When I started this blog, I wanted it to be an entertainingly informative and creative outlet for the chaotic mess that is my brain. I promised myself that I would not conform to the “textbook” blog and would write whatever made me happy. Well, one of my various personalities is feeling neglected so my girly, girl side is getting a beauty page. I was reluctant to give in at first because I did not want to alienate half the world’s population, but I compromised by letting my girly side have Wednesdays for beauty and the rest of the week I will post my normal random wisdom. I have always found writing in the middle of the week difficult anyway so this will be like giving myself a treat.
In my first beauty post, I want to show/discuss some of my favorite skincare items.* I began to develop tiny wrinkles around my eyes and mouth around age 30 and lost my mind. I started a full-fledged buying spree of every wrinkle reducer, skin brightener and moisture renewal product I could find. I bought high end, low end and infomercial products looking for a miracle cure. Now eight years later, I have calmed down a bit and am learning to accept there is no magic eraser but the following products are still pretty good.
Philosophy – Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash $25 – $27 for 8 fl oz
I love the Philosophy brand as a whole but the Microdelivery is probably my favorite. The scrub particles are very fine so I don’t feel like I am grinding rocks into my skin and it rinses off very easily leaving my skin feeling smooth and soft. I am not a big fan of scrubs because a majority of them make my face develop the dreaded cyst spots that never ever seem to go away but this one is quite gentle. It’s also great as an allover body exfoliator. It is the go-to scrub I use before applying any self-tanner.
DIY 100% Natural Oat Mask $3 for a ginormous box
I have only recently started using this but I swear it makes my skin feel brand new. I was hunting the internet for a new moisture mask and came upon this little gem. All you do is take 100% natural oats (like you eat for breakfast), grind them up and mix them with a little warm water until they form a slight paste and apply to your skin for 3-5 minutes then rinse. I personally use a toner beforehand to make sure my skin is clean and relatively oil free but it is not a requirement.
Roc Deep Wrinkle Serum $20 for 1 fl oz
This product has been my absolute must have for the past year. Roc’s products contain Retinol which really reduce the appearance of my wrinkles. My face also feels tighter and appears more vibrant. You apply a thin layer to a cleansed face and neck before using your moisturizer. I recommend using a sunscreen anytime you use this product because it does make your face more sensitive to sunburn. The directions state that you can apply the serum twice daily but I find that my skin will get dry and irritated with more than a once daily application.
Clean & Clear – Morning Burst $5 for 8 fl oz
I had never used a drugstore facial cleanser until I discovered Clean & Clear and I cannot praise it enough. Its main claim is skin brightening, but it does so much more especially for the price. Morning Burst contains caffeine, lemon and papaya which not only makes it smells divine but it wakes both me and my skin up in the morning. It leaves a gentle tingle to your skin and is not drying in the slightest. I find that this product will actually help open up my sinuses during the dreaded pollen season as well. C&C do a whole range of these cleansers which I have tried, but I keep coming back to this one again and again.
*I am in no way a beauty guru or professional. I am just stating my opinions and what works best for me. This post is also not sponsored by any of the companies listed above.