Skincare is one of my favorite beauty essentials that I think is the most important. What we put on our face (to me) can make such a huge impact on how our makeup lays on the skin, but also how we look without the makeup on. I’ve tried numerous skincare products, some of which have caused me so much pain and agitation so I know it’s scary to trust someone on the internet! Please trust me when I say this – I am such a skeptic too! But with time, patience and SPOT TESTING (so important) you are bound to find skincare products that you love and work for you. Here are my favorites!

MY SKIN TYPE: Oily/combo skin. Very oily throughout the day in my T-zone, other spots are dry. I get acne/pimples along my chin (hormonal) and the occasional breakout.

First Aid Beauty – Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay

I am not kidding when I say that this face mask does EXACTLY what the it claims:

“This mask treatment delivers immediately visible results akin to a professional treatment. In just 20 minutes the mask detoxifies and deeply purifies the complexion by drawing out skin impurities with a potent concentration of red clay. It regulates excess sebum, and eliminates clogged pores. In addition, mineral rich red clay reduces congestive pigmentation in problem areas where pimples previously formed and improves the skin’s texture. As the mask is peeled away, skin looks smoother, softer, and refreshed while pores appear visibly reduced.” – Sephora Website.

This mask is perfect for those with sensitive skin like myself. It reminds me of those blackhead masks that are all over Facebook and Instagram, but this mask is pain free. It may hurt a little if you have peach fuzz, but nothing unbearable. I have used peel off masks before claiming to help with whiteheads, sebum, etc. But holy cow would those be SO painful to remove. With the First Aid Beauty mask i’ve noticed even better results. I use this mask about 2 times a week after showering, and apply the mask to just my T-zone. I like to use this mask after I’ve showered because I feel that my pores are more open due to the warm water and it allows me to get better results with this mask. I apply a thin, even layer and leave it on for about 20 mins (or until completely dry). Once I can barely move my face I slowly begin to peel from chin, moving towards the forehead. I emphasize slowly because for me I have noticed that it extracts more whiteheads, clears the clogged pores better.. you can actually see the mask removing that stuff!

Nip + Fab – Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads

If you’re more into a chemical exfoliate rather than a physical, this is definitely you’re new best friend. Chemical may sound scary, but this product has given me instant results. When I say instant results.. you better believe I am not joking with you! After cleansing my face and patting it dry, I go in with one of the Nip + Fab pads in circular motions around my face and down my neck. I let this dry and then go about my other skincare products (face lotion and eye cream). It’s great for dull skin and helps to smooth out the surface of your skin, yet is so gentle while doing this. I use this 2 times a week, or when I feel that my skins a little too rough or uneven. Due to my hormonal acne around my chin, this causes acne scars (boo!) but seriously, after using this for the last 3 or so months i’ve noticed that my pigmentation has gotten so much better. Also – the pads have a subtle Fruity Pebbles scent that is so delicious!!

Farmacy – Eye Dew Total Eye Cream with Echinacea GreenEnvy

Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the most beautiful packaging and sweetest little name?! This eye cream is quite a staple for me. I never used to be big on applying eye cream, but after trying this guy.. i’m hooked. This product does not clog my pores, or feel heavy at all.

It’s the perfect consistency that leaves my under eyes feeling so moisturized ready to take on the day. So it’s perfect for both daytime and night time. I personally use this product only at night, I have noticed that if I put concealer/makeup on following the eye cream the makeup lays a little odd, but that also could be because I didn’t give the eye cream enough time to soak into the skin prior to application. Also, I just like using it at night to save me a few extra bucks since it does retail for $38 (Sephora).

The Face Shop The Solution – Moisturizing Face Mask

My mom went to Korea a few months ago and grabbed a few of these for me, luckily these masks are easy to get online so I don’t have to worry about running out of the ones I have now! I have tried different sheet masks and enjoy them, but THIS one has made me fall in love with sheet masks all over again. If you have dull, dry skin.. or just need a little pick me up from traveling or work life I HIGHLY recommend this. This mask is very moisturizing, so I like to use this mask every other week. There is so much of the product/serum soaked into the mask that after I apply the mask I like to use the serum leftover and massage it onto my neck. I leave the mask on for about 20-30 minutes and once I remove it I like to pat my skin to make sure that I am getting as much product absorbed into my skin as possible. I’ve noticed that immediately after using the mask my face feels moisturized, supple, and my dry spots the following day reduce and sometimes go away completely.

First Aid Beauty – Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay:
– Price: $30 (Sephora)
– Great for sensitive skin
– Removes sebum & whiteheads with ease
– Immediate difference

Nip + Fab – Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads
– Price: $12.99 (Ulta)
– Chemical exfoliate
– Smoothes out the skin, leaves skin glowing
– Immediately after use skin feels soft and smooth

Farmacy – Eye Dew Total Eye Cream with Echinacea GreenEnvy
– Price: $38 (Sephora)
– Beautiful packaging
– Moisturizes the under eye but not heavy
– Great for day time and night time

The Face Shop The Solution – Moisturizing Face Mask
– Price: $3/each (The Face Shop)
– Leaves skin plump and supple
– Helps reduce dry patches

Even though I adore these products and swear by them, I highly encourage to spot test every skincare item you use for the first time. What I like to do is put a pea size of product on my neck, give it a day or two, and if there is no agitation, redness, bumps, or an itch, it’s pretty safe to say that the product won’t mess with my skin.

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