My Bare Necessities: Skincare Routine Edition
NOTE: THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JUNE 6 2018. DUE TO SITE HOST TRANSFER PUBLISH DATE IS INCORRECT.
This week I bring you my bare necessities! AKA my skincare routine and some of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE PRODUCTS!
This week I'm going to cover a lot of skincare products for y'all. Let's start by telling you a little bit about my skin. First, I have combination skin - oily in the T-Zone, and during the winter my hydration is just sucked right out of me. I use these products interchangeably during the week. But generally these are all products that my skin has been loving! Big thanks to the products I have featured today because my skin is feeling so good! Also feeling grateful to have access to clean, filtered water!
TIP: Drinking lots of water flushes the toxins out of your body and anything else that shouldn't be there so it clears your skin of any dirt and bacteria!
PRODUCTS YOU'RE ABLE TO PURCHASE AT DRUGSTORES
Influenster is an online product discovery and reviews platform for consumers using social media analytics to measure users' influence on social media. As an influencer, you can register with them (someone from representing the company reached out to me via email) and you fill out a bunch of quizzes to tailor your interests, and over time you can keep filling out quizzes to receive your VoxBox.
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Clay Cleanser & Mask
I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. It's designed to deeply clear your skin without stripping the skin. It targets skin impurities by drawing out the dirt, oil and makeup. This facial cleanser and clay mask technology helps to preserve the moisture and maintain soft, healthy-looking skin. It's formulated with salicylic acid, which is anti-inflammatory and mildly antibacterial, great for acne-prone skin.
My Thoughts: I absolutely loved this. Face felt clean after using as cleanser, and even more clean after using as mask! Helped to calm the acne currently on my skin. I personally love products that contain salicylic acid, since it helps to control current, and future acne.
(Photo taken from Neutrogena.com)
Pixi Beauty by Petra
Pixi Beauty was created over 10 years ago, launched in their flagship boutique in Soho, London. Pixi has become worldwide due to their pure, awakening and skin-loving products that create a naturally radiant look. What's worth mentioning is that it's #crueltyfree!
This product is easily one of their most popular products - and I understand why! This toner exfoliates, purifies the skin and contains Glycolic Acid, great for exfoliation and brightening the skin. Which is exactly why I love it.
My thoughts: This product does everything - hydrates, soothes, exfoliates, brightens, refines appearance of pores, balances and heals for healthier skin. Bonus: NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. And improves circulation and makes your skin look energized.
(photo taken from pixibeauty.co.uk)
Rose Oil Blend
This is a luxe, ultra-nourishing oil that rejuvenates, restores and renews skin's luminosity. This blend is infused with a complex of youth--preserving oils such as sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils to improve skin's elasticity and glow. This product is suited on all skin types. BONUS: not tested on animals! None of Pixi products are ;).
My thoughts: Winter in Canada can drain the hydration out of you - and this saved my skin! Either applying 2-3 drops alone under moisturizer, or mixed in with my moisturizer, this DEEPLY HYDRATED MY SKIN. With consistent use, lots of liquids, this truly changed my skin around. BOTH products from Pixi have truly changed my skin. My skin can be sensitive sometimes, but I have no problems with any of their products. Pores are less refined, skin is less red, and ultimately made my skin feeling silky. Perfect for deep nourishment in your nighttime routine. Not to mention, this smells heavenly!
To learn more or buy the Rose Oil Blend, click here.
(photo taken from pixibeauty.co.uk)
Simple Skincare Moisturizing Facial Wash
Simple Skincare products have no dyes, articial perfumes or harsh chemicals that can upset skin. They contain skin-loving ingredients and added vitamins for natural, healthy-looking skin. They are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and pH balanced.
This Moisturizing Facial Wash can be found at almost any drugstore, mass retailer or grocery store. This product has two added vitamins, no artificial perfume, harsh chemicals, or parabens. Bonus: it's dermatologist tested.
(Photo taken from simpleskincare.ca)
My Thoughts: I enjoy using this product on weekends or days I wear little to no makeup. It does a decent job in removing leftover makeup - but you need extra steps to remove all traces of makeup. The days I use this when I am wearing no makeup, it adds hydration as it's meant to. At such an affordable price, if you have sensitive skin, give this a try!
To check out the Simple Skincare site for this wash, click here.
PRODUCTS AT SPECIALTY STORES
THE BODY SHOP
The Body Shop is a British cosmetics, skin care and perfume company that explores cruelty-free makeup, skincare and hair products. Ethically sourced, and inspired by nature, The Body Shop is committed to banning animal testing.
(Photos taken from thebodyshop.com)
Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask
This clay mask is a cool and deep cleanse for your skin. Great for blemished complexions, providing a cooling sensation refreshing skin without over drying. This mask clears impurities while absorbing excess sebum, leaving your skin smoother and clearer.
This Tea Tree Clay Mask is infused with tea tree oil grown in the foothills of Mount Kenya, promoting clearer-looking skin. To discover the benefits of Tea Tree Oil and discover other uses for Tea Tree Oil, The Body shop provides a link, which I will provide you to below.
