I do not care much for fancy makeup products – but I never ever go to bed without washing my face. It’s the curse of senstive skin. No wait – not being able to use nearly all products is the curse of sensitive skin. Actually, there are several issues I have with my skin…Anyway, while I am very casual about makeup and rarely wear more than foundation and mascara, I do care about skincare. At the least I manage to maintain a cleansing routine, even with the busy baby around, because if I don’t my skin will have a heart attack!
So over the years of testing 35,862 skin and beauty products (probably accurate) I’ve learned more about my skin, how it changes with age, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and what products work.
Here are a few of my favorites…
aztec healing mask
This is one of those completely un-fancy products that actually works! It is very simple – it’s just powdered clay and you mix with apple cider vinegar and water and leave on for 15 minutes and it draws impurities to the surface. I try to use it once a week. My skin always feels smooth and clean afterwards, but a tad dry, so I usually use my facial mist or moisturizer after. I’m probably supposed to use a serum but ain’t nobody got time for that.
mario badescu keratoplast cream soap
Probably working on 4 years with this stuff. It cleans without drying at all. A toner is recommend after, but my skin can’t handle the toner. It takes some getting used to if you typically use a foaming cleanser that makes you feel squeaky clean because your face will just feel…bare but not stripped.
aloe & rosewater facial mist
I’ve used this for several years and I love it. It always seemed like a superfluous product in the past, but most moisturizers make my skin breakout. So, when I’m a little over-sensitive, I will use this in place of a moisturizer and it feels so good to have some fry skin relief without risking more irritation. Other times I will just use it after a shower (on neck and chest too) or under/over makeup for an extra boost.
neutrogena sensitive skin oil-free moisturizer
Moisturizers are so tough for me. Nothing works. I’ve tried everything that doesn’t cost more than my grocery bill. This one is the least irritating, but I do stay on the hunt for something that doesn’t break me out at ALL.
beauty counter charcoal face bar
This is new for me but I really like it so far. It cleans thoroughly but isn’t overly drying. I tend to alternate it with my gentler MB wash.
ponds makeup remover
Because I use such a gentle face wash, I HAVE to remove my foundation before I cleanse if I want to actually be clean. This is a classic. It provides additional moisture (again, thankfully without irritation) and it definitely removes everything without issue. I use it when I get home in the afternoons and tissue off, and leave any remaining on until I wash in the evenings, so it has some time to provide the moisture boost. I tried micellar water in its place and my skin freaked out big time.
This stuff saved me! Traditional deodorants typically have some unsafe ingredients, and definitely irritating ones for those with sensitive skin. Yet, most natural deodorant options just don’t work. I tried this on a whim and LOVE IT. Coconut & Vanilla scent all the way. Read my full review of it here.
Hands down my favorite, but I only buy it when I feel like splurging.
Another item I have used for years. It doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. It feel silky soft but won’t “ball” up and smudge like some primers – it just glides. A little bit goes a long way. I prefer the color adjusting variety, but they are all great.
sara happ lip scrub
Umm. who has time for lip scrub? But when I do, I love this kind. It smells amazing and feels luxurious.
c.o. bigelow rose bud salve
Simple. Classic. Feels like silk. I use it at night before bed when James hasn’t stolen it from my nightstand and lost it somewhere in the house. Because the couch cushions need lip gloss too.
tocca collete fragrance
This is my favorite all around fragrance. Not really a beauty item – but if you haven’t smelled it you have to try! Such a crowd pleaser. Top notes of bergamot, mandarin, lemon, juniper berry and pink peppercorn.