Hey Pretty Lovelies!
V and I decided to do a Pretty Lovely Skincare Series because we’ve both gotten really into it and we both believe its seriously important to take care of your skin! So here is the first post of our series!
It’s interesting for me to sit here and write this post because not even three months ago I barely gave a rats ass about skincare. Sure I washed my face… once, in the morning. (I shutter at the thought). But it wasn’t until V mentioned Caroline Hirons to me and the Body Talk she did with Pixiwoo, you can watch it here. After a while something she said about skincare stuck in my head — “you’ve only got once face” and I kept going back to her site daily. I realized I DID care about my skin. How dare I care so much about make-up but not the skin I’m putting it on? Seems bat shit backwards to me.
So I browsed through her website endlessly until I found her Routines Cheat sheet and based on her advice, no foaming cleansers, yes to acid toners, yes to cleansing balms, etc. I came up with my own personalized routine and I have to tell you. I AM IN LOVE!
Here is how it goes!
1. Clinique Wash The Day Off Cleansing Balm $35
I absolutely love this stuff. It feels amazing, it does what it says and it leaves me feeling extremely clean. I definitely notice a difference in how my skin feels if I miss out on using it for a night and just go for a cleansing gel or milk.
How I apply: I take a bit on my fingers, amount varies for different faces, and start with my eyes really making sure to rub that make-up away, basically I give my eyes a nice lovely massage. Then I spread it around my face to get all the other make-up and grim from the day. Finally I wet a CLEAN washcloth (yes I use a clean one every time as per Caroline’s orders) and take the product off.
Downsides: NONE! Love it, will absolutely buy again and again. Would recommend endlessly.
2. Vichy Refreshing Cleansing Milk
This stuff has stolen my heart. It smells amazing, it feels incredible and it leaves me skin feeling absolutely amazing. Marry. me. now. They have a soothing one for dry skin, this one is geared towards normal to combination sensitive skin.
How I apply: With my fingers, I take a small amount and massage it into my skin. Now the bottle says to not rinse, but I do with a wet cloth.
Downsides: That I don’t have an endless supply of it.
3. Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner
At first I didn’t notice a difference in my skin… until I noticed a SERIOUS difference in my skin. Whether its the product itself or how well it works with my other products my once DRY ASS SKIN is now not dry. This was a miracle considering the winter we had here in Canada. My skin is brighter and much, much, less dry! Its a chemical toner which means no seriously irritating beads for my sensitive skin.
How I apply: With a cotton pad I gently rub all over my face avoiding my eye, although I make sure to go over the eyebrows. Then I let it set for a minute as the bottle recommends before moving on to the next step.
Downsides: It can be a subtle product so don’t be disappointed if you don’t notice a different right away.
4. Vichy Thermal Spa Water
This stuff just feels so damn refreshing! It’s nice on irritated areas to sooth and heal.
How I apply: I press that button and mist all over my face. I was so scared at first, silly me, but just go for it and you’ll get the swing of things.
Downsides: Another subtle product but for me its another way to enjoy my nighttime routine and feel pampered.
5. Indeed Labs Hydraluron
V made me get this stuff and I AM SO GLAD SHE DID! Because it completely transformed my face which was COVERED in dry flaky patches to a fresh face that felt hydrated!
How I apply: I squeeze out a small amount, maybe like pinky nail sized and with my fingertips, I massage it all over and let it tighten before moving on to the next step.
Downsides: NONE… maybe that I don’t have an endless supply of it.
6. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer
This is actually a product V got me onto back in the day. I have serious issues with moisturizers not sinking in and hydrating my skin. This one ALWAYS makes me feel hydrated.
How I apply: With my fingertips, the pump dispenses the perfect amount for my face.
Downsides: Not that my skin isn’t STUPIDLY dry anymore and more towards the normal/combination/oily it can make my face feel a little oily… probably due to the SPF. But I have such a hard time finding a good one that I’m sticking to this one for a while.
What are some of your favourite skincare products? Share them with us in the comments below!
***NOTE: Since I wrote this I’ve actually started to make the switch to all vegan botanically based products (Arbonne), so expect a skin care series for those of you who like all natural and safe products.