My Thoughts: I've been using this product for almost a decade. It's been around for a VERY long time, and this has been one of my favourite products. I've always had acne-prone skin, and I am also oily, so with a consistent use of this mask, it has helped clear my skin from all those impurities. I'm a fan of tea tree oil, using it directly on pimples, so this mask does wonders for my skin!
To learn more, or buy, click here.
Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this 100% vegan charcoal clay face mask is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. This mask draws out impurities and refines the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow. It's formulated without parabens, paraffins, silicone or mineral oils. It's proven to absorb excesss oils, which is perfect for skin that needs extra purification to reveal a healthy, youthful glow. The charcoal is derived from the Himalayan Foothills, green tea leaves from Japan, and organic Community Trade tea tree oil is from Kenya.
My thoughts: I've purchased two tubs of this, and I'm nearly done my 2nd one since this new line released. I think that's proof enough that I love this product as well. I love charcoal and clay masks if you can't tell already. All products that draw impurities out, balances acne, and helps to promote better healthier skin is down my alley! Note that this product is not meant for all. If you have extremely sensitive skin - be sure to test patch this product first!
To purchase, head over to The Body Shop's official site, or click here.
ORIGINS: Drink Up Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask & Maskimizer
This Drink Up Intensive: Overnight Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst is an ultra-rich, hydrating overnight mask. It contains Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oils to deeply and instantly add moisture by reserving and building a reservoir for tomorrow. The Japanese Seaweed helps repair skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging, awakening the skin to feel comfortable, refreshed and supple.
TIP: take an extra step and mask to the max with this MASK PRIMING MIST. Containing Marine Algae complex to help hydrate, soften and optimize skin's condition to fully prep your mask skin experience.
My Thoughts: I used this consistently during times where my skin just felt extremely dehydrated. No amount of water drinking helped, so using this combination brought some moisture back. Especially great during the harsh winter climate! Made my skin hydrated and youthful looking again.
KIEHLS ULTRA FACIAL CREAM
This Ultra Facial Cream helps to reduce moisture loss while drawing and absorbing moisture from the air. With continuous moisture replenishment throughout the day, leaving skin smooth, soft and healthy looking (kiehls.ca).
TIP: Can be used day OR night. For extra hydration at night - add serum or oil.
My thoughts: I've gone through two, possibly three tubs of this. It is fairly pricey for the size shown in the picture, however, it lasts at least half a year or more, so it's a great investment. My only con is that it's not cruelty free. Otherwise, this product has helped maintain my skin's moisture, is very light weight, not greasy, has no smell and isn't sticky. By far the best moisturizer I have ever used. I sometimes mix the Rose Oil Blend, previously mentioned, to add an extra oomph. With consistent use, it has cured the flaky, red skin from our harsh Canadian winter. Provides a great base for hydration before foundation as well.
To check out the product, click here.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST...
EVE PEARL - FACE THERAPY INTENSE REPAIR CREAM
Who is Eve Pearl?
She is a five-time Emmy Award winner and author, and is an authority on beauty. She has two decades of experience as a makeup professional in television, film, theater, and print. Eve Pearl is a leader in the industry setting global beauty standards and trends. She has created products meant for sensitive skin. Eve Pearl is an innovator, and known for her *CosmeNutrients®: Proprietary Formulations Combining Complex Nutrients with Vitamins, Minerals, Peptides and Antioxidants into Multi-Functional Skincare & Cosmetics.
The Face Therapy Intense Repair Cream is a multi-functional moisturizer formulated to restore, nourish and hydrate the skin. It dries matte to penetrate, smooth and protect the skin. The product has a pink salmon colour which is the Astaxanthin, a microalgae that salmon eats, which is what gives it the salmon it's color. Thus, it is a natural sunscreen, stronger than the SPF found in other brands of skincare. The product also contains collagen, hylauronic acid, retinal and green tea to restore and repair the skin. It nourishes and revitalizes the skin with vitamins B, B3, C & E. Bonus: contains coconut oil, aloe, and shea butter. It's also fragrance free, paraben free, and is non-greasy.
Tip: You can use it day or night as it is lightweight. Can also be used as a primer base under makeup, or to remove makeup! A little goes a long way!
My Thoughts: I love this multi-functional moisturizer. It has restored and hydrated my skin, dries matte so it's non-greasy, and the best part is the natural sunscreen in this product so it's one less thing to worry about in the mornings! Plus, i'm adding vitamins to my skin as well!
This product, along with any other Eve Pearl product is not sold in stores in Canada. For purchases in Canada or within the GTA, contact me to purchase through an authorized reseller in the Toronto area!
To check out the international site, click here.
Are there any products that you love that I didn't mention? Make sure to leave a comment on what products you want to try!
Pris Wong xo
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DISCLAIMER: This post is not paid. Products are claimed in post accordingly. All opinions are of my own. Photos are of my own unless credited.