series of different events (facials, skin specialists, my first microdermabrasion, etc.) I discovered that it’s best for me to not use that type of product. The bottle says “Gentle enough for every day use” but I get very red and my skin specialist told me it’s not safe for me, so I tossed it out. She also encouraged me to get a cleanser that does not “foam” up very much, because most foaming cleansers contain a lot of chemicals. Therefore, I found THIS! I. Love. It.
My favorite part is probably the scent, and the fact that the bottle itself claims to “wind you down.” It’s a nighttime cleanser, which means it will help you relax before bed, and I love that. It makes me want to do my skin care each night, because I know I’ll feel even more ready for bed once I do.
FROM THE BOTTLE: “With deep sea minerals and sea kelp extract, this purifying cleanser cleans deep to effectively wash away daily build-up, like dirt, oil and impurities deep in pores. This effective cleanser even washes away dirt and oil you can’t see while calming aromas help you wind down – leaving you clean and relaxed.” [8oz, $5.49]
2. Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner
Toner!!!! Probably one of my favorite products I’ve fallen in love with. I was gifted one from a collaboration with clariSEA that I loved, but I knew I wasn’t going to keep ordering it online to replace, so I decided to find my own easily-accessible, affordable, and effective toner. And I did. Wow. I found this stuff at my local Target, and I’m in love. It’s described as being “unscented” but to me it smells amazing. Just very clean, and kind of sentimental-y. I’m not quite sure how to describe it haha, but I love it. It’s super gentle, but I can tell it gets the job done.
FROM THE BOTTLE: “Gentle non-stinging formula won’t strip skin of its natural moisture. Specially formulated to provide clean, refreshing toning without the harsh, drying effects of alcohol. Special mild purifiers gently remove impurities and recondition your skin.” [8.5oz, $5.89]
3. Clinique “Moisture Surge”
The next step in my routine is a moisture boost. When I first started really getting into taking care of my skin, I was told I had extremely dry skin. While it turned out later down the road that this was not the case, I still really like the product and plumping my face full of moisture. (When I get out of the shower all of my skin feels instantly dry, I hate it!)
The Clinique product is expensive, and I’m about to run out, so I actually did some research and purchased a drugstore dupe to try. It’s the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Multivitamin Booster, and it’s still one of my more pricier products, but I love putting it on right after my cleanser and before the rest of my routine. It makes my face feel like a blank, moisture-filled canvas, ready to go. I can’t recommend it enough, ESPECIALLY if you have dry skin. The Neutrogena product is almost identical to the Clinique. They’re the same consistency, same feel, etc. I definitely recommend!
FROM THE BOTTLE: “Energize and brighten the look of dull, tired skin with our innovative Hyaluronic Acid + Multivitamin Complex serum. This serum instantly quenches skin, while helping to improve skin moisture barrier against reoccurring dryness, for hydrated, supple skin that glows. Can be mixed with your favorite moisturizer.” [1oz, $19.99]
4. Perfectly Posh “Never Grow Up” Serum
The fourth step in my routine is a Vitamin B + C serum, specially formulated with antioxidants to fight pollution that can cause signs of aging. (I know it may seem crazy to be worried about that at this age, but ladies, we can be damaging our skin right now and not even see signs until our 30’s!) This stuff smells AMAZING, think, lavender and lemon essential oils, and it’s wildly soft, simple, and healthy. If you have questions about Posh, please don’t hesitate to reach out (I have many other Posh products). I do love it, but I am planning on replacing this serum with one from a local store because it is kind of expensive and you can only order online! However, if you’re not on a time crunch and love to splurge, I highly encourage you to go for it!
FROM THE BOTTLE: “Improve the appearance of dull skin with brightening Vitamin C, hydrating fruit extracts, and vitamin B3 for a glowing complexion.” [1oz, $22]
5. ClariSEA Pretty Skin Vitamin A + C Oil Serum and Boost
This product is titled as a serum and boost but it is 100% an oil. I guess I kind of lied earlier because to be transparent I did receive this product from a collaboration, however, I fully intend to replace it once I run out. I truly don’t think I’ll be able to find a product I love as much as this (and I’ve looked!) It is an oil, but too oily, and it’s specifically designed to help you be “Breakout Free”. I have noticed such a huge change in my skin when I use it, and actually y’all, the order of putting it on right after my serum is working PERFECTLY together. It adds the perfect amount of extra moisture, because the Never Grow Up serum is extremely light. I truly cannot recommend this oil enough.
FROM THE BOTTLE: “All the pretty without the breakouts. This organic smart oil nourishes, balances and clears to help reveal your skin’s original health and radiance.” [1oz, $16]
6. Perfectly Posh Gel Yes! Gel to Water Face Moisturizer
Last but not least, moisturizer!! The last step in most skincare routines. After I finish the oil from step 5, I usually step away from my sink and get my bed ready, turn on my bedside lamp, get a glass of water, etc. I like to let all the moisture have a bit of time to soak in before I lock it all in with my moisturizer. And what an amazing moisturizer it is. This product is something I have actually considered re-purchasing from Posh, because I love it that much. I actually own about four or five different moisturizers, but I had issues with all of them except this one. (I’m kind of weird and my eyes react to certain face products. If that happens to you too – all of these products are completely fine, at least for me!) I like this one especially because it’s gel-to-water, so it’s a bit more lightweight than other moisturizers, but it really gets the job done. A little goes a loooonngg way. It also smells super yummy, like orange and bergamot essential oils.
FROM THE BOTTLE: “Refreshing gel to water technology provides lightweight hydration with clarifying willow extract and brightening citrus. Perfect for hydration that lasts all day, but feels invisible on your skin. Formulated with simple ingredients like glycerin to lock in moisture and willow extract to balance skin tone, Gel Yes!™ keeps skin looking totally fresh without the weight.” [4oz, $19]
A Few Extra Things…
Sometimes, if I REALLY need to spot treat, I put a little bit of all natural tea tree oil on a place that needs it.
Additionally, two of my favorite products for the morning: Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Micellar Water and Snowfox Day and Night Defense Cream. I use the defense cream every morning, and you can read about it in my Amazon post. I use the Biore cleansing water almost every single day too. It’s the PERFECT wake-you-up-in-the-morning, leave-your-house-feeling-refreshed product and it does its job sooo well. It’s a 3 in 1, so it’s a cleanser, a make-up remover, and a refresher. It’s oil free, dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, and pH balanced. I’m obsessed with mine, and because of that – I wanted to do something extra exciting with this post. I am hosting my first GIVEAWAY!!!!
I want you to have your own amazing Micellar water too, and therefore I’m giving away a Biore Charcoal Cleansing Micellar Water! We can be twins 🙂
To enter the giveaway is extremely easy. There are 2 ways!
THE BLOG POST ENTRY:
1-Comment below your favorite skincare product! I just told you mine, now I want to hear yours!
2-Follow my Instagram page, www.instagram.com/jordannnleee
THE INSTAGRAM POST ENTRY:
1-Find my most recent IG post about this blog post & like it!
2-Comment your favorite skincare product!
3-Follow my Instagram page if you aren’t already 🙂
That’s it! Giveaway winner will be announced next Wednesday, October 17th at 9pm via IG story! Good luck!!