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Posted on Feb 2, 2012 in Dear Diary | 0 comments

Skin Care

Happy Vampire Diaries Day Thursday, everyone! I hope that you’re making it through the week relatively unscathed. I’m continuing to fight off a cold that I REFUSE to give into. Here’s hoping that the 10 gallons of Airborne-infused water I’ve been consuming doesn’t affect next week’s weigh-in, haha.

So given that I recently spent time detailing how eating poorly wrecks my face, I thought it might be interesting to talk about skin care. I would say something about how I’ve received questions on my skin care routine from readers to make this seems slightly less self-indulgent, but while make-up questions have indeed been issued (for which I’m flattered!), face wash-related ones have not. Regardless, it’s my blog and I can write what I want to, so here we are. ;)

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As I did mention in the other post, I actually have been pretty lucky when it comes to my skin. Growing up, I never had to deal with really terrible acne, just a pimple or two that would pop up here and there. Nowadays I mostly deal with small bumps and redness issues and my skincare routine is pretty low-key. That said, I am a total sucker when it comes to beauty products (seriously, I have to give all the kiosks in the mall a wide berth, because if they suck me in I know I’m going home with an ion hair straightener or nail buffing kit), so I’m constantly trying new things (cleansers! serums! scrubs! lotions!) and reevaluating out what I like using best. So here’s what I like best for now!

To preface this, I should probably state that I have fairly normal skin (slightly oily t-zone, slightly dry cheeks) that strays to the sensitive side.

Face wash: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. This cleanser was recommended to me by a salesperson at Sephora, and I am in love with it. It’s pretty expensive ($38 for a full sized bottle, or $15 for a small) but I can’t help it. I’m addicted. And considering I use it twice a day on my precious, precious face (haahahahaha), I think it’s worth it. It’s a gel-type cleanser that does lather slightly, but is super gentle. It has a vague cucumber scent, so while it’s not mentholated or anything, it does have a slight cooling sensation. I also love it because it’s a pretty fantastic make-up remover on its own. I do have a separate eye makeup remover for the rare occasion I get all fancied up, but most days I don’t use anything else to take off my makeup.

Exfoliator: Clarisonic Mia. I purchased the Clarisonic Mia after reading about it in a magazine and getting totally swept up in the hype. It’s a significant purchase (they run about $100+) but it is a machine, after all. I use it about once a week/when I remember to exfoliate (I should probably be utilizing it more often, but oh well) and my skin always feels so soft and refreshed. The Fresh face wash works really well with it, which is another reason why I like it so much. I distinctly remember making a baby’s bottom comparison right after the first time I used the Mia. Smooooooooooooth.

Moisturizer: Fresh Soy Face Cream. During the winter, I moisturize after washing my face both in the morning and at night. During the summer, I tend to only moisturize at night (if at all) since my face gets greasier much more easily. Right now I use the cream that Fresh makes, but I’m not as obsessed with it as I am with the cleanser. I don’t love the smell (refreshing as a cleanser but cloying as a lotion), and while it doesn’t cause me to breakout or anything, I just feel like it’s not the best value. I use it right now because I’ve gotten mini bottles of it when I buy the cleanser. I’d be happy to take your moisturizer recommendations!

Eye cream: Mary Kay Indulge Soothing Eye Gel. I’ve been to a few Mary Kay parties (even hosted one!) over the past year, and I always have so much fun primping and feeling girly. Of course, I always have so much regret after I realize I’ve purchased even more beauty products that I probably don’t need. I was glad to have discovered this one though! I don’t use it as regularly as I probably should, but this eye gel is awesome. I dab it on before bed sometimes and it soothes and relaxes, or dab it on in the morning to help de-puff my sleep-deprived eyes. They say that for even more cooling benefits you can keep it in the refrigerator, but I know if I did that I would never use it (also, I would probably inadvertently eat it.)

So there you have it! The four little products that help keep my face, uh, clean. And stuff. I’m super interested in this stuff, so I’d to hear all about your favorite tried-and-true products, too!

What does your skin care routine entail?

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