It's been a while since I've done a post like this, so I thought I'd take a minute and update you on what skincare products I've been using and loving lately. Personally, I love seeing what products other people use and enjoy when it comes to skincare, so I hope you do, too!
MORNING: In the mornings, I rotate between two products.Every other day, I start with the Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Gel Cleanser. I swear by Michael Todd skincare; I've used a handful of their products and my skin really responds well to their natural products.
The Charcoal Detox cleanser is a scary black-colored gel, but it smells so refreshing like tea tree and other natural fragrances. The charcoal works to pull out the junk from clogged pores, and the tea tree has natural anti-aging and blemish healing properties. I love this stuff, I already have a backup to use in the future. You can now find Michael Todd products on ULTA.com and ULTA Beauty retail stores nationwide. Click here for more info. (affiliate link) Go get you some.
On the days I don't use the cleanser, I use the Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal facial scrub. It's really good for your skin to properly exfoliate and remove the dry, dead skin that can hang around. The exfoliating agent is wax jojoba beads that are perfectly round and even. I can't stress to you how important that is - scrubs like the St. Ives Apricot Scrub use uneven natural exfoliators that can cause damaging micro-lacerations on your skin. Not. Good. (even though I secretly love that scrub even though I know it's bad for me!) Again, like with the cleanser above, the activated charcoal works to draw out impurities and gunk from the skin - a double whammy when used in rotation with the Charcoal Detox cleanser. This can also be purchased at Ulta for $19, and you can read more and purchase it here.
After cleansing, I tone my skin using the Kiehl's Yerba Mate Tea toner (cue the Ellis Coffee song running through my head! Holla if you know the song!) This is a really nice, gentle toner that doesn't sting my face or strip it of it's natural moisture. I THINK this might be discontinued.... so I'm sorry in advance if you can't find this for purchase any more.
To cap off the morning routine, I use a serum and I've recently been using the beloved Hydraluron, which you've probably read about if you frequent British beauty blogs often. It's a lightweight serum formulated with the purest form of hyaluronic acid, which plumps and promotes smoother, softer skin. You can buy it at both Ulta or Walgreens in the US if you want to see what the hype is all about.
EVENING: In the evening I first remove all my makeup with a towelette or a micellar water, as well as an eye-makeup remover, and then I use the Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Cleanser with my Clarisonic Mia 2 (just re-read the description above about how amazing this cleanser is.)
After cleansing, I again, use my Kiehl's Yerba Mate Tea toner to remove any lingering traces of makeup. I then use the Lanoline Age Defying eye cream. This isn't my favorite eye cream ever, but it's not bad and I'm weird about needing to use things up. Once again, I use hydraluron in the evenings for a serum. To moisturize, I use the Tarte Maracuja Oil every other day. I love this oil because it has a high dose of Vitamin C to brighten the skin, plus it helps combat blemishes while really hydrating the skin.On the days I don't use the oil, I use the Organic Surge Overnight Sensation Night Cream. This stuff smells amazing, with a strong smell of lavender essential oil - perfect for bed time! A little goes a long way, and it makes my skin feel nice and hydrated.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is it! This combination of products has been working really well for me to keep most blemishes and dry patches away. My skin feels soft and I feel like I've been focusing less on fine lines that are beginning to appear on my face. Let me know what your holy grail skincare items are or if you've tried anything I've mentioned!
Disclaimer: This post contains products that were sent to me, and affiliate links, however all opinions are my own. I never guarantee positive reviews - I keep it real for all my readers!