At last – we’ve come to the end of my mid-year empties series. 🙂
Investing in good skin care will have much better long-term effects for maintaining clear, youthful looking skin than color makeup. Unlike cosmetics, which only camouflage your natural appearance, great skincare can not only prevent future problems but will actually lessen current issues. Additionally, for anyone looking to start a downsizing journey, skin care products are typically the easiest items to work through because they are used much more frequently than many color cosmetics product.
Please keep reading if you want to hear my thoughts on the following moisturizers, sunscreens, and treatments.
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. Finding this moisturizer kickstarted my skincare journey.
As you could probably guess from the above – this moisturizer is lightweight and hydrating. Additionally, it does not clog my pores. Additionally, 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. This year, I am branching out and trying a few more brands, but I recommend this to anyone with oily skin. When I last checked on Sephora, I could not find this product so I am wondering if this has since been discontinued.
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. I will continue to purchase from Aveeno, but I am unlikely to purchase this travel size lotion again due to flaws in the packaging.
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.
If Lubriderm were to have a sale, I would consider purchasing from the brand again, but I am unlikely to purchase from this brand in the near future.
Algenist – SUBLIME DEFENSE Ultra Lightweight UV Sunscreen SPF 50
I love this sunscreen. Again, with sensitive, acne-prone skin, I have to be choosy with what I put on my face because sunscreens can clog my pores or make me look like an oil slick The Algenist Sublime Defense sunscreen is a wonderful product because 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. I am currently trying to find an alternative that is just as effective but is slightly cheaper. That being said, I heartily recommend this for anyone with oily skin who wants a quality sunscreen.
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, because the makeup remover is oil based, it does not dry out the skin.
I’ve used several deluxe samples of this product over the years and I am considering purchasing this in the future when I finish my current micellar water.
Boscia – Hydration Essence
I purchased the Boscia Hydration Essence at Marshalls at the tail end of 2016. As a stand-alone product I do not think this is effective, but when paired with another moisturizer this works well to add more hydration. I have had trouble finding this online, so it is possible that this product has been repackaged, renamed, or reformulated.
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. I haven’t been able to find this particular product online so this may have been either renamed and repackaged or discontinued.
Beauty Counter – N. 3 Balancing Facial Mask Deluxe Sample
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. I would consider purchasing from this brand in the future.
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 really impacted my skin’s overall texture. I will continue to purchase from Origins, but I am more likely to purchase other iterations.
Although I didn’t see any major differences in my skin after using this mask, I did let a friend borrow it and saw major improvements in his skin. For example, after applying to the nose area, his skin was noticeably smoother and less textured.
Glamglow – Poutmud Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment
In general, I hate lip exfoliating treatments because I don’t find them to be that effective. Moreover, as someone who is working tirelessly to pare down my collection, I do not love having products I dislike lying around. I don’t find the Glamglow Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment to be any better or worse than other similar scrubs I tried, but nevertheless, I will not repurchase.
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What are skincare products have you been loving this year?