Here are a bunch of products that have been working their charm, and cementing their place in my everyday skincare arsenal.
Makeup Remover & Cleanser
What would I do without Bioderma? Well, I’d survive. But I’d have a super hard time taking off waterproof mascara, eyeliner, and ALL my base makeup with a couple of swipes! I know that Bioderma has mixed reviews in the blogosphere. For me though, this is HG stuff and is the primary reason why Beautylish gets a big chunk of my cleanser budget. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped, and I can totally count on it for taking off every last bit of makeup, including sunscreen! I always use this as a first cleanse, and follow up with another much loved cleanser.
If ever, there was a First Aid Beauty loyalty contest, I’d win the first prize! Every product that I’ve tried from this brand has been amazing for my normal-dry sensitive skin. The First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser has to be my favorite of the lot, I love it so much that I end up finding little tubes at the most random places in my house! On a day where I’m wearing minimal or no makeup, I can happily rely on this one to give me a clean squeaky face that doesn’t feel like sandpaper. So good!
Treatment / Toner
I rolled my eyes at toners until I met the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. This simple product with a fancy sounding name has transformed the texture of my skin. It has gotten rid of milia near my eyes, blackheads on my nose, and all my dry flakey patches! I use this once a day at night about 4-5 times a week. I’m on my third bottle now, and get hysterical when I don’t have a backup on hand!
I always have a million backups of the cotton rounds from the Body Shop (the buy three, get three offers are my wallet’s undoing). About 5-6 drops of the toner on the pad is sufficient to cover my entire face. I use this step to also validate the efficacy of my cleansers. My biggest pet peeve is seeing remnants of makeup on the cotton pad, no bueno.
Moisturiser & Sunscreen
The First Aid Beauty party continues with the Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen and the Ultra Repair Lotion. Why is it so hard to find a sunscreen with decent ingredients, that’s fragrance free, and doesn’t leave that annoying white cast? If there’s one skincare product I’m always in the market for, it has to be sunscreen. The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 comes pretty darn close to being the one. It contains Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide for UVA,UVB protection both of which my skin laps up without any trouble.
The added bonus, is that this can be worked into the skin pretty easily, unlike so many others that start to ball and pill off my face when I try to coax them into my skin. There’s a very slight white cast, but nothing that powder or some foundation cannot cover up. I don’t rely on sunscreen products for hydration, and usually mix this in or use over the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lotion.
The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lotion is the one of the most un-glamorous looking skincare products I’ve ever seen – it comes in a huge bottle with a tiny opening. I’m so glad I looked beyond the unsightly packaging, because this is gold! While the texture is like a semi thick lotion, my skin seems to drink it up pretty easily. It is fragrance free, and has ingredients such as colliodal oatmeal and glycerin that soothe and moisturize the skin.
This is the only moisturizer that has worked in dry, winter conditions when indoor heating always does a number on my skin. I do wish the packaging was easier to use, I always end up squeezing out far more than what is required – which is a win for my dry hands, but a pain when all I want to do is crawl under the sheets and get some sleep.
Serum & Oils
I occasionally add in the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Recovery to the mix. It is touted to be a skincare ‘tonic’ that aids in hydration – I use it as I would use a face mist, albeit with a different delivery system. It looks and feels like water, but immediately relieves my skin of dryness. This is also a great post mask treat – it helps calm down my skin after any rigorous exfoliating or pore cleansing action!
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is my not so secret, secret-sauce. While I wholeheartedly agree that sleep, vegetables and water are all you need for fantastic skin – I’m guilty of watching YouTube at night, eating one too many samosas, and replacing water with tea. This oil seems to undo a portion of that damage every night while I sleep. I also find that it calms my hormonal breakouts. Kudos to Kiehl’s for ensuring that it has an addictive,natural fragrance and doesn’t feel greasy at all. I love rounding off my nighttime routine with a few drops of oil nicely massaged in – it brings a symbolic, aromatic end to my day (JUNKIE!!).
The MV Organics Rose Plus Booster is a recent addition to my skincare stash. It was a completely Divya enabled purchase, and I have to grudgingly admit, that it is on its way to becoming a favorite! A couple of drops of this fancy blend of oils on damp skin has worked wonders for my mildly irritated skin over the last couple of weeks. This, at the moment, is the AM answer to my beloved PM-only Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Oh, and it smells heavenly, like fresh roses in a meadow. It also costs as much as a meadow would. I should really be careful and reserve it just for skincare SOS days.
The only product that doesn’t have a permanent place in my skincare topshelf yet is a good eye cream. I’m trialing a couple at the moment, and would love some recommendations!
What are your skincare essentials?