Investing in good skin care has great long-term effects for maintaining clear, youthful looking skin than color makeup. A good skincare can routine can help prevent future problems and lessen current issues.
For anyone looking to embark on a journey to downsize their beauty collection, skincare products are typically the easiest items to work through.
Please keep reading for a review roundup on all the products featured in my Mid-Year skincare empties 2018 roundup.
Mid-Year Skincare Empties 2018 Roundup
Before diving into my skincare empties 2018 roundup, I want to note that I have oily, acne prone skin. Keep this in mind if your skin is normal-to-dry.
Mid-Year Skincare Empties
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Dr. Jart – Ceremidin Gel Cream
The Dr. Jart Ceremidin Gel Cream is the moisturizer that started it all. Prior to purchasing this moisturizer, I never believed I would find a lightweight moisturizer that would hydrate my skin without clogging my pores.
The ceramides within the gel-based moisturizer are very plumping to the skin – making the skin look fuller and more youthful. I have purchased this cream three times already – it is one of my holy grail skincare items.
Aveeno – Daily Moisturizing Lotion (Travel Size)
Aveeno is one of my favorite brands at the drugstore because the products are formulated for those with sensitive skin. On more than one occasion, I have turned to Aveeno body washes and soaps to help calm irritated skin.
The Daily Moisturizing Lotion is not greasy nor does it have an overpowering fragrance. However, I hated this travel size product because the packaging made it hard to get out the lotion after a few uses.
Lubriderm – Daily Moisture Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin
I have no strong feelings about Lubriderm* lotions. I don’t find them to be overly moisturizing or greasy, but I don’t find that lock in moisture as well as other brands sold at the drugstore. However, I do like that this lotion is without fragrance.
I love this sunscreen. Again, with sensitive, acne-prone skin, I have to be choosy with what I put on my face. Sunscreens can clog my pores or make me look like an oil slick
The Algenist Sublime Defense sunscreen* is a wonderful product. It provides strong coverage in a non-greasy formula that keeps my skin protected all day. I don’t experience flashback with this sunscreen underneath my makeup nor does this break me out.
As a whole, I would recommend mineral sunscreens over chemical ones for the following reasons.
(1) Mineral sunscreens act as physical blocks to the sun’s rays – meaning that the product sits on top of the skin and does not seep into the pores.
(2) Mineral sunscreens are not damaging to the environment like chemical sunscreens.
(3) Mineral sunscreens should not interact or counteract other skincare products within your daily regimen.
(4) Mineral sunscreens start working immediately after application, whereas most chemical sunscreens take 30 minutes or so before they become effective.
My biggest complaint with the Algenist sunscreen is that the bottle is small and expensive. Last year, during the beach season, I lost two bottles.
Coppertone – Clearly Sheer SPF 50 Sunscreen
I know very little about this product because it was purchased for me and looks as though it may be discontinued. (I have not been able to find this online and have seen large stockpiles of this particular sunscreen at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.)
The formula is lightweight and inexpensive but does clog pores. When applied to my face, I did break out, but this formulation was fine for my neck, chest, and shoulders. However, I cannot speak to the ingredients so I cannot recommend this sunscreen.
Josie Maran – 100% Pure Argan Oil
I contemplated giving away or selling this oil so many times in 2017. However, after doing some researching into oils being good for the face, I decided to keep this product to use at night. I liked the Josie Maran oil,* but if I buy another facial oil in the future, I am more likely to buy Fresh’s Seaberry Oil.*
Kiehl’s – Midnight Recover Oil
I love the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil* as a nighttime makeup remover because it is gentle but effective. The oil removes makeup easily without needing to tug or pull on the skin. Additionally, the oil-based formula does not dry out the skin.
Boscia – Hydration Essence
I purchased the Boscia Hydration Essence at Marshalls at the tail end of 2016. As a stand-alone product this is not effective. When paired with another moisturizer this essence works well to add more hydration.
Boscia Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask
The Boscia Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask was surprisingly effective and well loved. Even though this is a cream based mask, it did not clog my pores. Every morning after using this at night, I woke up with smooth, baby-soft, hydrated skin.
Beauty Counter promises to use ingredients that are both safe and effective. The N. 3 Balancing Facial Mask sample is the first product, I’ve used by the brand and I was happy with the results. This mask is quite similar to the Origins Charcoal mask.
Origins – Original Skin Retexturizing Mask
As a whole, Origins makes some of my favorite masks. I enjoyed the skin retexturizing mask,* but I am not quite sure how this impacted my skin’s texture.
I did let a friend borrow this mask and saw major improvements in his skin. After applying to the nose area, his skin was noticeably smoother and less textured.