Hello everyone! A bit more of some scheduled posting that I'm trying to get done on probably the worst travel experience ever. I shouldn't say that just yet as I'm waiting for a connecting flight that's been delayed and we might not even have a seat on it. UGH! It's an 'express' plane too, that we're waiting to get on, and I'm afraid that it's going to be a small-jet plane where you can feel every movement of the plane. I think I had full-fledged panic attack on the other flight because of all the turbulence. Ah, who's anxiety city? THIS GIRL. So, totally unplanned segway - one of my favorite things to do when I'm stressed out or just any sort of anxiety starts to creep up, I always love to wash my face. It feels soothing while you do it and afterwards you're left feeling totally refreshed. My favorite part of the entire routine is cleansing. I don't know what it about my skin but it just looooooves a good scrubbing. It never takes to well to foaming or milky cleanser unless some sort of exfoliant is added to the mix. Recently I discovered that there are three cleansers that I am absolutely in love with and I'm not sure if I can picture myself using anything else.
LUSH Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub | Ocean Salt is like a cocktail for your face. It's got lime, vodka, coconuts, and sea salt to exfoliate the skin and leave it feeling fresh and bright. It smells good and it feels good. You can notice the benefits the second you lift your head from the sink after washing it off. The sea salt isn't too harsh, even for my dry skin because the coconut in it really helps to keep it soft. I've repurchased this maybe half a dozen times and I know I'll continue to because when I'm without it I think my skin weeps, haha.
St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub | This scrub is one I came across on a chance happen-stance. I was in Wal-Mart with my family and I saw a small tube of it lying in the $1 bin. I didn't get on so well with the St. Ives Apricot Scrub but saw this was meant for breakouts and calming redness and thought, eh, what the heck? It was only a dollar! I tried describing the texture of this stuff in my July Favorite's video and wasn't so successful at it, haha! It's like a green gel-mousse hybrid that's got little granules of something in it, I'm just not sure what. It feels really smooth and the consistency feels so nice being massaged onto the face. The smell is also amazing, so I love using it in the morning for a pick me up. As for controlling redness and breakouts, I'm happy to report that it slowly but surely works its magic. My skin has cleared up a bit and my cheeks look a bit less red. It's a nice cleanser to have and I'm glad it's working with my skin. Sure it's not instant results but that's better than no results or ... completely breaking out.
Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser | I am so, so, so happy to have been introduced to this product by Cassie in one of her Best & Worst of Beauty videos. I can't remember exactly what she said but she sang its praises enough for me to put it on my list of "stuff I need to try" I absolutely love this stuff. It's the first sort of 'medicated' acne-treatment cleanser I've ever tried. It smells a bit like it's medicated but mostly that's masked by a sunblock smell with a bit of mint. I love the scent but I think some of you might not - it doesn't linger though! The consistency is that of most cleansers, again, I'm sort of at a loss of words but you can see it in the picture below. It's also an exfoliating cleanser but such a gentle one. All of it is supposed to help exfoliate the skin, treat pimples and help prevent breakouts and it's amazing! The day after I used this I noticed a difference. My pimples weren't cleared but they were significantly small and looked a lot less like mountainous regions.
These results I get with these cleansers has really encouraged me to wash my face every day, mostly because I know if I keep at it my skin will only get clearer and clearer. It's nice to have products in your skincare arsenal that work even a bit. The routine of it all really helps me feel fresh when I wake up and right before I got to bed. The exfoliaters in each of these aren't to harsh but just enough to feel super relaxing when you're massaging your face and that really helps me calm down when I'm feeling anxious. If only there was someway I can get one of these cleansers out of my luggage and spend the entire flight just washing my face, haha!
What's your end-all cleanser?