I've been waiting a very long time to write up this post! Ever since my first blog post I dreamt of the day I'd be able to write up a skincare routine. I've never been happy with my skincare routines in the past. I didn't feel they were effective enough to share. I never noticed any brightening, or diminishing black heads and acne. It wasn't worth sharing if I couldn't recommend the product to be helpful for others as well as myself. I'm super happy to say that I've finally found a skincare routine that works for me quite well that I've actually noticed my skin getting better! Two things to note before I begin: 1. I have combination skin, closer to dry skin and 2. I only ever wash my face at night. It's only at night, but every night. So without further ado, here's what I use to make my skin all nice and spiffy!
LUSH Ocean Salt Cleanser | My face loves to be scrubbed and exfoliated. If my cleanser isn't scrubbing away and leaving scratches, my face is not liking it and it won't be effective. LUSH creates the perfect cleanser for me. There's avocado and coconut in it which hydrates your skin. The lime and vodka (yes, vodka!) work as an antibacterial to clear up blackheads, pores, and blemishes. The sea salt, which is the majority of it, scrubs away to give your face a really deep clean and wash away all the dirt. It's one of their best sellers which makes sense considering how amazing it is! Now, you're not supposed to use this every day and I can just hear every Lushie gasp in horror after I say this; I use it every night. The sea salt is very drying for the face which is why it's not recommend for every day use but my face loves this stuff and just stays hydrated, smooth and clean! I haven't felt it lose more moisture!
LUSH Eau Roma Water | I like to use toners to wipe away any residual cleanser that I didn't fully wash off of my face. I dampen a small cotton ball and then wipe at my face. Sometimes I'll spray some toner on my face if I feel I need to be extra clean. This toner in particular is really lovely because it's suited for drier skin which is why I think I don't have any problems with using Ocean Salt every night. The fresh rose petals infused in this toner give a tad more hydration as well as reduce some of the redness on my face.
LUSH Imperialis Moisturizer | This moisturizer is geared for combo skin. I can't quite remember what's in this but whatever it is works brilliantly. I never have that overly greasy feeling to my skin and it sinks in super fast. It's designed in a way that allows the drier areas of your skin to produce more natural oils and for more oily areas to not produce as much oils. It's a great balancing moisturizer and when I wake up in the morning it leaves my face looking bright!
LUSH Mint Julips Sugar Scrub & C.O. Bigelow Lavandar Salve | Whilst I wait for my moisturizer to sink in I'll sometimes (other times I forget or am just too lazy) give my lips attention. I'll scrub away the dead skin with the Mint Julips lip scrub and then apply a nice hydrating lip balm. I love the C.O. Bigelow Salves because 8 hours later, rolling around in my bed, they still stay hydrated when I wake up!
Mario Badescu Drying Cream | I don't know what's in this magical cream and frankly I don't care. It's a miracle worker and probably the sole reason for sharing my skincare routine. This cream is meant for applying on problem areas such as white heads which I had a lot on my chin and forehead. Before this I was calling my forehead a mountainous region. Well that region no longer exists because of this cream! I only have small sample of it and when I run out and get the full size pot I will do a more in depth review on this. For now, just take my word that this guy just completely turned my skin around.
So that's it for my skincare routine! It's mostly LUSH centered but I'm glad I've ventured into other brands as they seem to be working wonders! I forgot to mention that I like to use the Caudalie Beauty Elixir before my moisturizer sometimes to refreshen and help my moisturizer sink in faster! It's fairly new to my routine so we'll see how it holds up with the chosen kings, haha!
Now I'd love to hear about your skincare routines! What's your holy grail skincare product? Do share!