while i used to love ordering skincare online or going to be more niche stores (sephora, beautylish, etc.), i am feeling quite over that at the moment*. maybe because i’m back to being a broke student and maybe because i’m no longer living in an area where i have access to those stores. for something like skincare that you go through so quickly, it doesn’t feel efficient to keep ordering online. whatever the reason, i’m seeing some definite changes in my skincare routine specifically, and i have to say, i’m not mad about it. *with a couple exceptions of course!micellar water: i have gone through 2 big bottles of bioderma as a first cleanse/makeup remover over the past 6 months. while i love the formula and honestly just the luxury of that product, i no longer want to have to order my makeup remover every time i need to restock. i got a travel size of the garnier micellar water to compare and honestly i don’t see one bit of difference. i just purchased the full size which is huge and will last probably the whole summer or more. garnier micellar water is available at target and other drugstores.
face wash: i just finished both my glossier milky jelly cleanser and the first aid beauty cream cleanser, definitely prefer the latter over the former. this is my third bottle of mjc but i’m just meh about it. it’s hard to get and quite expensive and just not as remarkable as it should be. the fab is a true cream consistency but fully removable with water and gets all of my makeup off, while the mjc doesn’t come close. i was going to repurchase my old standby cetaphil when i saw the la roche posay tolerane hydrating gentle cleanser at my target and saw extremely solid reviews online. this is creamy like the fab – really it feels like lotion – but is gentle on the skin and eyes and very hydrating. i don’t feel that tight-face feeling after using this which i pretty much always get because of my dry skin. i think this has been helping to clear up my skin along with some other products i’ll mention later (it contains niacinamide like the glossier super pure), so i’m quite impressed thus far. this was a few dollars more than other drugstore cleansers ($15) but contains 13.5 ounces of product. it might be harder to find if you don’t have a target or walgreen’s near you, but worth a try if you can find it. plus it’s a really big size so cost efficient. they also have a purifying version if you have normal to oily skin!
toner: toner is a new step for me. usually i will use a facial spray here, but i decided to try out the thayer’s alcohol-free rose witch hazel when i saw a travel size version at target. witch hazel’s are reportedly great for the skin (the alcohol-free kind!) and help to balance and tone the skin. my skin feels healthier and more balanced after i use it, so i’m trying to be good about it morning and night. i’m liking it so far and will pick up the full size. available at target, drugstores, and health food stores.serum: deciem hylamide low molecular ha. back to a tried and true favorite. i mentioned here that i finished up my previous ha from purchased from beauty heroes and went back to hylamide when i was done. it was a great decision and i don’t think i’ll be straying for quite a while. available at cvs. the other serum i’ve been using over the past month that is a bit of a cheat is the glossier super pure serum. when i first got the serums, i was very disappointed. i didn’t see any results and they felt too watery to be doing anything. but i’ve recently gone back to the super pure and i can honestly say this is helping the stress acne i’ve been experiencing over the whole month of june. it’s becoming my secret weapon – i apply it only on the acne on my chin before applying any other skincare.
oil: indie lee squalane. now this one is a little bit special because it isn’t that readily available. however, it is carried in some anthropologies and natural beauty stores, so i bet you can find this somewhere near you depending on where you live. i found a natural beauty store about an hour away from me, so while i won’t be going there often, i will definitely return on my next shopping trip. i am finishing up my first bottle of this and now have a backup which i am very happy about.
moisturizer: good ol’ cetaphil. i like this thick version because it is so moisturizing and pulls all of my other products into my skin. in the summer i use just a little bit, whereas in the winter i pile it on. i do like their lotion version (versus the cream), but this works better for me. the less readily available favorites are glossier priming moisturizer and first aid beauty ultra repair cream. the glossier has been my daytime summer moisturizer of choice this year, it’s light and sinks in almost immediately but keeps my hydrated and glowing all day long. the first aid beauty is more of my winter lotion, but i have 2 backups that i’ve been making my way through. i interchange it with the cetaphil – they are pretty much the same but the fab is a little more moussey and lighter, but with the same hydrating results. because of the texture it is also easier to use a little bit and spread it over my whole face, so i can use this during the summer without looking or feeling too greasy.
mask: i’m very picky when it comes to detox masks. because i’m dry but acne-prone, i never want anything too harsh, but effective enough to make a difference. my go to for years as been the feeling beautiful lemon and mint mask, but i no longer live near ulta and can’t seem to find that one anymore. i tried the yes to tomatoes clear skin detoxifying charcoal mud mask and i LOVE it! it’s very similar to the origins charcoal mask which i love but recently used up. this is a salicylic mud mask that tightens and clears the skin, but doesn’t feel as tight as the origins. i see better results with this mask than any of the high end clarifying masks i’ve used! while i don’t always love my insatiable need for new things, i think that it is slowly showing me what products i actually like and want to keep buying. lucky for me, in the case of skincare at least, my picks are relatively affordable and easy to find. though i do get sad about all the money i have spent on selfcare in the past, i like this new direction i am going and i think it will continue for a long time to come.
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