My thinking is if you are going to spend the big bucks on either make-up or skincare, choose skincare. The reason is because your skin ages and needs the most care. Yes, its nice to have fancy make-up but if you can only afford a certain amount, put it into your skincare! There are many more benefits to spending it on your skin. I’ve been working in the cosmetic industry for over 15 years, wow that’s crazy to think it’s been that long, and products are consistently evolving. Some products stay the same and are very effective where as others will change and improve through new technology.
I’m going to tell you about some of my favourite skincare products. Now that doesn’t mean that all these products will work for you. Everyone has different skin conditions and specific needs. Saying that, these products are amazing and their companies could have another product in their line that might work better for you. When looking for the right skincare you should talk to the beauty experts in the cosmetic departments. They go to knowledgeable training sessions and learn about all the ingredients and benefits of the skincare.
One basic item everyone should have is a decent and comfortable cleanser. Every skin type has different needs but these two can work on most types of skin. The first one is Bioderma’s Make-up Removing Micelle Solution. I use the one for sensitive skin. This product is great for eye make-up removal. I use this mainly for the eyes then a quick gentle wipe on the face. Since I use this mainly as my eye makeup remover I use the other cleanser for all over my face. It’s light and doesn’t leave a residue on your skin. I can’t stand the feeling of something left on my eyes. If you wear waterproof makeup you will need to get one specially for waterproof.
The next cleanser is a daily, non-irritating, exfoliating cleanser, Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. You just need to use a small amount, it goes a long way. I’ve been using this cleanser for about 15 years and I will never stop! Whether you believe this or not, it not only removes make-up from your face, it removes pollution! It was hard to believe this at first but when I traveled to New York my face was filled with grossness at the end of the day. When I used this cleanser I could literally feel all of it being removed. It is soooo refreshing!
Tone After You Cleanse
My husband steals this toner from me, so we both enjoy it! Biotherm makes a toner called Skin Oxygen Oxygenating Lotion. It’s great for all skin types and feels so good after you put it on. For a majority of cleansers they change the pH of your skin. A toner will help bring that pH back to the balanced level. Once that happens it will help the following products to absorb into the skin better. A bonus its 99% natural origin!
To Use a Serum or To Not Use a Serum
So serums are one of those skincare products that people don’t really want to purchase or don’t feel they need. I’ve been using them for a while now and feel a huge difference when I stop using them. I’ll admit, sometimes I fall off the serum wagon but as soon as I notice a difference in my skin I have to start using them again. There are going to be two that I suggest. Personally, I use one at night and one in the day. Both of these you can actually use day and night (even though one is called a night serum it can be used in the day).
The first one is what I use in the day, Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate. It’s expensive but really effective! It helps to reduce wrinkles, the look of being tired, and evens skin tone and texture. There are some important active ingredients such as prebiotic and probiotic extracts, and hyaluronic acid. The second one I love is Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. It’s anti-aging and helps make your skin look younger, softer, and more rested! I’ve been using this one for many years and still love it. They have also expanded the Night Repair line over the years and have an amazing eye cream as well!
Day and Night Moisturizers
I also have many favourite moisturizers but I’m only going to feature two. I can suggest others if you ask! Moisturizers are hard to find because everyone has many different skin conditions and concerns. Lines, preventative, skin type, firmness, sun damage, brightening and so many more. These two are age preventing one is for the day and one is for the night. Clarin’s Multi-Active Jour (Day) and Multi-Active Nuit (Night). They both smell great! One thing about Clarins is that they use lots of plant extracts so the smell you are smelling is more plant based instead of chemical based.
The day moisturizer is an antioxidant that prevents first signs of aging. It makes your skin look radiant and not so tired! It has the anti-pollution complex in it which helps protect from pollution and free radicals. The night cream is very comforting and your skin will feel comfortable and rested in the morning. For those nights you don’t get much rest it will help a little so that you don’t look as exhausted as you feel. It too has the anti-pollution complex.
So another all time favourite skincare product of mine is Clarin’s UV 50. This is only meant for your face and is really lightly textured so it doesn’t feel like you are adding a sunscreen to your face. It’s a daily sunscreen that you would apply after your moisturizer. There is a tinted version but I like the classic translucent one. It’s also oil-free! I also use it on my son before he goes to school to help add some extra protection.
I love oils! They make my skin feel its best. Yes, you maybe scared to use them especially if you have oily skin but some lines have great oils to help oily skin. Ironic, maybe!
I use the Clarins Blue Orchid all year long. It is designed to help with dehydrated skin and works great! Especially, in our province Saskatchewan, pretty much everyone here has dehydrated skin. There is a special technique to apply the oil. Use it at night for a full week and then after that treatment use it 1-2 times a week. The week treatment can be repeated as often as needed. First wash your face, then apply the oil, splash cold water or a water mist spray over top of the oil. Then, use a tissue and lightly press all over your face. By doing that, the water and oil don’t mix, so the water helps push the oil deeper into your skin.This line has an oil for oily skin if you want to try it.
The second oil I love is Korres Black Pine 3D Sculpting & Firming Sleeping Oil. By the name I’m sure you know to use it when you sleep. I use all my oils at night because even if some are light it does make it harder to put make-up on after. This oil is like a little miracle in a jar! Your skin will feel firmer and softened. Helps prevent aging and makes your skin look refreshed in the morning!
For Your Eyes
There are a few eye creams I love but one that I really enjoy is Korres Black Pine 3D Sculpting, Firming & Lifting Eye Cream. There are so many amazing products from this line! I’ve been using Korres for about 12 years and still love each products I’ve tried. This line is cruelty-free, eco-friendly and natural! The eye cream helps fight against aging, lines, it firms, and helps reduce puffiness and dark circles. It’s one of those all in one eye creams!