It’s officially summer everywhere in the U.S. and here in Texas, it’s HOT. With these ridiculous temperatures and scorching sunshine, my beauty routine has to adapt. I need lighter yet longer lasting foundation, more and more waterproof eye makeup and products that embrace my hair’s natural wavy texture while also keeping sweat and greasies at bay.
The enigma of a beauty/makeup lover: having sensitive, reactive, dehydrated, combination, acne-prone, temperamental skin. It’s the WORST! I am taunted daily by individuals who can slap on drugstore foundations or switch their skincare routines and experience “amazing” results. If I were to do that, and when I *do* do that, I get to experience something a little less than amazing. I pretty much revert back to my 13-year-old self (pre-foundation days). Not cute.
But I know my baseline now. I have curated a group of products that will get the job done and calm my face down in a two to five day period if and when I decide to stray. A plus? It’s mostly drugstore items! Keep reading to find out what my everyday sensitive skincare routine is…
For those of us who like the feel of a good scrubbie-dub on the face, let me bring some light to the matter on why I’m doing an Origins Modern Friction review, particularly if you have skin issues and/or sensitive skin like me. I’ll admit, I am a skin care snob because my skin is extremely reactive and sensitive. This doesn’t mean I only purchase expensive skin care. I’m very big on simple drugstore face products like CeraVe and Cetaphil. But when something doesn’t work for me – whether it’s $3 or $300 – it’s gotta go.
Let me preface this review by saying I used St. Ives Apricot Scrub pretty consistently since middle school. I had read and heard advice from several dermatologists to be extremely gentle with my skin; leave the abrasive exfoliation to the professionals by way of peels or microdermabrasion. If I absolutely needed a bit of buffing action at home, use an infant wash cloth (I still like this method).
Sheet masks are a pretty new thing to the western beauty world. Originated in Korean skin care, sheet masks are used because they pack such a potent punch of helpful skin care ingredients suspended in the serum-soaked sheet. I picked up this $6 Sephora Collection Honey Sheet Mask with travel plans in mind – I knew I was flying back to the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia for Christmas and the words, “nourishing” and “balancing” were exactly what I wanted for my face during travel time.
Facial toner is something that people either think essential or a waste of time. I’m of those who say they are essential. I’ve used some form of toner – whether it be straight rubbing alcohol in my young teen years (ouch), Sea Breeze, Clean and Clear, Proactiv, Mario Badescu Rose Water, Witch Hazel, Bioderma, you-name-it – since I was probably 12 or 13 years old. We’re pushing 15 years of toner use here. I have some experience. That’s the biggest reason why I was excited to write this Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water review.
To me, toner creates a balance and a fresh canvas for your moisturizer (which we all should be using daily). I find they remove that last bit of makeup left behind and can rebalance overly dry or oily skin. Also, if you’re using a good toner, you’re leaving good ingredients on your skin – so choose your toner wisely!
If someone told me two years ago that I’d be raving about a moisturizing face mask, I’d probably punch them square in the face. I’ve always struggled with oily/breakout prone/sensitive/highly reactive skin. As I have learned, much of my struggles with my skin is solved by simply keeping it hydrated and my skin care very simple. I find I break out less and my hyperpigmentation even seems to lessen just by having moisture in my skin. Plus, it definitely makes applying makeup way more fun! Let’s check out what makes this product a must-try in my GlamGlow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment Review…