As I said in my previous round-up style post on my favorite summer hair products one of my favorite things bloggers do is an quick list of current favorites. Just like my previous post this is not sponsored and gives a quick review on some products I am really loving right now.
Last time was all about hair and this time is all about skin. I am pretty fortunate when it come to skin and have normal dry skin with few breakouts. I have mild rosecea in my cheeks causing me to have a bit of a blush, but it is also a drier and more sensitive part of my face. Up until about a year ago I was using the wipe and toss make-up removing wipes and that was about it besides a cleanser I will talk about more in a little bit. I made the decision that I was not being very good to my skin. At 34 years old and two young kids the wear was beginning to show on my face. I knew that I wasn’t getting enough moisture to my face, and wanted to help reduce developing fine lines without going the route of botox. I am not ruling out botox to give me a little help, mainly with my child induced forehead lines, but wanted to see what improvements I could make with a few small adjustments. I have a few friends that have some maintenance work done, and have had really lovely results so that is still certainly on the table.
Back to the products.
I have evolved over time with my facial cleanser. I remember when everyone used the Noxzema pads….and they burned so good. Then it was the apricot scrub, and finally people started doing their own thing. My own thing was using the samples from subscription boxes because I couldn’t find a cleaner I loved. I was sent a sample of Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash and it was love. The cleanser is so gentle, but did wonders for my skin. It has a very light spearmint scent and it is so refreshing in the morning. The product is designed to balance my oily and dry skin. It makes sense why it works so well for me because I have variation in my skin type due to the rosecea. I am on my 5th tube of this product, and am so happy that I found it. A little goes a long way, and I love the frothy lather that build from just a small dab of the product.
My next two current favorites are sprays. One I have been using for about a year, and the other for about 3 months. Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray is amazing. My sister bought it for me for Christmas and it quickly became part of my night time routine. The spray is infused with rosewater, aloe, and herbs (like thyme!). The spray is designed to moisturize and rejuvenate. I love it in the evening to lock in moisture, and leave me with a lovely scent and soothed skin before bed. I know there are a few other infusions, but I am partial to the rosewater. I notice that my skin is smoother when I use this, especially in the summer because it helps to soothe overexposure and inflammation. My kids are also big fans of this spray, and I catch them trying to steal a spritz for themselves. Because I love this find so much I have a chance to win a bottle at the bottom of this post!
My second summer favorite spray has only been with me for about 3 months, but I love it. Primally Pure Everything Spray is my morning pick me up. It is a natural toner designed to soothe inflammatory skin conditions, combat ingrown hairs, and even soothes bug bites. The spray includes organic lavender hydrosol, organic witch hazel, organic raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar (antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral), organic tea tree oil, and organic magnesium oil. This spray has made a big difference for my rosecea and I feel like it preps my skin for the day. I have noticed that my skinis not as red, and that there is less variation of dry to oil on my skin. I can also attest that I have used this on a bug bite and it decreased the itching. I am sometimes skeptical of those claims, but this did offer some relief, but not total.
Finally, I need to talk about my current moisturizer. I am currently using Renewed Hope in a Jar SPF 30 by Philosophy. I struggle with moisturizers because my skin can get intolerant easily if they are too heavy and my face gets a little greasy. It seems odd because I classify my skin on the dry side of the spectrum, but it is just something it has always done. This product is really light weight, and I have not experienced that issue, and have been using it for about 7 months. What I really like about this product besides the lightweight formula is the SPF. I am outside a lot, and need the extra coverage. I currently use this product in the morning and at night because I have not found a night moisturizer that was light enough for me. I have found that my skin is really soft with their product. I have also noticed that it has decreased some of my fine lines, and helps keep my skin looking fresh. My skin does not appear as blotchy, and this product is light enough that it does not clog my pores and my skin can breath. I also like that there is not a strong artificial smell or artificial color to the product. When I use it I really feel that I am putting something healthy on my skin.
Well, that is the end of my summer skin products. I am planning to share one more posts highlighting my favorite summer beauty products! Good luck to those who enter the giveaway! The giveaway will end on Saturday at noon (CT). This contest is only available to those who can receive shipments with in the 48 contiguous states.