I take skincare pretty seriously. I know I can’t coast on my mom’s genetics to look young for my entire life (though I was just mistaken for my husband’s daughter, again. We’re only seven years apart.)
I also have problems with blackheads, terrible undereye circles, and excessive ruddiness, so it’s been a lot of trial and error to find out what works for the one without exacerbating the other. This is what currently works for me, with my combination, not-very-sensitive, clog-prone skin.
- Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser (This is my current in-shower face wash. I’m probably going to switch back to the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser after I’m out of this.)
- Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil (I keep this at the sink. I use it to remove my makeup, and to wash my face on mornings when I don’t shower. (I go back and forth on whether I prefer morning or evening showers.))
- Clarisonic Mia 2 (In 2013 Pantone Color of the Year, Emerald, because–as I recall–Sephora was out of the color I wanted.)
AM and PM treatment:
- Reviva Labs Glycolic Acid Toner (I just started using this about a month ago, but glycolic acid tends to work well for my skin. I think it’s starting to make a difference on a stubborn bit of sun damage I have on my cheek.)
- Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum (This stuff is great under water-based moisturizers, because it makes your skin absorb more water. I have tried other hyaluronic acid serums, but I keep coming back to this brand.)
- Shiseido Ibuki Softening Skin Concentrate (This goes on my face and neck after the hyarulonic acid serum and before whichever moisturizer I’m putting on after. It’s basically like taking the liquid from a sheet mask and patting it right in your face without waiting. I’m on my second bottle of it.)
- Dr. Brandt Light Years Away Brightening Eye Cream (This kind of makes my eyelids itch, but it does seem to be helping my dark circles a tiny bit, so I’m going to keep using it. This course of action is probably ill-advised. Also, I think maybe it’s been discontinued?)
- Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist (I spray this on after my moisturizer. It makes things a little less shiny, while adding moisture and smelling nice. These things are all relevant to my interests.)
PM-only treatment and night cream:
- Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Serum (This is doing wonders for my clogged pores. I’m only 32, so I don’t really have “deep wrinkles” to worry about yet, but it does seem to be helping with fine lines. It goes on after the Shiseido essence.)
- Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré (I used to be scared of heavy night creams, because of my combination skin, but my skin seems to appreciate the extra hydration, and this stuff is soothing. Plus, it smells so good.)
- Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment, or store brand equivalent (Because sometimes I fall asleep in my makeup. This is as-needed.)
- Argan oil (I’m not picky about the brand; I usually buy it at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. This goes on if I’m too tired to do more than wash my face and slap this on.)
- Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen (This is not too bad about making my face greasy. I use the SPF 30.)
Masks (not pictured):
- Tony Moly I’m Real Tea Tree Mask (This works wonders on a breakout.)
- Epielle Green Tea & Aloe Facial Essence Mask (This is ridiculously cheap and a great option to sooth and moisturize. I find Epielle stuff at Big Lots.)
- Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask (This isn’t a sheet mask, but it’s great when your skin is being a hot mess. Also doubles as a scrub.)
Anyone have a better suggestion for an anti-dark circles eye cream than the Dr. Brandt one? I’m open to suggestions.
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