Ladies, first all I apologize for taking so long to post PART 4 of the skincare series blog. Second of all, I have enjoyed writing this blog for you all. It has really helped me step out of my comfort zone by posting all these videos of me doing skincare. Ha-ha.
Now, let’s dive into the final topic of the series which is a list of all the products I used. I will be listing each part and the products I used for that particular part of the blog. So if you are just reading this blog I suggest you check out the previous ones to have a better understanding of the concept. Let’s begin!
PART 1 SKINCARE PRODUCTS
Part 1 was about my nighttime skincare routine. Below are the products I used.
- Coconut oil–I don’t have a specific brand that I like because I feel like they all work the same. I usually find it in the cooking oils section at the grocery store. The only two things I look for are that the label says virgin and organic. Personally, I feel this is the best quality oil.
- Clinique Liquid Soap for Oily Skin–This is my favorite soap in the world and have been using it for about, if not over, eight years. It’s an amazing cleansing soap and really removes oils from your face. It has also helped greatly with my excess oil production. It has no dyes, artificial coloring, fragrance, or parfums. It is really refreshing for oily skin. Does not leave any residue on the skin. You can find it at any Clinique inside department stores or beauty stores, and online.
- Face Brush–My face brush is super inexpensive and great quality. It is from Beauty Secrets a brand that can be found at any Sally’s Beauty store. I usually buy three or four at a time and switch them out often to avoid bacteria growth.
- Toner (DIY)–Ladies as I have mentioned in my previous blogs my toner is completely DIY (do it yourself) and 100% natural. I only use two natural ingredients that happen to be skin loving. Your skin will love it! Ingredient one is green tea, and ingredient two is my all time favorite plant aloe vera. And it’s super simple to make. Just take these two and bring them to a boil in water. For the green tea I use tea bags, and simply cut the aloe vera in chunks. The gel like substance in the aloe vera will dissolve into the water as it boils. Remove it from the heat once it has reached that boiling point and let it cool. Once it has cooled pour it in a spray bottle and ta-da you have yourself a toner.
- Moisturize–I stopped using creams to moisturize long, long time ago. Since I have adopted a more natural approach I use nothing but naturals oils to moisturize. My two favorite are Argan oil and rosehip oil. Argan oil is much more lightweight and fast absorbing than rosehip, but both have amazing health properties for the skin. The brand I use is Kate Blanc. I like Kate Blanc because of the fact that these oils are certified organic, which make me feel secure about what I am putting on my face. I initially came across these on Amazon, but you can also purchase directly from their website: www.kateblanccosmetics.com
- Massage–To massage my face I use a Jade roller. It is called Jade because it is made of the natural stone called jade. I found mine at a Sally’s Beauty store, but was the last one and have not found another one. If you have a hard time finding it at the store you can also buy it from Amazon. When buying from Amazon always look at the reviews. These help you determine if it’s a decent product or not. Below I will post a photo of one I found that has over a total of 2,000 5-star reviews. That tells you a lot about the quality.
PART 2 SKINCARE PRODUCTS
PART 2 consisted of my morning skin care routine. These are the products I used.
- Wash–Since I do deep cleansing as part of my nighttime routine, my morning routine is much gentler. Therefore, I use a gentle face wash. The face wash I use is from Eminence skincare products and it is made with natural ingredients as well. Now, this is a product that is tricky to find. You won’t find it at any store. Only a certain amount of retailers are authorized to sell these mostly being spas. There are websites that can sell these, but again your best option would be Amazon. This is where I always buy it time after time. Keep in mind this is a mild cleanser which works great in the mornings as all you really need is to remove any oils released during your sleep.
- De-puff–Depuffing the eyes is simple. I usually buy my round cotton pads from my local Sally’s Beauty store because they are thick and good quality. And to moisten these use your diy toner that I previous listed.
- Sunscreen–For sunscreen I have three favorites. Two are from Clinique. One is a lotion sunscreen and the other one is mineral sunscreen.What’s the difference? In my opinion the mineral is much more lightweight. What I love about Clinique’s sunscreens is that they are not greasy at all while most sunscreens can be. Having an oily face the last thing you need is more grease on your face. These two are amazing for oily skin. I like to use the lotion when I notice I have several areas that are more dry than the rest of my face or during winter months. And opt for the mineral sunscreen for the hot months of the year as it is amazingly lightweight. However, these can be a bit pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for and a little product goes a long way, so they are long-lasting products. Still, about two years ago I forgot my sunscreen while on a trip and I wasn’t going to buy an expensive sunscreen when I had some at home. I went to a Target nearby and came across a sunscreen that was as amazing as Clinique’s, but much more affordable. It is from the Neutrogena line. I have been purchasing ever since and use it as my daily sunscreen. You can find it at most super-centers.
- Under-eye Treatment–By now you know that I am a huge Clinique fan. I told you! So it’s no surprise that my under-eye cream is from Clinique too. It is not much really of cream since it is not heavy weight or greasy. I like to call it treatment because it lightweight and fast absorbing, but incredibly moisturizing. The under-eye area is probably the most dry area for many, and if not properly hydrated cause noticeable fine lines in your makeup. Since it is a dry area it is important to keep moisturized to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Below is a picture of the exact product I use.
- Massage–Again, for massaging I like to use my Jade roller listed above.
- Lip Treatment–My lip treatment is rather simple. I use Vaseline with a few drops of vitamin E oil from Nature’s Bounty.
PART 3 SKINCARE PRODUCTS
PART 3 consisted of my weekly skincare routine. Like I mentioned in the blog I have four favorite masks, two which are all natural face masks.
- Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask–I deal with large pores and it’s because of genetics. However, there are days my pores are enlarged more than usual. This mask helps tighten my skin making the appearance of my pores less visible. I swear by this one. It has made an astounding difference in my skin and pores.
- Clinique City Block Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub–My second favorite! This one serves as a mask and as a scrub at the time of rinsing off. It really exfoliates the skin and leaves it feeling amazingly smooth.
- Toner Mask–This one had readers scratching their heads, but its rather simple. Just use your diy toner that I have showed you how to make as a face mask. Since it is liquid it is common sense that it will dry out or absorb quickly. To expose the skin to this product a little longer just moisten paper towels with this product over your face. (Check our PART 3 for more information.)
- Aloe Vera Mask–Again, in PART 3 of the series I explain how to use aloe vera as a face mask. I actually am a cultivator of aloe vera plants and have plenty around my home. I use them for skin care as well as a juice ingredient. Aloe vera has amazing health properties beneficial for your skin and body. And fresh is always best. So, find yourself an aloe vera plant pronto and keep it around. You can also find it at a farmer’s market or find fresh aloe vera leaves at you local supermarkets.
These are my favorite skincare products. What do you think? Which are your favorite products?
Keep in mind that every skin is different, hence, will respond differently to partícula products. I share these products not as a recommendation, but as my personal opinion and experience with each. It has taken me a lot of trial and error finding the products that work for me. Which means I have bought countless products and have thrown them away simply because they didn’t work for me or made my skin worse.
Always do your research and test out a product before fully committing. This is one of the reasons I love Clinique. They have a ton of their products in travel size which make it affordable to purchase and try out. You can even get a sample at their beauty counter, so ask if you want to test something out. Do your research, read reviews, test sample products, and come to your own conclusion.
My ladies it has been a pleasure sharing this skincare experience with you all. I hope it has been informative and helpful in some way. A huge thank you to one of my beloved readers who requested this blog. I love your suggestions and even if it’s slowly I will surely blog about it! With so much love, Ana.
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