When I was a wee 18 year old just getting into makeup, I was very reckless with my skin. I’d sleep with makeup on overnight, never moisturize and almost never cleanse. Now at 26 I take my skincare routine very serious. Its taken me quite some time to figure out what works for my normal-combination skin but I think I’ve finally come across the perfect mix of products for me.
Cleansing Foam by Eau Thermale Avène: I’m sure you’ve noticed most of my products are by Avène and thats because I’m quite taken by this brand. This cleanser leaves you with a matte finish and is especially designed to target oily T-zones. It also duals as a makeup remover which leaves you feeling even cleaner! I tend to use this cleanser in the morning, especially if I intend to do my makeup that day. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and which happens to make applying my makeup that much easier. Although this isn’t my favourite cleanser, it certainly is a good alternative for it.
Gel Cleanser by Eau Thermale Avène: I can safely say that Avène’s gel cleanser is my absolute favourite. I had little to no expectations when I first tried this out but after just one wash, I couldn’t believe the results. My skin seems to love this stuff and it leaves me glowing, smooth and hydrated. Unfortunately, Avène has discontinued this cleanser but I did manage to nab a few bottles. I tend to use this product at night.
Vitamin E Cream: What a lifesaver! My friend suggested this product to me after I complained about having dry skin. I was a bit reluctant to break away from my normal moisturizer as most make my skin feel like its burning but luckily there was no such reaction with this product. My skin has drastically improved since I started using this but its rather thick and heavy so its best applied right before you sleep. I picked up a cheap tub from Shopper’s Drug Mart but I do believe you can pick up any Vitamin E cream from Wal Mart, Target, etc. Tip: Spritz your face with a bit of water to make applying the cream easier.
Triacneal by Eau Themale Avène: Great spot treatment for those pesky, under the skin pimples. I get a lot around my chin, which is mostly hormonal, but it helps speed up the healing process. I am not completely in love with this product but it serves me just fine! Although its a bit more expensive than I’d like, this little bottle goes a long way.
Cetaphil Moisturizer: I have a love/hate relationship with this stuff but I still have yet to come across something that I like more. Although it doesn’t provide the amount of hydration I need, I’m still happy with the results. I love using this stuff right before applying makeup. There’s no greasy layer and it absorbs into my skin almost instantly. Its a great, light cream to wear out all day and at $8.00, what more could I ask for?
Baiden Mitten: Gosh, do I ever have a lot to say about this product! I stumbled upon this product while scrolling through my newsfeed on facebook and couldn’t help but investigate a bit more. The Baiden Mitten is advertised as thee very best exfloliant you will ever come across. You can use this product just about anywhere on the body and its safe to use on your face as well. I read reviews about how this was an amazing, irreplaceable product but seeing the price tag made me roll my eyes. $50 for a glove that’ll probably just do what everything else has? And how can it do everything it claims to do? Everyone must be getting paid to hype it up as much as they are! As turned off by the seemingly fake reviews as I was, my curiosity had been peaked just enough to try it out. It has a 30 day money back guarantee anyhow, so what’s there to lose? It took only one use to realize what everyone has been talking about. This thing really does what it says it’ll do! My skin has never, ever felt so smooth and soft in my adult life! The first time can be a little scary as it’ll leave you red and likely tingly but I promise you, its worth it. I use this just once a week and thats more than enough! Each time I do, I feel like I’m brand new (lame, I know!) but it really does give you incredible results. I know I sound like I’ve been drinking the kool-aid but if there’s one product that you absolutely must try out, its this one. Heck, I even got my boyfriend hooked!
I hope this has been helpful for anyone looking for skincare advice. Remember, I have normal-combination skin and I’m a bit sensitive. I also drink a ton of water to keep as hydrated as possible!