To start off, I not only have oily skin, but I also have extremely sensitive skin and rosacea (more on that later), so I have to be very careful what I put on my face lest I cause an eruption Mount Vesuvius-style. Every product I'm about to share is cruelty free and has passed the "even Cetaphil broke me out" test. Best of all, only a couple of them are pricey!
Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash, $4.99: I found this little gem in an Indian grocery store. My face was such a mess I was almost in tears, and the girl behind the register recommended it to me because of tumeric's anti-inflammatory properties. I had no idea what to expect, but it really worked! No irritation, redness, or uncomfortable tightness even if I use it morning and night. I'll always keep a bottle around.
Alba Botanica Natural Acnedote Face & Body Scrub, $6.55: Every week, occasionally every few days, I'll break out this baby, which I also find useful for those pesky bumps on my chest and arms. I wouldn't recommend it for daily use if you have sensitive skin like I do, but for someone whose skin can handle it, this would make an amazing morning cleanser. The reason I suggest using it in the morning rather than to assist in removing makeup at night is because our skin regenerates at night, so it's actually best to exfoliate in the morning to remove the dead cells.
Pure Body Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask, $14.95: This is my once a week deep-cleansing mask. If I'm feeling somewhat dry, I'll only apply this on active breakouts to draw the impurities to the surface. Just because something is a mask doesn't mean you have to apply it to your entire face. And if you're sensitive-skinned, never let the mask fully dry because you'll have to scrub your skin raw to remove it.
REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream, $45.00*: Before you blanche at the price tag, remember this is just what I use. I don't expect everyone to splurge on a moisturizer. Also? I'll be honest; I got mine for free. Will I buy it once I run out? Hell yes. A lot of moisturizers break me out, and this one doesn't. If it's way out of budget for you, CeraVe has great, gentle products (and is also cruelty free!) That being said, I've been using the same bottle for over a year, and there's still another few months' worth, so you do get your bang for your buck.
REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate Oil, $60.00: Yes, yes, another REN product. When I find a brand I love, I tend to stick with them for time and eternity. At 33, I have to start thinking about aging, and it's really never too early. Ordinary retinol products can be much too harsh for my skin, so when I was sent a bottle of this a couple of years ago, I was a little leery of it. No burning. No flaking. Nothing but softer, radiant skin the next morning. I'm on my second bottle -- this one purchased with my own coin -- and I use it nightly. It's even gentle enough to use on the eye area. If you spend money on one skincare item, let it be this one. Now, I know some of you are saying, "Girl, are you stupid? You said your face is oily!" Here's the thing: products marketed toward oily skin can dry it out, which sends a distress signal to the oil glands. And that leads to... more oil. By applying a moisturizer or an oil, you're sending the signal that everything is just fine, we don't need more oil, thank you!
During the day I apply sunscreen, but I don't have any recommendations right now. I'm brokenhearted over the discovery that I was misled and my favorite sunscreen is not, in fact, cruelty free. Back to the drawing board. In the meantime, I'll finish my bottle of Biore Perfect Face Milk and hope I find something that works as well without torturing bunnies and cats.
So that's my routine. I hope it's helpful for someone!
There's a fucking tornado in the area.
I'm sure most people in the U.S. have already heard about the massive storm system that battered Houston last night and into the afternoon, but for those who haven't? Well, let's just say there was a disaster declaration in my county.
(Pictures courtesy of the Houston Chronicle)
But it's a temporary stop while I attend cosmetology school, get a bit of work under my belt, and move on. I guess it could be worse; I could be moving to the middle of nowhere in Mississippi where they still have dial-up internet.
There are so amazing restaurants and beautiful buildings in Jackson, and it's not terribly far from the coast, which will be nice. I'm sure I'll rant about the bigotry there, but there will also be bright spots, too. I'm determined to make the best of it, damnit.
Has anyone else lived somewhere they hated?
I don't know how many times I've banged on about this stuff, but when I got to L-Day, there was only one thing I could think of to discuss. I've used every eye makeup remover under the sun from the much-bragged-about Lancôme to Almay, which claims to have been made specifically for sensitive eyes, and they all burned like hellfire.
If you're in the market for a new eye makeup remover, you can find this for dirt cheap on Amazon, or if you don't want to wait and have a Walgreens nearby, it's available there for a dollar or two more. I think I've gone through four or five bottles of the stuff already, and it's a product I'll never bother replacing with something new. That's how well it works.
I'll try to stop talking about this stuff now, but it's just so damn good!
Do you have any can't-live-without products?