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Skincare & Beauty Products You Need In Your Cabinet
In order to get the most out of our routines we want to make sure that we are using products that are not only effective but working well together so our skincare routine is helping you and not hurting. There are certain skincare products that everyone should have in their cabinets or on their shelves to make it so they are getting the best from their routines. Keeping you skin at the top of it's game is integral to your overall health. Suffering from dried and damaged skin will not only make you frustrated but it will age you. Utilizing these products will make it so that your skin not only looks but feels great.
While cleansing brushes are still a fairly new skincare “tool” to hit the market they can be your best kept secret. They are said to be gentle enough for daily use. remove the impurities on ones face, and help remove blackheads with the gentle exfoliation they provide. Using a cleansing brush in combination with a cleanser will help you take your skincare routine to a whole new level. You'll start to see results after about a week or two, but I caution you that if you have never used a cleansing brush before your skin may appear to get worse before better. Don't get discouraged, this is because a cleansing brush is giving you a deeper clean and bringing those impurities to the surface. If you're looking to invest a bit the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System is a cult favorite and proven to give you a “better cleansing than hands alone”. If you're not willing or able to shell out big bucks, there are alternatives that are just as good! Target offers the Spa Sonic Skin Care System, which is the same idea as a Clarisonic and just as good for a third of the price. The Spa Sonic also comes with a few more brush heads so you can target different areas along with cleansing, like the facial sponge for “microdermabrasion and reducing fine lines and wrinkles”.
I think the need for a cleanser is pretty self explanatory, you want to be able to rid you face of the dirt, pollution, and makeup so you can sleep with a fresh face and in the morning you want to make sure your face is refreshed and cleansed before you begin applying any other products like makeup or even an SPF. There are numerous cleansers on the market: gentle, anti-acne, moisturizing, drying etc. The trick is to find one that is going to work best for you and gives you what you need in a cleanser. Two cleansers that I find to be amazing are from brands that have been around forever, for me that's a sign they can be trusted and really work to refresh your skin. The Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash is “#1 Dermatologist recommended acne wash” and is said to clear breakouts & acne is “just one step”. You can also use it to combat acne and breakouts even if you don't regularly struggle with them as it's gentle enough for daily use. Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Wash with Acne Medication, Raspberry and Cranberry Extracts is pretty new to the game but is gaining speed in what people are saying about. It's a loved product that is doing the job better then most high end brands and it certainly doesn't hurt that it smells amazing.
We don't won't pretend to be a dermatologist and tell you that you can't live without serums but the truth is, you shouldn't. Adding any type of light facial oil or serum into your routine is beneficial because the results are almost instant when looking for hydration and moisture enhancers. Serums are fast absorbing and are the products that will quench the thirst for your skin. Most times, serums are water based so unlike a moisturizer you're not getting bogged down with added ingredients and your reaping the benefits from the intense active ingredients in the serum you choose. They're beneficial to all skin types for added hydration and depending on what you choose can be treatment based as well. The Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum will hydrate your skin and “after just 5 days, your skin will appear firmer”. The AHAVA Time to Revitalize Extreme Night Treatment is packed with Dead Sea minerals to help hydrate skin instantly while firming. For serums, you want to apply these after cleansing and toning but before your eye creams and moisturizers and let it set for about 5 minutes.
Toners are best used after cleansing and patted on with a cotton pad all over your face in an upward and outward motion. Using a toner helps to remove any makeup or dirt your may have missed, balance your skins pH, and preparing your skin for moisturizers, treatments and makeup. The Simple Soothing Facial Toner is perfect blend of vitamins and skin loving ingredients to help your skin to be refreshed and prepped.
This one seems to be a no brainer. Eye creams help reduce the signs of aging by diminishing fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Nobody wants wrinkles, right? Adding an eye cream, gel, or even a roller ball to your routine will combat those signs of aging as well as aid with any dark circles you're experiencing. The Yes to Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream is a lightweight treatment that reduces the signs of dark circles when used daily and it's a natural product line so you won't need to worry about harsh chemicals. The Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller works to “roll away puffiness and dark circles” as well as fights the signs of aging.
Like eye creams, why you need moisturizers is pretty easy. Skin needs to be hyrdrated and using a moisturizer ensures this. How you go about it is up to you, you can use one for daytime and a treatment based one for nightly use, the same each time, pretty much whatever you're comfortable with. They only necessity is actually using one. Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion for Dry Sensitive Skin is a fast acting, fragrance free, long lasting moisturizer that can be used is in combination with your other products to moisturize your skin, this is especially beneficial for those with extremely dry skin but is great for all skin types. Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream, Grape Water Extract, Vitamin E, 1.70-Fluid Ounce
, I think the moisture rescue says it all. It's specially formulated to give you extra hydration and being a gel based product will absorb into your skin quicker.
What is your must have skincare product?