Recent Skincare Favorites

recent skincare favorites

Winter is on its way out, which means swapping out skincare routines. I thought now would be a good time to document my recent skincare favorites before I switch them out for more spring and summer friendly products!

Recent Skincare Favorites

Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera

I use this toner year-round because it’s non-irritating (thanks to the absence of alcohol) and doubles as an eye makeup remover. It doesn’t hurt the packaging and smell are sublime!

Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser

This is a cleanser I keep going back to every winter. It’s non-drying and gentle, and has kept my breakouts at bay over the past few months.

DIY Face Elixir Spray

I can’t stop spraying this stuff! If you’re looking for a Caudalie Face Elixir dupe, this is a great substitute. You won’t mind spraying it on your face, pillows, or anywhere really! Click on the link above to learn how to make your own!

Murad – Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

I decided to try this to get rid of hyperpigmentation (thanks, birth control). So far, I haven’t seen a lot of change in my skin tone, but the texture of my skin is much better since I started using it. I guess I’ll have to be diligent and patient with the pigmentation.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Moisturizer

When I first purchased this, I thought it would be far too thick for my already oily, sensitive skin. Boy, was I wrong! I slather this on every night after my serum, and I wake up every morning with soft, glowing skin. The French know their skincare, that’s for sure!

Freeman Facial Apple Cider Vinegar 4-In-1 Foaming Clay

I found this at my local Ulta last fall, and loved it because of the smell, mostly. However, after using it as both a mask and exfoliating scrub, I am now on my third tube! It’s a great multi-use product that smells great, and leaves my skin feeling smooth without being too irritated. I loved using it this winter because it’s not as harsh as my other exfoliants, and as a mask it’s not too drying.

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Summer Skincare: (Mostly) Drugstore Edition

Summer Skincare: (Mostly) Drugstore Edition 1

We’re in the middle of an insane heat wave here in Washington. This means I spend many afternoons at the beach, soaking up the sun – then straight home to hide in the cooler temps of our half-underground apartment. No A/C here – thankfully we don’t need it with the apartment being partially underground!

I thought now that we’re eyeballs deep in 90+ degree temperatures, it would be a great time to share with you some of my skincare must-haves for hot and steamy weather!

Summer Skincare: (Mostly) Drugstore Edition 2

 L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Suncare Silky Sheer Lotion in SPF 30

I have oily, breakout-prone skin in the summer, so I always switch out my face sunscreen to something that dries matte and lasts forever. While this one isn’t technically for your face, it is gentle enough for sensitive skin, dries to a light finish, and does the job well. In fact, my face is still a shade or two lighter than the rest of me – it works that well! You can use this on the rest of your body as well, but since it comes in such a small bottle (and isn’t cheap compared to other sunscreens), I think it’s perfect for the face and neck.

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 Olay Foaming Face Wash – Combo/Oily

While I’m usually a Cetaphil junkie the rest of the year, I usually have to break out something a bit stronger in the summer. This stuff is great for removing makeup, sunscreen, and sweat without being too harsh. It also doesn’t have the “tingle” that many other cleansers have, so it’s perfect when you get a little too much sun too. It also smells nice, but what cleanser doesn’t anymore?

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Secret Outlast Solid Antiperspirant & Deodorant in Completely Clean scent

This is a fairly new product that Secret brought out. I’ve always used their clinical antiperspirant, but it does get expensive to keep shelling out $10 for a tiny stick. This stuff costs less than half as much (I got mine for $4), contains twice as much product, and after using it for a couple months now, it works just as well! If you’re like me, and you got hooked on the super strong antiperspirants, try this one out! It contains the same ingredients (just a tiny amount less of the “active ingredient”), and is a much better value than the clinical version!

(*Tip: If you’re “well-endowed” in the chest department like me, slide this stuff under your boobs before heading out. It helps prevent against heat rashes and the dreaded boob sweat lines!)

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Up & Up (Target generic brand) Sport Sunscreen Lotion in SPF 30

Unlike sunscreen for my face, I have no problem going cheap on sunscreen for the rest of my body. After years of working as a lifeguard, I found cheaper sunscreen worked just as well as the brand name stuff. I ended up with the Target one because that’s where I happened to be when I remembered I needed some – nothing more complicated than that! This stuff works really well, smells nice, and stays put. I always recommend going with a “sport” sunscreen because they don’t shift around as much when you sweat.

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 Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Okay, so this is the only thing I use on a regular basis that isn’t a “drugstore” purchase, and frankly, it doesn’t really do anything. Keep it in the fridge, and spritz it on after a long, hot, sweaty day. Trust me – even the best of us need a bit of refreshing once in awhile, and don’t always have time to shower. This stuff will help in a pinch, and isn’t as strong or offensive as perfumes can be in hotter temperatures!

There you go – some easy summer skincare swaps that are easy on the budget too!

What skincare products are you loving this summer? I’m always on the hunt for new ideas!

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