If I have a New Year’s resolution (which I try to avoid), it’s to take great care of my skin. I’m still learning how to treat my skin properly, and a big part of that learning curve is finding products that work for me. As I’ve mentioned before, I had acne as a teenager., and I still suffer from the occasional breakouts now. Large pores and uneven texture are still ongoing issues. I’ve touched on this before in a previous post, but last year, I really started taking skincare seriously. Once I made the change to double-cleansing with an oil based cleanser, my skin and life have changed dramatically. I no longer have constantly irritated, erupting and unhappy skin. Turns out, this is just the beginning.
Trying to find an ideal skincare product is intimidating and overwhelming. Everyone has a skincare line, from CVS brand, to Aveeno, to Creme de la Mer. I’ve been obsessed with Caroline Hirons for a while now, but I’ve learned a lot from her blog about the best way to treat and care for skin. I’ve also learned about the importance of ingredients (not just purpose) and that spending good money on quality can pay off if you have problematic skin. (As a side note, Ross never washes his face, never puts on moisturizer or anything, and NEVER GETS A SPOT. Annoying.) I’ve done a lot of research for a skincare wishlist and these are the products I’m after:
1. Tatcha Pure Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. (bottom right) I’ll still use my good ol’ Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm for makeup removal because frankly, there’s nothing better out there. But I want to try this oil for the second step cleansing. Oil dissolves oil and I hope it’s gentler on my skin than what I’m using right now. This will be my replacement cleanser when I run out of what I’m currently using.
2. Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex. (top left) Basically- oil for my face. I tried an oil once and we didn’t get along. I’ve heard great things about this one, and again, it has the potential to reduce the oiliness of my skin, calm the redness, and provide lots of great moisture. Of all the things on the wishlist, this will be purchased first.
3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (bottom left). Right now, my skin is ddddrrrrrryyyyyyyy (hear that creaking and groaning? Yup, that’s my skin). Sub zero temperatures have a way of doing that. I want a heavy duty moisturizer for times like this when nothing else is working to keep my skin in a non-wind chapped state. Also, for some foundations, I like to wear a heavier moisturizer underneath. It can prevent dryness as the day goes along.
4. Kate Somerville Clinic-to-go Resurfacing Peel Pads (top right). These are a heavy duty at home chemical exfoliant. I probably won’t use them as often as recommended (2 times per week) but I want something to use every other week or so to really turn over my skin, and get rid of the dull top layer (gross sounding, I know, but critical to keeping skin clear and healthy). I use the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads on a daily basis, so these are for when I really want to kick it up a notch.
All these items are definitely pricier than I’m used to spending on skin care. I’m hoping, by adding them one at a time, (and assuming they are successful in their application) that I’m investing in my skin to make up for years I spent abusing it. Fingers crossed!